Sequoyah Book List 2019
Children's Sequoyah Annotated Masterlist 2019
Applegate, Katherine. Wishtree. New York: Fiewel and Friends Book, 2017. 211. (Grades 4-8). Red, the 216 year old wishtree, works to unite neighborhood through acceptance and understanding while protecting the creatures that live within it from impending eviction.
Bailey, Linda. The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2017. 324 pages. (Grades 3-6). Eddie must use his wits and knowledge of stories to rescue his missing Aunt Min and save the Ferny Creek School Library from being closed permanently.
Bell, Jennifer. The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence. New York: Crown Books, 2017. 309p. (Grades 5-8). Full of wonder, this is the story of what happens when ordinary items exhibit extraordinary powers. The Dirge, a nefarious group of individuals, will stop at nothing to possess these items; Ivy Sparrow, and her brother Seb, may be the only people standing in their way.
Coville, Katherine. Ivy. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. 134 p. (Grades 2-4) The little town of Broomsweep wants to be known as the tidiest town in the land, but they fear that young Ivy and her grandmother May’s unkempt home and garden will destroy their chances. When magical creatures, including a griffin, a dragon, and pixies appear, the mess begins to grow, and Ivy finds herself delighted by the possibilities.
Davis, Mandy. Superstar. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017. 320p. (Grades 4-6). Starting at a new school is never easy, but for Lester, the changes from homeschooling are even more profound. Dealing with his unique behavior causes friction between not only the other students, but the teachers as well as he navigates making new friends, being bullied, and wanting to win the science fair.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Genevieve’s War. New York: Holiday House, 2017. 222p. (Grades 4-6). On an impulsive decision as her summer stay ends, Genevieve decides to stay in France with her grandmother instead of returning to New York, a choice which lands her in the middle of World War II where German soldiers take over a room in her grandmother’s farmhouse and she must make decisions and take risks in helping her friends.
Graff, Lisa. The Great Treehouse War. New York: Philomel Books, 2017. 272p. (Grades 3-6). When Winnie’s parents get divorced and force her to divide her time perfectly evenly between them including spending Wednesdays in a treehouse between their houses, Winnie’s frustration level forces her to barricade herself in the treehouse along with her friends in this zany kids-vs-parents showdown told in a “collective memoir” style. By the end of fifth grade, Winnie decides that the only way to change things is to barricade herself in her treehouse until her parents come to their senses—and her friends decide to join her. It’s kids versus grown-ups, and no one wants to back down first. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own demands, Winnie discovers that things can get pretty complicated pretty fast! Even if they are having the most epic slumber party ever. (From Author’s website)
Haydu, Corey Ann. Someday Suitcase. New York: HarperCollins, 2017. 297p. (Grades 5-8). Clover and Danny are almost inseparable best friends until Danny becomes deathly ill. Mysteriously, Danny’s health improves when Clover is present and she is determined to learn why and help Danny’s doctors heal him.
Martin, Emily Winfield. Snow & Rose. New York: Random House, 2017. 205p. (Grades 3-5). This retelling of Snow White and Rose Red is enchanting; it is full of fierce beasts and villains, magical libraries, and heroic girls with real moxie. Also, the illustrations are beautiful and add to the compelling story.
McCormick, Patricia. Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of a Little Horse Who Became a Hero. New York: HarperCollins, 2017. 40p. (Grades 1-5). A scrawny sorrel mare dubbed Private Reckless proved her worth with heart and bravery. Reckless earned two purple hearts, and the rank of Sergeant for her work with the U.S. marine corp during the Korean War.
Orenstein, Denise Gosliner. Dirt. New York: Scholastic Press, 2017. 212p. (Grades 3-7) Eleven-year-old Yonder is having a hard time. Her mom has died and her dad is so sad he can hardly get out of bed. Yonder is lonely and her only friend is an overweight Shetland pony named DIrt, whose owner is selling him for horsemeat.
Roy, Katherine. How to Be An Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild. New York: Roaring Book Press, 2017. 48 p. (Grades 2-6) This informative text follows the birth and development of a baby elephant in the wilds of Africa, as it grows and expands its many skills.
Savage, Melissa. Lemons. New York: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017. 308p. (Grades 3-6). When Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mother dies, Lem has no choice but to leave San Francisco to live with her grandfather in Willow Creek. Heartbroken and scared, Lem meets 11 year old Tobin Sky, CEO of Bigfoot Detectives, Inc. and the two have a summer full of adventures and Bigfoot!
Stanley, Diane. Joplin Wishing. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017. 255p. (Grades 4-6). Joplin returns home from her grandfather’s funeral with a secret treasure, one that holds much more magic than she ever imagined.
Tubb, Kristin O’Donnell. A Dog like Daisy. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017. 177p. (Grades 3-6). Ten weeks is all rescued pitbull Daisy has to prove that she can pass the test to become a service dog. She is determined to help Colonel Victor with his PTSD attacks, but she must first learn to overcome her past.
Intermediate Annotated Masterlist 2019
Ali, S.K. Saints and Misfits. New York: Salaam Reads, 2017. 352 p. (Grades 7 and up). Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusef, a self-proclaimed misfit, navigates her Muslim culture while also trying to be a normal teenager with friends, a somewhat unrequited crush, and divorced parents. Life becomes all the more complicated when a well-respected member of her family’s mosque assaults her, and she must work to find her voice and speak up before he attempts to hurt her further.
Anderson, Jodi Lynn. Midnight at the Electric. New York: HarperTeen, 2017. 272 p. (Grades 7 and up). In 2065, Adri has been chosen as a colonist on a prestigious mission to mars, but something is keeping her rooted to Earth. In 1934, Catherine fights to keep her family together as the dust bowl ravages their farm. In 1919, Lenore struggles to reconcile her feelings of grief for her brother with her blossoming love for a mysterious stranger. Three beautifully interwound stories of loss, love, and finding your way in the world… even when it means believing in the impossible.
Cheng, Jack. See You in the Cosmos. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017. 314 p. (Grades 5-7). Determined to launch his golden iPod full of Earth sounds into space, eleven-year-old Alex Petroski stocks the fridge with meals for his mom, leaves his older brother a voicemail, and takes a train to a rocket festival in New Mexico with his dog Carl Sagan - named after his real life hero astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan. The simple trip begins a journey full of unlikely friendships, bumps in the road, and answers to questions Alex didn’t even think to ask.
Dooley, Sarah. Ashes to Asheville. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017. P 238. (Grades 6-8) Years before the marriage act is signed into law, sisters Fella and her sister Zany are separated after the death of Mama Lacy, leaving Zancy with Mama Shannon and Fella with her biological grandmother. Looking to bring their family back together, Fella and Zancy kidnap Mama Lacey's ashes and embark on a crazy road trip to fulfill Mama Lacey's dying wish, to spread her ashes in the last place they all were a family, Asheville, North Carolina. Find out if they make it to their destination and fulfill their mothers wish.
Frank, Steven B. Armstrong & Charlie. City published: HMH Books for Young Readers, 2017. 304 p. (Grades 6-7). Set in 1974 Los Angeles, Armstrong and Charlie find themselves living out court-ordered integration. Armstrong is one of the 6th graders selected to travel to Wonderland Elementary in Hollywood Hills. Charlie has attended the school forever but his best friends are changing schools because "times are changing." This is where it all begins with two very different boys, or are they?
Gerber, Alyson. Braced. New York: Arthur A. Levine, 2017. 287 p. (Grades 6-8). Rachel Brooks plays on her school’s soccer team, navigates the minefield of junior high friendships, and hopes her crush will notice her--all while dealing with progressive idiopathic scoliosis. Wearing a brace twenty-three hours a day changes the way others see her and how she sees herself.
Gratz, Alan. Refugee. New York: Scholastic Press, 2017. 338 p. (Grades 4 and up). Though they live in different time periods, Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud all have something in common: they are refugees. Josef is a Jewish boy fleeing Nazi Germany. Isabel, a Cuban girl, heads for the United States on just a homemade raft so she can escape riots in her country. Mahmoud leaves Syria with his family after a bomb destroys their home. Though they each have their own harrowing journey, they find their lives intersect in an unexpected way.
Khan, Hena. Amina’s Voice. New York: Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017. 197 p. (Grades 4-7). Amina loves to sing, but only when no one but her best friend, Soojin, can hear her. But Soojin has made some popular new friends in middle school, and now she wants to change her name to sound more “American.” Feeling unheard at home, Amina struggles with the changes happening all around her. But when her mosque is vandalized, Amina finally finds her voice to speak up for what matters.
Latham, Jennifer. Dreamland Burning. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2017. 371 p. (Grades 7 and up). It is the first day of summer vacation. Rowan Chase is trying to sleep in when workers find a body in the garage floor at her home. Though the murder is a century old, Rowan is intrigued. Through her research, she learns about Will, who lived in the same house. The story then unfolds from two perspectives: Rowan, who lives in present day Tulsa, and Will, a teen who lived in Tulsa during the Nation’s deadliest race riot.
O’Sullivan, Joanne. Between Two Skies. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2017. 267p. (Grades 7 and up). Sixteen-year old Evangeline Ray lives what she considers an idyllic life in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, with her two best friends, Mamere, her beloved grandmother, and time spent in her skiff on the bayou. When Hurricane Katrina’s destruction changes everything for Evangeline, she has to fight for her family, her friends, a buddy relationship, and to find her way back to the life she loves on the bayou.
Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down. New York: Atheneum, 2017. 306 p. (Grades 7 and up). Where Will lives there are three rules: No crying, No snitching, Take revenge. On level 7 of his apartment building, fifteen year old Will enters the elevator with his dead brother’s gun and the three rules creating chaos in his head. Should he follow the rules he was raised by or create his own? Will has 60 seconds to decide.
Reynolds, Jason. Miles Morales: Spider-Man. New York City: Marvel Press, 2017. 261p. (Grades 6 and up). “You’re just like me.” Uncle Aaron was always running afoul with the law, and those were his last words to his nephew, sixteen-year-old Miles Morales. Miles really hopes he wasn’t referring to his current suspension from an elite and exclusive prep school in New York City. Miles was following his spidey-sense but lately it’s been wonky and…wrong. When Miles returns to his classes, sticking closely to the rules is priority and immediately his spidey-sense starts tingling again. In discovering a deviously hidden plot, Miles must balance the great responsibilities of holding onto his scholarship, his school work, a budding romance, and keeping other students safe while fighting against generations of evil.
Sheinkin, Steve. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian Football Team. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2017. 280p. (Grades 6 and up). In 1907, Jim Thorpe, a student at the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is introduced to Pop Warner. And so begins the story of one of the winningest football teams in the country, even though Thorpe and his teammates had to overcome huge obstacles, including playing powerhouse teams like Harvard and Yale, lack of adequate funding-not only for the team, but for all the students at the Indian School, and the biggest obstacle of all--the intense hatred and distrust of Native Americans around the country.
Watson, Renée. Piecing Me Together. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017. 320 p. (Grades 7 and up). Jade Butler attends a mostly white private school, loves to collage and create beautiful art, and fully understands that education is her way out of the rough neighborhood where she has grown up. When she is put in a mentorship program for at-risk youth instead of a prestigious study abroad trip she has worked so hard for, Jade finds her voice to become more than just a charity case to her teachers and friends.
Zentner, Jeff. Goodbye Days. New York: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017. 416p. (Ages 14 and up). "Are you on your way?" That was the last text Carver Briggs sent his friends before they died in a horrific car accident. Now he is faced with accusations of negligent manslaughter, feelings for his best friend’s girl, and three families that want to say goodbye one last time.