Staff Picks Grades 3-5

August 2017

Otherwise Known as Possum
by Maria D. Laso

Times are hard tough for LizBetty "Possum" Porter, who yearns for things to be like they were before her mother died in childbirth. Possum still seems to have enough determination to carry her through life's changes, from her family's sadness to worries about a newly arrived teacher who seems sweet on her father and wants Possum to go to school.

One Hundred Spaghetti Strings
by Jen Nails

Since Steffy was little, she and her older sister, Nina, have lived with beloved Auntie Gina. But when Steffy and Nina's dad comes home to live with them, everything changes. So Steffy does what she does best: she cooks her way through the hardest year of her life.

Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts
by Esta Spalding

In this follow-up to Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts , five hopeful, optimistic siblings search for a place to call home, and try to help their friend Mr. Knuckles find love. Soon they discover that Johnny Trout, along with mysterious Professor Mumby, may have something to do with the tremors, floods, and other strange occurrences on their island.

The Pudding Problem
by Joe Berger

Sam Lyttle has a big issue with telling the truth. Telling one lie leads to more and more until a landslide of falsehoods eventually push Sam into a confrontation with both his family and the school bully. Making matters worse is the arrival of Pudding the cat who makes Sam feel incredibly guilty when he attempts to lie.

A Case of the Clones
by Ada Hopper

Dr. Bunsen causes some serious double trouble when he creates clones of the DATA Set in this fifth DATA Set adventure. This time, when Dr. Bunsen overhears the kids complaining about all their chores, he lends an extra hand by creating clones out of Gabe, Laura, and Cesar! But when the clones start acting out and Bunsen’s solution goes haywire, can the kids undouble the DATA Set trouble?

The Great Treehouse War
by Lisa Graff

Since Winnie's parents' divorce, they have organized her weeks in an unusual way. She lives with each parent for three days of the week, but on Wednesdays, Winnie lives in an elaborate treehouse between the parents’ two backyards.

Tornado Terror
by Lauren Tarshis

Child survivors of the 1925 Tri-State Tornado and the 2011 Joplin tornado tell their tales of these two horrifying events happening nearly ninety years apart.

by Katherine Coville

This magical story finds Ivy and her Grandmother Meg, a healer, living in a cluttered cottage in the village of Broomsweep. Having learned of Meg's abilities, sick and injured woodland animals frequently arrive at the cottage seeking help, as do occasional magical creatures like a three-legged griffin and a dragon with the sniffles.

The Storm Dragon
by Paula Harrison

Sophy, an orphan girl, works as a maid at Greytowers Castle. One day while picking apples, she investigates a loud crash in the orchard and discovers a baby dragon, a magical creature she had only heard stories about. Unfortunately, Sir Fitzroy and the queen want to rid the kingdom of all magical creatures, so Sophy acts quickly to protect the baby dragon.

8 Ways to Draw Fish
by Luisa Martelo

This book is a collection of fish drawn in different styles by artists in various parts of India. Explore the drawings, and discover your own style of drawing fish.