Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by rookie teacher Mr. Terupt.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer, who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret
When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Mr. Popper trains his band of penguins to star in a vaudeville tour.
A Nest for Celeste: A Story about Art, Inspiration and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole
Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a nearby Louisiana plantation in 1821.
Rebels of the Kasbah by Joe O’Neill
Sold into slavery to compete in deadly camel races, Tarqi and his newfound friends must rely on their wits and each other to survive.
Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, 11-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to California, where Fadi schemes to return to a Pakistani refugee camp to find his little sister, who was accidentally left behind.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they visit Grandma Sands in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie, born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school, where he endures taunts and bullying and struggles to be seen as just another student.
**All these books are available at Douglas County Libraries as Your Lucky Day books.