Santa Cruz Education Foundation: Wish List for Middle Schools
These books have been selected for Mission Hill and Branciforte Middle Schools and will be distributed by the Santa Cruz Education Foundation. Hardbacks are preferred whenever possible. Not all books on the wish list are listed online. Ask to see the full list at our information desk.
Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Keys to the Kingdom series and Shade's Children, combines space opera with a coming-of-age story in his YA novel A Confusion of Princes.Superhuman. Immortal. Prince in a Galactic Empire. There has to be a catch .Khemri learns the minute he becomes a Prince that princes need to be hard to kill for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat?
Katy, Nate, and Renata had no farther to fall down the social ladder. But when they hit bottom, they found each other. Together, they wanted to change things. To stop the torment. So they made a plan. One person seemed to have everyone's secretsNand all the power. If they could stop him. But secrets are complicated, powerful things. Illustrations.
#1 "New York Times" bestseller Mike Lupica makes his return to the basketball court
There's a reason teammates call him "True." Because for basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. It's the kind that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks--and with problems.
In the beginning, there was an apple
And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker's head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother's research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.
Ian was the 0ne who chased the majestic buck into the forest. (His motto: Act first, think later.) Kendra didn't want to become separated from the other sixth graders, but she followed Ian anyway, despite what her analytical mind told her. PJ followed him too. Even though he was scared, he figured he might catch some amazing footage with his video camera.
"The False Prince" is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.
The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion stars . . . all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Mass.
Even though Valli spends her days picking coal and fighting with her cousins, life in the coal town of Jharia, India, is the only life she knows. The only sight that fills her with terror is the monsters who live on the other side of the train tracks the lepers.
Award-winning author David Almond reintroduces readers to the perceptive, sensitive Mina before the events of "Skellig" in this lyrical and fantastical work. "My Name is Mina" is not only a pleasure to read, it is an intimate and enlightening look at a character whose open mind and heart have much to teach us about life, love, and the mysteries that surround us.
Narrated by two teenage boys on opposing sides of the conflict between the Burmese government and the Karenni, one of Burma's many ethnic minorities, this coming-of-age novel takes place against the political and military backdrop of modern-day Burma. Chiko isn't a fighter by nature. He's a book-loving Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government.
Called “A new Narnia for the tween set” by the New York Times and perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials series, The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.
"Your time is limited. . . . have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."--Steve Jobs
With painstaking research, an unerring eye for just the right illustration, and her unique narrative style, award-winning author Ann Bausum makes the history of immigration in America come alive for young people. The story of America has always been shaped by people from all corners of the Earth who came in search of a better life and a brighter future.
Jill Rubalcaba tells the conflict-ridden stories behind six of Pei's most
celebrated buildings, all turning points in Pei's distinguished career:
National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO), John F.
Kennedy Presidential Library (Boston, MA), National Gallery of Art,
East Building (Washington, DC), Fragrant Hill Hotel (near Forbidden
"You be good. I love you," were Alex's final words to his owner, research scientist Irene Pepperberg, before his premature death at age thirty-one on September 6, 2007.
Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer.
"Compelling..."American Victory" represents the triumph of the human spirit." --"Los Angeles Times"
The story of the simple skateboard is part thriller, part underground, underdog success tale. It's chock-full of innovations, far-out graphic artistry, and ever-more-incredible hot-dogging feats. And the story's told in this book with contributions from the stars themselves Tony Hawk, Stacey Peralta, Jeff Ho, the Dogtown Z-Boys, and more.
From the cello to the clarinet to the tuba to the timpani, conductor Marin Alsop takes you on an exciting musical tour!
The great physicist Albert Einstein played and taught the violin.
Harp strings have different colors depending on their note.
The first flutes were made of bones!
Fashion drawings are the primary means of visualising ideas and concepts in costume and fashion design. To give an accurate impression of what is in a designer's mind it is vital to master the rules of figure drawing as well as grasp stylisation and exaggeration techniques that let you add individuality and style.