STUDENT RECOMMENDATION: While Charley is learning to cope with a severe leg injury and losing her mother, she meets a wild, abused dog whith whom she feels an immediate connection. Can one heartbroken girl help mend the battered spirit of an untamable dog?
Ruby Redfort Look into My Eyes by Lauren Child
STUDENT RECOMMENDATION: Ruby, a genius code-cracker and daring detective, along with her sidekick butler, Hitch, work for a secret crime-busting organization called Spectrum. Ruby gets into lots of scrapes with evil villains, but she is always ice-cool in a crisis.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
STUDENT RECOMMENDATION: Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids - when spending the night at the local library, he find himself locked in - he must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high...
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
STUDENT RECOMMENDATION: This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures...
Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
STUDENT RECOMMENDATION: Eleven-year-old Emily has been told for her entire life that her destiny is to become a poet, just like her famous namesake, Emily Dickinson. But Emily doesn't even really like poetry... She discovers there is a family secret contained in her volume of Emily Dickinson's poems - just after she loses it. As Emily and her friends search for the lost book Emily's understanding of destiny begins to unravel and then rewrite itself.
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Student Recommendation! Melody is the smartest kid in her whole school, but no one knows it - Melody can't talk, walk, or write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind-until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Joss, the 7th son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, must team up with a human girl to re-create Earth when the planet is accidentally erased from existence.
Will Sparrow's Road by Karen Cushman
In 1599 England, 12-year-old thieving Will Sparrow runs away, meets colorful characters, and joins an "oddities" show, where he learns to see beyond appearances.
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
Early's father has disappeared, and now her family has been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless. It's up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.
A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
Believing that he has achieved his purpose throughout several eventful lives, Buddy the dog is drawn to a troubled teen whom he struggles to help until they are separated.
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl. Newbery Honor book.
Horse Camp by Nicole Helget; Nate LeBoutillier
Told in their separate voices, twelve-year-old twins Percy and Penny are excited to spend a summer riding horses on their Uncle Stretch's Minnesota spread, until they discover it is a pig farm.
The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson
Eel, an orphan, and his best friend Florrie must help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water, and not poisonous air, when an epidemic sweeps across their London neighborhood in 1854.
Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin
During a class trip to the Montana woods, three sixth-graders, athletic Ian, sensitive PJ, and brainy Kendra, are separated from their group and must rely on each other to survive as they encounter zombies and more.
Constable and Toop by Gareth P. Jones
In Victorian London, an undertaker's son who can see ghosts and is haunted by their constant demands for attention must decide whether to help when a horrible disease imprisons ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Student Recommended! (And last year's CMS required summer read) A boy with a facial deformity who is trying to fit in at his new school - a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance as Auggie becomes a hero to root for.
Written in Bone by Sally M. Walker
Follows the work of forensic scientists excavating grave sites in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s; and uncovers the lives of a teenage boy, a ship's captain, a colonial officer, an African slave girl, and others.
Byrd and Igloo by Samantha Seiple
Discusses the adventures of Richard Evelyn Byrd and his dog Igloo as they raced to the North Pole.