Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood (2016)
A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.
Backyard Witch: Sadie’s Story by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge, illustrated by Deborah Marcero (2015)
When her two best friends take a vacation without her, nine-year-old Sadie meets a witch who takes her on a bird-watching adventure. Includes birding tips.
Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman (2016)
When Charlie's older brother Joe is called up in 1942, Charlie learns about the tedium and dangers of war through Joe's letters--and his brother's bravery in dealing with a spy as D-Day approaches, finally gives Charlie the strength to stand up to the local bully.
Cinnamon Moon by Tess Hilmo (2016)
Historical fiction about two siblings and a friend trying to find a new family and a home after the Great Chicago Fire
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing (2016)
After moving to Echo City, Charles finds himself at the mercy of the town's monsters, but lucky for him there is Margo Maloo, monster mediator
Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel (2016)
In Fortune Falls, where superstitions are real, and all children must pass regular "luck tests" to see if they are worthy, ill-fortuned Sadie has always been deemed as unlucky, and shunted aside for her luckier younger brother--but when she finds an unusually intelligent black cat named Jinx, her fortunes begin to change for the better.
FRAMED! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti (2016)
In Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Florian Bates, a consulting detective for the FBI, and his best friend Margaret help thwart the biggest art heist in United States history.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy ( 2016)
Traces the achievements of the celebrated Supreme Court justice through the lens of her many famous acts of civil disagreement against inequality, unfair treatment, and human rights injustice
A story told in verse from multiple perspectives of the graduating fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary. The kids join together to try to save their school from being torn down to make way for a supermarket
A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (2016)
When Bilal's family suddenly moves to America, his father stays in Pakistan, and Bilal embraces baseball, an unexpected friend, and a new language. But this new way of life does not feel so special without Baba--will he ever get to America to see Bilal pitch a game?
Mo’Ne Davis, Remember My Name: My Story From First Pitch to Game Changer by Mo’Ne Davis with Hilary Beard (2015)
Mo'ne's story is one of determination, hard work, and an incredible fastball. Mo'ne is a multisport athlete who also plays basketball and soccer and is an honor-roll student at her school in Philadelphia
Ollie’s Odyssey by William Joyce (2016)
When a toy is bestowed with the title of "favorite," it takes on a coveted rank among the world of household things. But when a vengeful toy conspires to destroy these favorites, he must be defeated by a stuffed toy rabbit.
The Prize Winners of Piedmont Place by Bill Doyle (2016)
Eleven-year-old Cal must convince his lovably wacky family to compete in a contest where the winners are granted twenty minutes to grab anything from King Wonder's world-famous shop
Secrets of the Seven: The Eureka Key by Sarah L. Thomson (2016)
Sam (a puzzle master) and Martina (a history whiz) become involved in a dangerous quest to find seven keys left behind by Benjamin Franklin and a secret society of descendants, which, when gathered together, unlock a powerful weapon, so the middle schoolers must solve the puzzles, find the artifacts before the bad guy does, and save the nation.
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (2016)
While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world
Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban (2016)
Third-grader Max pursues neighborhood adventures with his dad as they both adjust to recent changes in their family.
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka (2016)
Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton (2016)
Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (2016)
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.
Wish by Barbara O’Connor (2016)
A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are