Back-to-School Reading List
When Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking to a nightmare. She's alone in a town mysteriously evacuated and abandoned. With only a rottweiler named George as companion, Maddie learns to survive on her own. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2021.
Book Length: 4 hours 33 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB104269
Seventh-grader Will's Bar Mitzvah community service project, visiting an incurably ill older boy in the hospital, leads to a friendship that is life-changing for both them and those around them. Commercial audiobook. Sydney Taylor Book Award. For grades 5-8. 2020.
Book Length: 7 hours 54 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB101954
When bullied Collin is asked to leave yet another school, his dad sends him to live his estranged mother, who lives on an Ojibwe reservation. Collin arrives in Duluth with his loyal dog, Seven, and quickly finds his new home welcoming. For grades 5-8. 2020.
Book Length: 9 hours 20 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB099989
Gladiola, Texas. When France sends the Merci Train to the United States to thank America for helping France during and after WWII, Glory Bea hopes for the greatest miracle--that her missing-in-action father will be on the train. For grades 3-6. 2020.
Book Length: 4 hours 42 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB099051
– A fictional account of boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali's youth. Despite school struggles and dealing with racism, a very determined Cassius Clay overcame obstacles in his life--in and out of the ring. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2020.
Book Length: 2 hours 37 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB101045
After fighting a bully at school and losing her scholarship, Amari discovers a mysterious briefcase in her brother Quinton's closet that contains an invitation for summer tryouts at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs--which she believes is key to locating Quinton, who is missing. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2021.
Book Length: 11 hours 14 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB102312