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      Shout Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

      by Esta Spalding

      Sep 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      The plucky Fitzgerald-Trout siblings (who live on a tropical island where the grown-ups are useless but the kids can drive) are back! After losing the boat that had become their home, oldest Fitzgerald-Trout, Kim, has put finding a home back on her to-do list. When her sixth-grade history assignment offers a clue about the ruins of a volcanic house built by an explorer on Mount Muldoon, she and her siblings set out to find it.
       
      The castle they discover surpasses their wildest dreams. But having a permanent home offers more challenges than the Fitzgerald-Trouts expect, especially when they begin to suspect their home is haunted. The siblings must figure out how to fix the cracks in their family foundation before one of them is lost for good.


      Black-and-white illustrations created with traditional and digital media.

      Solving for M

      by Jennifer Swender

      Sep 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      When Mika starts fifth grade at the middle school, her neat life gets messy. Separated from old friends and starting new classes, Mika is far from her comfort zone. And math class is the most confusing of all, especially when her teacher Mr. Vann assigns math journals. Art in math? Who’s ever heard of such a thing?
      But when challenges arise at home, Mika realizes there are no easy answers. Maybe, with some help from friends, family, and one unique teacher, a math journal can help her work out problems, and not just the math ones.
      Debut author Jennifer Swender delivers poignant prose and illustrator Jennifer Naalchigar brings Mika’s journal to life in this perfect equation of honesty plus hope that adds up to a heartwarming coming-of-age story.

      Author’s note. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Captain Rosalie

      by Timothée de Fombelle

      Aug 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      While her father is at war, five-year-old Rosalie is a captain on her own secret mission. She wears the disguise of a little girl and tracks her progress in a secret notebook. Some evenings, Rosalie’s mother reads aloud Father’s letters from the front lines, so that Rosalie knows he is thinking of her and looking forward to the end of the war and to finally coming home. But one day a letter comes that her mother doesn’t read to her, and Rosalie knows her mission must soon come to an end.

      Full-color illustrations done in watercolor, pencil, and ink.

      A Wolf Called Wander

      by Rosanne Parry

      Jul 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Swift, a young wolf cub, lives with his pack in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching over a new litter of cubs. Then a rival pack attacks, and Swift and his family scatter. Alone and scared, Swift must flee and find a new home. His journey takes him a remarkable 1000 miles across the Pacific Northwest. The trip is full of peril, and Swift encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he finds his new home. “The Real Wolf Behind the Story.” Further information about wolves, and about flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. Author’s note. Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Runaways

      by Ulf Stark

      Jun 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Grandpa hates being in hospital. He thinks only of the place he was happiest—the island where he used to live. He wants to go back, but they won't let him out of the hospital. So Gottfried Junior, his namesake, helps Grandpa make a plan to run away. They think of everything. Their deception is so complete that when Gottfried Junior finally decides to tell the truth, no one believes him.

      Full-color illustrations.

      The Lost Girl

      by Anne Ursu

      May 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      When you’re an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark. Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant—and from their first moments in the world together, they’ve never left each other’s side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew: they had better outcomes when they were together. When fifth grade arrives, however, it is decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms, and something breaks in them both.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Straw Into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-spun

      by Hilary McKay

      Apr 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      This collection of inventive retellings gives modern sensibility, humor, and emotional depth to ten fairy-tale classics, including “The Princess and the Pea,” “Cinderella,” and “The Swan Brothers.”
      Introduction. Bibliography/further reading. Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Extremely High Tide!: Secrets of Topsea

      by Kir Fox

      Mar 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Talise finds a puzzling message in a bottle, but can she and her classmates discover what it means before a dangerously high tide engulfs all of Topsea and its endless pier?

      Black-and-white illustrations created with ink, then colored and shaded digitally.

      The Lotterys More or Less

      by Emma Donaghue

      Feb 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Sumac Lottery is the keeper of her family's traditions -- from Pow Wow to Holi, Carnival to Hogmanay, Sumac's on guard to make sure that no Lottery celebration gets forgotten. But this winter all Sumac's seasonal plans go awry when a Brazilian visitor overstays his welcome. A terrible ice storm grounds all flights, so one of her dads and her favorite brother can't make it home from India. And then the power starts going out across the city...
      Can Sumac hang on to the spirit of the season, even if nothing is going like a Lottery holiday should?
      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Winnie's Great War

      by Lindsay Mattick

      Jan 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      An imagining of the real journey undertaken by the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh—from her early days in Canada, to her overseas travels with the Veterinary Corps, and all the way to the London Zoo where she met Christopher Robin Milne. Colebourn Family Archive with photographs and afterword. One-color text and illustrations.

      Wonderland

      by Barbara O'Connor

      Dec 2018

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Mavis Jeeter is fearless and bold, but she has never lived in one place long enough to have a real best friend. Her flighty mother has uprooted them again to another new home and taken a job as a housekeeper for the Tully family. Mavis wants this home to be permanent―which means finding herself a best friend.
      Rose Tully is a worrier who feels like she doesn’t quite fit in with the other girls in her neighborhood. Her closest friend is Mr. Duffy, but he hasn’t been himself since his dog died. Rose may have to break a few of her mother’s many rules to help Mr. Duffy―and find someone who really understands her.
      Henry has run away from home, but he craves kindness and comfort―and doesn’t know where to look for them.
      When Mavis and Rose hatch a scheme to find Mr. Duffy a new dog, their lives and Henry’s intersect―and they all come to find friendship in places they never expected.

      A Long Line of Cakes

      by Deborah Wiles

      Nov 2018

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Emma Cake’s family arrives in Aurora County to open a bakery. This time Emma vows that she’s not going to get attached to anyone or anything. Why bother, if her father’s only going to uproot them again?
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