Classroom Sets
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More than thirty titles, many of which are past years’ Voice of Youth Award (VOYA) winners, are available in classroom sets for teacher checkout. The loan period is flexible to meet your needs. For more information or to reserve titles, contact Susan Heist Carlton at 847.324.3144 or by .

3rd and 4th grade

5th and 6th grade

7th and 8th grade


3rd and 4th grade

Natalie Babbitt. Jack Plank Tells Tales.
21 copies available
Jack is let go from pirating and needs to look for another line of work. When various occupations are suggested to him, Jack tells colorful tales of why he cannot possibly be a farmer, baker, fortune-teller, fisherman, barber, goldsmith, actor, or musician. Hmmm. What is he good at?
Tracey Barrett. The 100-Year-Old Secret.
15 copies available
Xena and Xander have moved to London and discover Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective, is their great, great, great grandfather. As if that isn’t exciting enough, they are given his old book of unsolved cases. Well, of course, they have to see if they can solve one! The mystery about the missing painting intrigues them and, it just so happens, that a London museum is exhibiting the artist’s works. Will they solve the mystery and find the painting?
Andrew Clements. Frindle.
11 copies available
It all starts innocently enough. Nick's special assignment is to find out how words are added to the dictionary. He had never before thought that this might actually be decided by a real person. Nick decides to make up his very own word, "frindle," with hilarious results.
 
Jacqueline Davies. The Lemonade War.
15 copies available
Evan, who is good socially, but not a great student, discovers that his younger sister, Jessie, a math wiz whose social skills haven't caught up, is going to be in his fourth grade class. Normally, they get along, but now the competition begins!
 
Eleanor Estes. The Hundred Dresses.
21 copies available
Why would Wanda Petronski, a poor, motherless, immigrant girl, wear the same faded blue dress to school every day? After all, Wanda brags she has 100 beautiful dresses hanging in her closet. Her classmates do not believe her and tease her relentlessly. Does anyone come to her rescue?
Paul Fleischman. The Dunderheads.
11 copies available
Miss Breakbone is a mean and frightening teacher. She keeps an electric chair in her classroom, has a subscription to Guard Dog Monthly, and hates kids. But, when she takes away the cat figurine Junkyard was saving for his mother's birthday, the kids decide she has gone too far!
 
Sid Fleischman. The Whipping Boy.
21 copies available
It is forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne, Prince Brat. Jemmy has been plucked from the streets to serve as the whipping boy for the young Prince Brat. When the Prince decides to run away the two boys get involved with dangerousoutlaws and have to trade identities.
Ruth Stiles Gannett. My Father's Dragon.
21 copies available
A little boy is determined to rescue an unfortunate baby dragon that is being used by a group of lazy animals to transport them across a river.
John Reynolds Gardiner. Stone Fox.
14 copies available
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
Grace Lin. The Year of the Dog.
16 copies available
Pacy rings in the Chinese New Year by celebrating and learning about the Year of the Dog, the year people traditionally “find themselves.” During the year, she makes a new friend and figures out what she wants to do with her life in this charming story.
Ann M. Martin. The Doll People.
9 copies available
Annabelle Doll is 8 and has been that age for more than a hundred years. She and her family are leading an ordinary doll life during the day, but at night they come to life! When Annabelle discovers a diary left by her auntie Sarah, she goes on a mission to solve the mystery behind her disappearance 45 years ago. Maybe Tiffany Funmart, her new neighbor will be able to help when they venture out into the “big” house after dark.
Claudia Mills. Being Teddy Roosevelt.
8 copies available
Riley, who is not the most responsible kid in the class, has to write about, and dress up as, Teddy Roosevelt for his 4th grade biography project. At the same time, hes' trying to figure out how to get a saxophone to play in the school band. Find out if Riley learns a few things from Teddy Roosevelt's can-do spirit.
 
Leslea Newman. Hachiko Waits.
9 copies available
Based on a true story, the dog Hachi walks to the train station with his master every morning and waits for him every afternoon. When, one afternoon, Hachi’s master doesn’t return, Hachi waits for him…for 10 years!
Lauren Tashis. The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912.
10 copies available
George has heard that the ship he's sailing on to America can't possibly sink. It's the biggest, grandest ship ever built and Geore wants to explore all of it.While creeping around a storage room to find out if there really is a mummy on board, George hears that the Titanic has hit an iceberg. How will George survive?
 
James Sturm. Adventures in Cartooning.
18 copies available
A young princess thinks she can't draw, but, in this story within a story, we meet a knight who is looking for a dragon, an elf who explains how to draw cartoons, a whale, and a horse who loves candy. Not your usual kind of how-to book!

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5th and 6th grade

Elise Broach. Masterpiece.
15 copies available
Marvin, a beetle who lives behind the kitchen in James' apartment, uses his legs to create beautiful, miniature paintings, which everyone thinks have been made by James. As their friendship grows, they must find ways to communicate about Marvin's drawings and about recovering a stolen painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will they be able to foil the thieves?
Esmé Raji Codell. Sahara Special.
15 copies available
Sarah is not in Special Ed any more, but she is special nevertheless. Repeating 5th grade in Madame Pointy's class is nothing like she has ever experienced before. Imagine having "puzzling" or "time travel" as a school subject! Sarah keeps a journal, the pages of which she leaves behind the 940s shelf of the public library, in the spot where books about "somewhere else" are kept. Read it!
Leslie Connor. Crunch.
11 copies available
What would you do if there was a national fuel shortage and your parents were away from home? What's what happens to Dewey and his siblings and it is up to Dewey to keep their growing bike repair business going. All is running smoothly until he gegins to notice that things are missing...
Audrey & Akila Coloumbis. War Games.
18 copies available
Petros and his older brother, Zola, use what were once just boys' games to support the resistance against Nazi-occupied Greece.
 
Deborah Ellis. The Breadwinner.
18 copies available
Parvana lives in Afghanistan during the time the Taliban has taken over. Women are confined to the home and girls can’t go to school. When Parvana’s father is imprisoned, she becomes the breadwinner for the family, doing whatever is necessary to survive.
Kathryn Erskine. Mockingbird.
14 copies available
While ten-year-old Caitlyn has to deal with the grief of her brother's death, she also has to learn empathy, something that is difficult for her due to her Asperger's syndrome.
Ralph J. Fletcher. Flying Solo.
17 copies available
Mr. Fabiano’s substitute teacher never shows up and the kids in his 6th grade class decide to run the class themselves. As the day progresses and the tension builds, powerful emotions threaten to expose their plan.
Jack Gantos. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.
17 copies available
Joey Pigza is "wired." He tries hard, he really does, but he just can't follow class rules. One day Joey is assigned to sharpen all the pencils, but his mind starts to wander and he has the ingenious idea to "grind his fingernails down to sharp points and look like a vampire."
Jennifer L. Holm. Turtle in Paradise.
10 copies available
In 1935, Turtle has been sent to live with relatives in Florida. Her cousins, members of the Diaper Gang, don't want her to join their babysitting service until she finds a treasure map!
 
Ingrid Law. Savvy.
6 copies available
Mississippi “Mibs” Beaumont is anxiously awaiting her 13th birthday when she, like all her other siblings, will acquire her savvy, a supernatural power. When Mibs’ father is hurt in a terrible car accident two days before her birthday, she thinks she may be able to use her savvy to save him. Joined by her brothers and the preacher’s kids, Mibs starts out on an odyssey across a corner of the heartland to reach her father.
 
Celia Barker Lottridge. Home is Beyond the Mountains.
19 copies available
When the invading Turks destroy her Persian village in 1918, Samira and her family must flee. Thus begins a five year odyssey during which time Samira loses both her parents. The director of the orphanage in which she eventually finds herself is determined to take Samira and others like her back to their villages where she knows they will be cared for by extended family and friends even if it means a 300-mile trek on foot.
Donna Jo Napoli. The King of Mulberry Street.
15 copies available
When Beniamino, a 9-year-old Italian Jewish boy realizes that his mother is not with him on the boat to America, he decides to return home to Sicily as soon as possible. It’s 1892 and life as a young boy on the streets of New York City is tough. Evading people who mean well and want him at an orphanage, Dom Napoli, as he calls himself now, makes friends with two other Italian boys. Together they open a sandwich shop in hopes of earning enough money for the trip back home.
Gary Paulsen. Lawn Boy.
9 copies available
Who doesn’t dream of suddenly having a half million dollars in the bank? In this tall tale of entrepreneurship, a 12-year-old boy turns a used riding mower into a booming lawn mowing business. When a neighbor helps him invest his profits, he soon becomes wealthier than any of the kids, and even the adults, on his block!
 
Mitali Perkins. Rickshaw Girl.
14 copies available
Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. When Naima's rash effort to help to raise money puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to save the day.
Rodman W. Philbrick. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.
13 copies available
Homer and his older brother, Harold, live with their Uncle Squinton, "the meanest man in the entire state of Maine," until their uncle sells Harold as a substitute soldier in the Civil War. Twelve-year-old Homer, who tells fibs as easily as the truth, runs away to rescue his brother and meets some very colorful characters. When Homer finally meets up with Harold, he finds himself in the middle of the Battle of Gettysburg!
 
Jom Scieszka. Knucklehead.
10 copies available
In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, children's book author, Jon Scieszka, shares the trials, tribulations, and just good fun of growing up with five brothers in Flint, Michigan during the early 1960s.
Janet Tashijan. My Life as a Book.
9 copies available
Derek, a talented artist who does not like to read, is assigned to read three books over the summer. When he finds a newspaper clipping in the attic, Derek finally discovers something he really wants to read!
 
Sara Weeks. As Simple as It Seems.
16 copies available
It's been a difficult fifth grade year for eleven-year-old Verbena. She's felt self-conscious, moody, and sometimes even downright mean. Then she stumbles onto a family secret - she's adopted and her father is incarcerated for murder. Only in the aftermath of a boat ride that almost turns out to be her last does Verbena begin to come to terms with who she is and with her relationship with her family.

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7th and 8th grade

Kelly L. Bingham. Shark Girl.
9 copies available
Jane is a typical California Girl, bright, beautiful, and considered the best artist in her school! Ordinary summer fun is the plan the day Jane goes to the beach. But, when she is attacked by a shark and loses her arm, she becomes known as “Shark Girl.” Can she get past the pain, both physical and emotional, as well as the attention she doesn’t want?
Siobhan Dowd. The London Eye Mystery.
13 copies available
Kat and Ted, who has a form of autism, take their cousin, Salim, to the London Eye ferris wheel. They watch him get on, but he never gets off. When the police can’t find Salim, it’s up to Kat and Ted, whose brain “runs on a different operating system,” to solve the mystery.
Deborah Ellis. Children of War.
9 copies available
This heartrending volume contains interviews with twenty-three young Iraqi children between ages 8 and 19 whose lives have been shattered by war. They have moved away from their homeland. Many are living in Jordan or Canada and they share their fears, challenges, and struggles to rebuild their lives in foreign lands as refugees of war
 
Neil Gaiman. The Graveyard Book.
10 copies available
An orphaned toddler, called Bod, is adopted by the ghosts who inhabit an old graveyard. Mr. & Mrs. Owens, who had no children of their own in life, welcome the chance to be parents in their graves. Bod, who is brave, smart, and very likeable, has a happy childhood and is cared for and loved by all of the cemetery's residents. His world suddenly changes when his family’s murderer resurfaces!
 
Carl Hiaasen. Hoot.
8 copies available
Roy Eberhardt has just moved to Coconut Cove, Florida. It's not his first time being the new kid at school, and he is used to the bullying. Ironically, it's when Dana Matherson mashes Roy's head against the school bus window that he spots a running, barefoot boy nicknamed Mullet Fingers. Roy senses a mystery when Mullet does not show up for school several days in a row and weird things start happening: alligators in a potty, snakes with their mouths tied.
 
Wendy Mass. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.
16 copies available
Shortly before his 13th birthday, Jeremy receives a beautiful box engraved with the words: “the meaning of life: for Jeremy Fink on his thirteenth birthday." It had been left by his dad who was killed in a car accident 5 years earlier. Unfortunately, the keys to the four locks in the box have been lost and breaking the box might very well destroy its contents. Jeremy and his best friend Lizzie are determined to locate the keys, but in the process they get into some trouble. How will they ever uncover the meaning of life now that they have to spend all their free time doing community service?
Linda Sue Park. When My Name Was Keoko.
17 copies available
Sun-hee is 10 years old and her brother Tae-yul is 13 when the Japanese who occupy their Korean homeland in the 1940s force them to not just change their names, but their whole way of life. Sun-hee, now Keoko, and her family each find their own means to show resistance. What is life like when you don't know who is telling the truth and who is a traitor?
Kashmira Sheth. Boys Without Names.
12 copies available
After Gopal's family has moved to Mumbai to find work, his father goes missing and Gopal, 11- years-old, looks for work. He ends up a slave with five other boys, forced to work for no pay, in horrible conditions, and little food. How can he - and the other boys with him - escape?
Roland Smith. Peak.
16 copies available
Fourteen-year-old Peak ends up in the Himalayas with his father, who plans on Peak being the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. Find out what it’s like to climb the world’s highest mountain in this amazing and informative adventure.
Jordan Sonnenblick. Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie.
13 copies available
Eighth-grader Steven is consumed with playing drums, finding a girlfriend, and avoiding his annoying little brother, Jeffrey. Then, Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, and everything changes.
Gloria Whelan. Homeless Bird.
10 copies available
Koly is only 13 when her parents insist she marry Hari. Koly realizes that she has been “sold” for the dowry when she meets Hari and his parents for the first time. Just a child himself and very ill he dies soon after, leaving her a widow and at the mercy of her in-laws. How can this “homeless bird” survive?

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