Here are the links to the printable versions of CLC’s 2013 “Best Books” lists – recommended by Connecticut librarians, the book experts!
Note – these are PDF files. You will need a free PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, to open them.
Print double-sided and enjoy!
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Ten-year-old August, who was born with severe facial deformities, is starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep after years of being homeschooled. Told through multiple perspectives, this is a story about courage in the face of adversity with a strong message of acceptance of differences. A great book for parents and children/teens to read and discuss together.
Unstoppable, by Tim Green. Harrison’s foster dad is abusive. Finally he’s placed with the middle school football coach. He’s a big kid, a natural at football. He overcomes every obstacle – at home, in school, and on the field. Then he’s injured, and the MRI uncovers something terrible. Can he overcome this latest challenge?
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, by Stephan Pastis. Clueless, awkward detective Timmy Failure + polar bear sidekick = Total Failure Inc., ready to solve any mystery. Funny and fast-paced but filled with a heartwarming and relatable message: Be confident in who you are. Perfect for Wimpy Kid fans, with hilarious drawings to boot! First in a series.
The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, by Christopher Healy; illus. by Todd Harris. This sequel to The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is another hilarious and action-packed story of the Princes Charming and their escapades. Everyone I have recommended this book to has loved it!
The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen. Sage, a young orphan, is unknowingly facing his destiny – and danger lurks at every turn. This gripping tale of four boys, one treacherous plan, and entire kingdom to fool is a great page-turner for girls and boys alike. Book 1 of a trilogy.
Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World, by Elizabeth Rusch; illus. by Oliver Dominguez. This narrative biography explores the intense rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison while examining and explaining the science behind Tesla’s many accomplishments using electricity. This book will inspire young scientists everywhere!