Staff Picks Grades 3-5

December 2017

Genevieve’s War
by Patricia Reilly Giff

Genevieve and her brother are spending the summer on their grandmother's farm in Alsace, France, near the German border on the eve of World War II. It's a dangerous time to be in France, but Genevieve has a ticket for the last boat leaving for the United States. Genevieve must decide whether to leave France or stay with her grandmother.


Jigsaw Jones: The Case From Outer Space
by James Preller

Junior detectives Jigsaw Jones and his friend Mila take on a new case after two classmates discover space alien related clues in their neighbor's Little Free Library.


Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Inn
by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Arriving in his second-grade classroom late after a dental appointment, Sam finds a rutabaga on his desk for his class science project. Sam doesn’t like any vegetables, but he’s convinced he’s gotten the worst subject of all. How is he going to spend the next two weeks with a purple vegetable?


Beyond the Doors
by David Neilsen

The four Rothbaum siblings, ranging in age from first grade to middle school, are left without a responsible parent after a family disaster. The children are sent to live in the care of their estranged and eccentric Aunt Gladys who lives in a round mansion with a drawbridge and no exits.


Olive and the Backstage Ghost
by Michelle Schusterman

Olive Preiss wants to be a singing star. After a disastrous theater camp audition, Olive stumbles across Maudeville, a glamorous, old theater, where owner Maude Devore offers her a starring role in a new show.


The Friendship Bracelet
by Arlene Stewart

When her best friend announces that she is moving to Paris, 11-year-old Olivia's life looks bleak. Soon, new friends, a new crush, and a new project suggest that when life seems to be unraveling, it’s just time to add some new thread.


Wedgie & Gizmo
by Suzanne Selfors

Gizmo may be a guinea pig, but he considers himself to be an evil genius. When Elliot and his dad, along with Gizmo, move in with Jasmine and Jackson, their mom, and Wedgie, their dog, Gizmo vows destruction.


Tumble & Blue
by Cassie Beasley

In order for Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery to fix their ancestors' mistakes and banish the bad luck that has followed them around for all of their lives, they must face Munch, the mysterious golden alligator who cast the curse centuries ago.


Dog Trouble
by Galia Oz

Julie has only had her dog for two weeks, and the pup is already causing trouble. For starters, she is missing, and Julie suspects the school bully, Danny, must be behind it. It will take some detective work and the help of Julie's friends to bring her new pet home. But the missing puppy is not the end of Julie's dog trouble.


Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten
by Anica Mrose Rissi

When third grader Anna's first attempt to rescue a lost kitten ends in disaster because her dog Banana scares the kitten away, Anna realizes that she needs the help of her family and friends to catch the lost kitten and find it a good home.