Caitlyn's Recommendation: A Horse Named Sky by Rosanne Parry
The newest novel from the author of A Wolf Called Wander! Sky is a horse that grows up wild in the 1800s. The story follows Sky as he grows up, reckons with the fact that he has to leave his band (that's a group of horses) since there's only room for one stallion. Once he leaves, he's captured by the Pony Express and forced to make dangerous cross-country trips. When he finds his band in an awful situation, he has to decide whether he has the courage to help them, as well as himself. This heartfelt and moving novel is full of gorgeous pencil illustrations that leap to life off the page, and will tug at the heartstrings of any animal lover. At the end, readers will find numerous sources and information on wild horses, the Pony Express, and life in the 1800s. Recommended for grades 4 and up.
Kristy's Recommendation: Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow
Seventh grader Simon has moved to the National Quiet Zone with his family--the only place in America where the internet is banned. This is perfect for Simon who is famous for the one event in his life he'd like to forget forever: When he was in 5th grade, he was the only survivor of a school shooting and a photo of him went viral, making him an internet famous. In this new town, Simon hopes to heal and live under the radar, in a place where no one will be able to google him. If only life were that simple! Despite the heart breaking premise, this book manages to be light hearted, funny, moving and absolutely unforgettable! A must read for middle school and up.
Felicia's Recommendation: The Legacies by Jessica Goodman
Gossip Girl meets Karen McManus! The exclusive Legacy Club in New York City is a mystery to all those who are not members. Not only does it give you access to power, it basically guarantees you immunity from anything as Legacy Club members always look out for their own. These membership invites are usually kept within the families, so it’s not surprising when Excelsior Prep seniors Bernie Kaplan, Isobel Rothcroft, and Skyler Hawkins are nominated as Legacies. But Tori Tasso, a scholarship kid from Queens is someone no one saw coming. The night of the Legacy Ball is supposed to be the best night of these seniors’ lives, but when someone turns up dead, it all gets turned around. Recommended for grades 8 and up.