Staff Picks Grades 3-5

April 2017

A Year Full of Stories
by Angela McAlister

This treasury of 52 stories collects a rich resource of myths, fairy tales and legends from around the world with a story for every week of the year.


The Bad Guys
by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes. They decide that the best way to accomplish this is to free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound.


Bronte’s Book Club
by Kristiana Gregory

When twelve-year-old Bronte moves to a small California beach town, her idea to form a book club in order to make friends turns out to be a good one, after a rocky start.


The Changelings
by Christina Soontornvat

When Izzy’s younger sister, Hen, is lured into the forest by enchanted music, Izzy's dreams turn nightmarish. After frantically searching the forest, she finds herself in Faerie and must decide whether to trust a mismatched group of Changelings to save her sister, while discovering there are greater forces and mysteries at play.


Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure
by Alex Milway

One morning, Harold the hamster awakens Pigsticks with the urgent news that Tuptown is about to be destroyed! Unless Pigsticks can purchase Tuptown from Sir Percival Snout by noon the next day, Percival will start tearing it down and building a mansion in its place.


Webster: Tale of an Outlaw
by Ellen Emerson White

Webster the dog is done with humans. He's had three homes so far, and in all of them he's been too big, too clumsy, or just too bad to stay. By the time he ends up at Green Meadows Farm, an animal rescue shelter, he figures he doesn't need anyone. He's going to escape the shelter and be a loner, but the other dogs and cats don't believe Webster is as tough as he pretends to be.


Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel
by Charise Mericle Harper

June has a dog, Sammy, whom only she can hear talk. Her older teenage sister, Isabella, is too old to play with them anymore, so June and Sammy go looking for a new friend to join their crew and share their motto of "Fun! Friendly! Full of Adventure!"


Calico Girl
by Jerdine Nolen

Fort Monroe, a Union-controlled outpost in the antebellum South, provides the backdrop for the story of Callie, an enslaved girl. Callie's mistress is also her aunt, and one day she will free Callie, like she freed her brother, Callie's father. But the sale of Callie's stepbrother, to raise money for the war effort, reveals how fragile that promise is.


Amazing Women
by Caryn Jenner

Read about the experiences of important women in history, including Helen Keller, Jane Goodall, Arianna Huffington and Madam C.J. Walker.


Remarkable
by Lizzie K. Foley

Ten-year-old Jane Doe, the only student average enough to be excluded from the town of Remarkable's School for the Remarkably Gifted, is joined at her public school by the trouble-making Grimlet twins, who lead her on a series of adventures.