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Global Reading Challenge

2019 Global Reading Challenge Titles

Crenshaw by Katherine  ApplegateCrenshaw  
Applegate, Katherine
2015
A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend, that proves in unexpected ways, that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
El Deafo by Cece  BellEl Deafo  
Bell, Cece
2015
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.
Raymie Nightingale  by Kate  DiCamilloRaymie Nightingale  
DiCamillo, Kate
2016
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key  by Jack  GantosJoey Pigza Swallowed the Key  
Gantos, Jack
1998
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street  by Karina  Yan GlaserThe Vanderbeekers of 141st Street  
Yan Glaser, Karina
2017
Told that they will have to move out of their Harlem brownstone just after Christmas, the five Vanderbeeker children, ages four to twelve, decide to change their reclusive landlord's mind.
Turtle in Paradise  by Jennifer  HolmTurtle in Paradise  
Holm, Jennifer
2010
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
Dash  by Kirby  LarsonDash  
Larson, Kirby
2014
When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.
Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things  by Lenore  LookAlvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things  
Look, Lenore
2008
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.
Wonder  by R. J.  PalacioWonder  
Palacio, R. J.
2012/2017
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Locomotion by Jacqueline  WoodsonLocomotion  
Woodson, Jacqueline
2003
In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.
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