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Ban This Book
Alan Grantz
"...  a fourth grader fights back when 'From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler' by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don't mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books ... as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship"--Amazon.
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My Rating 5 gold stars
  Cover of book You Win in the Locker Room First
NFL head coach Mike Smith lead one of the most remarkable turnarounds in NFL history. In the season prior to his arrival in 2008, the Atlanta Falcons had a 4–12 record and the franchise had never before achieved back-to-back winning seasons. Under Smith’s leadership, the Falcons earned an 11–5 record in his first season and would go on to become perennial playoff and Super Bowl contenders earning Smith AP Coach of year in 2008 and voted Coach of Year by his peers in 2008, 2010 and 2012. (from Google books). 
My Rating 5 gold stars Great read that goes along with our Leadership Program.

Exit strategy

Lauren Allbright.


"Ross Stevens has changed schools twelve times in the last three years but when his beloved Pops becomes ill, Ross and his mom must plant roots--which means no more school moves. And no more moves mean no more school exits, and Ross has perfected the science of leaving a school with an epic prank. Worse, it means he will actually have to learn how to make friends and do a science project, two things he's never had to do before. Then Ross hits on a hypothesis: if pranks are cool because they are funny then maybe he could discover the formula for funny! If his nerdy 'peer review' partner doesn't cramp his style and if the embarrassing notebook full of his 'research' doesn't get out, then maybe Ross can actually be happy staying in one place. But can he really figure out the formula for ultimate middle school happiness?"--Amazon.
Cover of the book Exit Strategy     My Rating    funny book that uses the scientific method

Greetings from witness protection!

Jake Burt.


Thirteen-year-old Nikki Demere is an orphan and a kleptomaniac, making her the perfect girl to portray the Trevors' daughter in witness protection, but she soon learns that the biggest threat to her new family's security comes from her own past.
Cover of book Greetings from Witness Protection  My Rating 5 gold stars lots of twists and turns to keep you reading 

Girl, stolen

April Henry.


When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.
Cover of the book Girl Stolen My Rating5 gold stars  FAVORITE book this summer!!! Action packed, filled with emotion, and captivating!!!!


Alan Gratz.


"Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930's Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together"--Provided by publisher
Cover of the book Refugee  My Rating 3 gold stars   Although the content was great, I didn't like the format of the book.  Each chapter was about a different refugee.  

Rush for the gold : mystery at the Olympics

John Feinstein.


Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.
Cover of the book Rush for the Gold My Rating 4 gold stars  great for sports lovers who want a mystery!