Jack loves playing the trumpet. For weeks he’s been looking forward to playing in his first-ever concert. But on the morning of the big day, Jack finds he has a Worry.
by Sam Zuppardi
A Newbery Medal Winner. Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as San Nicolas Island. Blue dolphins splash in the water surrounding it, sea otters play in the kelp beds, and seabirds roost in its crags. Once, Indians also lived on the island—until one day they decided to leave and sailed to the east. A young girl was left behind. Karana is that girl. Year after year, she waits for the ship to come back. But it never does. Finally, she realizes she must make a fateful choice: follow her people on her own or remain alone on the island for the rest of her life.
by Scott O’Dell
TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award Finalist and a Geoffrey Bilson Award Winner. Most people think that tornados come with some kind of warning—hail, lightning, certain patterns of rain, or even complete silence. The truth is, tornados are trickier than that. Sometimes you’re just going about your normal routine and then, without warning, wham! Gracie is unlike anyone Luke has ever met—fun, charming, imaginative and full of life. But when the truth about her mother’s past challenges local small-town values, Luke finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of confusion and controversy.
by Valerie Sherrard