Mrs. Schuler's Book Lists

A growing reference of Children and Young Adult Books.

My “Books to be Read” List (17 – 18 School Year).

2017-2018 Mark Twain Nominees

(I am splitting the list with our librarian Ms. Harden… the first six are my responsibility. I will probably read some of the others… I am enjoying getting into the Mark Twain Lists again!)

  • Took by Mary Downing Hahn  – read when I saw it on the preliminary list.
  • Book Scavinger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman   – Read and LOVE LOVE LOVE
  • The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry – Started July 4, 2017 – completed July 12, 2017
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – Started July 3, 2017 – completed July 7th. Amazing book… Wonderful characters.
  • Beneath by Roland Smith  Finished July 16, 2017
  • Only Game by Mike Lupica

  • All the Answers by Kate Messner
  • House Arrest by K. A. Holt
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Webster: Tale of an Outlaw by Ellen Emerson White
  • The Doublecross (And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy) by Jackson Pearce

2003 – 2004 Mark Twain Nominees

The first books listed will be books I haven’t read before… the second set will be books I wish to reread to be sure I can give accurate recomendations to my library students.)

  • Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
  • Parsifals’s Page by Gerald Morris
  • Pearl Harbor Warriors by Dorinda Nicholson
  • Good Dog by Avi
  • Christmas Barn by C.L. David
  • Anna Casey’s Place in the World by Adrian Fogelin
  • Long Way Home by Nancy Graff
  • Down the Yukon by Will Hobbs
  • Dancing in Cadillac Light by Kimberly Holt
  • Fair Weather by Richard Peck
  • Daniel’s Walk by Michael Spooner
  • Mountain Pose by Nancy Wilson
  • The Gadget by Paul Zindel

  • Zach’s Lie by Roland Smith

  • Don’t You Know There’s a War On? by Avi
  • School Story by Andrew Clements
  • No More Nasty by Amy MacDonald
  • Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
  • A Single Shard by Linda Park

Books Discovered via Twitter and my Book Blog

  • 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up by Bianca Schulz
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  • The Snow Angel by Lauren St. John
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate  (quote from @MrSchuReads “When you put Wishtree in a reader’s hands, you put hope in their hands”)
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • The 13-Story Tree house by Andy Griffiths (Found via
  • Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson (@MrSchuReads)

Books Discovered while exploring Amazon or Book Stores

  • One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High
  • The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Suggested to Students by Mrs. Kohl ( my school’s Instructional Coach)

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate  Read this as part of Sterling’s One Book, One School Read

Recommended / Requested by Students

  • The Isle of the Lost  by Melissa De La Cruz
  • Diffusion by Stan C. Smith


  • The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman – Started June 2017
  • Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs  – bought immediately from Amazon for my Kindle after finishing Space Case.
  • Fablehaven: Dragonwatch by  Brandon Mull   – love this series….so excited to read newest book.
  • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – I cannot WAIT for the release of this book… I LOVED the characters in the first book. I can’t wait to see how Ada does knowing she is free of her biggest fear.
  • The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson – Still reading book one… so it might be awhile.
  • The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer – finished first book 7/11/17


(I am not going to list all the books … most obviously because I have basically challenged myself to read all AR quiz books in order … and that would be a long list. I am going to list the last two I have read, what I am currently reading, and then the next five… and slowly update it. If you want to see the more complete list starting with book #1… read my AR Challenge Post.

  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare – 5 / 10 pts
    • I ended up borrowing this from the public library… they even had to borrow it from another branch. This book is a Newbery Medal winner. I enjoyed how Daniel met and was part of Jesus’ life. I can think of many kids that would enjoy reading about Jesus… outside of the bible.
  •  Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink – 6 / 8 pts
    • Yep… another classic that I didn’t read until I was an adult! I am surprised I didn’t read it sooner I was a huge fan of the Little House series… so one would think I would have read this too… alas… not teacher or librarian thought to recommend it!
  •  Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry – 6.2 / 3 pts
    • Looks like I will be picking up my challenge here… as I read the summary for this book I realized I don’t think I really have read it! I think with the popularity of the movie Moana right now many young readers would find this interesting.
    • Started 7/8/17 (audio tape)
  • Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham – 4.1 / 8 pts
  • The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth – 5.9 / 2 pts
  • Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price by Robert McCloskey – 6 / 5pts
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White – 4.4 / 5 pts
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – 4.8 / 5 pts
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