Partial Book List for 2021-2022

Our fourth season of SALT is about to begin. Here are the first eight books on our 2021-2022 reading list:


  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (This edition only: ISBN 978-0-141-32107-3)
  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis


  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (This edition only: ISBN 978-0-141-32107-3)
  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • Really Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Winter War by Priscilla Shirer
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? by Judith St. George


  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Really Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Winter War by Priscilla Shirer
  • What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? by Judith St. George

These first eight books are listed with details here on the website. Watch for the remaining books to be announced in September. Enjoy some great summer reading!

Ramona the Pest

AUTHOR: Beverly Cleary

GENRE: Children’s literature, Fiction

SUMMARY: This is the second title in the hugely popular series about Ramona Quimby. Ramona doesn’t think she’s a pest — she knows that she isn’t a pest on purpose. So how in the world does Ramona get in trouble? Why does Davy run away whenever Ramona comes near him? And how does she manage to disrupt the whole kindergarten class during their rest time? Beverly Cleary is one of America’s most popular authors and has won many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

AUTHOR: Lewis Carroll

GENRE: Fantasy, Literary Nonsense

SUMMARY: After a tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself far away from home in the absurd world of Wonderland. As mind-bending as it is delightful, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is pure magic for young and old alike.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to differences in multiple editions of this book, please read this edition only: ISBN 978-0-141-32107-3.

What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?

AUTHOR: Judith St. George

GENRE: History, Non-Fiction

SUMMARY: When Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the “Corp of Discovery” left St. Louis, Missouri, on May 21, 1804, their mission was to explore the vast, unknown territory acquired a year earlier in the Louisiana Purchase. The travelers hoped to find a waterway that crossed the western half of the United States. They didn’t. However, young readers will love this true-life adventure tale of the two-year journey that finally brought the explorers to the Pacific Ocean.

Really Truly

AUTHOR: Heather Vogel Frederick

GENRE: Children’s Fiction

SUMMARY: Truly Lovejoy is excited for the perfect summer in Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire: swim practice outside, working at the bookstore, one-on-one time with her mom, and best of all, time with the dreamy RJ Calhoun who may just like Truly back. But the idyllic falls apart when she’s sent off to mermaid academy — sparkly tail and all.

Luckily, a mystery is never too far behind the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes, and synchronized swimming turns into a hunt for a sunken ship and an investigation of the founding of Pumpkin Falls… which may have involved more pirates than originally thought.

And as the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes get closer to the heart of the mystery and Truly gets closer to her mermaid debut, she may just learn to come out of her shell.

The Winter War

AUTHOR: Priscilla Shirer

GENRE: Fantasy Fiction, Adventure Fiction, Christian Fiction, Religious Fiction

SUMMARY: Two years ago, the Prince Warriors lost one of their own, but now they must stand firm… because death is coming once again. In this sequel to Priscilla Shirer’s best-selling trilogy, the Prince Warriors return to Ahoratos to find it bare and dangerous. The Winter War is upon them.

Book of James


GENRE: Religious Text

SUMMARY: The book of James is a General Epistle. The key personalities of this book are James and Persecuted Christians. James wrote this book to Jewish believers to encourage them to endure and live bold Christian lives. It is a book about practical Christian living that reflects a genuine faith that transforms lives. In many ways, it is similar to the book of Proverbs.

In chapter 1, James teaches believers to test their faith, put it into action, and to be servants of Jesus Christ. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (1:22).

In chapters 2-3, James describes the relationship between faith and works. He teaches that a person of faith without works demonstrates useless faith. What good is a person’s faith if they don’t present it to the world? A believer’s good works are evidence of their faith in Jesus Christ. He also teaches that everyone is a sinner and that if one of the 10 Commandments are broken, then that person is guilty of breaking every one of them. “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (2:10).

In chapters 4-5, James gives wise instruction to believers. He said, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (4:7). A faithful believer will desire to follow hard after God in service, obedience, and prayer. In the last chapter, James stresses the weight and magnitude of prayer for every believer. He uses the word “Prayer” seven times, signifying its importance. In the final verse of his book, James expresses the magnitude of living faith in action saying:

“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20, NIV

The Silver Chair

AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis

GENRE: Novel, Children’s literature, Fantasy Fiction, Christian literature

SUMMARY: NARNIA… where owls are wise, where some of the giants like to snack on humans, where a prince is put under an evil spell… and where the adventure begins.

Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor… or does it? Once again Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face to face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.

The People of Sparks

AUTHOR: Jeanne DuPrau

GENRE: Science Fiction, Children’s literature, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Young adult fiction, Fantasy Fiction

SUMMARY: The sequel to the critically acclaimed The City of Ember continues the story of Lina and Doon, who have led the citizens from the underground city to an exciting new world. They’ve been given safe haven in a small village called Sparks, a place filled with color and life. But they’re not out of danger yet. Although Sparks seems like the answer the long-suffering Emberites have been hoping for, tempers soon escalate. The villagers have never had to share their world before, and it only takes a tiny “spark” to ignite a battle between the two struggling groups. Lina and Doon will have to work together to avoid a disaster not only for their people, but also for the people of Sparks.

Practice Questions Now Available

Practice skirmish questions have been posted for all divisions! Coaches can find the practice questions on our Resources page. Viewing, downloading, and printing these PDFs require your access password. Please remember that password access and practice questions are for COACH USE ONLY. If you have forgotten your access password, please email Jeneé Orso and it will be sent to you as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to our virtual tournament on Friday, April 30, 2021! Please watch the website for announcements and tournament details as we get closer to the event!

Final Book List for 2020-2021

We are happy to announce the official reading list of 15 books for 2020-2021. Brief details for each book can be found here on the website. 3rd-4th Grade Division will read 9 of the books, 5th-6th will read 12, and 7th-8th will read 6 books. Please see each division’s complete list below:


  • Another Quest for Celeste by Henry Cole
  • Book of Acts NIV Bible (Chapters 1-14)
  • Book Scavenger: The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 by Lauren Tarshis
  • The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  • The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema by Priscilla Shirer
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick


  • Another Quest for Celeste by Henry Cole
  • Book of Acts NIV Bible (Chapters 1-14)
  • Book Scavenger: The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Rascal by Sterling North
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies 
  • The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema by Priscilla Shirer
  • The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick


  • Book of Acts NIV Bible (Chapters 1-28)
  • Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold by Janet & Geoff Benge
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot

AUTHOR: Caroline Carlson

GENRE: Adventure Fiction

SUMMARY: Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for thirty-seven minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors, and she already owns a rather pointy sword.

There’s only one problem: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags.

But Hilary is not the kind of girl to take no for answer. To escape a life of petticoats and politeness at her stuffy finishing school, Hilary sets out in search of her own seaworthy adventure, where she gets swept up in a madcap quest involving a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn’t exist, a talking gargoyle, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous—and unexpected—villain on the High Seas.

Written with uproarious wit and an inviting storyteller tone, the first book in Caroline Carlson’s quirky seafaring series is a piratical tale like no other.


AUTHOR: Sterling North

GENRE: Non-Fiction

SUMMARY: Nothing’s surprising in the North household, not even Sterling’s new pet raccoon. Rascal is only a baby when Sterling brings him home, but soon the two are best friends, doing everything together–until the spring day when everything suddenly changes.

Rascal is a heartwarming boyhood memoir that continues to find its way into the hearts of readers fifty years later. This special anniversary edition includes the book’s classic illustrations restored to their original splendor, as well as a letter from the author’s daughter, and material from the illustrator’s personal collection.

Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold

AUTHOR: Janet & Geoff Benge

GENRE: Biography


As the race began, it had seemed obvious that Eric Liddell was overmatched. Now the crowd in the Olympic stadium hushed as this runner from Scotland refused to be passed. As Eric crossed the finish line, the crowd erupted in applause heard all over Paris. Eric Liddell had done the impossible. A new world record had been set!

Eric’s refusal earlier that week to run on Sunday in the Olympic 100-meter race had stunned the world. Now his incredible victory in the 400- meter race further strengthened his belief in God’s promise, “He who honours Me, I will honour.”

Years later, Eric Liddell would be tested far beyond mere physical ability as a missionary to China. His character, perseverance and endurance are a challenging example for all who would obey the call to bring the gospel to the nations.

York: The Shadow Cipher

AUTHOR: Laura Ruby

GENRE: Fantasy

SUMMARY: It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.