The Family Tree Novel series’ steady, enduring story is like a tree growing against nature’s will toward the sky. Driew Qweepie’s perennial story buds, blossoms, grows, and falls from the twisted branches of the Qweepie family tree. The story’s sing-song rhythm creates a songline for readers to follow, scanning a century all told.
The book series begins with a boy starting walkabout, a historical rite of passage into manhood. The moments throughout walkabout are viewed by a magic man chasing along an untimely move from Dawson City, Victoria, Australia’s Outback, to Dawson Springs in rural western Kentucky. This journey becomes a boy’s tracing of his bloodline, discovery of country, and possible death.
OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.
OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters is written by Mark Wayne Adams. This is one of books in his award-winning Family Tree Novel series of chapter books: STATION: Outlaws, OZ: Inlaws, NO WORRIES: Momus & Mamaays, OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters, DOWN UNDER: Kussins, G’DAY: Aints, MATES: Uncools, and WALKABOUT: Mates.
Written by Jane R. Wood
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99
Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure continues the escapades of the Johnson family. Five-year-old Katy meets a pirate—is he real or imagined? Bobby and Joey visit a cemetery and a 19th century fort, as Bobby searches for buried treasure that is rumored to still be hidden on the island. Local legends and tales of ghosts add to a story filled with colorful characters, humorous situations, and a youthful spirit of adventure.
Written by Eddie Price and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Hardbound ISBN: 978-1-59616-026-2
Retail Price: $14.95
Little Miss Grubby Toes tries to be a good girl, but when she doesn’t obey her parents, she gets herself in trouble!
One day, her mother warns her to keep her shoes on outside, because the bees are out collecting nectar. But Little Miss Grubby Toes loves to run around barefoot! She starts playing and ignores her mother’s warning.
What do YOU think will happen?
Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon
Written by Diane Harper
Paperback Retail Price: $4.99
Summer is almost over and Jace isn’t happy about starting the new school year… until he meets his teacher, Ms. Merwin. The two fourth grade classes depart for a field trip to the Crystal Lagoon Aquarium, when the school bus breaks down at a National Park near the Lagoon. While eating their picnic lunch, Jace and Rocco’s new friend, Mia, disappears beyond the trees. Jace goes to look for her. When he arrives at the edge of the water and finds Mia, he can’t believe what he sees!
Determined to be the first to climb the fabled and ever-changing Magic Mountain, Mitch sets out to reach the elusive summit. As he and his colorful companion encounter rock slides and ravines designed to prevent them from reaching the top, Mitch learns about focus, fear, commitment…and himself. In so doing, he gains treasure beyond anything he’d imagined. Come learn the secret to summit your Magic Mountain called life!
About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!
Magic Mountain is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.
When Carter and Russell forget their story for a jamboree, they have only one day to write a new one. Soon a pair of unexpected characters enter to ruin the day and a remarkable adventure ensues, leaving the pair with an unexpected reward. A heartwarming tale that begins at home, this wonderfully illustrated book teaches young readers about friendship, integrity, and self-discovery, encouraging them to create their own stories using the tools within themselves. Also woven within the tale is practical advice for how to write a story, detailing how to write a fictional piece, create a page layout, and design characters.
King for a Day, the Story of Stories is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.
We all have a Limitless Giant living within us. Our giant is our best friend and our biggest fan! He encourages us to believe in ourselves and to strive to reach our full potential in life. When we are down, our Limitless Giant helps lift us up. He lets us know we are loved.
My Friendly Giant is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.
My Friendly Giant written by Lauri Rubinstein and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams.
Polly believes that nothing is more important than being the prettiest girl at school. But an incident with the class bully helps Polly discover the meaning of true beauty.
Polly and Her Pigtails is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.
Retail Price: #16.95
Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!
Written by Christa Blaney and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Nicholas Wallaby was always doing ridiculous things! And his mom was always letting him know. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! she’d say—at least thirty times a day. Finally, Nicholas’s mom realizes that Nicholas, isn’t being ridiculous—he’s just being a boy! With this lighthearted story, children can relate to Nicholas and the ridiculous things he does. Parents can learn to appreciate and enjoy the humor behind these happenings. INSIDE! A BOOK TALK to engage children in discussion, imagination and perception.
Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! is part of our Summer Reading List for Students!
Looking for interesting books to spark summer reading? Check out these fun reads at the local library, bookstore, or online. If titles aren’t available in the library system, kindly request they be added.
This list includes a variety of books for all reading levels. From AR* (Accelerated Readers) to chapter books—ignite reading interest for students this summer!
- Kilpatrick McMurray McFrown—Sarah Sproles
- G’DAY: Aints*—M. W. Adams
- DOWN UNDER: Kussins*—M. W. Adams
- OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters*—M. W. Adams
- Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series*—Linda Smigaj
- Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series—Linda Smigaj
- Eli’s Balloon—Candace Ruffin
- Frozen Floppies—John Hope
- Parts of Speech Parade: New York City—Irina Dolinskiy
- Polly and Her Pigtails—Debra Latiolais
- Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy*—Christa Carpenter
- Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl*—Christa Carpenter
- Eddie, That’s Spaghetti! A Story About Being a Dog*—Christa Carpenter
- Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!*—Eddie Price
- Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!*—Eddie Price
- Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their Parents—Karen Spruill
- Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends*—Karen Spruill
- King for a Day, the Story of Stories*—Mark Wayne Adams
- Good NightMare—Mark Wayne Adams
- Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag—Mark Wayne Adams
- Field of Dreams—Mark Hoog
- Treasure Island—Mark Hoog
- Dream Machine—Mark Hoog
- Your Song—Mark Hoog
- Magic Mountain—Mark Hoog
- Johari’s Joy—Carol Hensel
- Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes—Derek Sabori
- Guinea in My Cap?—Wanda Hughes
- Lost in Boston*—Jane R. Wood
- Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country*—Jane R. Wood
- Trouble on the St. John’s River*—Jane R. Wood
- Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure*—Jane R. Wood
- Voices in St. Augustine*—Jane R. Wood
- Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest—Diane Harper
- Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon—Diane Harper
- A Dolly, A Dog, and A Camper—Kay Whitehouse
- Dolly Becomes a Scout—Kay Whitehouse
- A Hand Truck Named Dolly—Kay Whitehouse
- Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?—Jayne Rose-Vallee
- The Rocket Ship Bed Trip—N. Jane Quackenbush