Reading Olympics 2020 List: Elementary School


Aru Shah and the end of time -- Chokshi, Roshani.  (RL 4.7, 355p)

Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon.

Attack of the Turtle: a novel -- Carlson, Drew.  (RL 4.2, 149p)

During the Revolutionary War, fourteen-year-old Nathan joins forces with his older cousin, the inventor David Bushnell, to secretly build the first submarine used in naval warfare.

Bigger than a bread box -- Snyder, Laurel.  (RL 4.3, 226p)

Devastated when her parents separate, twelve-year-old Rebecca must move with her mother from Baltimore to Gran's house in Atlanta, where Rebecca discovers an old breadbox with the power to grant any wish--so long as the wished-for thing fits in the breadbox.

Bridge to Terabithia -- Paterson, Katherine.   (RL 5, 181p)

The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer.

Capture the flag -- Messner, Kate.  (RL 4.5, 231p)

When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh-graders Anne, Jose, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C., airport during a snowstorm.

Click'd -- Stone, Tamara Ireland.  (RL 4.4, 288p)

After spending the summer at coding camp, Allie Navarro is excited to share the app she built with her friends, until it starts to cause problems between them.

Dazzle ships: World War I and the art of confusion -- Barton, Chris.  (RL 6.2, 40 p)

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.

El Deafo -- Bell, Cece.  (RL 3.3, 233p)

A graphic novel memoir of author/illustrator Cece Bell who grew up hearing impaired.

Drizzle -- Van Cleve, Kathleen.  (RL 4.1, 358p)

When a drought threatens her family's magical rhubarb farm, eleven-year-old Polly tries to find a way to make it rain again.

EllRay Jakes is not a chicken! -- Warner, Sally.  (RL 4.8, 108p)

Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes's attempts to defend himself against the class bully always end up getting him in trouble, but he promises to do his best when his dad offers to take him to Disneyland if he can be good for an entire week--which may be a few days too long.

The first rule of punk -- Perez, Celia C.  (RL 5.2, 310p)

Twelve-year-old Maria Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malu) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler -- Konigsburg, E. L.  (RL 4.7, 162p)

Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

Front desk -- Yang, Kelly.  (RL 4.5, 286p)

Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.

The great serum race: blazing the Iditarod Trail -- Miller, Debbie S.  (RL 5.2, 40p)

The story of the heroic role played by sled dogs, including the Siberian husky Togo, in the delivery of antitoxin serum to those stricken with diphtheria in 1925 Nome. Includes historical notes about the event as well as about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race which commemorates it.

Hatchet -- Paulsen, Gary.  (RL 5.7, 195p)

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

James and the giant peach -- Dahl, Roald.  (RL 4.8, 146p)

Wonderful adventures abound after James escapes from his fearsome aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach.

John Henry -- Lester, Julius.  (RL 4, 38p)

Retells the legend of the African-American railroad builder who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.

Louisiana's way home -- DiCamillo, Kate.  (RL 6.4, 227p)

When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana's life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town--including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder -- she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny's heads. But that is a story for another time).

Love that dog -- Creech, Sharon.  (RL 4.1, 86p)

A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.

Masters of disaster -- Paulsen, Gary.  (RL 6.5, 102p)

Twelve-year-old Henry Mosely, having decided his life is boring, ropes his friends Riley and Reed into a series of hair-raising adventures, including trying to break world records, visiting a haunted house, and solving a century-old murder.

May B: a novel -- Rose, Caroline Starr.  (RL 4, 231p)

When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, twelve-year-old May's father pulls her from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.

Me and Marvin Gardens -- King, A. S.  (RL 4.5, 243p)

Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family's once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing--but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.

The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane -- DiCamillo, Kate.  (RL 4.8, 198p)

Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg -- Philbrick, W. R.  (RL 5.6, 224p)

Homer P. Figg escapes from his wretched foster home in Pine Swamp, Maine, and sets out to find his beloved older brother, Harold, who has been illegally sold into the Union Army.

The Nazi invasion, 1944 -- Tarshis, Lauren.  (RL 4.8, 89p)

In 1944, Max and Zena Rosen escape from their Polish ghetto and the Nazis and join up with Jewish resistance fighters.

Night of the twisters -- Ruckman, Ivy.  (RL 4.8, 153p)

A fictional account of the night freakish and devastating tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska, as experienced by a twelve-year-old, his family, and friends.

No more dead dogs -- Korman, Gordon.  (RL 4.9, 219p)

Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.

No talking -- Clements, Andrew.  (RL 5, 146p)

The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.

One crazy summer -- Williams-Garcia, Rita.  (RL 4.6, 218p)

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

Punished! -- Lubar, David.  (RL 3.9, 96p)

Logan and his friend Benedict are playing tag in the library when a mysterious man punishes him for his disrespect by making him speak only in puns.

Rain reign -- Martin, Ann M.  (RL 4.3, 226p)

Struggling with Asperger's syndrome, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

Rump: the true story of Rumpelstiltskin -- Shurtliff, Liesl.  (RL 4.4, 264p)

Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes -- Coerr, Eleanor.  (RL 4.6, 80p)

Sadako, hospitalized with leukemia, races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes in an attempt to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

Saving Winslow: a novel -- Creech, Sharon.  (RL 4.1, 165p)

Louie doesn't have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures-not even lightning bugs, worms, or goldfish. So when his father brings home a sickly, newborn mini donkey, he's determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army. Everyone worries that Winslow won't survive, especially Louie's quirky new friend, Nora. But as Louie's bond with Winslow grows, surprising events prove that this fragile donkey-and Louie-are stronger than anyone could have imagined.

Savvy -- Law, Ingrid.  (RL 6.5, 499p)

Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

Shelter dogs : amazing stories of adopted strays -- Kehret, Peg.  (RL 6.4, 134p)

Tells the stories of eight stray dogs that were adopted from animal shelters and went on to become service dogs, actors, and heroes.

Shoeless Joe & me -- Gutman, Dan.  (RL 4.1, 163p)

Joe Stoshack travels back to 1919, where he meets Shoeless Joe Jackson and tries to prevent the fixing of the World Series in which Jackson was wrongly implicated.

Strongheart: wonder dog of the silver screen -- Fleming, Candace.  (RL 3.9, 245p)

A German shepherd is transformed from Etzel, a police dog in Berlin, to Strongheart, a silent movie star that will need his best acting skills to prove himself innocent of attacking a girl.

Stuart Little -- White, E. B.  (RL 5.4, 131p)

The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.

Time for Andrew: a ghost story -- Hahn, Mary Downing.  (RL 4.5, 165p)

When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle who is dying of diphtheria.

Who was Ben Franklin? -- Fradin, Dennis B.  (RL 4.4, 105p)

A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, publisher, inventor, scientist, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

Wild girl -- Giff, Patricia Reilly.  (RL 4.3, 147p)

When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.

The wild robot escapes -- Brown, Peter.  (RL 5, 279p)

After being captured by the Recons and returned to civilization for reprogramming, Roz is sent to Hilltop Farm where she befriends her owner's family and animals, but pines for her son, Brightbill.