|Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Elementary Booklist 2013-2014
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl uses the suggested GBA list of 14 titles(2013-2014) for elementary schools. All 20 titles will be used for the middle school list. The following list is for elementary schools.
|The Apothecary(2011) Maile Meloy. G. P. Putnam Sons.
Fourteen-year-old Janie Scott,newly arrived in London from Los Angeles in 1952, becomes friends with a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows, and is drawn into a dangerous adventure with Benjamin when his father is kidnapped and Russian spies try to steal his book of secrets.
|Because of Mr. Terupt. (2011)Rob Buyea. Delacorte Press
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.
|Better than weird. (2011) Anna Kerz. Orca Publishers .
Aaron has trouble fitting in is nervous about seeing his father for the first time in eight years, but while he worries about whether his dad will think he is "too weird,"Aaron is also scared that the school bully is going to beat him up.
|Breadcrumbs, (2010). Anne Ursu. Walden Pond Press
Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own,entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life.
|Dancing home.(2011) Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta. Atheneum Books for Young Readers
When Margie's cousin Lupe comes from Mexico to live in California with Margie's family, Lupe must adapt to America, while Margie,who thought it would be fun to have her cousin there, finds that she is embarrassed by her in school and jealous of her at home.
|A dog’s way home.(2011)Bobbie Pyron. Katherine Tegen Books. .
After a car accident strands them at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge
Parkway, eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved sheltie Tam overcome months filled with physical and emotional challenges to find their way back to each other. http://www.bobbiepyron.com/
|The Familiars. .(2011).Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson,
Three young wizards-in-training are kidnapped by an evil queen and their familiars--Aldwyn the alley cat, Skylar, a know-it-all blue jay, and Gilbert a tree frog who can see the future--set out on a dangerous journey to rescue the boys
|Hidden. (2011) Helen Frost.Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Years after Darra Monson's father stole a minivan with Wren Abbott hiding in the back,the girls come face to face at summer camp and together they try to work through what happened to them and the impact it had on their lives.
| M aximilian: The mystery of the guardian angel: A bilingual lucha libre thriller. ( (2011)Xavier Garza. Cinco Puntos Press
Maximilian feels he has a close connection with his favorite luchador,El
Angel de La Guardia,the Guardian Angel
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.
|S mall as an elephant (2011).Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Candlewick Press
Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground,Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on with only a small toy elephant for company.
|Atale dark and grimm (2010) Adam Gidwitz.Penguin Books
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches,along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms'fairy tales Faithful Johannes,Hansel and Gretel,The seven ravens,Brother and sister,The robber bridegroom,and The devil and his three golden hairs
|Tuesdays at the castle.(2011) Jessica Day George. Bloomsbury Books. .
Princess Celie loves Tuesdays at Castle Glower,because every Tuesday the castle adds a new room,a turret, or sometimes a whole new wing,and Celie likes to map the changes to the castle,but when her parents,King and Queen Glower are taken captive,it falls to Celie and her knowledge of the castle to defend their home and save the kingdom.
|Wonder (2012) R. J. Palacio. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial
abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being homeschooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan,which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student