2013-2014 Sunshine State Readers Book Lists, Grades 3-5

  • Angleberger, Tom. Fake mustache, or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind.

    Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend Casper and world domination as Casper uses a spectacularly convincing fake mustache and the ability to hypnotize to rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president. (AR 4.6/ 4.0 pts/ 196 pgs. / Lexile 710)

  • Applegate, Katherine. One and Only Ivan.

    When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. (AR 3.6/4.0 pts./ 305 pgs./ Lexile 570)

  • Breitrose, Prudence. Mousenet.

    Sent to live with her chef father and his wife in Oregon after having stayed with her inventor uncle and scientist mother in Cincinnati, ten-year-old misfit Megan is lonely until she starts working with some computer-savvy mice to try to save Mouse Nation–and the planet. (AR 6.0/11.0 pts/389 pgs. )

  • Carman, Patrick. Floors.

    Ten-year-old Leo’s future and fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes leads Leo to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Book #1. (AR 5.7/8.0 pts./ 261 pgs. Lexile 870).

  • Cheng, Andrea. The Year of the Book.

    Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend. (AR3.6/ 3.0 pts. / 146 pgs. Lexile 590)

  • Crum, Shutta. Thomas and the Dragon Queen.

    When the princess is kidnapped by a dragon queen, thirteen-year-old Thomas, a new–and very small–squire-in-training boldly sets out on a quest to rescue her. (AR 5.3/ 6.0 pts./ 267 pgs. Lexile 770)

  • Graff, Lisa. Double Dog Dare.

    When Kansas Bloom moves to California and joins the Media Club at school, he soon finds himself trying to outdo one of the other fourth-grade students in a “dare war” while vying for the job of on-air video homeroom announcer. (AR 4.4/ 4.0 pts. / 126 pgs.)

  • Kelly, Katie. Melonhead.

    In the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Capitol Hill, Lucy Rose’s friend Adam “Melonhead” Melon, a budding inventor with a knack for getting into trouble, enters a science contest that challenges students to recycle an older invention into a new invention. (AR 4.0/ 4.0 pts. 209 pgs./ Lexile 620)

  • Lord, Cynthia. Touch Blue.

    When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their island’s one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, eleven-year-old Tess, a strong believer in luck, and her family take in a trumpet-playing foster child, to increase the school’s population. (AR 4.4/ 5.0 pts. / 186 pgs./ Lexile 750)

  • MacLachlan, Patricia. Waiting for the Magic.

    In absence of their father, a brother and sister adopt four dogs and a cat in an attempt to save their family. (AR 3.0/ 2.0pts. / 143 pgs./ Lexile 420)

  • Mass, Wendy. The Candymakers.

    Four gifted twelve-year-olds, including Logan, the candymaker’s son, are set to be contestants in the Confectionary Association’s national competition to determine the nation’s tastiest sweet, but nobody anticipates that a friendship will form between them. (AR 5.0/ 15.0 pts./ 453 pgs. Lexile 740)

  • Rocklin, Joanne. The Five Lives of our Cat Zook.

    As ten-year-old Oona and younger brother Fred conspire to break their sick cat, Zook, out of the veterinary clinic, Oona tells the story of Zook’s previous lives. (AR 4.5/ 6.0 pts. / 218 pgs. Lexile 760)

  • Scattergood, Augusta. Glory Be.

    Gloriana faces her twelfth birthday in 1964 and struggles with the changes she sees happening around her, but while she struggles to understand the shift in her relationships with her sister–who is about to enter high school–and her best friend, Frankie, Gloriana witnesses tempers rise in a debate over a segregated public pool. (AR 4.3/ 5.0 pts./ 202 pgs. Lexile 224)

  • Trivas, Tracey. The Wish Stealers.

    Years ago pennies were stolen from a wishing fountain, and it falls to Griffin to set things right, but he will undoubtedly face grave dangers on his quest. (AR 4.4/ 6.0 pts. / 283 pgs. Lexile 710)

  • Whitesides, Taylor. Janitors.

    The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it’s draining all the smarts out of the kids. Twelve year-old Spencer Zumbro, with the help of his classmate Daisy Gullible Gates, must fight with and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. First in a new series. (AR 5.1/ 9.0 pts. / 300 pgs.)

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    2013-2014 Sunshine State Readers Booklist, Grades 6-8

  • Buckingham, Royce. The Dead Boys.

    In the desert town of Richland, Washington, there stands a giant sycamore tree. Horribly mutated by nuclear waste, it feeds on the life energy of boys that it snags with its living roots. And when Teddy Matthews moves to town, the tree trains its sights on its next victim. From the start, Teddy knows something is very wrong with Richland - every kid he meets disappears before his eyes. A trip to the cemetery confirms that these boys are actually dead and trying to lure him to the tree. But that knowledge is no help when Teddy is swept into the tree’s world, a dark version of Richland from which there is no escape... (AR 5.3)

  • Cochrane, Mick. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies.

    Eighth-grader Molly’s ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well. (AR 5.1)

  • Fagan, Deva. Circus Galacticus.

    Trix, an orphan charity case at a snobbish boarding school, is given a glimpse at a whole new world full of potential friends and deadly enemies when the Circus Galaticus comes to town. (AR 4.2)

  • Gosselink, John. Free Thaddeus.

    Twelve-year-old Thaddeus A. Ledbetter, who considers it a duty to share his knowledge and talent with others, refutes each of the charges which have sent him to “In - School Suspension” for the remainder of seventh grade. (AR 7)

  • Hiaasen, Carl. Chomp.

    The difficult star of the reality television show, “Expedition Survival,” disappears on location in the Florida Everglades, where they were filming animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane’s family, and Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him, but they must avoid Tuna’s gun - happy father. (AR 5.2)

  • Hunt, Lynda. One for the Murphys.

    Carley struggles with being open to love after she suffers a betrayal that forces her to move in with a foster family. (AR 3.4)

  • Lu, Marie. Legend.

    In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen - year - olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. (AR 4.8)

  • Meyer, Marissa. Cinder.

    Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister’s illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder’s life gets intertwined with Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle. (AR 5.8)

  • Nielsen, Jennifer A. The False Prince.

    In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. (AR 5.1)

  • Palacio, R.J. Wonder.

    Ten - year - old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home - schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. (AR 4.8)

  • Price, Lissa. Starters.

    Sixteen - year - old Callie, having lost every family member besides her little brother when a genocide spore killed all of those who were not vaccinated, thinks she has found a way to support them by renting her body to seniors who want to be young again, but after a neurochip malfunction results in her being stuck in the life of her rich renter, she uncovers the horrible plan of her boss and must race against time to stop it. (AR 3.9)

  • Schmidt, Gary. Okay For Now.

    Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck faces many challenges, including an abusive father, a brother traumatized by Vietnam, suspicious teachers and police officers, and isolation, but when he meets a girl known as Lil Spicer, he develops a close relationship with her and finds a safe place at the local library. (AR 4.9)

  • Silberberg, Alan. Milo – Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze.

    In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the “One Eyed Jack” of friends, seventh - grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home. (AR 5.5.)

  • Sullivan, Laura. Under the Green Hill.

    While staying with dist ant relatives in England, Americans Rowan, Meg, Silly, and James Morgan, with their neighbors Dickie Rhys and Finn Fachan, learn that one of them must fight to the death in the Midsummer War required by the local fairies. (AR 6.8)

  • Yee, Lisa. Warp Speed.

    Marley Sandelski has always felt invisible at school when he is not facing bullies, but a series of unexpected events gives him a taste of popularity and insights into some classmates who are well-liked or greatly-feared. (AR 4.0)

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