Books at Guided Reading Level Z

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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Hardcover (May 19, 2020)
Ambition will fuel him.
Competition will drive him.
But power has its price.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to … More
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Age
5-10
Grade
3-4

Christina Schul

Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build

Paperback (May 28, 2019)

Spark creativity and build critical-thinking skills with 50+ fun activities about engineering for kids ages 5-10

Watch your child’s eyes light up as they get excited about engineering, learn valuable knowledge, and have tons of fun. Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids is packed with more than 50 fascinating STEAM exercises, complete with step-by-step instructions, colorful pictures, and simple explanations of how and why the experiments work.

Make engineering for kids easy and enjoyable with projects that use common, inexpensive household …

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Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records 2020

Hardcover (Sept. 3, 2019)

Fully revised and updated, the record-breaking compendium of superlatives is back and bursting with facts, figures and incredible stories – each one selected to inspire you to learn about the fascinating world we live in… and to break records of your own.

In a series of 11 fact-packed chapters, we introduce you to the record-holders who’ve pushed the boundaries of what’s possible. Meet…

• The adventurers who trek, swim, ski, climb and fly to all four corners of the globe …

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George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens

Animal Farm: 1984

Hardcover (June 1, 2003) , 1 edition
This edition features George Orwell's best known novels – 1984 and Animal Farm – with an introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith joins a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

Animal … More
Z*
Age
10+
Grade
4+

Meredith Jacobs, Sofie Jacobs

Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal

Diary (March 31, 2010) , Jou edition

Looking for tween gifts for girls or the perfect mother gift?

A journal for girls or girl's diary—Just Between Us: Mother and Daughter: "Packed with writing prompts, it's the perfect gift for Mother's Day."— Girl's Life magazine

Have you ever wondered...
  • What your mom thought the moment you were born?
  • Or where your daughter would go if she could go anywhere in the universe?
Just Between US—The mother daughter journal: Thoughtful writing prompts and entertaining mini quizzes in this … More
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Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff

A Raisin in the Sun

Mass Market Paperback (Nov. 29, 2004) , Reprint, Reissue edition
This groundbreaking play starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959. Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in … More
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Age
6-10
Grade
1-5

Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall

Ivy and Bean's Treasure Box:

Paperback (Oct. 1, 2008) , Box edition
Books 1-3 from The New York Times bestselling Ivy & Bean series

"Introduce independent readers to the award-winning Ivy & Bean series with this boxed set containing the first three books about two spunky second graders." — Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

Meet Ivy and Bean, two friends who never meant to like each other: Ivy and Bean are very different. Bean is loud and wild and goofy. She loves to be involved in games and poke her nose in other … More
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Age
-
Grade
6-9

Howard Zinn, Rebecca Stefoff

A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror

Paperback (June 2, 2009) , Revised & enlarged Edition
A Young People's History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. A Young People's History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States.
Beginning with a look at Christopher … More
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Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Paperback (Aug. 14, 2012) , Media Tie-In edition
Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Renée Watson

Piecing Me Together

Paperback (June 5, 2018) , Reprint edition

2018 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

"Timely and timeless." --Jacqueline Woodson

"Important and deeply moving." --John Green


Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying to break her.

Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade …

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Age
12+
Grade
7+

Liz Braswell

Unbirthday: A Twisted Tale

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 2020)
What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was very, very late?

Alice is different than other eighteen-year-old ladies in Kexford, which is perfectly fine with her. She'd rather spend golden afternoons with her trusty camera or in her aunt Vivian's lively salon, ignoring her sister's wishes that she stop all that "nonsense" and become a "respectable" member of society. Alice is happy to meander to Miss. Yao's teashop or to visit the children playing in the Square. She's also …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-6

Steven K. Smith

Summer of the Woods

Paperback (May 11, 2013)

Do you remember your first real adventure? When summer was filled with magic and anything seemed possible?

"Magic Tree House meets The Hardy Boys...A perfect summer reading adventure!"

When young brothers Derek and Sam move with their family to Virginia, they have no idea what adventures the summer will bring. As they explore their creaky old house and the deep surrounding woods, they uncover a sixty-year-old mystery of a valuable coin collection stolen from the local museum. Join the boys …

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