Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Grades 6 -

Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Grades 6 - 8 The Chaos Code By Justin Richards Matt arrives to spend vacation with his archaeologist father but finds him missing. He discovers that his father had been searching for an ancient code. Now in the hands of a madman using high tech computers to decipher it, the code is being readied for new and sinister uses. Matt and his friend, Robin, traverse

the globe and battle terrifying sand creatures and mercenaries in their efforts to stop the chaos code from being fully reactivatedand dooming the modern world to a catastrophe not seen since the Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam By Cynthia Cracker is a German shepherd living with her boy until he has to move and Cracker gets a new jobtraining with Rick, who's going to Vietnam. Cracker learns to sniff out tripwires and hidden ambushes, and Rick learns to trust his

sometimes rebellious dog, slowly gaining her undying devotion. After the two ship out to Vietnam, Rick tells of the alternating boredom and terror of life in a war zone, his and Cracker's friendship with their squad mates, and their time working with Special Forces. Deep and Dark and Dangerous Thirteen-year-old Ali is thrilled when her Aunt Dulcie invites her to spend the summer at the family's Maine cottage, where Ali will help babysit her four-year-old cousin, Emma. Things fall apart, however, when Sissy, a mysterious, manipulative

girl, befriends Emma. As tensions rise, Ali begins to piece together rumors about a childhood tragedy that continues to haunt her mother and Dulcie. Who is Sissy and what happened 30 years ago that still haunts her mother and aunt? By Mary Downing Diamonds in the Shadow By Caroline B. Cooney The Finches take in a churchsponsored refugee family from war-torn Sierra Leone. The Amabos

family brings no luggage except for two boxes of cremated remains. Through snooping, Jared and Mopsy find uncut diamonds in the ashes. Unlike their parents, they realize that something is amiss in this family. The Amabos do not talk, or touch, or seem to care about each other. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Its a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before youre

ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. By Jeff Kinney Dragon Slippers By Jessica Day George Creels aunt totes her out to the local dragon in desperation (with the hope that the local prince will rescue her from certain death and marry her), Creel refuses the haughty prince and finds friendship with the

dragons, who set her on a journey to the center of the kingdom with a pretty pair of what only seem to be ordinary slippers. But soon enough those mysterious slippers begin to wreak havoc, and its up to Creel to save the kingdom from disaster and defend the dragons from certain doom. Elijah of Buxton Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fragile" boy who's scared of snakes

and talks too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. By Christopher Paul Curtis Fire from the Rock By Sharon M. Draper Sylvia is shocked and confused when she is asked to be one of the first black students to attend

Central High School, which is scheduled to be integrated in the fall of 1957, whether people like it or not. Before Sylvia makes her final decision, smoldering racial tension in the town ignites into flame. When the smoke clears, she sees clearly that nothing is going to stop the change from coming. It is up to her generation to make it happen, in as many different ways as there are colors in the world. Football Genius By Tim Green Troy White can predict any

football play before it happens. And when his single mom gets a job with the Atlanta Falcons, Troy knows it's his big chance to help them out of their slumpand finally prove his football genius. But unless Troy can convince star linebacker Seth Halloway that he's telling the truth, the Falcons' championshipand Troy's mom's jobare in serious jeopardy. Gabriels Horses By Alison Hart The year is 1864 and twelve-yearold Gabriel is the son of a free black

father and a slave mother-making him a slave as well. He loves to help his father, care for the thoroughbred racehorses on Master Giles's farm. When Gabriel's father enlists in a Colored Battalion to help the Union Army and earn enough money to purchase freedom for his wife and son, it is up to Gabriel to protect the horses he loves. Kimchi & Calamari By Rose Kent Kimchi and calamari. It sounds like a quirky food fusion of Korean and

Italian cuisine, and it's exactly how Joseph Calderaro feels about himself. Joseph has to write an essay about his ancestors for social studies. All he knows is that his birth family shipped him on a plane to the USA. End of story. But what he writes leads to a catastrophe messier than a table of shattered dishesand self-discovery that Joseph never could have imagined. Night of the Howling Dogs By Graham Salisbury Dylans Scout Troop goes camping

in Halape, a remote spot below the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The only thing wrong with the weekend on a beautiful, peaceful beach is Louie, a tough older boy. That night an earthquake rocks the camp, and then a wave rushes in, sweeping everyone and everything before it. Dylan and Louie must team up on a dangerous rescue mission. The next hours are an amazing story of survival and the true meaning of leadership. Peak By Roland Smith

After Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, hes left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or to go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. Peak quickly learns that his fathers renewed interest in him has strings attached. He wants Peak to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summitand his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But its also one that could cost him his life. Schooled

Cap doesn't exactly fit in at Claverage Middle School. He has long, ungroomed hair, wears hemp clothes, and practices Tai Chi out on the lawn. His weirdness basically makes him biggest nerd in school. This is great news for Zach Powers, big man on campus. He can't wait to instate the age-old tradition in C-Average School: The biggest nerd is nominated for class president--and wins. So when Cap becomes president, he is more puzzled than ever. But as Cap begins By to take on his duties, the joke starts Gordon Kormanto turn on Zach. So Totally Emily Ebers

By Lisa Yee Now readers can meet Millicent Mins best friend and Stanford Wongs big crush! After her parents' divorce, Emily had to move to California with her mom. Now she writes letters to her rock-star dad about travel, her new friends, and how much she misses him -- though she does still have his credit card.... Emily Ebers may be starting over, but she's going to come out on top.

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