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EMS Summer Reading 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Landmark Elementary•Middle School Summer Reading Suggestions from our Librarians


The Aurora County All-Stars

The Aurora County All-Stars, by Deborah Wiles

House Jackson, age twelve, star pitcher and team captain of the Aurora County All-Stars, has a secret. For the past year, while sidelined with a broken elbow, he has spent every afternoon at the bedside of a mysterious old man the other kids call Mean-Man Boyd—and he doesn’t want anyone to know. 
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Grade Level: 5 - 8

Here in the Real World

Here in the Real World, by Sara Pennypacker 

From the author of the highly acclaimed, New York Times bestselling novel Pax comes a gorgeous and moving middle grade novel that is an ode to introverts, dreamers, and misfits everywhere.

Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do.
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Grade Level: 3 - 8

The Story That Cannot Be Told

The Story That Cannot Be Told, by Kasper J. Kramer 

A powerful middle grade debut that weaves together folklore and history to tell the story of a girl finding her voice and the strength to use it during the final months of the Communist regime in Romania in 1989.
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Grade Level: 3 - 8

13 Buildings Children Should Know

13 Buildings Children Should Know, by Annette Roeder

The world's most iconic buildings are made accessible and exciting for young readers in this colorful introduction to architecture that changed the world.
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Grade Level: 5 - 8

13 Architects Children Should Know

13 Architects Children Should Know, by Florian Heine

This lively and engaging volume in Prestel’s successful “Children Should Know” series opens a door into the fascinating world of architecture.
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Grade Level: 3 - 8

Dream Builder The Story of Architect Philip Freelon

Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon, by Kelly Starling Lyons

Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon celebrates a contemporary black STEAM role model, a man whose quiet work enabled the creation of an iconic building reflecting America's past and future. 
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Grade Level: 3 - 6

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond, by Jan and Sandra Greenberg

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond, by Jan and Sandra Greenberg

This biography of contemporary artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude is a story of the power of collaboration, and vision, and of the creation of the spectacular Gates and other renowned artworks.
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Grade Level: 4 - 7

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