Fifth-grader Cody Carson keeps a journal of his hopes for a fresh start in a town where nobody knows about his humiliating mistakes of the past, but before school even begins, so does his embarrassment.
Duel of the Ironclads The Monitor vs. the Virgina
An interesting description of the construction, battles and historical impact of the Civil War battleships, the Monitor and the Virginia, focusing on the Battle of Hampton Roads.
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
By Sharon Creech
Twelve-year-old Rosie, just had a fight with her best friend Bailey – a boy she’s
known all of her life. Rosie and Bailey have always had their ups and downs
(many stemming from Bailey’s blindness), but it seems that lately things are growing so much more complicated.
Fifth-grader Lonnie Collins Motion, an African-American boy whose parents were killed in a fire five years ago, is given an assignment by his teacher to write different forms of poetry. The 60 poems reveal his innermost thoughts about his family, his friends and his place in the world.
The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins
Bea Uusma Schyffert
This is the biography of astronaut, Michael Collins, who circled the moon in the Apollo 11 space capsule while his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module and walked on the moon.
Moon’s Cloud Blanket
By Rose Anne St. Romain
In this retelling of a Native American tale, the Moon weaves a blanket of clouds around a mother and her children who are freezing in a cypress tree, having sought shelter from a flood.
Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ‘N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show.
River Boy The Story of Mark Twain
In this picture biography noted historian William Anderson tells the colorful story of Sam’s life as he grows from a mischievous boy into the enterprising author Mark Twain.
A grieving, but resourceful twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery.
This biography of the Shoshone girl, Sacagawea, is beautifully illustrated and tells of her life from age eleven when she was kidnapped by the Hitdatsa to the end of her journey with Lewis and Clark, plus speculation about her later life.
Snowed In With Grandmother Silk
Ruddy is disappointed when his parents go on a cruise and he must stay with his fussy grandmother for a whole week. An unexpected snowstorm reveals a surprising side of Grandmother Silk.
Up the Learning Tree
A young slave boy risks his life to learn how to read and, with the unsuspecting help of a teacher from the North, begins to realize his dream in this inspiring picture book.