Global Reading Challenge

2018 Global Reading Challenge Titles

Inside Out and Back Again  by Thanhha LaiInside Out and Back Again  
Lai, Thanhha
2012
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri WattsKizzy Ann Stamps  
Watts, Jeri
2012
Taking things in stride is not easy for Kizzy Ann, but with her border collie, Shag, at her side, she sets out to live a life as sweet as syrup on cornbread.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamilloThe Tale of Despereaux  
DiCamillo, Kate
2004
The adventures of Desperaux 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.
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-GarciaClayton Byrd Goes Underground  
Williams-Garcia, Rita
2017
Clayton feels most alive when he's with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen -- he can't wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton's mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that's no way to live. Armed with his grandfather's brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.
Moo by Sharon CreechMoo  
Creech, Sharon
2016
Follows the efforts of twelve-year-old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine, to adjust to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda HuntFish in a Tree  
Hunt, Lynda
2015
"Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read"-- Provided by publisher.
Babe and Me by Dan GutmanBabe and Me  
Gutman, Dan
2000
With their ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe and his father have the opportunity to find out whether Babe Ruth really did call his shot when he hit that home run in the third game of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher CurtisThe Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963  
Curtis, Christopher
2004
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.
Esperanza Rising by Pam RyanEsperanza Rising  
Ryan, Pam
2000
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham SalisburyCalvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet  
Salisbury, Graham
2009
Nine-year-old Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.
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