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Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Elementary Booklist 2014-2015
16 Titles

Elementary Level
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl uses the suggested GBA list of 16 titles(2014-2015) for elementary schools. All 20 titles will be used for the middle school list. The following list is for elementary schools.
The Boy on the Wooden Box.(2013) Leon Leyson..Atheneum

Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto.

The Cheshire Cheese cat : a Dickens of a tale (2011). Carmen Deedy. Peachtree Press.
A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

Chomp . (2012) Carl Hiaasen. Random House. .
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, and Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him, but they must avoid Tuna's gun-happy father.

Eight Keys (2012). Suzanne M LaFleur. Yearling.
. When twelve-year-old Elise, orphaned since age three, becomes disheartened by middle school, with its bullies, changing relationships, and higher expectations, keys to long-locked rooms and messages from her late father help hercope
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library.(2013)Chris Grabenstein .Random House.
"Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape"
The False Prince.(2012).Jennifer A. Nielsen. Scholastic Press
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
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The Lions of Little Rock. .(2012). Kristin Levine.G.P. Putnam's Sons,
Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend is actually an African American girl passing herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families.
Mountain Dog. (2013) Margarita Engle . Henry Holt and Company,
When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, eleven-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog.

M ichael Vey : the Prisoner of Cell 25. (2012)Richard Paul Evans.Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse Press
Fourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them and, after Michael's mother is kidnapped, he will need to rely on his powers and his friends to rescue his mom, protect himself, and save the others

Navigating Early..(2014).Clare Vanderpool. Yearling.
When Jack Baker’s mother dies, his father deposits him in the Morton Hill Academy for Boys in Maine, far from the only home he has ever known—Kansas. Alone and lonely, Jack befriends Early Auden, a strange, legendary boy who understands all manner of unknowable things, from the necessity of listening to Billie Holiday on rainy days to the secrets embedded in patterns of jelly beans.

One for the Murphys (2013).Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Puffin Books.
Carley struggles with being open to love after she suffers a betrayal that forces her to move in with a foster family.

Rump : the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin (2013). Liesl Shurtliff. Alfred A. Knopf.
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.

Serafina's promise .(2013). Ann E. Burg. Scholastic Press.

In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince,Haiti,Serafina works hard to help her family,but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor--then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised.


Three Times Lucky. (2012). Sheila Turnage.Dial Books for Young Readers.

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 True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (2012) .Kathi Appelt and Jennifer Bricking. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.


Ungifted (2012).Gordon Korman. Balzer + Bray.
Due to an administrative mix-up,troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction,a special program for gifted and talented students,after pulling a major prank at middle school.


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