Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8
Can a 13-year-old girl really make a difference in the world? While she's never been the "kind of person who goes out of her way to help people" Nina decides to do one nice thing for a neighbor for each day of the summer. All the while she's dealing with the loss of her beloved grandmother, her type-A parents, and her brother who may be headed for trouble. Nina also deals with her changing friendship with her best friend, Jorie. It's even harder when she realizes they both has a crush on the same neighbor boy, This is a feel-good read with a bright, charming heroine you'll be rooting for.
Meet author Michele Weber Hurwitz at the iRead Kick-off on January 10th.
Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6
In 1904, 11-year-old Frances and her younger brother Harold are sent on an orphan train heading to Kansas from New York. On the train they meet Jack, whose family could not afford to keep him. When they hear rumors about horrible conditions that await them in Kansas, the three children jump the train. They meet up with Alexander, a boy who has escaped from a work farm and set up his own "kids-only" town called Wanderville. There they find happiness until the unthinkable happens.
This is the first in a series of historical fiction.
Meet author Wendy McClure at the iRead kick-off on January 10.
Reading Level: Ages 10 - 14
On July 17, 1944, an explosion at the Port Chicago naval base in California killed over 300 people and sank two ships. All the men loading bombs and ammunition onto ships were black. All supervising officers were white. Black sailors who had never received proper training in the handling of munitions were afraid and refused to go back to work on the docks. Some gave in under pressure from the navy until only 50 men held fast. They were brought up on charges of mutiny, a charge that could mean the death penalty. Sheinkin has crafted another book that brings history to life. You'll be outraged, but you'll cheer for 50 new heroes in the fight for equal rights.