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Math in Use
This extensive list includes books about mathematicians, architects, and engineers. These are the people who apply numbers to accomplish great things.Some accomplishemtns Include historic feats.

Preschool and Picture Books

Circus Shapes - Stuart Murphy, (978-0064467131) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-2, Lexile: 140, ESL level: 1 - 2
Circus animals naturally form themselves into geometric shapes.

Ding Dong Ding Dong - Margie Palatini, (978-0786804207) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-15, Lexile: 100, ESL level: 1
An ape cleverly disguised as a salesman goes door to door selling cosmetics.

The Josefina Story Quilt - Eleanor Coerr, (978-0060213497) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 420, ESL level: 1 - 2
Josefina learns to cut and sew quilts to save the memories of her family's travel across the U.S. in a covered wagon.

Oma's Quilt - Paulette Bourgeois, (978-1550747775) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-2, Lexile: 450, ESL level: 1 - 2
Emily decides to help her grandmother adjust to a nursing home by cutting quilt pieces from her grandmother's old belongings that she could not bring with her; when her grandmother has the finished quilt, she'll be seeing her entire life before her.

Early Elementary Books

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream - Cindy Neuschwander, (978-0590300124) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 290, ESL level: 2
Cindy finds it easier to indulge in her love of counting when she learns to multiply.

Babu's Song - Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, (978-1600602757) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 600, ESL level: 1 - 2
Bernardi loves the music box his toymaker grandfather gives him, but he is torn about selling it when he wants a real soccer ball and also needs money for school fees.

Beatrice's Goat - Page McBrier, (978-0689824609) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 640, ESL level: 2
A young girl takes advantage of the gift of a goat her family receives in order to obtain the funds for her school fees and uniforms (this book is a fictionalized account of the Heifer Project International).

Betcha! - Stuart Murphy, (978-0739825631) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 290, ESL level: 1 - 2
Two friends talk about things they can do with numbers, estimating and counting.

Chicken Sunday - Patricia Polacco, (978-0698116153) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 650, ESL level: 1 - 2

Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet - Ann Whitford Paul, (978-0064434645) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 980, ESL level: 3 - 4
Twenty-six quilt patterns, each based on a letter and also an early American object, form the basis of a boy's exploration throughout this book.

The Greedy Triangle - Marilyn Burns, (978-0590489911) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 580, ESL level: 2
A triangle keeps trying to add angles and lines to its shape to improve its self-image.

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Weights and Measures - Jerry Pallotta, (978-0439388771) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-6, Lexile: 460, ESL level: 2-3
Amusing clowns teach the math concepts of weighing and measurement with Hershey's candy.

How Pizza Came to Queens - Dayal Kaur Khalsa, (978-0517571262) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 670, ESL level: 2 - 3
A visiting family member shows everyone how to make real pizza.

Making a Model with Solid Figures - Jennifer Marrewa, (978-0836890051) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 400, ESL level: 1 - 2
Children come home from a park they want to build a model of; they find similar shapes in common objects around the house.

Martin and the Tooth Fairy - Bernice Chardiet, (978-0590433051) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 370, ESL level: 2
When Martin's friends find out he gets more from the tooth fairy than they do, he offers to put their teeth under his pillow, for a price.

Max Malone Makes a Million - Charlotte Herman, (978-0805023282) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 500, ESL level: 2 - 3
Max never gives up trying to make a quick buck with his friend, but they envy another acquaintance who seems more successful.

Measuring Penny - Loreen Leedy, (978-0805053609) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 500, ESL level: 2
Lisa learns about the concept of measurement by using everything in sight to measure her pet.

Miss Spider's New Car - David Kirk, (978-0590307130) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 590, ESL level: 1 - 2
Miss Spider tries out several fantastical car models while shopping for a vehicle.

Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geography - Cindy Neuschwander, (978-0805075052) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 530, ESL level: 2 - 3
Twins who get marooned inside an Egyptian pyramid use their knowledge of math and geometry to find their way out.

Odd Boy Out - Don Brown, (978-0618492985) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-5, ESL level: 3
Albert Einstein's thinking led the scientific world to readjust their view of the universe.

One Hundred Ways to Get to 100 - Jerry Pallotta, (978-0439389136) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-6, Lexile: 440, ESL level: 2
Readers learn different combinations that add up to 100 by counting everyday objects

The Patchwork Quilt - Valerie Flournoy, ( 978-0803700970) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 520, ESL level: 2
Tanya learns to cut and sew material scraps into beautiful quilts with the help of her grandmother; Tanya learns to appreciate the important role her grandmother has in their family life.

Pigs on the Ball: Fun with Math and Sports - Amy Axelrod, (978-0689815652) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 380, ESL level: 2
A group of pigs learns about aspects of geometry while they are enjoying a game of miniature golf as a family.

Pippo the Fool - Tracey E. Fern, (978-1570916557) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 770, ESL level: 3
When the town fool enters the contest to design a dome for the local cathedral, city people are skeptical and amused.

Quilt of Dreams - Mindy Dwyer, (978-0882405216) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 580, ESL level: 2 - 3
After Katy and her mother assemble a quilt cut out by her deceased grandmother, Katy realizes the pieces create the stuff of dreams.

The Rag Coat - Lauren Mills, (978-0316574075) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 630, ESL level: 2 - 3

Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt - Lisa Campbell Ernst, (978-0688115050) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 790, ESL level: 2 - 3
Sam wants to join his wife's quilting group after repairing his awning with patchwork pieces.

Shape Up! - David Adler, (978-0823413461) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 560, ESL level: 2
This book uses every day objects to teach about the concept of geometric shapes.

The Shapes We Eat - Simone Ribke, (978-0516244310) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 470, ESL level: 1 - 2
This book shows children that common foods come in geometric shapes.

Shoeshine Whittaker - Helen Ketteman, (978-0802787149) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 560, ESL level: 1 - 2
Shoeshine moves into a new town to start up a shoeshine business in Mudville

Show Way - Jacqueline Woodson, (978-0399237492) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-6, Lexile: 720, ESL level: 2 - 3
Soonie's great-grandmother learned to sew secret messages and maps into quilts from her "Big Mama"; the tradition of coded communications continued throughout eight generations beginning with African American slaves.

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone - Cindy Neuschwander, (978-1570916007) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 630, ESL level: 2 - 3
Sir Cumference and other associates try to find the sword King Arthur has hidden.

The Three Little Pigs - Steven Kellog, (978-0064437790) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 640, ESL level: 1 - 2
In this new version of the classic three little pigs story, the little pigs are trying to run a business set up for them by an aunt when they encounter the big bad wolf.

Tommy Trouble and the Magic Marble - Ralph Fletcher, (978-0805063875) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-5, Lexile: 310, ESL level: 2
Young Tommy is tempted to buy a "magic" marble for $10 when the seller tries to convince him that it will protect him from bad dreams.

Tricking the Tallyman: The Great Census Shenanigans of 1790 - Jacqueline Davies, (978-0375839092) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-5, Lexile: 660, ESL level: 2 - 3
With an anecdotal approach to the first U.S. census, readers learn about the problems people had taking it and what sort of information they were collecting.

Twizzlers: Shapes and Patterns - Jerry Pallotta, (978-0439340533) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-6, Lexile: 390, ESL level: 2
Children learn their shapes by forming them with Twizzlers candy.

Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

All-In - Pete Hautman, (978-1416913252) , Fiction
Interest level: 7-12, Lexile: 760, ESL level: 4
Denn Doyle is only 17, but he has a history of winning and winning at poker until he gets involved in a romance with a young Las Vegas dealer.

The Amazing Thinking Machine - Dennis Haseley, (978-0803726093) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-7, Lexile: 810, ESL level: 3
Two brothers, living during the Depression, invent a machine that helps make money for their family while their father is out of work.

Amelia Works It Out - Marissa Moss, (978-1584850816) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-5, Lexile: 610, ESL level: 2 - 3
When Amelia wants to buy something, she tries to use her talents at drawing to make a profit.

Architect - Jessica Cohn, (978-1433921537) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-6, Lexile: 720, ESL level: 2 - 3
This book is part of a series which describes requirements and duties of various jobs; this one focuses on becoming an architect.

The Beloved Dearly - Doug Cooney, (978-0689831270) , Fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 620, ESL level: 3 - 4
Ernie's dreams of being a 12-year-old millionaire backfire despite his initial success in the pet funeral business.

Business as Usual - David Haynes, (978-0789154132) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-8, Lexile: 770, ESL level: 3 - 4
A group of friends applies their new-found knowledge about economics and money-making to try and start a new business.

Common Cents: The Money in Your Pocket - Gerry Bailey, (978-0756516710) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 960, ESL level: 3
This book covers many "money subjects" including its functions, budgeting, cost of living, and spending power.

Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share - Molly Bang, (978-0590100564) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 740, ESL level: 3 - 4

Death Run - Jack Higgins, (978-0399250811) , Fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 660, ESL level: 3
Twins attempt to help their spy father catch a mafia banker.

Do You Wanna Bet?: Your Chance to Find out about Probability - Jean Cushman, (978-0618829996) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-6, Lexile: 660, ESL level: 3 - 4
Readers learn, through the eyes of two young boys, that many common every day things happen because of mathematical odds and probability.

Exploring Solid Figures on the Web - Linda Bussell, (978-0836892871) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-5, Lexile: 620, ESL level: 3
While designing a website for school, King School students notice the geometric shapes in different buildings.

Flush - Carl Hiaasen, (978-0375821820) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 830, ESL level: 3 - 4
Brother and sister Noah and Abbey try to help their jailed father by exposing the illegal practices of the owner of a floating casino the father sank.

The Food Pyramid - Christine Taylor-Butler, (978-0531168592) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 690, ESL level: 2 - 3
Readers learn how to apply the idea of correct proportioning when choosing items for a healthy diet from the food pyramid.

Freaky Friday - Mary Rodgers, (978-0060250485) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 730, ESL level: 2 - 3
Mother and daughter learn about each other's roles as they change places for one day. They each actually totally change into the other person!

Gold Rush Fever: A Story of the Klondike, 1898 - Barbara Greenwood, (978-1550748505) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 840, ESL level: 3 - 4
A 13-year-old boy and his brother learn the details of gold rush fever in the Yukon after they set out for Canada from Seattle; their experience includes learning about bad weather, tough luck, gambling, mining methods, the life of miners etc. all reveale

The Great Railroad Race - Kristiana Gregory, (978-0590109918) , Fiction
Interest level: 46-8, Lexile: 970, ESL level: 3
Libby records the events concerning the building of the railroad out West during the 1860's.

The Great Turkey Walk - Kathleen Karr, (978-0374327736) , Fiction
Interest level: 4-12, Lexile: 700, ESL level: 4
A young boy tries to move a huge group of turkeys across country in order to sell them and make big money.

The Greatest Basketball Records - Matt Doeden, (978-1429620062) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-12, Lexile: 860, ESL level: 3
With the help of short stories and plenty of tables and graphics, readers learn amazing basketball statistics.

Have Wheels, Will Travel - Anne Mazer, (978-0439178785) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 520, ESL level: 2 - 3
Abby longs to find a way to save enough for a new pair of skates.

How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guide - Brian Cleary, (978-0822566946) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-6, Lexile: 730, ESL level: 2-3
Measurements involving both the metric system and the U.S. system of measurement come across with simple rhyming pages.

How to Get Rich in the California Gold Rush - Thomas Hartley, (978-1426303159) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 990, ESL level: 4 - 5
This pseudo-non-fiction book uses a fictionalized but real-seeming character and his adventures before and during the California Gold Rush to show it from an economic point of view; further resources in the "Encyclopedia of the Gold Rush" make looking at

Ida B: -- And Her Plant to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (possibly) Save the World - Katherine Hannigan, (978-0060730246) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-7, Lexile: 970, ESL level: 2 - 3
Ida has plenty of plans and plenty of energy but not enough time to see them all through.

If America Were a Village - David Smith, (978-1554533442) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 990, ESL level: 4
This book reveals facts and interesting statistics about people in the U.S. by reducing the population to 100 and showing the characteristics of each of many groups.

If the World Were a Village - David Smith, (978-1550747799) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 710, ESL level: 4
By reducing the world's population to 100 people, this book easily explains trends, facts, and cultural info about the entire planet.

If You Hopped Like a Frog - David Schwartz, (978-0590098571) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-12, Lexile: 990, ESL level: 2
Interesting comparisons between body sizes and abilities of animals and humans make for interesting reading; what could you eat if you were an ant?

Joe and the Skyscraper: The Empire State Building in New York City - Dietrich Neumann, (978-3791321035) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-6, Lexile: 840, ESL level: 3
A 16-year-old water boy gives his perspective on the building of the Empire State Building as he labors to do his job; in this book comic-style graphics appear superimposed on original photographs of the historic build.

Julia Morgan Built a Castle - Celeste Davidson Mannis, (978-0670059645) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 930, ESL level: 4
Architect Julia Morgan, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, built a house for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hurst; this book celebrates her life and other accomplishments.

Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little - Nicola Davies, (978-0763639242) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-8, Lexile: 1140, ESL level: 2 - 3
This book explains why big animals can do different things than small animals and how their sizes affect their activities and performances.

A Library Story: Building a New Central Library - Jennifer Vogel, (978-0822559160) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-6, Lexile: 800, ESL level: 3 - 4
This book includes the history of the libraries in Minneapolis, MN and culminates in the achivement of a new central public library and completed there in 2006.

Lou Gehrig - Kevin Viola, (978-0822553113) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-9, Lexile: 1010, ESL level: 3
Readers will learn about the life and accomplishments of New York Yankee player and legend Lou Gehrig.

Measuring at the Pond - Linda Bussell, (978-0836892918) , Fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 780, ESL level: 2 - 3
On a school trip, elementary students catch and measure insects and also read about them in the guide book.

Michelangelo - Diane Stanley, (978-0060521134) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 940, ESL level: 4
This enthralling biography shares details of Michelangelo's egotistical personality, life,and vast accomplishments while creating art in Florence and Rome during the Renaissance.

Mickey Mantle - John Marlin, (978-0822553137) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-6, Lexile: 1130, ESL level: 3
Learn about Mickey Mantle's life and achievements.

Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars - Paula Danziger, (978-0698116931) , Fiction
Interest level: 32-6, Lexile: 820, ESL level: 3 - 4
Matthew ends up starting his own business after successfully making enough money to buy a computer he really thinks he needs.

Orphan of the Sun - Gill Harvey, (978-0747579458) , Fiction
Interest level: 8-9, Lexile: 750, ESL level: 2 - 3
Egyptian tomb construction is the backdrop for this novel of a young teen-aged girl who tries to deal with unnerving dreams and an upcoming arranged marriage.

Pyramids - Nathan Olson, (978-1429600514) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 770, ESL level: 2
Children see the pyramid shape in many common objects and learn about its characteristics in this book which is part of a series on different math concepts.

Ramses II: Egyptian Pharaoh, Warrior, and Builder - Stephanie Fitzgerald, (978-0756538361) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-10, Lexile: 1060, ESL level: 3 - 4
Born into the Egyptian royal family, Ramses II grows up to be one of the great builders of the pyramids and other Egyptian architectural monuments that have lasted throughout the ages.

Regarding the Sink: Where, oh Where, Did Waters Go? - Kate Klise, (978-0152050191) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 950, ESL level: 3
In a series of letters, readers find out about the Geyser Creek's request to a famous deisgner to build them a new sink, her subsequent disappearance, and their resulting school trip to China!

Roman Amphitheaters - Don Nardo, (978-0531162248) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 1010, ESL level: 3 - 4
This book provides the history of building amphitheaters in Rome and also goes into problems their builders might have run across.

Rome Antics - David Macauley, (978-0395822791) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-6, Lexile: 880, ESL level: 2 - 3
Readers follow a homing pigeon as he flies the slow route around Rome, viewing both the old and new buildings from above.

Shakespeare's Theater - Andrew Langley, (978-0199105663) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-8, Lexile: 970, ESL level: 3 -4
This book includes the history of the first building of the Globe Theater and its reconstruction in 1995.

The Taj Mahal - Lesley A. Dutemple , (978-0822546948) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1100, ESL level: 4 - 5

What Goes Up - Stefan Petrucha, (978-1597071345) , Fiction
Interest level: 4-7, ESL level: 3
In this modern Nancy Drewdetective story, a la graphic novel, Nancy stows away with bankers in an attempt to track down stolen funds taken away in a hot air balloon.

The White House: An Illustrated History - Catherine Grace, (978-0439429719) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 1030, ESL level: 3 - 4
This book provides a history of the building of the White House, its important developments, its symbolic significance, and even gives readers a room-by-room tour!

Who is Baseball's Greatest Pitcher? - Jeff Kisseloff, (978-0812626858) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-12, Lexile: 1000, ESL level: 3
Readers take an active role in this book by comparing statistics about the world's best pitchers; they then have to decide, based on their research, the name of the best one!

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Skyscraper Builder!:A Hazardous Job You'd Rather Not Take - John Malam, (978-0531208243) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 56-8, Lexile: 860, ESL level: 3
From the point of view of a member of a construction crew learning many jobs, this book offers a humorous look at the process of building a skyscraper.

Middle School to Young Adult Books

My Darlin' Clementine - Kristiana Gregory, (978-0823421985) , Fiction
Interest level: 7-9, Lexile: 800, ESL level: 4
The legendary Clementine has her dreams interrupted since her gambling father is also an alcoholic, and the area where she lives, Idaho in 1866, is governed by lawless entrepreneurs.

Capital - Lynn Curlee, (978-1416918011) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-12, Lexile: 1220, ESL level: 5
This book goes into the planning and construction of the magnificent buildings in and around the National Mall including the Capital.

Cathedral: The Story of its Construction - David Macauley, (978-0395316689) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1120, ESL level: 4 - 5
This book tells the story of the construction of an imagined Gothic cathedral in France in the 13th century; its narrative style includes details about the life of the people and the function of the cathedral in the community.

Cheaper by the Dozen - Frank Gilbreth, (978-0060594336) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-9, Lexile: 890, ESL level: 4 - 5
In this classic biography, Frank Gilbreth tells the story of the 12-child family he raised using the principles of efficiency experts and the latest technology from 1948.

The Chief - Robert Lipsyte, (978-0064470971) , Fiction
Interest level: 7-10, Lexile: 720, ESL level: 4
A teen Native American heavyweight champ feels confusion when his reservation starts to build a casino.

Child of the Owl - Laurence Yep, (978-0060267391) , Fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 920, ESL level: 4 - 5
After her gambling father has an accident, Casey goes to live with her grandmother in San Francisco's Chinatown, and what at first seems very foreign starts to teach Casey about her background and who she really is.

Children's History of the 20th Century - D.K. Publishing, (978-0789447227) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 10-12, Lexile: 1220, ESL level: 4 - 5
A variety of interesting topics accompanied by telling photos create a picture of the world during the last century; major historical events and inventions keep the reader turning pages for more.

Double or Nothing - Dennis Foon, (978-1550376272) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 600, ESL level: 4
Kip's gambling addition becomes worse when he makes a new friend whose father has a serious gambling addiction.

Drop - Lisa Papademetriou, (978-0375942440) , Fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 690, ESL level: 4
A teen math prodigy uses her predictive abilities unwisely when she helps friends win at casino games.

Everything You Need to Know About Having an Addictive Personality - Jay Bridger, ( 978-0823927777) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 11-12, Lexile: 970, ESL level: 5
This non-fiction offering reveals that gambling is a form of addiction like alcohol and drugs, and must be treated professionally; anecdotes about teens and addiction make the facts come alive.

Football Hero - Tim Green, (978-0061122750) , Fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 840, ESL level: 4
TY's brother messes up his chances to play professional football when he succumbs to his uncle's pressure to give him insider dope on the team.

Frank Gehry - Caroline Lazo, (978-0822533887) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 7-12, Lexile: 1090, ESL level: 4 - 5
This biography tells the story of architect Frank Gehry's life, what influenced him, what unusual materials he has used in his art, and what he has accomplished.

Frank Lloyd Wright - Jan Adkins, (978-0142412442) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 7-12, Lexile: 1030, ESL level: 4
This life of one of the most important architects includes details about his childhood influences, his often bizarre lifestyle, and his great accomplishments which swayed so many designers who followed him.

The Golem - Isaac Bashevis Singer, (978-0374327415) , Fiction
Interest level: 6-12, Lexile: 960, ESL level: 4 - 5
This version of the Jewish legend of the Golem shows the clay-like figure assisting a falsely accused banker.

Gotcha - Shelley Hrdlitschka, (978-1551437378) , Fiction
Interest level: 9-12, Lexile: 660, ESL level: 4 - 5
Katie tries to help her friends see the dangers of participating in a deadly, banned game involving collecting beads and taking chances.

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery - John Feinstein, (978-0375831683) , Fiction
Interest level: 6-10, Lexile: 760, ESL level: 4 - 5
Guests at a Final Four game, pre-teens are shocked to discover one of the star players blackmailed into changing the outcome of the game.

Life in a Castle - Kay Eastwood, (978-0778713432) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 960, ESL level: 3

Pirates of the Retail Wasteland - Adam Selzer, (978-0385734820) , Fiction
Interest level: 7-9, Lexile: 860, ESL level: 4
Leon tries to discourage a corporate coffee shop from taking over the traditional downtown business.

Ruby Tuesday - Jennifer Kogler, (978-0060739560) , Fiction
Interest level: 8-10, Lexile: 840, ESL level: 3 - 4
A teen in a non-conformist family must come to terms with some hard truths about her relatives who earn their livings as gamblers in Las Vegas and musicians.

Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 - Karen Blumenthal, (978-0689842764) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-12, Lexile: 1040, ESL level: 4 - 5
This book presents materials of many different types to help educate readers about the stock market crash in 1929 - narrative explanations, newspaper clips, cartoons, drawings and photographs.

The Story of the Toronto Blue Jays - Shawndra Shofner, (978-1583415030) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 10-12, Lexile: 1370, ESL level: 5
Readers find lots of details about the history of the Blue Jays from Canada and also get to examine statistics about the best player from each position.

Talking Walls: The Stories Continue - Margie Burns Knight, (978-0884481652) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 7-12, Lexile: 1140, ESL level: 4 - 5
Walls talk around the world, telling the story of their construction and the civilization which conceived the idea of the specific wall.

The Tent - Gary Paulsen, (978-0152058333) , Fiction
Interest level: 8-11, Lexile: 890, ESL level: 4 - 5
Steven's evangelical minister father goes on the road to make a financial killing, and, although Steven does not like the idea, he likes the money that comes from the false preaching.

Books for Mature Teens and Adults

Building Big - David Macauley, (978-0395963319) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 10-12, Lexile: 1260, ESL level: 5
This book concentrates on discussing planning, design, problems, and solutions when erecting major architectural projects.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything - Steven Levitt, (978-0060731335) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 10-12, ESL level: 5
Levitt applies the scholarly principles of economics to many concrete, every-day life issues, so reading this book is a self-help guide for the economically challenged!

What the World Eats - Faith D'Aluisio, (978-1582462462) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 9-12, Lexile: 1150, ESL level: 4 - 5
By examining 25 families and their diets around the world by viewing a picture of the food they each eat in a week, readers get an accurate and interesting idea of the differences and similarities in diet habits, economics, and food availability everywher