It’s here! The new 2010-2011 Sunshine State young reader’s list was announced this morning. To all Saint Stephen’s children entering grade 4-5-6, you will be eligible to participate in our reading program. I would encourage you to be reading these books over the summer months. Those entering grade five have the option of reading one of the below listed books as part of your required summer reading. During the school year, Intermediate School children are invited to read at least 5 books from the recommended list, then take and pass the accompanying Accelerated Reader test. Children who read at least 5 books are then invited to our voting party in April 2011. Last year, 38 IS students attended our afternoon voting party off campus. Why not join us in April 2011? Why not read some of these books over the summer months? Enjoy!
- Avi.. The Seer of Shadows. (AR 5.2) Photographer Horace Carpetine is commissioned to do a portrait for society matron Mrs. Frederick Von Macht; however, the photos evoke both the image and the ghost of the Von Macht’s dead daughter, Eleanora, who has returned to seek vengeance on those who killed her.
- Beatty, Andrea. Cicada Summer. (AR 4.7) Twelve-year-old Lily, believing she could have prevented the accident that caused her brother’s death, has quit speaking leaving everyone to think that she is brain damaged, but in her silence she sees everything, and when sly newcomer Tinny comes to town, Lily suddenly has a lot to talk about–if only she can make herself speak the words.
- Broach, Elise. Masterpiece (AR 4.8 ) 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.
- Delaney, M. C. Obi, Gerbil on the Loose. (AR 4.8 ) Obi Wan Kenobi, the gerbil, is forced to escape his cage and fend for himself after his owner leaves on vacation and the pet sitter neglects to feed him, and through his adventures encounters a cat, a tarantula, a snake, and a dog.
- DiTerlizzi, Tony. Kenny & the Dragon. (AR 5.4) Kenny Rabbit tries to save his friend, the dragon, after he is labeled a community nuisance by the simple people of Roundbrook village, who arrange for the creature to be fought by St. George.
- Feldman, Jodi. The Gollywhopper Games. (AR 3.9) Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling money from Golly Toy and Game Company.
- Forester, Victoria. The Girl Who Could Fly. (AR 6.0) Piper McCloud’s ability to fly sets her apart from the other kids, so her mother sends her to an exclusive school for children with exceptional abilities, but even there she does not fit in with the other students.
- Giff, Patricia, Reilly Eleven. (AR 4.1) When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories from his past, and, with the help of a new friend at school and the castle they are building for a school project, his questions are eventually answered.
- Henkes, Kevin. Bird Lake Moon (AR 4.9 ) Twelve-year-old Mitch, spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents’ separation, becomes friends with ten-year-old Spencer, who has returned with his family to the lake where his little brother drowned years earlier, and as the boys spend time together and their friendship grows, each of them begins to heal.
- Holt, Kimberly Willis. Piper Reed, Navy Brat. (AR 3.5) Piper is sad about leaving her home and friends behind when her father, a Navy aircraft mechanic, is transferred yet again, but with help from her often-annoying sisters and a surprise from their parents, she finds happiness in their new home in Pensacola, Florida.
- Lupica, Mike. Safe at home (AR 5.6) Nick Crandall’s new foster parents are both professors who know nothing about sports, and his new teammates feel he is too young to play varsity baseball; but Nick is out to prove that he belongs not only to his team, but to his parents as well.
- Mass, Wendy. 11 Birthdays. (AR 4.1 ) After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.
- Napoli, Donna Jo. Mogo, the Third Warthog. (AR 3.6) When Mogo is cast out of his burrow to make room for a new litter, he learns how to survive and as an unlikely friendship with a young baboon blooms, Mogo finds the joy of friendship and love.
- Wolf, Joan. Someone named Eva (AR 5.1) From her home in Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in 1942, eleven-year-old Milada is taken with other blond, blue-eyed children to a school in Poland to be trained as “proper Germans” for adoption by German families, but all the while she remembers her true name and history.
- Yep, Laurence. The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. (AR 3.7) Eight-year-old Henry and nine-year-old Chin love to read about heroes in popular “penny dreadful” novels, until they both witness real courage while trying to survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
- Avi. The Seer of Shadows. (AR5.2 )
- Bartolett, Susan Campbell. The Boy Who Dared. (AR 4.9 ) In October 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hubener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.
- Bloor, Edward. Taken. (AR 4.3 ) In 2036 kidnapping rich children has become an industry, but when thirteen-year-old Charity Meyers is taken and held for ransom, she soon discovers that this particular kidnapping is not what it seems.
- Cooney, Caroline B. Diamonds in the Shadow. (AR 5.1) While his mother and father help a family of African refugees, Jared learns that the people he counts on for doing good deeds are not always praiseworthy and is faced with a decision which may have implications for all.
- Green, Tim. Football Hero. (AR 5.1 ) 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.
- Herlong, M. L.. The Great Wide Sea. (AR 4.1) Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea.
- Hill, Kirkpatrick. Do Not Pass Go. (AR 5.7) When Deet’s father is jailed for using drugs, Deet learns that prison is not what he expected, nor are other people necessarily the way he thought they were.
- Paulsen, Gary. Lawn Boy. (AR 4.3) Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.
- Porter, Tracey. Billy Creekmore: a Novel. (AR 5.4 ) One day a stranger comes to claim Billy Creekmore from the Guardian Angels Home for Boys; and he embarks on a cross-country journey in search of his past, his future, and his own true self.
- Schmid, Susan Maupin. Lost Time. (AR 4.9 ) Violynne, the twelve-year-old daughter of missing archaeologists on the planet Lindos, must solve the puzzle of her parents’ disappearance before the dictatorial Arbiter captures her and forces her to do his bidding.
- Shafer, Audrey. The Mailbox. (AR 5.0 ) When twelve-year-old Gabe tries to hide his uncle’s death from the local authorities, he is not prepared for what happens when this secret is discovered.
- Sherman, Delia. Changeling. (AR 4.9) Neef is a changeling, a human baby stolen by fairies and replaced with one of their own; but now she has broken a fairy law and must meet the challenge of the Green Lady of Central Park or be sacrificed to the Wild Hunt.
- Smith, Roland .I., Q: Independence Hall. (AR 4.5) Quest and his stepsister Angela are thrust into the dangerous world of the American Secret Service and the Israeli Mossad when they learn Angela’s real mother was a former Secret Service agent who was killed by a terrorist group.
- Soto, Gary. Mercy on These Teenage Chimps. (AR 4.9) At age thirteen, best friends Ronnie and Joey suddenly feel like chimps–long armed, big eared, and gangly–and when the coach humiliates Joey in front of a girl, he climbs up a tree and refuses to come down.
- Spinelli, Jerry. Smiles to Go. (AR 3.3) Will Tuppence’s life has always been ruled by science and common sense but in ninth grade, shaken up by the discovery that protons decay, he begins to see the entire world differently and gains new perspective on his relationships with his little sister and two closest friends.