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Summer Reading 2009
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The IMC is open on Tuesdays from 9:00am to noon, and on Thursdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm, from July 7 through August 27, to Collins students who wish to borrow summer reading books. To learn more about the authors and titles featured on this year's list, visit the links below.
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Parent/Student Guide to Reading Levels - Padre/Estudiante Guía a Niveles de Lectura:
        + - advanced reading level/nivel de lectura avanzado
        # - intermediate reading level/nivel de lectura intermedio
        * - easier reading level/nivel de lectura facil

Several titles also include mature content. For more information about a particular title on this year's list, please contact Mrs. O'Keefe, Library Media Specialist ( ; (978)740-1229), or Elizabeth Beaulieu, Language Arts/Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator ( ; (978)740-1234).
Algunos títulos incluyen material para audencias mayors. Para mas información sobre un título en la lista de este año, se puede comunicar con la Señora O'Keefe, Especialista de Media de la Biblioteca ( ; (978)740-1229), or la Señora Beaulieu, Language Arts/Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator ( ; (978)740-1234). Si usted quiere hablar en Español, por favor llame al Dr. Oscar Lazo (978)740-1193.

Mujercitas / Little Women (+)
La historia de cuatro hermanas con diferentes personalidades y de sus aventuras mientras crecen en América en los años 1800.
The story of four sisters with different personalities and their adventures as they grow up in American in the 1800s.
Return to Sender (#)
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.
Chains (+)
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.
Best Shorts: Favorite Short Stories for Sharing (#)
This collection features fine writing by outstanding authors, including Lloyd Alexander, Natalie Babbitt, Paul Fleischman, Patricia McKissack, Richard Peck, Tim Wynne-Jones, and others.
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (#)
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish father.
(If you liked this, you'll enjoy The Penderwicks on Gardam Street.)
Estás ahi Dios? Soy yo Margaret / Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (#)
Margaret encuentra el período de la pubertad difícil y desconcertante. Esta historia describe como ella maneja sus problemas.
Margaret finds puberty to be difficult and confusing. This is the story of how she handles her teenage problems.
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (#)
Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants.
(Read this or any of the other books in the series.)
Bustos Nava, Mónica
Enriqueta Mares y su tinglado / Enriqueta Mares and Her Stories (#)
Enriqueta Mares en una madre soltera que vive con sus tres hijos en un barrio mejicano. Ella entretiene a sus hijos con cuentos mágicos mientras plancha la ropa.
Enriqueta Mares, a single mom with three kids living in an urban Mexican neighborhood, gathers her children around her, and entertains them with terrific, magical stories as she does her ironing.
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period (#)
Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school, alternate telling how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate, even as they are uncovering a long-kept secret about themselves.
Curtain (+)
A series of murders brings super-sleuth Poirot once again to Styles Court, where he solves his last case.
Things Not Seen (#)
When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.
(If you liked this, you'll enjoy Things Hoped For and Things That Are.)
Cofer, Judith Ortiz
Bailando en silencio / Dancing in Silence (#)
Este libro es un recuento de una vida bilingue y bicultural que ha ganado premios.
An award-winning recollection of a bilingual, bicultural existence.
Artemis Fowl / Artemis Fowl (#)
Cuando un niño genio de doce años trata de recuperar la fortuna de su familia capturando a una hada y demandando su rescate en oro, las hadas atacan con magia, tecnologia y particularmente con la ayuda de un duendo odioso.
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
(Read this or any of the other books in the series. Play the Artemis Fowl Inner Circle game!)
La guerra del chocolate / The Chocolate War (+)
En una escuela superior de Nueva Inglaterra un estudiante se reusa a participar en la senta de chocolates de su escuela. En su historia el pasa de héroe a ser una victima del desprecio.
A New England high school student refuses to be bullied into selling chocolates for his school. He goes from hero to outcast, to vulnerable victim.
The Castle Corona (#)
Two orphaned peasant children discover a mysterious pouch, the contents of which lead them to the majestic Castle Corona, where their lives may be transformed forever.
The Loud Silence of Francine Green (#)
In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.
Robinson Crusoe (#)
La historia de un marinero joven que naufragó en una isla tropical desierta.
The story of a young sailor cast onto a deserted tropical island.
Keeping the Moon (#)
Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.
Diaz, Inmaculada
Miguel Se escribe Con "M" de Merengue / Miguel is Written with "M" of Merengue (#)
Cuando Miguel tiene que quedarse por dos semanas con sus abuelos en el campo, se pregunta como podrá sobrevivir.
When Miguel has to stay with his grandparents in the country, he wonders how he is going to survive two weeks.
Gracias a Winn-Dixie / Because of Winn-Dixie (*)
Opal Buloni, una niña de diez años, describe su primer verano en el pueblo de Naomi en Florida y todas las cosas buenas que le suceden gracias su grande y feo perro, a Winn-Dixie.
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
A Northern Light (+)
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiancé, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.
Tainos / Morning Girl (#)
Un cuento de dos muchachos Tainos cuando llegó Colón.
A coming-of-age story of two young Taino children as Columbus arrives.
Hound of the Baskervilles (+)
Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes sets out to solve the mystery surrounding the death on the moors and to prevent a similar fate for Sir Henry Baskerville.
Doyle, Debra
Escuela de magia / School of Wizardry (#)
Decidido a ser un hechicero, Rondalis, un muchacho de doce años está encantado de ser aceptado en la famosa Escuela de Hechiceros. Su aprendizaje sufre cuando se entera que uno de los maestros hechiceros esta tratando de arruinar la escuela con sus hechizos para ganar poder.
Determined to become a wizard, twelve-year-old Randal is delighted to be accepted into the famed School of Wizardry, but his apprenticeship is marred when he realizes that one of the master wizards is using evil spells to destroy the school and gain supreme power.
(Read this or any of the other books in the Circle of Magic series.)
Erdrich, Louise
The Birchbark House (#)
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.
Swordbird (#)
Warring factions of blue jays and cardinals call on Swordbird, the heroic bird of peace, to rescue them from the evil machinations of Turnatt, the tyrant hawk lord who plans to enslave them.
(If you liked this, you'll enjoy the prequel, Sword Quest.)
La casa del escorpión / The House of the Scorpion (#)
En un futuro en que los humanos odian a los clones, Matt disfruta de un trato especial como el jóven clon de El Patron, el líder de 142 años de un imperio corrupto de drogas cuyo centro esta entre México y Estados Unidos.
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
Frank, Anne
Anne Frank, el diario de una niña / Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (+)
Una niña precoz es obligada a esconderse del regimen Nazi y vive escondida con su familia y amigos.
A precocious young girl is obliged by the encroaching Nazi regime to live in hiding with family and friends.
El caballero ladron / Thief Lord (#)
Dos hermanos huyen de su tia quien quiere adoptar al menor y son buscados por un detective empleado por su ella. Al final, encuentran la ayuda y proteccion del "Caballero Ladron".
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with - and protection from - Venice's "Thief Lord."
The Graveyard Book (+)
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Jack's Black Book (#)
In these interlinked stories, comic misadventures ensue when seventh-grader Jack tries to write the great American novel.
Garcia, Laura G.
El valle de los lobos / The Valley of the Wolves (#)
En una fantasia mas compleja que la de los libros de Harry Potter, un joven aprendiz de mago combate el mal y encuentra la amistad. Una buena elección para lectores que disfrutaron leyendo Lord of the Rings.
In a fantasy far more complex than Harry Potter books, a young sorcerer still learning her craft battles evil and finds friendship. A great choice for readers who enjoyed Lord of the Rings.
George, Jean C.
Julie y los lobos / Julie of the Wolves (+)
Es la historia de una muchacha esquimal perdida en la tundra. Ella aprende como sobrevivir en esta región tan fría mirando e imitando a los lobos.
This is the story of an Eskimo girl lost in the tundra, but able to survive the cold by imitating the behavior of the wolves.
(If you liked this, you'll enjoy the other books in this trilogy.)
Eleven (#)
When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories from his past, and, with the help of a new friend at school and the castle they are building for a school project, his questions are eventually answered.
The Homework Machine (*)
Four fifth-grade-students -- a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker -- as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.
Dexter the Tough (#)
A sympathetic teacher and her writing assignment help fourth-grader Dexter deal with being the new kid in school after he punches a kid on the first day.
Brooklyn Bridge (+)
In 1903 Brooklyn, fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changes for the worse when his parents, Russian immigrants, invent the teddy bear and turn their apartment into a factory, while nearby the glitter of Coney Island contrasts with the dismal lives of children dwelling under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Scat (#)
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.
Jackie's Wild Seattle (#)
Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her little brother, Cody, spend the summer with their uncle, helping at a wildlife rescue center named Jackie's Wild Seattle.
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: a Year Told Through Stuff (#)
"To-do lists, instant messages, Post-it notes, report cards, newspaper clippings, school assignments, letters and notes-to-self graphically tell the story of Ginny's seventh-grade year" (from Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2007)
Joseph, Lynn
El color de mis palabras / The Color of My Words (+)
Cuando la vida se pone difícil para Ana Rosa, una niña de 11 años con esperanzas de ser escritora, que vive en un pequeño pueblo en La República Dominicana; ella solo depende de su hermano mayor para sentirse mejor hasta que la vida cambia repentinamente cuando ella cumple 13 años.
When life gets difficult for Ana Rosa, a twelve-year-old would-be writer living in a small village in the Dominican Republic, she can depend on her older brother to make her feel better, until life-changing events occur on her thirteenth birthday.
La caseta mágica / The Phantom Tollbooth (#)
Un viaje por la tierra donde Milo aprende la importancia de las palabras y los numeros y como esto es una cura para su aburrimiento.
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provide a cure for his boredom.
Weedflower (#)
After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in Southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
(If you liked this, you'll enjoy Rodrick Rules and The Last Straw, the other books in the series.)
The Green Glass Sea (#)
In 1943, eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan lives with her scientist father in Los Alamos, New Mexico, as he works on a top-secret government program, and befriends an aspiring artist who is a misfit just like her.
Koertge, Ronald
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (#)
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fll the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.
Fairest (#)
In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she really is.
The Contender (+)
Against great odds, a black high school drop-out trains to become a championship boxer.
The Call of the Wild (#)
The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.
In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.
The Big Field (#)
When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer, too.
Here Today (#)
In 1963, when her flamboyant mother abandons the family to pursue her dream of becoming an actress, eleven-year-old Ellie Dingman takes charge of her younger siblings, while also trying to deal with her outcast status in school and frightening acts of prejudice toward the "misfits" that live on her street.
Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss (+)
Danica McKellar offers girls the motivation and explanations they need to master pre-algebra, with step-by-step instructions explaining how to complete basic equations, practice problems with detailed solutions, real-world examples, and more.
Seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, where she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not entirely human.
(Read this (volume 1) or any of the other Twilight novels, including New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.)
Mohr, Nicholasa
El regalo mágico / The Magic Shell (*)
Jaime está muy triste cuando su familia se muda desde la República Dominicana a Nueva York. La concha de caracola, que su tío le dió, le ayuda recordar su país y adaptarse a su vida nueva.
Jaime is heartbroken when his family moves from the Dominican Republic to New York in the middle of winter. The conch shell that his uncle gave him helps him to remember his homeland, and to adjust to his new life.
Anne, de los Tejados Verdes / Anne of Green  Gables (+)
Anne, una hermana de once años, que por error es enviada a vivir con una pareja solitaria de hermanos de mediana edad en un granja de la isla Prince Edward. Ella trata de producir una buena impression a todos.
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm, where she proceeds to  make a good impression on everyone.
Sunrise Over Fallujah (+)
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.
Breath (+)
Elaborates on the tale of "The Pied Piper," told from the point of view of a boy who is too ill to keep up when a piper spirits away the healthy children of a plague-ridden town after being cheated out of full payment for ridding Hameln of rats.
Cuba 15 (#)
Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince", a Spanish nickname for the celebration of a Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday.
Eragon (+)
In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
(If you liked this, you'll enjoy the other books in the Inheritance series.)
Project Mulberry (#)
While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience and more. Between the chapters are short dialogues between the author and main character about the writing of the book.
Bread and Roses, Too (#)
Jake and Rosa, two children, form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Lawn Boy (#)
Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.
A Year Down Yonder (#)
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
The Redheaded Princess (#)
In 1542, nine-year-old Lady Elizabeth lives on an estate near London, striving to get back into the good graces of her father, King Henry VIII, and as the years pass she faces his death and those of other close relatives until she finds herself next in line to ascend the throne of England in 1558.
The Last Olympian (#)
While the Olympians struggle to contain thge rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
(If you liked this, you'll enjoy the other books in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.)
Rojas, Fernando de
La Celestina / The Celestina (+)
En una ciudad española del siglo XV, la vieja Celestina manipula la vida amorosa tanto de ricos como de pobres de acuerdo a su provecho.
In a 15th-century Spanish city, old Celestina manipulates the love lives of rich and poor alike, always to her own advantage.
Rowling, J. K.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (+)
"Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him." (from NoveList)
(Enjoy Book 7 or any of the other volumes of the exciting Harry Potter series.)
Sandoval, Jaime A.
Confidencias de un Superhéroe / Confessions of a Superhero (#)
Pace recibe diferentes tights, shorts y una capa como herencia de su tio el superheroe, Capitán Matraca. Cuando Paco se pone la ropa, se encuentra participado de fantasticas aventuras.
Paco receives assorted tights, boxers, and a cape - an unexpected inheritance from an uncle, who, he learns, was a superhero called Capitán Matraca (Captain Boring). When Paco steps into his uncle's clothes, he finds himself taking part in fantastic adventures.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a Novel in Words and Pictures (#)
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are exposed.
Romeo and Juliet (Graphic Novel) (+)
"Most of Shakespeare's original text is here, along with notes about literary devices, glosses on idioms, and study questions, which appear at appropriate points in the text. On many pages the dialogue is delivered by cartoon characters rendered in black and white and attired in period dress. Their well-imagined body language and facial expressions make the text more understandable. Other pages use boxes to present straight text...a good alternative for students reading the tragedy themselves for the first time." -- Booklist
Beisbol en Abril y otras historias / Baseball in April and Other Stories (#)
Una colleción de once cuentos cortos que narran las aventuras diarias de personas Latinas que crecen en Fresno, California.
A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California.
Eggs (#)
Mourning the loss of his mother, nine-year-old David forms an unlikely friendship with independent, quirky thirteen-year-old Primrose, as the two help each other deal with what is missing in their lives.
Stevenson, Robert L.
Secuestrado / Kidnapped (+)
El cuento de David Balfour, un huerfano, y de su miserable tiso quien planea el secuestro y la venta de su sobrino como esclavo, para impedir que éste reciba su herencia.
The story of David Balfour, an orphan, whose miserly uncle plans to cheat him out of his inheritance by having him kidnapped and sold into slavery.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (+)
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
(If you liked this, you'll enjoy the sequel, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey.)
The Hobbit: an Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic (Graphic Novel) (+)
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizrd Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.
(Read this (Volume 1) or any of the books in the Uglies series.)
La casita en la pradera / The Little House on the Prairie (*)
Laura y su familia viajan en carreta al territorio de los indígenas americanos.
A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.
After Tupac and D. Foster (#)
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's  music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
Young, E. L.
In London, the teenaged geniuses of STORM, a secret organization dedicated to eliminating the world's misery through science and technology, uncover plans for a deadly weapon and race to find and dismantle it, then confront the corrupt scientist behind the scheme.
(If you liked this, you'll enjoy the other books in the series.)