BAILEY SUMMER READING 2020

Reading is DREAMING WITH YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN

Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America: (Book #1) by Teri Kanefield

The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton’s vision put him at odds with his archivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak.
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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

In the world of Orléans, beauty is valued above all else. When Camellia turns 16 she becomes a Belle, given the power to transform the ugly for a price...However this beautiful world is covering an ugly secret and Camellia must decide-save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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House Arrest by K.A. Holt

Timothy is on probation. It’s a strange word—something that happens to other kids,

to delinquents, not to kids like him. And yet, he is under house arrest for the next year.


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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

People have always looked at Mason differently. After his best friend Benny was found dead on Mason’s family farm, things get even worse. Now, when Mason’s new best friend Calvin goes missing, everyone looks to Mason for answers


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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Bell twins are stars on the basketball court and comrades in life. While there are some differences—Josh shaves his head and Jordan loves his locks—both twins adhere to the Bell basketball rules: In this game of life, your family is the court, and the ball is your heart.
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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test--middle school!


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New Kid by Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?


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Restart by Gordon Korman

Chase's memory just went out the window. Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?


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Betty Before X by Ilyasha Shabazz

In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s house doesn’t quite feel like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she can’t shake the feeling that her mother doesn’t want her. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.


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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

In a not-too-distant future where corporations control space exploration, a group of ten teenagers compete for coveted jobs on a newly discovered planet.Emmett Atwater has everything to gain and nothing to lose—except his life. This book is ‘Hunger Games’

meets ‘Ready Player One,’ in space.


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Framed! by James Ponti

Florian Bates has a Theory of All Small Things (T.O.A.S.T.) which helps him navigate through a new school and life. When he explains his theory to Margaret and then shows her how it works in an art museum, they uncover a BIG. Things get really exciting!


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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

Macy’s life is turning upside-down! Her mother is getting married and her home is up for sale. Macy is sent next door to help an elderly neigh-bor who is also moving. Despite Macy’s deaf-ness, she and the “Rainbow Goddess” learn to communicate and even discover a shared love of stories and cookies.


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THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN BY Katherine Applegate

Ivan, the gorilla, has lived in captivity at the Big Top Mall for 9,855 days by his own tally. He lives in his domain, and is generally content with his life. He watches television, eats bananas, and makes artwork that is sold by the owner. Along with Ivan, Stella, an elephant, and Bob, a stray dog, live at the mall. This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.
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