2019 District 65 Summer Reading List (3-5)

This list of summer reads was curated by Evanston/Skokie School District 65's librarians and teachers.

  • Dazzle Ships

    2017 by Chris Barton

    When the British Royal Navy grew desperate to protect their ship from German U-Boat attacks, they created Dazzle ships in order to confuse the enemy of their location and destination.

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  • The Penderwicks

    2005 by Jeanne Birdsall

    While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

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  • Hurricane Child

    2018 by Kheryn Callender

    Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl--and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother.

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  • Lowriders in Space

    2014 by Cathy Camper

    What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe? Find out as Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria enter a contest with a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop!

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  • Notorious RBG

    2017 by Irin Carmon

    Presents an illustrated biography of the feminist icon and legal pioneer who has changed the world, especially in the realms of gender equality and civil rights.

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  • Gaby, Lost and Found

    2013 by Angela Cervantes

    Wanted: One amazing forever home for one amazing sixth grader who loves volunteering at the local animal shelter.

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  • Artemis Fowl

    2001 by Eoin Colfer

    When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

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  • Gregor the Overlander

    2003 by Suzanne Collins

    When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

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  • A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy's Big Speech

    2017 by Shana Corey

    With quotes from JFK's speeches, detailed back matter, and a thought-provoking author's note, this biography offers a sensitive look at a tumultuous time in history and compelling questions about effecting positive change today.

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  • Unstoppable

    2018 by Art Coulson

    Known for unusual formations and innovative plays, the Carlisle squad was out to prove just one thing--that it was the best football team in all the land.

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  • The London Eye Mystery

    2007 by Siobhan Dowd

    When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" and impatient Kat--to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.

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  • Blended

    2018 by Sharon M Draper

    Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.

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  • The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day

    2019 by Christopher Edge

    It's the morning of Maisie's tenth birthday, and she can't wait to open her presents. But she wakes to an empty house, and outside the front door is nothing but an unsettling, all-consuming blackness--a shifted reality.

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  • The Parker Inheritance

    2018 by Varian Johnson

    While spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, twelve-year-old Candice Miller sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

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  • Dying to Meet You

    2009 by Kate Klise

    In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I.B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.

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  • Cricket In the Thicket

    2017 by Carol Murray

    Poetry about cool insects with accompanying fascinating facts.

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  • Dactyl Hill Squad

    2018 by Daniel José Older

    When Magdalys Roca receives a letter telling her that her brother Montez was wounded, Magdalys knows that somehow she must reach him--and her ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs may come in handy.

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  • The Bridge Home

    2019 by Padma Venkatraman

    Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Chennai, India.

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  • The Roots of Rap

    2019 by Carole Boston Weatherford

    Presents the history of hip-hop including how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and breakdancing that formed around the art form.

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  • Soof

    2018 by Sarah Weeks

    Aurora and her family have always believed in "soof" (love). But sometimes even when soof is right there in front of you, you still need to find it, and that's exactly what Aurora is going to do.

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  • Harbor Me

    2018 by Jacqueline Woodson

    When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.

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