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November 2021 Selections


Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away/Evelyn Del Rey se muda

by Meg Medina, illustrations by Sonia Sánchez

What would you do with your best friend on her last day in the neighborhood?

Evelyn Del Ray is Daniela's best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today — not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it's time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special.


Woodland Dance!

by Sandra Boynton

Woodland animals heed the call of the fox's bugle to join the woodland dance in a moonlit glade, dancing all night to the music of the Woodland Dance Trio. As the animals wander off to bed, the trio plays one last piece to welcome the sun. A lovely, lyrical way to end — or start — the day.


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles (Who Did It First? Series )

by Michelle Meadows, illustrations by Ebony Glenn

Before she was a record-breaking gymnast competing on the world stage, Simone Biles spent time in foster care as a young child. Nimble and boundlessly energetic, she cherished every playground and each new backyard. From her athletic early childhood to the height of her success as an Olympic champion, Flying High  is the story of the world's greatest gymnast from author Michelle Meadows and illustrator Ebony Glenn.


I'm On It!

by Andrea Tsurumi

Goat likes to lead. Goat also likes Frog to follow.

When Goat jumps on it, Frog does too. Soon Goat and Frog are on it, along it, above it, inside it, beside it, around it, and under it — phew! How can their friendship get through it?



Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Elvis and the Underdogs

by Jenny Lee, illustrations by Kelly Light

Benji Wendell Barnsworth is a small ten-year-old boy with a big personality. Born prematurely, Benji is sickly, accident-prone, and at the hospital so often that he even has his own punch card. So when Benji wakes up one day from a particularly bad spell, his doctors take the radical step of suggesting that he get a therapy dog. But when a massive crate arrives at Benji's house, out walks a two-hundred-pound Newfoundland who can talk! And, boy, is he bossy.


Dancing Home/Nacer bailando

by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta

Mexico may be her parents' home, but it is certainly not Margie's. She has finally convinced the other kids at school that she is one hundred percent American — just like they are. But when her Mexican cousin Lupe visits, the image she has created for herself crumbles.



Middle School (Grades 6–8)

The Unteachables

by Gordon Korman

Isolated from the rest of the student body in room 117, the Unteachables are just that — an infamous group of middle school misfits. With a colorful array of quirks, they are considered simply irredeemable. To add to the fun, their newly assigned teacher, Mr. Kermit, is the most burned-out teacher in all of Greenwich. Once a rising star, Mr. Kermit's career was rocked by a cheating scandal some twenty-six years prior, and now the only thing he cares about is counting down the days until early retirement. When a gutsy vuvuzela heist rallies them all together, the Unteachables and Mr. Kermit might finally get their true shot at redemption after all.


Ungifted/Un chico de lo más normal

by Gordon Korman

When Donovan Curtis pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he's finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting into trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.



High School (Grades 9–12)


by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher

It's 2032, and in this near-future America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked — from buses to grocery stores. It's almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that's exactly what sixteen-year-old Vali is doing. She and her family have carved out a stable, happy life in in small-town Vermont, but when Vali's mother's counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, they are forced to flee.


We Are Not Free

by Tracy Chee

This book is a collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II. These fourteen teens find their lives turned upside down when more than 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are forced into desolate incarceration camps. These young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.


Books in Spanish

Gilda, la oveja gigante

by Emilio Urberuaga

Es posible que hayas oído hablar de King Kong, ¡pero aún no has oído hablar de Gilda, la oveja gigante! Acompáñela mientras escapa de los pastores a la ciudad. Gilda intentará encontrar un nuevo hogar para ella, pero ¿a qué lugar puede llamar hogar una oveja gigante?



Recuerda aquella vez

by Adam Silvera

En los meses después del suicidio de su padre, ha sido difícil para Aaron Soto, a sus dieciséis años de edad, encontrar de nuevo la felicidad, pero eso le sigue dando vueltas. Con el apoyo de su novia Genevieve y su madre con el exceso de trabajo, va recordando poco a poco cómo se podría sentir. Pero el dolor y la cicatriz en forma de sonrisa en su muñeca le impiden olvidarlo por completo. Cuando Genevieve se aleja durante un par de semanas, Aaron se la pasa todo el tiempo con este neuvo chico, Thomas.


To access the books on our monthly MPS Reads book lists, visit your school library or local library, or go online to OverDrive* and log in with your MPS student ID number.

*Some titles are not available through OverDrive.

To access the books on our monthly MPS Reads book lists, visit your school library or local library, or go online to OverDrive* and log in with your MPS student ID number.

*Some titles are not available through OverDrive.

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Phone: 414-475-8110

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