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The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (grade 7 and

Daywalt (K-2nd grade) is absolutely hilarious!

up) is an adventure story with strong female

My Southern Journey: True Stories from

And the illustrations are great. There's even

characters. Set in 1849, it follows Samantha, a

the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg is as

a glow-in-the-dark illustration. Imagine if

Chinese-American, and Annamae, a runaway

comforting as biscuits and gravy on a cold

crayons could talk. Well, in this book they do,

slave, as they flee an impossible situation and

winter morning. This book of non-fiction

and they have plenty to say. This is a great

head out on the Oregon Trail. Along the way

contains essays about being southern that

book to read aloud.

they face adversity, befriend a trio of cowboys,

Bragg wrote in the span of about ten years.

and discover the power of friendship.

Want to love this book even more? Get the audio version to hear Bragg read his words. His voice is full of the music of the South.

Also Recommended: Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee (grades 3-5) The Marvels by Brian Selznick (grades 5-8) Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff (grades 4-8)

Edisto Jinx by C. Hope Clark, a fast-paced

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (grades 6-9)

mystery set in the beach town of Edisto, South Carolina, follows former Boston PD

For those who love literary fiction, it doesn't

detective Callie Morgan, as she is pulled back

get much better than Did You Ever Have a

into the world of crime solving. A young

Family by Bill Clegg. The story begins the

woman dies, but is it murder? Before that

night before a big wedding. Lolly, June Reid's

question is answered, another mysterious

daughter, is getting married, and the house is

death occurs. The locals have their opinions.

full of friends and family. It should be a time

Some think the small town is cursed, and at

of great celebration; however, tragedy strikes

least one resident says she's being visited by

and everyone but June is gone in a flash.

ghosts. But Callie suspects something even

What happens next takes June on a journey to

more sinister, and with every passing day it

trace the last happy travels of her lost daughter.

appears as if she's right. This is one of those

Along the way she finds unlikely heroes who

books that will keep you up late into the

refuse to let her fall. This book is elegant and

night trying to figure out "who done it."

heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful.


A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen (grades 4-7) The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (teen and young adult) Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (grades 9-12) Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (grades 8-12) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (grade 10 and up) The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (grades 6-9)


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