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Mrs. Davis’ Reading Recommendations/Faves in no particular order - you can look up summaries on Amazon or Johnson County Library to see which you would love:)  Check back for updates!  I know there are MANY other great books not included below - I can’t list everything so please don’t judge me!

If you are interested in virtual book club - we can meet up weekly/every other week this summer to zoom chat about what we are reading - send an email to Mrs. Davis   This is really informal - great way to get recommendations!

Scroll down for instructions to apply for a Johnson County Library eCard.  You can check out audiobooks and ebooks online and they are returned automatically so no worries about fines.  You can also renew easily online if you need more time.

Favorite Authors

Jason Reynolds (amazing on IG!) - realistic - Long Way Down

Jeff Zentner (IG!)  - realistic - Serpent King, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, Goodbye Days

Angie Thomas (IG!) - realistic - The Hate You Give (yes, it was a book first:)

Melina Marchetta - realistic, sci-fi - Finnikin of the Rock series, Saving Francesca, Jellicoe Road

Kwame Alexander - sports - Rebound, Booked, Crossover

Elizabeth Acevedo (IG!) - realistic - Poet X

Favorite Books

Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) comes in adult and YA (condensed version) - non-Fiction (yes, it was a book first:)

Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann) - non-Fiction

Dumplin (Julie Murphy) - realistic

The Center of Everything (Laura Moriarty) - realistic

If I Stay (Gayle Forman) - realistic

Caraval (Stephanie Garber) - sci-fi

Watership Down (Richard Adams) - sci-fi

Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater) - sci-fi

We Were Liars (E. Lockhart) - suspense

Under the Beetle’s Cellar (Mary Willis Walker) - suspense

Power of One (Bryce Courtney) - historical

Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) - historical

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See) - historical

Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell) - romance

Books for reluctant readers kids who just haven’t found the right book - but REALLY good books - I OFTEN have students come back and say, I don’t like to read but want another one like THIS book:)

Beanball (Gene Fehler) - sports

Long Way Down (Jason Reynolds) - realistic

The Hate You Give (Angie Thomas) - realistic

Rebound / Booked / Crossover (Kwame Alexander) - sports


All These Things I’ve Done (Gabrielle Zevin) - sci-fi

Finnikin of the Rock (Melina Marchetta) - sci-fi

Birthmarked (Caragh O’Brien) - sci-fi

Body Finder (Kimberly Derting) - suspense

Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo) - adventure / sci-fi

I haven’t read these (don’t stay on the shelves long enough for me to read!) but they are EXTREMELY popular at STA

Robert Muchamore Cherub Series - action/adventure

Chris Lynch Vietnam Series - action/adventure

Allen Zadoff Assassin Series - action/adventure

Kiera Cass Selection Series - romance

Jenny Han To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series - romance (Netflix hit, yes it was a book first:)

Reading Lists / Award Winners

Joco Library eLibrary Teen Picks -

Amazon Best YA 2019

NYPL YA Staff Picks - use the drop down to change the Season for more suggestions



Click HERE for directions to apply for a Johnson County Library eCard and checkout online books, audiobooks, magazines, etc.
Click HERE to access the Kansas City Star online

Usernames and passwords are on pg. 56 of the blue School Handbook & Calendar (not the planner). 

Online Primary Sources   

National History Day Resources

JSTOR - academic journals, primary sources and books in all content areas. Click Login to My Account in upper right to enter username and password for the databases.



Today's Science - groundbreaking, current articles in the sciences. These are not academic journals, they are written by Infobase researchers, however, they can give a good starting point for research by providing high interest, real-world, relevant topics. Articles will also help with search terms and a base of knowledge.  Choose topic index to view all subjects and related articles.  The dropdown for Resources at the top provides help for writing a research paper, analyzing articles and cartoons, and other tips for completing projects.

History databases - Search by subject or era and select a type of source from Primary Sources, Maps & Graphs, Videos & Slideshows, Biographies, and Controversial Topics.  Choose Curriculum Topics for help analyzing and evaluating sources or writing a paper.

More than 500 full text magazines, More than 360 reference books, 85,670 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and 341,655 photos, maps & flags.  After typing in a search term, select full text on the left side.  You can also narrow your results on the left side by the type of source (newspaper, magazine, academic journal, etc.).
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Global Issues in Context offers continuously updated international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.
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Search by leading topics, subject areas or see the complete list.  SIRS provides timelines, editorial cartoons, multiple articles representing both viewpoints, research guides to help with your research and critical questions to guide your thought process and to help you think more deeply about the topics.
Articles in pro/con format that are supported by statistics, timelines, and primary sources, Many issues feature original videos and educator resources, as well as debate videos, newspaper editorials, audio content, and breaking news.
Includes critical essays, author biographies, interviews, and profiles, as well as character analyses.  More than 1,000 poetry and classic works of literature are available in full-text. Essays on how to write papers, full-length videos of classic stage performances, and film adaptations of literary works.  Extensive database on Shakespeare and his works.
Includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library is a cross-searchable collection of reference eBooks on the Arts, Biography, Business, Education, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Nations,  Religion and Science.
Learning Express Library
Tests, tutorials, and ebooks for ACT/SAT/PSAT prep - also GMAT, LSAT, Praxis, TOEFL, and many others!  Tutorials for general math, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and grammar, resume writing and interviewing, and video courses for computer skills, and much more.
Mango Languages
Create an account and learn a new language!
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Register for an account for tutorials in all subject areas even AP classes, college classes, and test prep - SAT, MCAT, GMAT, LSAT, and more.
General reference database containing periodicals, books, newspapers, photos, videos etc. from EBSCOHost.
Britannica School Edition
Britannica Online School Edition K-12 gives teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias that ensure consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. This unique database also offers high-quality online learning materials that are developed by teachers and curriculum experts. Designed for all levels of learning, Britannica Online School Edition K-12 offers students a gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopædia Britannica.
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An encyclopedia of articles on Catholic theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and much more.