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Virginia Readers Choice – Elementary

2017-2018

Crenshaw
Kathernine Applegate
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

A Whole New Ballgame
Phil Bildner
Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They have a new teacher named Mr. Acevedo, who doesn’t believe in tests or homework and who likes off-the-wall projects. They also find themselves with a new basketball coach – Mr. Acevedo.   Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone and for Red, who has autism and really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of a struggle. Together they help each other—and find ways to make a difference—in the classroom and on the court.

Class Dismissed
Allan Woodrow
Class 507 is the worst class Ms. Bryce has ever taught. And she would know — she’s been teaching forever. They are so terrible that when a science experiment goes disastrously wrong (again), Ms. Bryce has had it and quits in the middle of the lesson. But through a mix-up, the school office never finds out.
Which means … Class 507 is teacher-free! The class figures if they don’t tell anyone, it’ll be one big holiday

A Handful of Stars
Cynthia Lord
Lily’s dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine.  Salma Santiago, the daughter of migrant workers, manages to catch Lucky.  After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond and Salma’s friendship transforms Lily’s summer. When Salma decides to run in the Blueberry Queen pageant, the two face some tough truths about friendship and belonging.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
Joseph Marshall III
Jimmy McClean is a Lakota boy—though you would not guess it by his name: his father is a white man and his mother is Lakota. When he embarks on a journey with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, he learns more and more about his Lakota heritage—in particular, the story of Crazy Horse, one of the most important figures in Lakota history. Drawing inspiration from the oral stories of the Lakota tradition and the Lakota cultural mechanism of the “hero story,” Joseph Marshall provides readers with an insider’s perspective on the life of Tasunke Witko, better known as Crazy Horse. Through his grandfather’s tales about the famous warrior, Jimmy learns more about his Lakota heritage and, ultimately, himself.

The Remembering Day/El Dia de los Muertos
Pat Mora
Long ago in what would come to be called Mexico, as Mama Alma and her granddaughter, Bella, recall happy times while walking in the garden they have tended together since Bella was a baby, Mama Alma asks that after she is gone her family remember her on one special day each year. Includes facts about The Remembering Day, El dia de los muertos.

Lucky Strike
Bobbie Pyron
Nate Harlow would love to be lucky, just once! He’d like to win a prize, get picked first, call a coin toss right, even! But his best friend, Genesis Beam (aka Gen), believes in science and logic, and she doesn’t think for one second that there’s such a thing as luck, good or bad. She doesn’t care what names the other kids call them. She cares about being right, about saving the turtles of Paradise Beach, and she cares about Nate. Then, on his birthday, at the Goofy Golf mini-golf course, Nate is struck by lightning — and survives! Suddenly baseballs are drawn to his bat-popular kids want HIM on their side. It seems the whole town of Paradise Beach thinks Nate has the magic touch. But is there room for Gen in Nate’s lucky new world?,Lucky Strike tells the unforgettable story of two vulnerable outsiders and what luck is really all about.

Wet Cement: a mix of concrete poems
Bob Raczka
Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way

Fuzzy Mud
Louis Sachar
Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodbridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Wilson challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya reluctantly follows. They soon get lost, and they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.  In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.

Save Me A Seat
Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common — but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

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