Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan. We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. District goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023

Elementary Level Reading
Interest Level  K - 5th

Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko Book Cover
Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko
10/09/2019
Kung Pow Chicken is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Kimberly Lane, a Librarian at Wolftever Creek Elementary. This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina
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Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe: The Three Little Pugs by Noah Z. Jones
Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe: The Three Little Pugs by Noah Z. Jones - Suggested for Grades K-3
05/06/2019
“Students love the colored illustrations in this chapter book that allow readers to get the best of both worlds. These stories take a classic fairy tale and change the details to create a funny story.” - Beth Hoelke, librarian at Hixson Elementary School.
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A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
04/15/2019
“Students love that the story is from the dog's point of view. They are very curious about the use of service dogs to help veterans suffering from PTSD. Students agree that the story has many sad parts, but ultimately it is about facing the painful experiences in life and being willing to accept help from others.” - Debbie Condry, librarian at McConnell Elementary
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Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey - Suggested for Grades - 2 - 5
02/18/2019
“Kids who love reading graphic novels love this series! They are intrigued by the weirdness, strange villains, and laughs that come along with reading about Dog Man and his nemesis Petey." - Janessa Fooshee, librarian at Battle Academy
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Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sacher
01/14/2019
“The kids love this book because of the outrageous stories that take place with students who are in school every day just like them. The humor mixed with funny characters is always enjoyable for the readers.” -Nicole Cobb, librarian at East Ridge Elementary School
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Middle School Level Reading
Interest Level  4th - 8th

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
05/07/2019
“Students love this funny graphic novel about a middle school love triangle. The characters are well written and very sweet. Main character Callie loves the theater, but she's not a great singer or set designer. Putting on the best show with only a middle school budget and a team that can't get along is struggle enough, then you have to add all the offstage drama.” - Caroline Mickey, librarian at Alpine Crest Elementary.
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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
04/29/2019
“Older students like this book because it offers another viewpoint. Things would be different for all of the characters if there had not been a war.” - Heidi Marshall, librarian at Westview Elementary
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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
04/01/2019
“I love The Lost Hero because there is so much satisfaction that I sometimes don't want to stop reading it! Greek mythology is interesting anyway, and the book has lots of amazing detail. The Lost Hero is great!” - Owen Dean, a student at Alpine Crest Elementary
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Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
03/25/2019
“My students are exuberant about this series, and they ask every week if there is one of the seven books in for them. They enjoy the mystery, and love that they never know what the next page turn will bring.” - Caroline Mickey, librarian at Alpine Crest Elementary
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Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
03/18/2019
“The kids at my school love historical fiction, especially the World War II period. This book shows the story of 3 different kids and 1 special harmonica that they all share and their experiences during the war.” - Whitney Fessler, librarian at Lookout Mountain Elementary
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Rebound by Kwame Alexander
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
03/11/2019
“This book in verse tells the story of 12-year-old Chuck, who discovers that it is possible to recover from past decisions. Students love the rhythm and hip-hop feel of the poetry and relate to the basketball themes in the book as well.” Catherine Cox, librarian at Normal Park Museum Magnet Upper School
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Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
02/25/2019
“The kids love the humor of this book! The graphic novel genre has great appeal to our children in general, due to them being faster reads than longer novels.” - Gillian Burgess, librarian at Snow Hill Elementary
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
02/05/2019
“Students, both boys, and girls enjoy the adventures - or misadventures - of Greg Heffley and his friend Rowley as they deal with school and family life. The story along with the cartoon illustrations draws kids in and engages them to become independent readers.” - Tommy Brown, librarian at East Side Elementary
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High School Level Reading
Interest Level  8th - 12th

One of Us Is Lying
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
10/02/2019
“Students find this story addictive since it is a murder mystery that weaves together high school drama, secrets, lies, and suspicion.” Jeanne Mochel, Librarian, Soddy Daisy High School
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Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons - Recommended for High School
05/20/2019
“Ellen Foster demonstrates that you are never alone and things can always be worse. She found hope through her painting and the homemade dinners at her church. She endured abuse from her parents, but she persevered despite hopelessness and character flaws that only made her human—after all she had to raise herself. Ellen Foster will put you in her shoes and allow you to walk through her story.” - Iciss Wilkerson, a student at Hixson High School.
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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer - Recommended for High Schoolers
05/13/2019
“More Than We Can Tell is an emotional page-turner that focuses on family, friendships, and overcoming traumatic situations. Students love the realistic way the author brings the story to life, and they deeply connect with the characters to empathize with their struggles.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy Daisy High School.
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Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
04/23/2019
“The students like this book because it is realistic fiction, the writer uses very vivid details and descriptions; it involves romance and has an unexpected ending. They also like to compare the book to the movie.” Ann Rox, librarian at Brown Middle School.
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Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
04/08/2019
“The students love this clever and funny novel that celebrates being comfortable in your own skin. The book shows the importance of finding yourself, learning what makes you happy, and having supportive friends around you.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy Daisy High School
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Warcross by Marie Lu
Warcross by Marie Lu
03/04/2019
“The students love to read this book because the story is colorful and high-tech, yet it’s also completely plausible and realistic. They love the blend of heart-stopping action and the way the author uses what-if factors about technology and the future to portray human nature and moral dilemmas.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy-Daisy High School
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Lockdown by Andrew Gordon Smith
Lockdown by Andrew Gordon Smith - Recommended for High Schoolers
02/11/2019
“This is an exciting book for young male readers. The protagonist is ‘misplaced’ and has to face many conflicts in a dangerous situation. The plot twists and horror situations appeal to those reluctant readers. It's also a series, so they keep coming back for more!” Jana Clemmons, librarian at Loftis Middle School
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Recommended for High School
01/21/2019
"The students love to read this book because it deals with today's issues in an easily understood format. They also like to compare the book to the movie - the book always wins!” - Courtney Brown, librarian at Red Bank High School
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Splintered by A.G. Howard
Splintered Series by A.G. Howard
01/07/2019
“Splintered takes you on a journey like never before, intertwining the real and the unreal in such a way that you feel like you are in the story.” Mari Salter, librarian at Lookout Valley Middle High
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