Connersville Middle School Library Media Center
2011 Summer Reading
Come to the CMS Library Media Center June 8, 9, 14, 16, 28, 30 and July 1 to begin a summer of great reading!!!
Hours: 8:30 - 11:30 A.M.
Visit the Fayette County Public Library during the summer too!
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2010-2011 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees
Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back! by Michael Winerip
After being mugged for his snow-shoveling money, middle-school reporter Adam must confront the issue of bullying, though he'd rather investigate a science fair scandal. Adam tackles four major issues for the newspaper: bullying in schools; saving a 300-year-old tree; uncovering a science-fair scam; and exposing the most powerful family in town's intention of bulldozing the poor African-American section and building mini-mansions for the rich.
All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall (Voted as a favorite at CMS)
When he goes to live with his dad in Chicago, thirteen-year Josh gets the shock of his life when he realizes that his quiet father has turned into an Elvis impersonator, yet trying to keep it secret from his new friends at school, Josh is thrown for a loop when he discovers that his father is going to perform at the upcoming school concert.
Battling in the Pacific: Soldiering in World War II by Susan Provost Beller
Describes what life was like for soldiers in the Pacific during World War Two, discussing heroic acts performed during key battles and the role of women in the war effort in the United States.
Bodies From Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Rediscovery of the Past by James M. Deem
In 1991, mountain climbers on the Niederjoch Glacier on the Italian-Austrian border came across something unexpected: a body. It had been a very warm summer, and five bodies had already turned up in the area. But something here was different. Radiocarbon dating proved the iceman was 5,300 years older, from the Copper Age.
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Raised during the rise of the Nazi party, Helmuth believed all that he was taught and so joined the Nazi party with all the pride in the world, yet as the country he once knew began to fall apart and he witnessed so many horrific events unfold, Helmuth found it increasingly difficult to remain both loyal and silent.
Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein
THE SUPER BOWL. America's biggest sports spectacle. More than 95 million fans will be watching, but Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson know that what they'll be watching is a lie. They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their doping tests and that the Dreams' owner is trying to cover up the test results.
The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
Zack, his dad, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit.
Diamonds in the Shadow by Carolyn B. Cooney
The Finches, a Connecticut family, sponsor an African refugee family of four, all of whom have been scarred by the horrors of civil war, and who inadvertently put their benefactors in harm's way.
Finding Stinko by Michael De Guzman
Newboy hasn’t spoken in three years. One morning he opened his mouth and nothing came out. He doesn’t know why he stopped talking, but what he does know is that he’s through with the state child-care system. In twelve years he’s lived in eleven foster homes. Newboy finally hits the streets, where a discarded ventriloquist's dummy gives him back his voice and his hope.
Football Hero by Tim Green
When twelve-year-old Ty's brother Thane is recruited out of college to play for the New York Jets, their Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring, landing Ty and Thane in trouble with the Mafia.
A Friendship for Today by Patricia C. McKissack
Spirited twelve-year-old Rosemary Patterson is about to make history. She is among the first African American students in her town to enroll in what had once been the all-white school. Rosemary is ready for the challenge, but when her best friend is suddenly diagnosed with polio,
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children, but she soon realizes that something is very wrong
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Voted as a favorite at CMS)
The Capital is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor to his or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capital wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rules.
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park (Voted as a favorite at CMS)
Both Maggie and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named after baseball great Joe D’Maggio. But they aren’t Yankee fans. Their team is the Brooklyn Dodgers. But even with Maggie’s support, the Dodgers fail to win the Series, season after season. And the letters she sends to her friend and baseball mentor, Jim—serving in Korea—aren’t answered.
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale (Voted as a favorite at CMS)
A swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you've never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.
Reaching For Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer (Voted as a favorite at CMS)
As if seventh grade weren't enough of a challenge for anyone, Josie also struggles with cerebral palsy, social isolation, a mom she needs more time and support from, and monster bulldozers that are carving up the countryside to build huge homes around her family's old farmhouse. Enter new neighbor Jordan, a sensitive kid whose geeky, science-loving ways bring a fun spirit of discovery into Josie's days. But Jordan goes off to camp and Josie secretly ditches her hated therapy sessions. Written in verse.
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Eagerly waiting to discover what her secret power will be when she turns thirteen in just two days, Mib's plans are thrown for a loop when she discovers her Poppa has been in an accident; taking her on a curious adventure in the wrong direction where other's secrets are suddenly revealed.
Standard Hero Behavior by John David Anderson
Best friends Mason and Cowel are shocked when they're charged with saving their village from monsters. Armed with a guide to Standard Hero Behavior, the unlikely duo sets out to recruit "real" heroes, managing, predictably, to save the village themselves en route. Packed with creative characters, bizarre adventures, and zinging jokes.
Summer Ball by Mike Lupica (Voted as the #1 favorite at CMS)
Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Danny's leaving Middletown for the summer and heading to Right Way basketball camp, where he's out of his element and maybe out of his league.
The 100-Year Old Secret (Sherlock Files) by Tracy Barrett
Xena and Xander Holmes discover that Sherlock Holmes was their great-great-great grandfather when they are given his unsolved casebook, from which they attempt to solve the case of a famous missing painting.
All Stations! Distress! by Don Brown
Provides the captivating story of this amazing vessel, the people who built it, and its tragic demise during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic as told through first-hand accounts and detailed illustrations of the events as they happened.
Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It by Sundee T. Frazier
Uncovering a family secret regarding a grandpa he's never met, ten-year-old Brendan Buckley decides to go in search of the truth, but when he meets the elderly man and sees that he is of a different race, the biracial boy gets hard answers to questions he soon regrets asking.
Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer by Deborah Kogan Ray
After losing part of his arm in the Civil War, John Wesley Powell's passion to explore the natural world would not be deterred and he kept his dream of exploring the vast Colorado River and all its wonders, including the Grand Canyon.
Elijah Of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled—a life from which he'll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home.
George Washington Carver by Tanya Bolden
Presents the life, discoveries, and legacy of the pioneering American agriculturist who was born into slavery and went on to become a college professor famous for finding numerous uses for various types of plants.
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor (Voted as a favorite at CMS)
Georgina, who lives with her family in their car after their father leaves, persuades her younger brother to help her in a scheme to get money by stealing a dog and claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Middle of Somewhere by J.B. Cheaney
Although not thrilled about taking a road trip in an RV with her little brother and grouchy grandfather, Veronica goes along for the ride, but when her little brother suddenly disappears, the trip turns into more than she bargained for.
Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman
The true story about a red-tailed hawk, named Pale Male, who made his home on a ledge outside one of New York City's ritziest apartment buildings, raised 23 chicks over the course of nine years, and earned world fame after a series of events involving an unpopular eviction by the building's human residents.
Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry by Jack Prelutsky
Featuring personal anecdotes and an abundance of information, a humorous guide, filled with poetry exercises, ideas, projects, and pointers, teaches readers how to write poetry.
Seer of Shadows by Avi
In trying to make money off grieving families by taking photos of the ghosts of the dead, a photographer's young apprentice frees the ghost of a dead girl determined to seek her revenge on people from her past.
Sequoyah: Inventor of Written Cherokee by Roberta Basel
Presents the life and accomplishments of Sequoyah, who became famous for inventing a method of writing the Cherokee language, providing the Cherokee tribes with a source of pride and a means for unification.
When is a Planet Not a Planet? by Elaine Scott
Explains how advancements in technology have changed our understanding of the universe and why the number of planets in the solar system went down from nine to eight.
Check the media center and the public library for these titles.
When the World Lets You Down
Doyle, Brian. Uncle Ronald. Groundwood, 1997. 138 pages.
Easton, Kelly. Walking on Air. McElderry Books, 2004. 233 pages.
Flake, Sharon G. Begging for Change. Jump at the Sun/ Hyperion, 2003. 235 pages.
Gaiman, Neil. The Wolves in the Walls. HarperCollins, 2003. 56 pages.
Smith, Hope Anita. The Way a Door Closes. Henry Holt, 2003. 52 pages.
Williams-Garcia, Rita. No Laughter Here. HarperCollins, 2004. 133 pages.
Laughing Through The Tears
Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (and others in the series). Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. 154 pages.
McKay, Hilary. Saffy’s Angel. U.S. Edition: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002. 152 pages.
Naifeh, Ted. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things (and other volumes). Oni Press, 2001.
Wheeler, Lisa. Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta. Jackson/Atheneum, 2004. Unpaged. Wynne-Jones, Tim. Some of the Kinder Planets. Orchard, 1995. 130 pages.
Yee, Lisa. Millicent Min: Girl Genius. Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Press, 2003.
Who Am I, if not My Family?
Avi. Crispin: The Cross of Lead. Hyperion, 2002. 262 pages.
Huser, Glen. Stitches. Groundwood, 2003. 198 pages.
Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart. Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. The Chicken House/Scholastic, 2003. 534 pages.
Gaiman, Neil. Coraline. HarperCollins, 2002. 162 pages.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Pictures of Hollis Woods. Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, 2002. 166 pages.
Osa, Nancy. Cuba 15. Delacorte Press, 2003. 277 pages.
Park, Linda Sue. When My Name Was Keoko. Clarion, 2002. 199 pages.
Sheth, Kashmira. Blue Jasmine. Hyperion, 2004. 186 pages.
Woodson, Jacqueline. Hush. Putnam, 2002. 181 pages.
Decisions, Decisions (That’s Not Fair!)
Bruchac, Joseph. The Heart of a Chief. Dial, 1998. 153 pages.
Crowe, Chris. Getting Away With Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case. Phyllis Fogelman Books/Penguin, 2003. 128 pages.
DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. Random House, 2003. 270 pages.
Erlbach, Arlene. Worth the Risk. Free Spirit Press, 1999. 122 pages.
Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion. A Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum, 2002. 380 pages.
Goodall, Jane. The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours. A Byron Preiss Book/Scholastic Press, 2001. 80 pages.
Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. Alfred A Knopf, 2002. 292 pages.
Konigsburg, E.L. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place. Atheneum, 2004. 296 pages.
Lowry, Lois. Messenger. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. 169 pages.
Myers, Walter Dean. Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam. HarperCollins, 2002.
Reeve, Philip. Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles). Eos/HarperCollins, 2003.
Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl. Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. 186 pages.
When You Have to be the Grown-up…
Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. Putnam, 2004. 240 pages.
Clarke, Judith. Wolf on the Fold. U.S. Edition: Front Street, 2002. 169 pages.
Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander. Scholastic Press, 2003. 310 pages.
Ellis, Deborah. Mud City (The final book in the Breadwinner Trilogy). Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre, 2003. 164 pages.
Mizayaki, Hayao. Spirited Away, vol 1. Viz Comics, 2002.
Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Esperanza Rising. Scholastic Press, 2000. 262 pages.
Coming of Ages, Living and Dying
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bucking the Sarge. Wendy Lamb, 2004. 272 pages.
Gandolfi, Sylvana. Aldabra. Translated from the Italian by Lynne Sharon Schwartz.
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2004. 160 pages.
Henkes, Kevin. Olive’s Ocean. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2003. 224 pages.
Kadohata, Cynthia. Kira-Kira. Atheneum, 2004. 256 pages.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. What Have You Lost? Greenwillow, 1999. 205 pages.
Winick, Judd. Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned. Henry Holt, 2000. 187 pages.
Woodson, Jacqueline. Locomotion. Putnam, 2003. 128 pages.
Cool People/All Kinds of Heroes
Cummins, Julie. Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott. HarperCollins, 2001. 80 pages.
Fleming, Candace. Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life. An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum, 2003. 120 pages.
Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan. Runaway Girl: The Artist Louise Bourgeois. Harry N. Abrams, 2003. 80 pages.
Johnson, Angela. The Other Side: Shorter Poems. Orchard, 1998. 44 pages.
Macy, Sue. Bulls-eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley. National Geographic Society, 2001. 64 pages.
Maurer, Richard. The Wright Sister: Katharine Wright and Her Famous Brothers.
Roaring Book Press, 2003. 127 pages.
Nelson, Marilyn. Carver, a Life in Poems. Front Street, 2001. 103 pages.
Partridge, Elizabeth. This Land was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie. Viking, 2002. 217 pages.
Survive Middle School, then Survive THIS!
Bredeson, Carmen. After the Last Dog Died: The True-Life, Hair-Raising Adventure of
Douglas Mawson and His 1912 Antarctic Expedition. National Geographic, 2003. 63 pages.
Murphy, Jim. An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. Clarion, 2003. 165 pages.
Fleischman, John. Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. 86 pages.
Gaiman, Neil. The Books of Magic. DC Comics/Vertigo, 1993.
Lawlor, Laurie. Magnificent Voyage: An American Adventurer on Captain James Cook's Final Expedition. Holiday House, 2002. 236 pages.
Matthews, L. S. Fish. Delacorte, 2004. 183 pages.
Orlev, Uri. Run, Boy, Run. Translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin. Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 186 pages.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex. Putnam, 2002. 164 pages.
Ross, Val. The Road to There: Mapmakers and Their Stories. Tundra, 2003. 146 pages.
Schyffert, Bea Uusma. The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins. Chronicle, 2003. 77 pages.
Last Updated on 5/09/2011
by Mrs. Newton, Library Media Specialist
Connersville Middle School
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