Fall 2014 Annotated Bibliography
Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover (2014)
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Anderson, John David. Minion (2014)
Michael Morn is a supervillain-in-training and the adoptive son of a criminal mastermind whose sense of right and wrong is thrown into question when a new superhero arrives in town.
Angleberger, Tom. Poop Fountain (2014)
Three friends spend Christmas day breaking into the town’s antiquated sewage treatment plant in order to witness with their own eyes the soon-to-be-replaced "poop fountain."
Aslan, Austin. The Islands at the End of the World (2014)
Stranded in Honolulu when a strange cloud causes a worldwide electronics failure, Leilani and her father must make their way home to Hilo amid escalating perils, including her epilepsy.
Aust, Patricia H. Shelter (2014)
Miguel, afraid of his abusive father and trying to keep his head down, must summon the courage to stand up to his father in order to protect his mother and sister.
Bacon, Lee. Joshua Dread: The Dominion Key (2014)
When their school comes under attack, Joshua and his friends must stop evil Phineas Vex from finding a mysterious key that will enable complete world domination for whoever possesses it.
Bajaj, Varsha. Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood(2014)
Abby Spencer yearns to meet her father, who lives in India, and is nervous when her wish comes true and her mom decides it is time for her to go and spend some time with him.
Barakiva, Michael. One Man Guy (2014)
When Alek's Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways"
Barber, Ronde and TIki. Extra Innings. (2014)
Tiki and Ronde have their sights set on baseball! Sure, they're experienced athletes, but they've never played baseball before. Do they have what it takes to make the team?
Barber, Ronde and Tiki. Jump Shot (2014)
As Tiki and Ronde count the days until the start of football season, the basketball coach approaches them looking for new recruits, and Tiki and Ronde sign on.
Bausum, Ann. Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of WWI’s Bravest Dog (2014)
Relates the story of Sergeant Stubby, a Boston bull terrior who served in World War I.
Beil, Michael D. Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits (2014)
In 1937, Henry must rely on a talking cat a kindly conductor named Clarence to help solve the kidnapping of a young heiress aboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner passenger train.
Bix, Cynthia Overbeck. Spending Spree (2014)
Presents a history of shopping in America, looking at the evolution of shopping places and the shopping behavior and culture that evolved with them.
Booth, Coe. Kinda Like Brothers (2014)
When his mother takes in a twelve-year-old foster boy, Jarrett is forced to share his room and his friends with the new boy.
Bowen, Fred. Double Reverse (2014)
Jesse realizes the team quarterback’s throws are wild. Jesse knows the plays, but he feels he is too small to play quarterback. Jesse's brother Jay’s coach wants him to switch from quarterback.
Boyne, John. Stay Where You Are and Then Leave (2014)
Alfie father has not returned from WWI, but Alfie is shining shoes when he happens to learn that his father is at a nearby hospital being treated for shell shock.
Bradley, John Ed. Call Me By My Name (2014)
Growing up in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept.
Cerra, Kerry O’Malley. Just a Drop of Water (2014)
In the aftermath of 9/11, Jake’s friend Sam’s family is affected by the profiling of Muslim citizen in a small Florida town.
Chew, Ruth. No Such Thing as a Witch (1980, reissued 2013)
Some very strange things begin to happen when two children get to know their unusual next- door-neighbor.
Cooper, Michael L. Fighting Fire (2014)
Photographs and text describe ten of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States, including the Witch Creek Fire in San Diego County, California, and more, and discusses the strategies used to fight these fires.
Dairman, Tara. All Four Stars (2014)
Gladys loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her parents.
D’Lacey, Chris. A Dark Inheritance (2014)
When Michael saves a dog, he discovers that he has paranormal abilities, which bring him to the attention of a secret organization, UNICORNE, but he plans to use the ability to find out what happened to his father.
Dionne, Erin. Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting (2014)
While at Wilderness Camp on the Boston Harbor Islands, Ollie must find and protect hidden pirate treasure from those who would steal it for themselves.
Engle, Margarita. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (2014)
Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the canal.
Fitzgerald, Laura Marx. Under the Egg (2014)
Her grandfather's dying words lead Theodora to a valuable painting she fears may be stolen, but it is her search for answers in her Greenwich Village neighborhood that brings a real treasure.
Fry, Jason. Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra (2014)
A family of space privateers becomes embroiled in a solar system-wide conspiracy, all while the three sibling compete to determine who will become the next captain of the ship.
Gavin, Rohan. Knightley and Son (2014)
A father and son detective team investigates the mystery surrounding a book that that makes its readers commit terrible crimes, and a sinister organization known as the Combination.
Gebhart, Jeb. There Will Be Bears (2014)
When Tyson's Grandpa Gene has to move into a nursing home the two sneak off to the Grand Tetons for Tyson's first big hunting trip despite his parents objections, Grandpa Gene's illness, and a man-eating bear on the loose.
Gibbs, Stuart. Poached (2014)
Teddy Fitzroy is the prime suspect when FunJungle's newly-acquired koala goes missing, thanks to a prank staged by middle school bully Vance Jessup.
Gibbs, Stuart. Space Case (2014)
It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School.
Giles, Lamar. Fake ID (2014)
An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.
Goldsmith, Connie. Bombs Over Bikini (2014)
Discusses the history of the Marshal islands that focuses on the consequences of the nuclear bomb testing over the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls.
Graff, Lisa. Absolutely Almost (2014)
Albie has never been the best, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.
Greenwald, Lisa. Welcome to Dog Beach (2014)
Remy loves the traditions of the island where her family spends every summer vacation, but after her grandmother and a special dog die, and her relationship with best friends Bennett and Micayla changes, Remy must readjust.
Hannigan, Kate. Cupcake Cousins (2014)
During a family vacation, cousins Willow and Delia, desperate to avoid being flower girls in their aunt's wedding, try to demonstrate that they would do better as chefs for the reception.
Hapka, Catherine. Maddie’s Dream (2014)
Maddie is desperate to keep her favorite horse from being sold in this first book in a contemporary middle grade series in the tradition of Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague.
Herbach, Greg. Fat Boy Vs. The Cheerleaders (2014)
When the cheerleading team takes over a vending machine's funds, Gabe Johnson, an overweight "band geek" tired of being called names and looked down on, declares war.
Hilmo, Tess. Skies Like These (2014)
While visiting her eccentric aunt who lives in Wyoming, twelve-year-old Jade befriends a boy who believes he is a descendant of Butch Cassidy.
Hoena, B.A. Stubby the War Dog (2014)
A dog named Stubby braves the World War I battlefields. See the story unfold as this brave little canine makes a big difference in the lives of many World War I soldiers.
Holm, Jennifer. The Fourteenth Goldfish (2014)
Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.
Jeter, Derek. The Contract (2014)
Inspired by his childhood, this start to a middle grade series is about a boy who sets high goals for himself and makes his dreams come true through hard work, teamwork, and determination.
Johnson, Peter. The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez(2014)
As his English teacher focuses on poetry during the month of October, Benny faces down the smartest girl at school while also navigating his friendships and a difficult family life after his grandfather's multiple strokes.
Johnson, Terry Lynn. Ice Dogs (2014)
Victoria, an Alaskan dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods is entirely up to her.
Johnson, Varian. The Great Green Heist (2014)
Jackson has a reputation as a prankster, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight--but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.
Jones, Patrick. Out of the Tunnel (2014)
Brian's father starred on the last Trojan championship team, and this year's team has a chance to win again. Brian is the starting tight end, part of the inner circle.
Keller, Laurie. The Bowling Alley Bandit (2013)
Arnie the talking doughnut is delighted to be Mr. Bing's new pet "doughnut-dog," so when Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls during a big bowling tournament, Arnie suspects foul play and sets out to solve the mystery.
Kerr, Philip. The Winter Horses (2014)
Kalinka, a Ukrainian Jewish girl on the run from the Nazis, finds unlikely help from two rare Przewalski horses.
Kanefield, Teri. The girl from the tar paper school : Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the civil rights movement (2014)
Explains how Barbara Rose Johns tried to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement.
Kidd, Chip. Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design (2014)
Graphic designer Chip Kidd describes the elements of graphic design, including form, function, color, and typography.
Klass, David. Grandmaster (2014)
A father-son chess tournament reveals the dark side of the game.
Klavan, Andrew. Mindwar (2014)
After an accident caused him to lose his athletic prowess, , Rick Dial has drowned out the pain with a new obsession with playing video games.
Klimo, Kate. Ginger (Dog Diaries)(2014)
Ginger the golden retriever narrates the story of her life, from her birth in a puppy mill through the various people who have "owned" her.
Leavitt, Lindsay. Chapel Wars (2014)
Holly's grandfather leaves her his wedding chapel in his will, along with a letter asking her to reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family's mortal enemy and owner of the chapel next door.
Lettrick, Patrick. Frenzy (2014)
Chaos ensues at Camp Harmony when a virus turns the animals in the surrounding wilderness into raging, foam-spewing predators.
Levy, Dana Alison. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (2014)
Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.
London, C. Alexander. Tides of War: Blood in the Water (2014)
Cory McNab wanted to be a Navy SEAL, but he washed out of the program. Now he is in the Navy's Marine Mammals Program, where he is partnered with a search-and-recovery dolphin.
Longshore, Katherine. Manor of Secrets(2014)
Lady Charlotte and kitchen maid Janie Seward are ready for change, and as their paths cross in The Manor, rules are broken and secrets revealed that will alter the course of their lives.
Lough, Amber. Fire Wish (2014)
When a princess captures a jinn and makes a wish, she is transported to the fiery world of the jinn, while the jinn must take her place in the royal court of Baghdad.
Lynch, Chris. Dead in the Water (2014)
Brothers who share everything, including a sense of duty a love of baseball find themselves fighting WWII on opposite sides of the globe.
Mackel, Dandi Daley. The Secrets of Tree Taylor (2014)
When a gunshot is fired, Tree knows this is the big story she's been waiting for. But the more she goes digging, she begins to wonder: When is it right to keep a secret?
Mikaelsen, Ben. Jungle of Bones (2014)
When Dylan is caught joyriding in a stolen car, he is sent to his uncle, but soon they are on the way to Papua, New Guinea, in search of a World War II fighter plane and.
Mills, Claudia. Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (2013)
Kelsey is the best reader in her third grade class, and she is determined to lead her class to victory in the alll-school reading contest.
Mitchell, Don. The Freedom Summer Murders (2014)
Look at how the disappearance and murders of civil rights workers Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney would help bring about civil rights and social justice.
Monniger, Joseph. Crash: Stay Alive (2014)
When the plane carrying the Junior Action News Team crash lands in Alaska, the group must try to stay alive in the wilderness.
Morpurgo, Michael. A Medal for Leroy (2014)
Michael does not remember his father, who died in a Spitfire over the English Channel,but then Michael's aunt gives him a medal and a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden story.
Morrill, Lauren. Being Sloane Jacobs (2014)
Sloane Emily Jacobs and Sloane Devon Jacobs, from very different worlds but both with problem families, meet in Montreal where they will stay in the same hotel while attending camp, one for figure skating, the other for ice hockey.
Nelson, Blake. The Prince of Venice Beach (2014)
Robert "Cali" Callahan gets swept up into the private-investigator business and must deal with looking for runaways who may not want to be found--and with falling in love with one of them.
Northtop, Michael. Surrounded by Sharks (2014)
On the first day of vacation Davey wakes up early, slips out without telling anyone, and heads for the beach and a swim in the warm Floridian waters--and a fateful meeting with a shark.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. The Turtle of Oman (2014)
When Aref refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan from Oman, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.
O’Donnell, Tom. Space Rocks (2014)
Chorkle narrates the adventures of Earth children marooned on his asteroid, Gelo, as he watches over them with his fives eyes and seeks a way to get them home.
Poblocki, Dan. The Book of Bad Things (2014)
A local hoarder has died under mysterious circumstances, and Cassidy finds that there are a great many bad things hidden in her house, including, perhaps, her vengeful ghost.
Rae, Kristin. Wish You Were Italian (2014)
Pippa, in Italy for an art history program, decides instead to see the country on her own, but soon finds herself attracted both to a dangerous local boy and an American archaeology student.
Reedy, Trent. If You’re Reading This (2014)
Michael Wilson problems--his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.
Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (2014)
Percy Jackson, a modern-day demigod, tells the origin stories of the gods of Olympus and provides an insider's point of view--with plenty of attitude--in this illustrated collection.
Rubin, Susan Goldman. Freedom Summer (2014)
Introduces the efforts of student volunteers who traveled to Mississippi in 1964 to encourage African Americans to exercise their right to vote, and discusses the violent resistance they faced from supporters of segregation.
Rylander, Chris. Codename Zero (2014)
When a desperate man in a nondescript black suit asks Carson to deliver a package for him, he discovers there's something going on in his hometown he had never expected.
Salerni, Dianna. The Eighth Day (2014)
When Jax discovers there's an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it's clear his life will never be the same.
Scaletta, Curtis. The Winter of the Robots (2013)
There's something lurking in the junkyard in Jim Knox's neighborhood, and it's up to him and his friends (and science-fair rivals) to put their robot-building skills together in order to defeat it"
Scieszka, Jon. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (2014)
Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.
Schroeder, Lisa. Charmed Life (series)(2014)
Four best friends Hanna, Caitlin, Mia and Libby, one lucky bracelet, and an utterly charming new middle-grade series!
Senzai, N.H. Saving Kabul Corner (2014)
Ariana and her cousin Laila do not get along but they pull together when a rival Afghani grocery store opens, rekindling an old family feud and threatening their family's livelihood.
Smith, Greg Leitich. Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn (2014)
Two boys race to get an undercover alien back to her mothership while dodging an oddball group of UFO-chasers, TV newspeople, and Florida retirees"
Standiford, Natalie. Switched at Birthday (2014)
Lavender and Scarlet wake up in each other's bodies and are forced to learn what it means to walk in someone else's shoes.
St.Antoine, Sara. Three Bird Summer (2014)
Adam heads to Three Bird Lake to spend the summer with his grandmother at her cabin, and soon finds himself involved in the search for a mysterious treasure with Alice, the girl next door.
Strasser, Todd. Shelter (2014)
When Dan and his parents can no longer pay their mortgage, they end up homeless and living in a local tent city. It's a bad situation, and it only gets worse when the leader of the tent city is brutally beaten. Who is trying to shut down the tent city, and why?"—
Tarshis, Lauren. I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, 79 a.d. (2014)
During the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one boy struggles to escape. Can he survive the most devastating disaster of ancient times?
Telgemeier, Raina. Sisters (2014)
Companion to: Smile. In graphic novel format, Raina Telgemeier shares the story of her relationship with her younger sister.
Venkatraman, Padma. A Time to Dance (2014)
In India, a girl who excels at dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.
Vernick, Audrey. Screaming at the Ump (2014)
Casey’s family runs an umpire school, and he stumbles on a sensational story that has him questioning his dream of becoming a journalist.
Wallace, Rich and Sandra Neil. Babe Conquers the World (2014)
Looks at the life and career of American athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956)
Walters, Eric. The Rule of Three (2014)
A teen's suburban neighborhood bands together for its own survival in a world stricken by a catastrophic blackout.
Watson, Jude. Loot (2014)
A notorious jewel thief is killed on a job, and his last words to his son are to "find jewels". This instruction leads the boy to the twin sister he never knew he had--and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.
Wells, Marcia. Mystery on the Museum Mile(2014)
"Eddie Red," has a photographic memory and talent for drawing. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case"-
Wesselhoeft, Conrad. Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Things that Fly (2014)
Dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.
Whitaker, Nathan. Snap Decision (2014)
Chase Clark gets the chance to play on the varsity team with his best friend, Tripp, at their small- town Florida school, but when a hard hit takes Tripp down Chase is the only one who knows what really happened, and telling could have serious consequences.
Whitby, Adele. Secrets of the Manor (Series)(2014)
Beth is excited for her birthday, when she will receive an heirloom necklace, but when the necklace goes missing, Beth must learn the secrets of her manor house in order to clear the name of her maid.
Wiles, Deborah. Revolution (2014)
Struggling to adapt within her newly blended family in 1964 Mississippi, young Sunny witnesses increasingly scary community agitation when activists from the North arrive in town to help register African Americans to vote.
Wilson, N.D. The Boys of Blur(2014)
When his stepfather moves them to Taper, Florida, in the Everglades, twelve-year-old Charlie discovers a secret world hidden within the sugar cane fields, as well as new family connections and friendships.
Wingit, Dianna Dorisi. A Million Ways Home (2014)
After her grandmother ends up in the hospital, Poppy witnesses a murder and is sent into a makeshift witness protection program.
Woods, Brenda. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond (2014)
A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family.
All book descriptions from the publishers. List compiled by Karen Yingling, Fall 2014