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Summer Reading K-4

  • Little Shaq takes a chance

    by Shaquille O'Neal Year Published: 2016 Fiction

    Little Shaq doesn't love trying new things, especially if he might not be very good at them. So when his class is assigned projects for the school's upcoming art show, he's not sure that his skills will transfer from the basketball court to the art studio. Can Little Shaq find the confidence to embrace his own style and create a piece for the show?


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  • Rafi and Rosi: Pirates!

    by Lulu Delacre Year Published: 2017 Easy

    Adventure-seeking frogs swashbuckle their way through Puerto Rico’s historic El Morro fort in three brightly illustrated short stories.

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  • Juana and Lucas

    by Juana Medina Year Published: 2016 Fiction

    A little girl growing up on Bogota is determined to learn English before her trip to the U.S. and her visit to Spaceland.

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  • Marta! Big & Small

    by Jen Arena Year Published: 2016 Easy

    An exploring of opposites in English and Spanish with a very clever niña named Marta.

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  • Little Elliot, Big Fun

    by Mike Curato Year Published: 2016 Easy

    A big amusement park brings more fear than fun until a mouse friend helps Little Elliot find the rides that are just right for him.

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  • Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug

    by Evan Kuhlman Year Published: 2016 Easy

    Pill bug Hank and his human pal Amelia spend a marvelous day exploring the outdoors in a sweet story of friendship and imagination.

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  • Big Cat, Little Cat

    by Elisha Cooper Year Published: 2017 Easy

    This endearing story of the friendship between an older cat and a younger cat is a celebration of love and loss.

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  • After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

    by Dan Santat Year Published: 2017 Easy

    Humpty Dumpty conquers his fears in a most extraordinary result.

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Summer Reading 5th and 6th

  • Miles Morales, Spider-man

    by Jason Reynolds Year Published: 2017 Fiction

    Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity--and deal with a villainous teacher--as the new Spider Man.

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  • Fish in a Tree

    by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Year Published: 2017 Fiction

    Ally struggles to hide her dyslexia by continually getting in trouble, until a substitute teacher discovers what she is really hiding.

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  • The First Rule of Punk

    by Celia C. Perez Year Published: 2017 Fiction

    Malu struggles to pull together all the different threads of her life (her love of punk rock, her Mexican heritage, her dislike of cilantro) into an identity all her own.

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  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

    by Pablo Cartaya Year Published: 2017 Fiction

    A shady real estate developer threatens Arturo’s Miami community. Can he help the neighborhood and stop being so awkward around his cute neighbor Carmen? Maybe Jose Marti can help.

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  • Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA

    by Bridget Heos Year Published: 2016 Non-fiction

    A gruesome and fascinating account of the indispensable role forensic science plays in our criminal justice system

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  • All’s Faire in Middle School

    by Victoria Jamieson Year Published: 2017 Fiction/graphic novel

    Have the lessons she has learned growing up in the Renaissance Faire prepared Imogene for her most difficult quest yet….starting middle school?

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  • Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

    by Ben Hatke Year Published: 2017 Fiction/Graphic Novel

    In this sequel to Mighty Jack, Jack and Lilly travel through a portal to a bridge between worlds where they encounter grave dangers and receive help from unexpected sources.

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  • Hello, Universe

    by Erin Entrada Kelly Year Published: 2017 Fiction

    The lives of Virgil, Kaori, Gen and Valencia are woven together in unexpected ways when a disaster brings them together to perform a rescue in this story of bravery and friendship.

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  • Lights, Camera, Middle School! (Babymouse Tales from the Locker #1)

    by Jennifer L. Holm Year Published: 2017 Fiction

    Babymouse is in Middle School! She is ready to stand out! She is ready to direct an epic movie! She is ready to learn about the necessity of cooperation and friendship!? Typical.

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  • Wishtree

    by Katherine Applegate Year Published: 2017 Fiction

    Every May, neighbors tie their wishes to the old red oak tree. This year, with the threat of being taking down looming, Red knows it must help its neighbors, both human and animal, as they confront the hatred and prejudice being directed at the new family in the little blue house.

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Summer Reading 7th-12th

  • What momma left me

    by Renew Watson Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    After the death of their mother, thirteen-year-old Serenity Evans and her younger brother go to live with their grandparents, who try to keep them safe from bad influences and help them come to terms with what has happened to their family.

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  • American Latin music : rumba rhythms, bossa nova, and the salsa sound

    by Matt Doeden Year Published: 2013 Non-fiction

    Presents a brief history of American Latin music, from Richie Valens to Ricky Martin.

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  • African American Art: the long struggle

    by Crystal Britton Year Published: 2018 Non-fiction

    More than one hundred full-color illustrations fill this history of African-American art from the colonial period to the 1990s, describing the artists' historical context, influences, and impact.

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  • More happy Than Not

    by Adam SIlvera Year Published: 2015 Fiction

    After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.

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  • Anger is a Gift

    by Mark Oshiro Year Published: 2018 Fiction

    Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

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  • Phantom Wheel

    by Tracey Debbs Year Published: 2018 Fiction

    A group of teenage hackers has been conned into creating the most devastating virus the world has ever seen, and now it's up to them to take down the shadowy corporation behind it before it's too late.

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  • Dry

    by Neal Shusterman Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival.

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  • Let Me Hear a Rhyme

    by Tiffany Jackson Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    Three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive.


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  • Shout

    by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: 2019 Non-fiction

    A memoir that shares the author's life, covering her rape at thirteen, her difficult early childhood, and her experiences surrounding her publication of 'Speak.”

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  • If you come softly

    by Jacqueline Woodson Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.

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  • Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA

    by Bridget Heos Year Published: 2016 Non-fiction

    A gruesome and fascinating account of the indispensable role forensic science plays in our criminal justice system.

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  • The Hate U Give

    by Angie Thomas Year Published: 2017 Fiction

    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

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