Gr. 4 and up. 10-year-old Bud escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of a man he believes is his father, renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway. Winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal.
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
(Grades 5 and up) Life gets a little better for Georges when he joins a mysterious Spy Club after moving from his childhood home into a small new apartment. However, his new (and only) friend Safer, who runs the club, ultimately demands too much of him. Suspenseful and thoughtful, smart and funny, Stead (Newbery medal for When You Reach Me) has another winner with this one.
12-year-old Summer usually likes spending her summers traveling around Kansas helping farmers harvest wheat, but this year her parents are in Japan, leaving Summer to deal with a frail grandpa, a cranky grandma, a pesky little brother - and a bunch of trouble. Grades 5 - 7.
Ages 10 and up. From the language to the sumptuous illustrations, everything about this treasury is gorgeous. A must for fans of Greek mythology.
(Grades 4 and up) Though ten-year-old Auggie feels like a regular kid inside, he knows his facial deformities make the world see him as anything but normal. Told through different points of view (Auggie, his sister, school friends, etc.), this makes a satisfying read for all ages, particularly those looking for stories about family relationships, overcoming obstacles, middle school social dynamics, looking past differences, or dealing with bullies.
Ages 9 and up. Another visual feast of a historical novel from the Caldecott Award-winning author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.