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    The Global Reading Challenge

    The Global Reading Challenge is a "Battle of the Books" program for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading.

    Led by Ms. Nygard, Whittier's Librarian, teams of children who have read the GRC books take part in a "Quiz Bowl" game to determine the winner for the city of Seattle. The program encourages 4th and 5th grade students of all reading levels to develop teamwork while reading some of the best in children's literature.

    To participate in the challenge, you must fulfill the following requirements:

    • Be a 4th or 5th grade student
    • Read at least 4 books from the list
    • Attend once-a-week practice from 11:20-11:40 during the months of January and February.

    You will eat your lunch and practice answering questions. 

    • Commit to being on a team

    We have limited copies of these books in our library, so please look to the local libraries for checkout as well. 

    For more information on the 2016 Global Reading Challenge, visit the Seattle Public Library website.


    Global Reading Challenge Books!

    2017-2018 Books are announced!

    Return to Sender

    Julia Alvarez

    After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.


    Pickle

    Kimberly Baker

    Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA.

    El Deafo

    Cece Bell

    The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

    Stella by Starlight 

    Sharon Draper

    When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

     

    It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

    Firoozeh Dumas

    Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s

    The Birchbark House

    Louise Erdrich

    Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

    Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power

    Sundee Frazier

    Successful businesswoman Fortune A. Davies has announced a new website where "kidpreneurs" can upload ads for their businesses and Cleo and her friend Caylee are sure this is the their big break to get funding for their personalized barrettes, Passion Clips--but producing an internet ad using their classmates is proving difficult, and Cleo is further distracted by her desire to find her birth parents.

     

    Inside Out and Back Again 

    Thanhha Lai

    Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

     

    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

    Lenore Look

    When Alvin's father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their home-town hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns that he can be brave despite his fear of everything.

     

    A Single Shard

    Linda Sue Park

    Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

     

    Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

    Return to Sender

    Julia Alvarez

    After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

     

    Pickle by Kimberly Baker

    Pickle

    Kimberly Baker

    Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA.

    El Deafo by Cece Bell

    El Deafo

    Cece Bell

    The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

     

    Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

    Stella by Starlight 

    Sharon Draper

    When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

    It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

    It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

    Firoozeh Dumas

    Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s

     

    The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

    The Birchbark House

    Louise Erdrich

    Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

     

    Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power, by Sundee Frazier

    Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power

    Sundee Frazier

    Successful businesswoman Fortune A. Davies has announced a new website where "kidpreneurs" can upload ads for their businesses and Cleo and her friend Caylee are sure this is the their big break to get funding for their personalized barrettes, Passion Clips--but producing an internet ad using their classmates is proving difficult, and Cleo is further distracted by her desire to find her birth parents.

     

    Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

    Inside Out and Back Again 

    Thanhha Lai

    Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

     

    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look

    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

    Lenore Look

    When Alvin's father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their home-town hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns that he can be brave despite his fear of everything.

     

    A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

    A Single Shard

    Linda Sue Park

    Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

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    Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

    Return to Sender

    Julia Alvarez

    After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

     

    Pickle by Kimberly Baker

    Pickle

    Kimberly Baker

    Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA.

    El Deafo by Cece Bell

    El Deafo

    Cece Bell

    The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

     

    Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

    Stella by Starlight 

    Sharon Draper

    When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

    It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

    It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

    Firoozeh Dumas

    Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s

     

    The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

    The Birchbark House

    Louise Erdrich

    Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

     

    Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power, by Sundee Frazier

    Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power

    Sundee Frazier

    Successful businesswoman Fortune A. Davies has announced a new website where "kidpreneurs" can upload ads for their businesses and Cleo and her friend Caylee are sure this is the their big break to get funding for their personalized barrettes, Passion Clips--but producing an internet ad using their classmates is proving difficult, and Cleo is further distracted by her desire to find her birth parents.

     

    Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

    Inside Out and Back Again 

    Thanhha Lai

    Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

     

    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look

    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

    Lenore Look

    When Alvin's father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their home-town hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns that he can be brave despite his fear of everything.

     

    A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

    A Single Shard

    Linda Sue Park

    Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

    WE THANK OUR SPONSORS

    Inside Out and Back Again 

    Thanhha Lai

    Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

    Inside Out and Back Again 

    Thanhha Lai

    Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

    Inside Out and Back Again 

    Thanhha Lai

    Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

    A Single Shard

    Linda Sue Park

    Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

    A Single Shard

    Linda Sue Park

    Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.