Nancy Peterson

Posted on August 23, 2018

Summer Reads 2018

Ghost – By Jason Reynolds

This is a great quick read about a boy, Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw. He has been running ever since his dad pulled that gun on him and his mom. Even though his dad is in jail, Ghost still feels the trauma, and ends up getting into trouble a lot in middle school. He finds himself on the Defenders, an elite track team.  Ghost shoplifts a pair of running shoes that and feels immediately guilty.  Through the guidance of his coach and the other kids on the team he finds a place to fit in and begins to heal.  Wonderful story! A definite must read!

Windfall – By Jennifer E. Smith

This is a fabulous story of the lottery and love!  A fun light read about Alice who has been unlucky her whole life.  She jokingly gives a lottery ticket attached to a note, professing her love to her best friend Teddy, on his birthday. Then, the unthinkable happens: he actually wins! At first, it seems like the luckiest thing on earth. But as Teddy gets wrapped up by his new found wealth and fame. It starts to tear them apart. This was a really fun read!  Check it out!

Posted on October 30, 2017

Mrs. P’s September Read #1

Strong Inside – This was a surprise for me. I’m not a big basketball fan but LOVED this book!  It is narrative non-fiction (non-fiction but reads like fiction). Great true story of  Perry Wallace, who in 1966 enrolled at Vanderbilt University and became the first African-American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Strong Inside is not just the story of a trailblazing athlete, but of civil rights, race in America. If you have seen and liked the movie, Glory Road.  You will love this book!

Posted on August 30, 2015

YRCA 2016 – Young Readers Choice Awards Nominees

YRCA Nominees 2016 – Official List

Junior Division
Loki’s Wolves – Armstrong, K.L. & M.A. Marr

Colossus Rises – Lerangis, Peter

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Grabenstein, Chris

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures – DiCamillo, Kate

Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar – Patterson, James

Counting by 7s – Sloan, Holly Goldberg

The Creature Department – Weston, Robert Paul

Never Say Die – Hobbs, Will

Loki’s Wolves
by K. L. Armstrong & M. A. Marr
"The runes have spoken. We have our champion...Matthew
Thorsen." Matt hears ...

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not ...Flora & Ulysses
by Kate DiCamillo
Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal… A cynic meets an unlikely
superhero in a genre-breakin...

Never Say Die by Will Hobbs
When the motto of your village is "never say die," you have a lot to live
up to. . . . At home...

Colossus Rises
by Peter Lerangis
Just one problem .
. . That long-lost
civilization sank
when seven magic
Loculi were stol...

Middle School: My Brother is a Big Fat Liar
by James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou, and Neil Swaab
Georgia Khatchadorian--...

Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
This is an intensely moving middle grade novel about
being an outsider, coping with...

The Creature Department
by Robert Paul Weston
Elliot Von Doppler and his friend Leslie think nothing ever happens
in Bickl...

Intermediate Division

The 5th Wave – Yancey, Rick

The Moon and More – Dessen, Sarah

Mila 2.0 – Driza, Debra

Perfect Ruin – DeStefano, Lauren

A Corner of White – Moriarty, Jaclyn

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong – Shen, Prudence

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B – Toten, Teresa

Navigating Early – Vanderpool, Clare

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Senior Divison
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Graffiti Knight – Karen Bass Winger – Andrew Smith Altered – Jennifer Rush

Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson

Just One Day – Gayle Forman

This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer Smith


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