Untamed by Anita Silvey; Jane Goodall (Foreword by); National Geographic Kids Staff
This biography traces Goodall's life. Each chapter also focuses on two or more of the chimpanzees that she observed, with information in sidebars about these particular animals.
The Keeper by Tim Howard
Soccer player Tim Howard recounts his life and career, discussing childhood struggles with hyperactivity and Tourette's syndrome and being raised with a love of sports and a Christian faith. The coauthor is Ali Benjamin.
No Better Friend by Robert Weintraub
British radarman Frank Williams and Judy, a hunting dog, had faced many hardships before they met in a crowded POW camp. Together, they survived brutal guards, near starvation, and other dangers.
No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero; Linda LeBlanc (As told to)
Jordan Romero, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest, reached the summits of the world's seven highest mountains by age 15.
Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
A witch, a swamp monster, and a perfectly tiny dragon raise a young girl named Luna, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her to save the people of the Protectorate.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi.
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
In 1943, in a seaside town where their family has gone to be safe from war, thirteen-year-old Max and sister, fifteen-year-old Alicia, with new friend Roland, face off against an evil magician who is striving to complete a bargain made before he dies.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Since Lazlo was five years old, he has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it.
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly; Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, and she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when--as the eldest daughter--she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Then the unimaginable happens--after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt.
k with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.
The Backfield Boys by John Feinstein
Jason is a blazing-fast wide receiver while his best friend Tom Jefferson has a quarterback's arm. They are shocked when the coaching staff switches them around.
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, and all face unimaginable dangers.
All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Homeschooled by Renaissance fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.
March by John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Illustrator)
This graphic novel presents the life of Georgia congressman John Lewis, focusing on his youth in rural Alabama, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
This book contains the story of two totally different girls--quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie--and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day after an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands.
The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
After moving to their ancestral home, Emily and Navin's mother is kidnapped by a tentacled creature in the basement that leads the children on a deadly chase into the magical world below their home. Book #1 of the Amulet series.
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A young girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while New Dealers from Washington, DC, arrive to turn run-down Key West into a tourist resort.
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
In 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland to spend a month with the mother they barely know, 11-year-old Delphine and her sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover their mother wants them to attend a Black Panther summer camp.
Books in Verse
Unbound by Ann E. Burg
When Grace doesn't heed her family's warnings, the slave family must flee deep into the Great Dismal Swamp, where they brave deadly animals, slave patrollers, and the uncertainty of ever finding freedom.
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.