Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Question: Cross Willy Wonka, the Parkers Brothers, and your local librarian and what do you get?
Answer: Mr. Lemoncello — a gazillionaire with a ginormous love for books and board games.
Recently, he’s built the Library To Beat All Libraries in Kyle’s home town, then created a contest to pick twelve lucky twelve-year-olds for a lock-in extravaganza to celebrate the grand opening. Why would you want to be locked into a library? Well, this library is quite a bit different than the one in your neighborhood. For starters, there’s the Wonder Dome. “Lined with ten giant video screens, it can make the whole building feel like a rocket ship blasting off into outer space!” And that’s just for starters.
Kyle and his fellow twelve-year-olds discover that their contest continues inside the library. This time, they’re challenged by Lemoncello to find a way out — to escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library — within 24 hours. The rules are set. The riddles and games are peculiar. The time is ticking. Who will win the prize by escaping first?!
ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Books
Agatha Award Winner: Best Children's/YA Mystery
2014 Bank Street's Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults
Goodreads Choice Nominee 2013
2016 Bluestem Award (Illinois) Nominee
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library has been nominated to 41 lists across 37 states and is the winner of 21 state awards (and counting)!
Legend by Marie Lu
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
- Good Reads summary
2011 Booklist -- Starred Review
2011 Kirkus Reviews -- Starred Review
2014 Young Reader's Choice Award -- Intermediate/Grades 7-9 (Nominee)
2015 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award -- Grades 4-8 (Winner)
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
What appears to be a simple tale of two lost souls-one, a pilot marooned in the desert next to his ditched plane; the other, a minuscule prince in self-imposed exile from an asteroid so small that he can watch the sunset 44 times a day-reveals itself as something far more complex. What appears to be a fairy tale for children opens like the petals of the Little Prince's flower into a fantasy that has lessons for all of us.
- School Library Journal
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Born with several genetic abnormalities, 10-year-old August Pullman, called Auggie, dreams of being “ordinary.” Inside, he knows he’s like every other kid, but even after 27 surgeries, the central character of “Wonder” bears facial disfigurations so pronounced that people who see him for the first time do “that look-away thing” — if they manage to hide their shock and horror.
“Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse,” he says of his face as the book begins. He’s used to the stares and mean comments, but he’s still terrified to learn that his parents have gotten him into middle school at Beecher Prep and want him to go there rather than be home-schooled. But they persuade him to give it a try — and by the time this rich and memorable first novel by R. J. Palacio is over, it’s not just Auggie but everyone around him who has changed.
By MARIA RUSSO
ALA Notable Children’s Book winner
Christopher Award winner
IRA Teachers’ Choices winner
Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award nominee
NCTE Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Language Arts nominee
GoodReads Choice Award finalist 2012
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real Titamc survivors and witnesses to the disaster -- from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship. Packed with heart-stopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, loads of archival photographs on almost every page, quotes from primary sources, and painstaking back matter, this gripping story follows the Titanic and its passengers from the ship's celebrated launch at Belfast to her cataclysmic icy end.
-Barnes & Noble overview
Sibert Honor Book
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
ALA Notable Children's Book
IRA Teacher's Choice
Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year
Cybils Award Finalist