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2017 Intermediate Masterlist with Annotations


Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. 237p. (Grades 5-8).
In a rhythmic, rapping verse novel, middle school basketball phenom Josh Bell and his equally 
talented twin brother Jordan deal with struggles on and off the court.

Auxier, Jonathan. The Night Gardener. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Reprint Edition. 2015. 370p. 
(Grades 6-9). Molly and Kip are Irish servants who move to an old English Manor house that is 
hauntingly connected to a tree that grows in the front yard.

Bell, Cece. El Deafo. New York: Amulet Books, 2014. 233 p. After a bout with meningitis as a child 
that left her deaf, author Cece Bell tells the story of her childhood in the graphic memoir, and 
also how her superhero alter ego, named El Deafo, became her refuge from uncomfortable or 
embarrassing situations related to her deafness.

Blankman, Anne. Prisoner of Night and Fog. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2014. 401p. (Grade 8 and up).  
Gretchen Müller is a favored member of rising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler who always assures her 
family’s protection and basic needs until Gretchen meets a reporter and begins to question the true 
nature of her Uncle Dolf.

Bond, Gwenda. Girl on a Wire. New York: Skyscape, 2014. 372p. (Grade 7 and up).
Jules and her Amazing Maroni family of tightrope walkers join the Cirque American at the risk of 
confronting their dreaded enemies, the Flying Garcia family, and items that are believed to bring 
bad luck and possibly causing Jules to fall to her death.

Gebhart, Ryan. There Will Be Bears. Massachusetts: Candlewick, 2014. 224 pages (Grades 5 and Up). 
Thirteen year old Tyson’s Grandpa Gene has been put into a nursing home, just days before their 
first elk hunting trip together, and just moments after he was told it would be canceled anyway due 
to the series of Grizzly Bear attacks in the area. With Tyson’s best friend Bright quickly drifting 
into a new crowd, this trip was the only thing keeping his spirits up, and Tyson was not about to 
just give it up.

Hale, Nathan. Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood. New York: Amulet, 2014. Print.
124 pg. (grades 3-7). Witty American revolutionary spy Nathan Hale explains World War I to his 
would be executioners in this vivid graphic novel. Portraying each country as an animal and 
breaking down complicated alliances, Hale explains the beginnings of modern warfare and the
bloody “War to End All Wars” with humor and frankness.

Holczer, Tracy. The Secret Hum of a Daisy. Puffin Books, 2014. 320p. (Grades 5 and up). After the 
accidental death of her mother, 12 year old Grace must learn to trust the estranged grandmother 
she’s never met.

Lewis, R.C. Stitching Snow. Los Angeles: Hyperion, 2014. 328 p. (Grades 7 & up). In this futuristic 
retelling of Snow White, Essie lives on the mining planet, Thanda working on robots and drones 
"stitching" their code. When a shuttle crash lands on the planet Essie is kidnapped by the pilot 
Dane and forced into the war she was hiding from.

McCahan, Erin. Love and Other Foreign Words. New York: Dial Books, 2014. 331p. (Grades 9 and up). 
Gifted Josie has a fascination for languages but struggles to understand the meaning of love when 
her favorite sister brings home on obnoxious fiancé, and when her own love life is so confusing.

Polonsky, Ami. Gracefully Grayson. Los Angeles: Hyperion, 2014. 243 p. (Grades 6 & up). Grayson 
Sender is twelve-years-old and living with a big secret -- She knows she's a girl but everyone else 
knows her as a boy. When she is chosen to play Persephone in the school play she learns what it 
means to be yourself when the odds are stacked against you.

Ritter, William. Jackaby. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Young Readers, 2014. 304 p.
After leaving her family behind in search of adventure, young Abigail Rook collides with R. 
Jackaby, a brilliant detective focused on the world of the supernatural, and she becomes his 
assistant as they investigate a series of mysterious murders.

De los Santos, Marisa, and David Teague. Saving Lucas Biggs. New York: Harper, 2014. 288p. (Grades 
5-8). Margaret has a secret gift with potentially terrible consequences that she pledges to never 
use. She can time travel. But when Margaret’s innocent father is sentenced to death by the corrupt 
Judge Biggs, Margaret decides to defy her pledge and use her gift to try to prevent Judge Biggs 
from becoming evil.

Sheinkin, Steve. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. New York: 
Roaring Brook Press, 2014. 208p. (Grades 7 - 12). After a horrendous explosion killed over 320 
soldiers and wounding many more, at the Navy base in Port Chicago, California, Why were fifty 
African Americans charged with mutiny when refusing to return to work in unsafe conditions loading 
ammunition on the docks?

Venkatraman, Padma. A Time to Dance. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group 
(USA), 2014. Print. 307p. (grades 7&up). Veda, a traditional bharatanatyam dancer in India, is 
about to achieve her lifelong dream but suffers a catastrophic accident. Forced to re-evaluate her 
dream, she must decide what she truly wants and find a way to reach it.






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