Want to get a head start on the Charlie May Simon reading list for this upcoming school year? Here are the titles selected. Click the title to see if the library has a copy available for check out!
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. This powerful Newbery Award winning novel written in explosive poems follows twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan as they wrestle with the trials of growing up. AR Book Level: 4.3
El Deafo by Cece Bell. A funny, honest graphic novel memoir written about the author’s experiences growing up deaf. This title won a Newbery Honor in 2015. AR Book Level: 2.7
He Has Shot the President! by Don Brown. An intriguing nonfiction text about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the search for his killer that followed. AR Book Level: 5.8
The Map Trap by Andrew Clements. Sixth-grader Alton Barnes loves maps and keeps a secret portfolio of secret maps that track things he has learned about the people around him. When this gets stolen, he must try his best to find it without anyone finding and reading it before him. AR Book Level: 5.3
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. After the death of her grandfather, thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny is now responsible for taking care of her unfocused mother and their home. The discovery of an old painting leads her on a mystery throughout her neighborhood that uncovers secrets about her family and the art that surrounds her. AR Book Level: 5.5.
Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff. Almost twelve-year-old Siria chases fire trucks in the middle of the night in the hope that she will bring good luck to her fire fighter father. When a series of arsons breaks out, Siria begins an investigation in order to keep her dad and community safe. AR Book Level: 3.8.
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself. If you loved Wonder by R.J. Palacio, you’ll love Albie! AR Book Level: 4.7
Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington. Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy of Texas wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fiction, she’d know how to solve her problems at school; take care of her family when her dad has to spend time in the hospital; and deal with her family’s secret: that her mother is agoraphobic and never leaves the house. AR Book Level: 4.4.
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer. After 12-year-old Grace’s mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. Then she discovers clues in a mysterious treasure hunt – one that will help her find her true home! AR Book Level: 5.2.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin. Struggling with Asperger’s Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet. AR Book Level: 4.3.
What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren. Set during the Great Depression, this book follows 10-year-old Esther as her and her family move from Chicago to a farm in Wisconsin. Here she makes new friends and learns more about her seemingly cold mother. AR Book Level: 4.2.
Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli. Feeling overshadowed by her brother’s heroics and a best friend winning a coveted role in the school play, eleven-year-old Suzy immerses herself in a school project about Emily Dickinson by imitating the classic author’s reclusive ways.AR Book Level: 3.2.
Eliza Bing is (Not) a Big, Fat Quitter by Carmella Van Vleet. After learning she cannot take a cake decorating class with her best friend, partly because her parents consider her a quitter, eleven-year-old Eliza tries to prove herself by sticking with a taekwondo class all summer. AR Book Level: 4.1.