Reading Olympics 2018 List: Elementary School
Artemis Fowl —Colfer, Eoin (RL 5.5, 277p)
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.
Back in time with Thomas Edison: a Qwerty Stevens adventure —Gutman, Dan(RL 5.2, 201p)
Thirteen-year-old Robert "Qwerty" Stevens uses the time machine he finds in his back yard to visit Thomas Edison's workshop in 1879, and there helps develop the electric light bulb, but then needs his sister's help to return to his own time.
The best school year ever — Robinson, Barbara (RL 5.4, 117p)
The six horrible Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, cause mayhem throughout the school year.
The Boggart — Cooper, Susan (RL 6.5, 196p)
After visiting the castle in Scotland which her family has inherited, twelve-year-old Emily finds that she has accidentally brought home with her a boggart, an invisible and mischievous spirit with a fondness for practical jokes.
Chomp — Hiaasen, Carl (RL 5.2, 290p)
The difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears on location in the Florida Everglades where they were filming animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family. Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him, but they must avoid Tuna's gun-happy father.
Dogs on duty: soldiers' best friends on the battlefield and beyond — Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw (RL 7.1, 48p)
Explains the many ways that dogs are used in the military and how they are trained and cared for.
Eggs — Spinelli, Jerry (RL 4.1, 220p)
Mourning the loss of his mother, nine-year-old David forms an unlikely friendship with independent, quirky thirteen-year-old Primrose, as the two help each other deal with what is missing in their lives.
Francie — English, Karen (RL 4.2, 204p_
When the sixteen-year-old boy whom she tutors in reading is accused of attempting to murder a white man, Francie gets herself in serious trouble for her efforts at friendship.
George Washington's spy: a time travel adventure — Woodruff, Elvira (RL 5.1, 229p)
Ten-year-old Matt and six other children travel to 1776 Boston, living out American history as they meet Benjamin Franklin, learn about colonial medicine, and become part of a rebel spy ring.
The gold-threaded dress — Marsden, Carolyn (RL 5.3, 73p)
When Oy and her Thai American family move to a new neighborhood, her third-grade classmates tease and exclude her because she is different.
Hate that cat — Creech, Sharon (RL 5.2, 153p)
Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous works and how they relate to his life.
Henry's freedom box — Levine, Ellen (RL 2.6, 40p)
A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
The hero two doors down: based on the true story of friendship between a boy and a baseball legend — Robinson, Sharon (RL 3.9, 202p)
Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited--and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship.
How to steal a dog: a novel — O'Connor, Barbara (RL 4, 170p)
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
The Japanese tsunami, 2011 — Tarshis, Lauren (RL 4.3, 83p)
In 2011, while visiting his father's hometown in Japan shortly after his death, Ben finds himself and his family being swept away by a terrible tsunami that leaves him stranded and alone in a strange country, far from home.
Jeremy Thatcher, dragon hatcher — Coville, Bruce (RL 4.9, 151p)
In a dark and eerie magic shop, Jeremy finds a multicolored ball containing a dragon--a tiny thing that speaks through mental telepathy. Soon, it will begin to grow, and grow, and grow.
Kickoff! — Barber, Tiki(RL 4.3, 156p)
Twelve-year-olds Tiki and Ronde try out for the junior high football team and hope to not only get a spot but also to be a part of the starting lineup.
Life in the ocean: the story of oceanographer Sylvia Earle — Nivola, Claire A. (RL 5, 32p)
A picture book biography of oceanographer Sylvia Earle, discussing her childhood along the Gulf of Mexico, her passion for the environment, and her experiences in ocean exploration.
The lightning thief — Riordan, Rick (RL 4.9, 377p)
Percy, expelled from six schools for being unable to control his temper, learns the truth from his mother that his father is the Greek god Poseidon, and is sent to Camp Half Blood where he is befriended by a satyr and the demigod daughter of Athena who join him in a journey to the Underworld to retrieve Zeus's lightning bolt and prevent a catastrophic war.
Loot: how to steal a fortune — Watson, Jude (RL 4.2, 266p)
When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to "find jewels" and this instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had--and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.
Maniac Magee: a novel — Spinelli, Jerry (RL 4.7, 184p)
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
Ms. Bixby's last day — Anderson, John David (RL 5.2, 300p)
When Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won't be able to finish the school year, Topher, Brand, and Steve come up with a plan to tell her how much she means to them.
The one and only Ivan — Applegate, Katherine (RL 3.6, 305p)
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
The phantom tollbooth — Juster, Norton (RL 6.7, 279p)
Milo, a young boy with little interest in anything, takes a trip through the Phantom Tollbooth to the Lands Beyond where he meets an enchanting cast of characters that teaches him the importance of words, numbers, ideas, creativity, and enthusiasm for life.
Pie — Weeks, Sarah (RL 5.6, 183p)
Alice's Aunt Polly passes away and entrusts the recipe for her world-famous pie crust to her cat, which she leaves in Alice's care, and as everyone, including Alice, tries to discover the secret ingredients, Alice learns some important lessons about faith, love, and family.
Ragweed — Avi (RL 4.8, 178p)
Ragweed, a young country mouse, leaves his family and travels to the big city, where he finds excitement and danger and sees cats for the first time.
The report card — Clements, Andrew (RL 4.5, 173p)
Fifth-grader Nora Rowley has always hidden the fact that she is a genius from everyone because all she wants is to be normal, but when she comes up with a plan to prove that grades are not important, things begin to get out of control.
Rowan of Rin — Rodda, Emily (RL 4.7, 151p)
Because only he can read the magical map, young, weak and timid Rowan joins six other villagers to climb a mountain and try to restore their water supply, as fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back.
The secret of platform 13 — Ibbotson, Eva (RL 7.5, 231p)
Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their king and queen's son who had been stolen as an infant.
Serafina and the black cloak — Beatty, Robert (RL 5.9, 293p)
In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina's Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner's young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.
Shoot-out — Lupica, Mike(RL 5.1, 165p)
Twelve-year-old Jake must leave his championship soccer team to play on a team with a losing record when his family moves to a neighboring town.
Snow treasure — McSwigan, Marie(RL 6.3, 196p)
In 1940, when the Nazi invasion of Norway reaches their village in the far north, twelve-year-old Peter and his friends use their sleds to transport nine million dollars worth of gold bullion past the German soldiers to the secret harbor where Peter's uncle keeps his ship ready to take the gold for safekeeping in the United States.
Song of the trees — Taylor, Mildred D(RL 4.3, 48p)
During the Depression, a rural African-American family deeply attached to the forest on their land tries to save it from being cut down by an unscrupulous white man.
Sunny side up — Holm, Jennifer L (RL 2.8, 216p)
After her older brother starts acting strangely, Sunny Lewin is shipped off to Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather. She makes a friend her age and tries to enjoy her stay but, other than Buzz, everyone is really old. Besides, Sunny just knows her parents sent her away because she somehow made her brother the way he is. She just wants things to go back to how they were before.
The tale of Despereaux being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread — DiCamillo, Kate (RL 4.7, 267p)
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
Those rebels, John & Tom — Kerley, Barbara (RL 4.8, 48p)
Introduces children to the lives and accomplishments of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Three times lucky — Turnage, Sheila (RL 3.9, 312p)
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
The underground abductor — Hale, Nathan (RL 3.6, 125p)
The story of Araminta Ross, who was born a slave in Delaware but eventually escaped north to freedom. Changing her name to Harriet Tubman, she became an "abductor" on the Underground Railroad, risking her life to help other slaves reach freedom.
The view from Saturday — Konigsburg, E. L. (RL 5.9, 163p)
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
Vision of beauty: the story of Sarah Breedlove Walker — Lasky, Kathryn (RL 6.3, 45p)
A biography of Sarah Breedlove Walker who, though born in poverty, pioneered in hair and beauty care products for black women, and became a great financial success.
Wait till Helen comes: a ghost story — Hahn, Mary Downing (RL 4.7, 184p)
Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.
The war with Grandpa — Smith, Robert Kimmel (RL 4.5, 140p)
Upset that he has to give up the room he loves to his grandfather, Pete decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.
The Watsons go to Birmingham — 1963: a novel — Curtis, Christopher Paul (RL 5, 210p)
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Weather — Simon, Seymour (RL 6.4, 30p)
Provides a guide to weather in simple text with photographs, and includes information on cloud formations, changes in temperature, rain, snow, and how the weather is forecast.
Winners take all — Bowen, Fred (RL 4.3, 113p)
Kyle fakes a catch that leads his baseball team to a league championship, but he does not feel good about winning by cheating and must make a difficult decision to tell the truth.