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List of 100 outstanding children's and young adult titles for 3-8 grade readers. 2012 CCIRA conference breakout session.

List of 100 outstanding children's and young adult titles for 3-8 grade readers. 2012 CCIRA conference breakout session.

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  • THANKS, Donalyn! Shared this with my ELA team as we are always reading books that our kids read in order to make great recommendations. I just book talked Okay for Now…my kids are fighting for it 

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    • CCIRA 2012: Bring on the Books Grades 3-8 Donalyn Miller www.slideshare.net/donalynm IL=Interest Level, RL=Reading Level *annotations and leveling information provided by TitlewaveAddie on the inside All the water in the worldBy Howe, James By Lyon, George EllaOutspoken thirteen-year-old Addie Carle learns about love, A lyrical, illustrated look at the water cycle, showing howloss, and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh water rises to the clouds and rains back down again to begrade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with her used by plants, people, and every living thing.boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her IL:K-3 RL:3former best friend. IL:5-8 RL:5Amelia lost: The life and disappearance of Amelia America is under attack: September 11, 2001: The dayEarhart the towers fellBy Fleming, Candace By Brown, DonTraces the life of female aviator Amelia Earhart from her Provides a chronological account of September 11, 2001childhood to her final flight, discusses the extensive search including the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center infor her and her missing plane, and includes photographs, New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and themaps, handwritten notes by Amelia, and sidebars. hijacking of a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.IL:5-8 RL:6.3 IL:3-6 RL:5.6Anyas ghost Around the world: Three remarkable journeysBy Brosgol, Vera By Phelan, MattAnya, embarrassed by her family and lacking confidence in Fictionalized accounts of the true stories of three peopleher body and her social skills, finally finds a friend after who made separate attempts to travel around the world infalling down a well, but quickly learns there are drawbacks the late nineteenth century, including Thomas Stevens, whoto having a ghost for a friend. IL:YA made the journey on a bicycle, reporter Nellie Bly, who used conventional methods of travel, and sea captain Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail around the world alone. IL:3-6 RL:6The aviary Balloons over Broadway: The true story of theBy ODell, Kathleen puppeteer of Macys ParadeIn late nineteenth-century Maine, isolated, eleven-year-old By Sweet, MelissaClara Dooley gains a friend and uncovers a magical secret Tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, the man who firstthat changes her life when she learns to care for the once- invented the helium balloons that have become thefeared birds in the aviary attached to the Glendoveer trademark of the annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.mansion where she lives. IL:K-3 RL:5.2IL:3-6 RL:4.5Ben Franklin: His wit and wisdom from A-Z Between shades of grayBy Schroeder By Sepetys, RutaAn illustrated overview of Benjamin Franklins inventions, In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother arewisdom, and accomplishments. pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards andIL:3-6 RL:5.9 sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the authors family, includes a historical note. IL:YA 1
    • Big wig: A little history of hair Bigger than a bread boxBy Krull, Kathleen By Snyder, LaurelChronicles the history of hair, looking at hair facts and lore Devastated when her parents separate, twelve-year-oldfrom ancient to modern times. Rebecca must move with her mother from Baltimore toIL:3-6 RL:4.8 Grans house in Atlanta, where Rebecca discovers an old breadbox with the power to grant any wish--so long as the wished-for thing fits in the breadbox. IL:3-6 RL:5.7Blackout Bookspeak!: Poems about booksBy Rocco, John By Salas, Laura PurdieNeighbors gather on the roof after the power goes out on a Books are given the opportunity to speak in an illustratedhot night in the city and start having so much fun not collection of humorous poems.everyone is happy when the lights go back on. IL:K-3 RL:2IL:K-3 RL:1.4Breadcrumbs Breaking Stalins noseBy Ursu, Anne By Yelchin, EugeneHazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sashamagical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when policeHazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forcedof saving Jacks life. IL:3-6 RL:5.5 to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs. IL:5-8 RL:5.7A butterfly is patient Camo girlBy Aston, Dianna Hutts By Magoon, KeklaIntroduces young readers to the life cycle, characteristics, Ella has always been friends with a boy known as Z,and behaviors of butterflies. despite his reputation as the weird kid, but when a newIL:K-3 RL:5 boy, Bailey, moves to town and befriends Ella because they are the only two African American students in the class, she must choose between the popularity Bailey will bring to her life and her lifelong friendship with Z. IL:5-8 RL:4.3Can we save the tiger? The case of the vanishing golden frogs: A scientificBy Jenkins, Martin mysteryContains illustrations of rare animals, including tigers, By Markle, Sandraground iguanas, white-rumped vultures, and others, Follows a team of scientists as they try to save Panamaniandiscusses the impact of human activities on the animals, golden frogs, which began to disappear fifteen years ago,and looks at how they can be saved. and looks at the reasons behind their decline.IL:K-3 RL:3.5 IL:5-8 RL:5.7The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred The Cheshire Cheese cat: A Dickens of a taleBy Vamos, Samantha R By Deedy, Carmen AgraA cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form anof animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. unlikely alliance at Londons Cheshire Cheese, an innIncludes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queenwoven throughout the text. Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.IL:K-3 RL:2.4 IL:3-6 RL:5.1The chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 amazing authors Citizen Scientists: Be a part of scientific discovery fromtell the tales / illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. your own backyardPresents fourteen short stories from award-winning authors By Burns, Loree Griffinbased on the illustrations in Chris Van Allsburgs "The Text, tips, and photographs explain how to observe andMysteries of Harris Burdick". IL:5-8 RL:5.9 gather data about backyard insects and animals.IL:3-6 2
    • Close to famous CrowBy Bauer, Joan By Wright, BarbaraThe residents of Culpepper, despite their grand aspirations, Moses Thomass summer vacation in 1898 does not go ashave made little progress toward achieving their goals, but planned, and while he deals with family problems andunexpected events and surprises put the ambitions of the fickle friends, Moses comes to be more aware of theresidents of Culpepper to the test. IL:5-8 RL:4 escalating tension between the African American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina. IL:3-6 RL:4.6Darth Paper strikes back: An Origami Yoda book Dead end in NorveltBy Angleberger, Tom By Gantos, JackAfter several Origami Yoda-related incidences, Dwight is In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-suspended for being a troublemaker and Yoda asks Tommy old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded forand Kellen to save Dwight by creating a case file that various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderlyproves Dwight is an asset to Ralph McQuarrie Middle neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newlySchool. IL:3-6 RL:4.7 dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses. IL:5-8 RL:6Diego Rivera: His world and ours DivergentBy Tonatiuh, Duncan By Roth, VeronicaProvides an overview of the life of Diego Rivera, discusses In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior musthis work, and prompts readers to imagine what he would choose among five predetermined factions to define herpaint in contemporary times. identity for the rest of her life, a decision made moreIL:K-3 RL:5 difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. IL:YADragon castle The dragons toothBy Bruchac, Joseph By Wilson, Nathan DYoung Prince Rashko, frequently frustrated with his family When their parents seedy old motel burns down on thewhich he has come to think of as a pack of fools, learns same night they are visited by a strange man covered inthey are not as witless as he thought when his parents skeleton tattoos, Cyrus, Antigone, and their brother Danieldisappear leaving him to manage the castle and kingdom. are introduced to an ancient secret society, and discoverIL:5-8 RL:5.7 that they have an important role in keeping it alive. IL:3-6 RL:4.7Drawing from memory E-mergency!By Say, Allen By Lichtenheld, TomCaldecott medalist Allen Say chronicles his experiences as The letter "e," injured in a fall, can only recover ifan artist during World War II, and describes his everyone will stop using her, but things are just not therelationship with his mentor Noro Shinpei, Japans leading same when "o" offers to fill in. IL:K-3 RL:3.2cartoonist. IL:5-8 RL:4.1Eight keys The elephant scientistBy LaFleur, Suzanne M By OConnell, CaitlinWhen twelve-year-old Elise, orphaned since age three, Photographs and text recount Caitlin OConnellsbecomes disheartened by middle school with its bullies, experiences observing African elephants in their naturalchanging relationships, and higher expectations, keys to habitat, describing the discoveries she made about elephantlong-locked rooms and messages from her late father help communication. IL:5-8 RL:7.2her cope. IL:3-6 RL:3.7 3
    • The emerald atlas The fingertips of Duncan DorfmanBy Stephens, John By Wolitzer, MegKate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage Twelve-year-olds Duncan Dorfman, April Blunt, and Nateto another in the ten years since their parents disappeared Saviano meet at the Youth Scrabble Tournament where,to protect them, but now they learn that they have special although each has a different reason for attending and forpowers--and a fearsome enemy--and embark on a needing to win, they realize that something more importantprophesied quest to find a magical book. IL:5-8 RL:5.1 is at stake than the grand prize. IL:5-8 RL:5.7First Girl Scout: The life of Juliette Gordon Low The fourth stallBy Wadsworth, Ginger By Rylander, ChrisOffers insight into the life of Juliette Low, the woman Sixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business chargingbehind the creation of Girl Scouts, discussing the events schoolmates for protection from bullies and for help tothat impacted her vision, the controversy surrounding her negotiate conflicts peacefully, with amazing challenges andmethods, and the diverse group of individuals she results. IL:3-6 RL:5.1welcomed. IL:3-6 RL:6.8The friendship doll Ghetto cowboy: A novelBy Larson, Kirby By Neri, GregFollows the adventures of Miss Kanagawa, a doll made to Twelve-year-old Coles behavior causes his mother to driveserve as an ambassador from Japan to the United States, as him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father heshe makes friends and learns about love during the has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with atwentieth century. IL:3-6 RL:5.2 group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs. IL:5-8 RL:4.8Ghosts in the fog : the untold story of Alaskas WWII Grandpa Greeninvasion By Smith, LaneBy Seiple, Samantha A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinaryA narrative, nonfiction account of the Japanese invasion great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.and occupation of the Aleutian Islands during World War IL:K-3 RL:3.4II, told from the perspectives of an American civilian andsoldiers from both sides of the conflict. Includes more thaneighty photographs.IL:YAThe great wall of Lucy Wu Hades --lord of the dead / (Olympians, volume 4)By Shang, Wendy Wan Long By OConnor, GeorgeEleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior The story of the great God of the Underworld and one ofdesigner Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own the most famous of all Greek myths: Hades abduction ofbedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to Persephone and her mothers revenge. Told in graphicvisit and Lucy will have to share a room with her for novel format and includes extensive sources and crossseveral months, shattering her plans for a perfect sixth- references in the back matter.grade year. IL:3-6 RL:5.3 IL:5-8 RL:4Heart and soul: The story of America and African Hound dog trueAmericans By Urban, LindaBy Nelson, Kadir Mattie, a shy fifth grader, wants to hide out at her newExamines the history of the United States, focusing on school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, theevents that influenced African-Americans and how they custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons theadvanced liberty and justice in America. courage to speak about what matters most and finds a trueIL:3-6 RL:5.8 friend. IL:3-6 RL:4.3 4
    • How they croaked: The awful ends of the awfully I want my hat backfamous By Klassen, JBy Bragg, Georgia When Bear loses his hat, he patiently asks the animals heShares the sometimes gruesome details of the deaths of comes across if they have seen it, and just as he is about tonineteen famous historical figures, including King Tut, give up his search, a deer helps him remember exactlyPocahontas, George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe, and where he left his beloved hat.Marie Curie. IL:5-8 RL:5.2 IL:K-3 RL:1.4Icefall Inside out & back againBy Kirby, Matthew By Lai, ThanhhaPrincess Solveig and her siblings are trapped in a hidden Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and herfjord, along with her best friend and an army of restless brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.soldiers, all awaiting news of the kings victory in battle, IL:3-6 RL:4.9but as they wait for winters end and the all-encompassingice to break, acts of treachery make it clear that a traitorlurks in their midst. IL:5-8 RL:5Irena Sendler and the children of the Warsaw Ghetto Jeffersons sons: A founding fathers secret childrenBy Rubin, Susan Goldman By Bradley, Kimberly BrubakerRecounts Irena Sendlers efforts to save hundreds of Jewish A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomaschildren in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Jeffersons life at Monticello through the eyes of three ofIL:3-6 RL:5.7 his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings. IL:5-8 RL:4.1Just a second: A different way to look at time Lemonade: And other poems squeezed from a singleBy Jenkins, Steve wordDescribes a series of events in the natural world to provide By Raczka, Boban exploration of how people think about time. A collection of poems based on a childs day-to-dayIL:K-3 RL:4.7 experiences that includes a puzzle at the end of each poem. IL:3-6 RL:6.1Liesl & Po Like pickle juice on a cookieBy Oliver, Lauren, 1962 By Sternberg, JulieAfter her fathers death, Liesl is locked away in a tiny attic When nine-year-old Eleanors beloved babysitter Bibiroom by her stepmother, where she meets Po, a lonely moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor mustghost, and Will, an alchemists apprentice who bungles an spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter whileimportant delivery and enlists Liesl and Pos help in setting mourning the loss of her old one. IL:3-6 RL:3.1things right. IL:3-6 RL:6.5The lions of Little Rock The manatee scientist: Saving vulnerable speciesBy Levine, Kristin (Kristin Sims) By Lourie, PeterTwelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with An introduction to manatees and manatee conservation thatLiz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops includes photographs and information on the three differentattending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend manatee species, their migration patterns, and their naturalis actually an African American girl passing herself off as habitat. IL:5-8 RL:7white, the two young girls must decide whether theirfriendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers itcould bring to their families. IL:5-8 RL:3.4Marty McGuire May B.: A novelBy Messner, Kate By Rose, Caroline StarWhen tomboy Marty is cast as the princess in the third- When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterlygrade play, she learns about improvisation, which helps her family, Mays father pulls her from school and hires her outbecome more adaptable. IL:K-3 RL:2.8 to a couple new to the Kansas frontier. IL:3-6 RL:3.7 5
    • Me-- Jane Meadowlands: A wetlands survival storyBy McDonnell, Patrick By Yezerski, ThomasHolding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall Introduces readers to the meadowlands, twenty thousandobserves nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living acres of wetlands in New Jersey, discussing the destructionin Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical that humans have caused, and the changes that haveinformation on the prominent zoologist. IL:K-3 RL:3.5 reversed some of the damage. IL:K-3 RL:5.3The mighty Miss Malone A monster calls: A novelBy Curtis, Christopher Paul By Ness, PatrickDeza Malone, the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find aIndiana, accompanies her mother and older brother on a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one fromtrip to find her father, who left to find work after the Great the recurring nightmare that began when his motherDepression hit. They end up in a Hooverville outside of became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to faceFlint, Michigan, and her brother attempts to be a performer truth and loss. IL:YAwhile Deza and her mother search for a home.IL:3-6 RL:3.8Never forgotten No one but youBy McKissack, Pat By Wood, DouglasA lyrical story-in-verse that details the experiences of an Readers are invited to discover nature using their sense ofAfrican boy who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. smell, sight, hearing, touch, and taste.IL:3-6 RL:4 IL:K-3 RL:5Nurse, soldier, spy : the story of Sarah Edmonds, a The Ogre of OglefortCivil War hero By Ibbotson, EvaBy Moss, Marissa Ivo, an orphan boy, teams up with the Hag of Dribble and aDescribes the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who disguised troll called Ulf to rescue a princess from the Ogre ofherself as a man, took the name Frank Thompson, joined a Oglefort, but things turn out differently when they arrive atMichigan army regiment to fight in the Civil War, served the ogres castle only to find a contented princess and aas a nurse on the battlefield, and became a spy. depressed ogre inside.IL:K-3 RL:4.9 IL:3-6 RL:6.2Okay for now The one and only IvanBy Schmidt, Gary D By Applegate, KatherineFourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck faces many challenges, When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-including an abusive father, a brother traumatized by and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephantVietnam, suspicious teachers and police officers, and that has been added to the mall, he decides that he mustisolation, but when he meets a girl known as Lil Spicer, he find her a better life.develops a close relationship with her and finds a safe IL:3-6 RL:4place at the local library.IL:5-8 RL:4.6One day and one amazing morning on Orange Street Orani: My fathers villageBy Rocklin, Joanne By Nivola, ClaireThe last remaining orange tree on a Southern California Author Claire Nivola shares details of her experiencesstreet brings together neighbors of all ages as they face spending summers in Orani, the village in which her fathertheir problems and anxieties, including the possibility that a grew up, where she was able to enjoy simple pleasures ofmysterious stranger is a threat to their tree. IL:3-6 daily life and connect with her extended family. IL:K-3 RL:5 6
    • Over and under the snow Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes: A storyBy Messner, Kate By Auxier, JonathanDuring a cross country ski trip through the winter woods, Raised to be a thief, blind orphan Peter Nimble, age ten,adventurers can discover all sorts of animals living under steals from a mysterious stranger three pairs of magicalthe snow. IL:K-3 RL:3 eyes that lead him to a hidden island where he must decide to become a hero or resume his life of crime. IL:5-8 RL:5.9Presidents Stuck in the Bathtub Prudence wants a petBy Katz, Susan By Daly, CathleenA collection of poems that present miscellaneous facts Prudence is determined to have a pet in spite of her parentsabout individuals who served as president of the United objections, but a branch, a twig, a car tire, and even herStates throughout history. IL:3-6 baby brother fail to make her dreams come true. IL:K-3 RL:1.6The queen of water The Scorpio RacesBy Resau, Laura By Stiefvater, MaggieLiving in a village in Ecuador, a Quechua Indian girl is Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendricksent to work as an indentured servant for an upper class competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride"mestizo" family. IL:YA in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. IL:YAThe secret river SidekicksBy Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan By Santat, DanYoung Calpurnia takes her dog, Buggy-horse, and follows Captain Amazing tries to hire a new sidekick when he feelsher nose to a secret river in a Florida forest, where she he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, but his petscatches enough fresh fish to feed her hungry neighbors, have different ideas. IL:3-6 RL:4.8even after giving some to the forest creatures she meets onthe way home. IL:K-3 RL:3Squish. No. 1: Super Amoeba StarsBy Holm, Jennifer L By Ray, Mary LynThe young amoeba Squish, inspired by his favorite comic Explores the wonder of stars, whether they are in the nightbook hero, Super Amoeba, tries to navigate his way sky, on a plant as a promise of fruit to come, or in onesthrough school and save his friends and the world from the pocket for those days when one does not feel shiny. IL:K-evils that lurk in the halls. IL:3-6 RL:2.2 3 RL:2.1Swirl by swirl: Spirals in nature Texas gothicBy Sidman, Joyce By Clement-Moore, RosemaryAn illustrated exploration of various examples of spirals Seventeen-year-old Amy Goodnight has long been the oneappearing in nature, looking at snail shells, flower petals, who makes her family of witches seem somewhat normalelephant tusks, crashing waves, and more. IL:K-3 RL:2.5 to others, but while spending a summer with her sister caring for their aunts farm, Amy becomes the center of weirdness when she becomes tied to a powerful ghost. IL:YAThunder birds: Natures flying predators Trapped: How the world rescued 33 miners from 2,000By Arnosky, Jim feet below the Chilean desertPresents information about different types birds and the By Aronson, Marcfeatures that make them unique, and contains color Provides a detailed account of rescue efforts to save thirty-photographs of these birds. IL:K-3 RL:5.8 three miners, who were trapped in a copper-gold mine in San Jose, Chile. IL:5-8 RL:7.2 7
    • Under the mesquite UndergroundBy McCall, Guadalupe Garcia By Evans, ShaneThroughout her high school years, as her mother battles Follows a familys journey toward freedom as they travelcancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house along the Underground railroad. IL:K-3 RL:.6and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in actingand writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.IL:YAWarp speed The watch that ends the night: Voices from the TitanicBy Yee, Lisa By Wolf, AllanMarley Sandelski has always felt invisible at school when Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed byhe is not facing bullies, but a series of unexpected events millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanesegives him a taste of popularity and insights into some refugee finding first love, "Unsinkable" Molly Brown,classmates who are well-liked or greatly-feared. IL:3- Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.6 RL:5.2 IL:YAWhen life gives you O.J. Won-Ton: A cat tale told in haikuBy Perl, Erica S By Wardlaw, LeeTen-year-old Zelly Fried considers going along with her A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go home with a goodgrandfathers crazy plan to convince her parents to buy her family, and settles in with them, all the while letting thema dog which involves a "practice dog" named OJ. IL:3- know who is boss and, finally, sharing his real name. IL:K-6 RL:6.4 3 RL:3Wonder Wonderstruck: A novel in words and picturesBy Palacio, R. J By Selznick, BrianTen-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme Relates the stories of twelve-year-old Ben, who loses hisfacial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes mother and his hearing in a short time frame and decides tofrom being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a leave his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he hasprivate middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring never known in New York City; and Rose, who lives withthe taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be her father but feels compelled to search for what is missingseen as just another student. IL:3-6 in her life. Bens story is told in words; Roses in pictures. IL:5-8 RL:5Words in the dust World without fishBy Reedy, Trent By Kurlansky, MarkZulaikha, a thirteen-year-old girl in Afghanistan, faces a Describes what is happening to fish, the oceans, and theseries of frightening but exhilarating changes in her life as environment in the early twenty-first century, explainingshe defies her father and secretly meets with an old woman how commonly-consumed fish, such as tuna, cod, andwho teaches her to read, her older sister gets married, and salmon, are disappearing; and discussing the impact ofAmerican troops offer her surgery to fix her disfiguring overfishing on other species and the effects of fishing oncleft lip. IL:5-8 RL:4.8 the oceans. IL:3-6 RL:6.9Zita the spacegirl. Book one: Far from home Zombie in loveBy Hatke, Ben By DiPucchio, Kelly SZita rushes to the rescue after her best friend is abducted by Mortimer, a zombie, is looking for love, but when all of hisan alien doomsday cult, and, before long, finds herself attempts to locate a sweetheart fail, Mortimer decides tohailed as an intergalactic hero. place an ad in the newspaper.IL:3-6 RL:3 IL:K-3 RL:2.4 8