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					                                                                 Avi. The Secret School.
                                                                 In 1925, fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as
      Recommended Reading List                                   the teacher when the one-room schoolhouse in her remote
              for Middle School Students                         Colorado area closes unexpectedly. –Historical Fiction

                                                                 Avi. True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
                                                                 As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832,
Alcott, Louisa Mae. Little Women.
                                                                 Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew
Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters--
                                                                 rebellious. –Historical Fiction
Meg, the pretty one; Jo, the tomboy; Beth, the shy one; and
Amy, the artist as they grow into young women in nineteenth-
century New England. Other titles by Alcott include Little       Avi. Windcatcher.
Men, Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom. --Fiction Classic          While learning to sail during a visit to his grandmother's at the
                                                                 Connecticut shore, eleven-year-old Tony becomes excited
                                                                 about the rumors of sunken treasure in the area and starts
Almond, David. Kit’s Wilderness.
                                                                 following a couple who seem to be making a mysterious
Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the
                                                                 search for something. –Realistic Fiction
decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds
both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.
--Realistic Fiction Mystery                                      Babbitt, Natalie. Kneeknock Rise.
                                                                 Everyone else in the village is afraid of the creature who
                                                                 supposedly dwells at the top of Kneeknock Rise but young
Almond, David. Skellig.
                                                                 Egan investigates for himself. –Mystery
Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of
moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the
garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a   Ballard, Robert. Exploring the Titanic.
bird and something like an angel. –Realistic Fiction             Describes the large luxury liner which sank in 1912 and the
                                                                 discovery and exploration of its underwater wreckage.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793.
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook,
separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and    Barron, T.A. The Fires of Merlin.
self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a   Having voyaged to the Otherworld in his quest to find himself,
yellow fever epidemic. –Historical Fiction                       the young wizard Merlin must face fire in many different
                                                                 forms and deal with the possibility of losing his own magical
                                                                 power. Other titles: The Mirror of Merlin and The Seven
Armstrong, William H. Sounder.
                                                                 Songs of Merlin. –Fantasy Series
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed
for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in
courage and understanding by learning to read and with the       Bauer, Marion Dane. On My Honor.
help of the devoted dog Sounder. –Realistic Fiction              When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in
                                                                 a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near,
                                                                 Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of
Arrington, Frances. Prairie Whispers.
                                                                 parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience.
Only twelve-year-old Colleen knows that her baby sister died
                                                                 –Realistic Fiction
just after she was born and that she put another baby in her
place until the baby’s father makes trouble for her family on
the South Dakota prairie in the 1860s. –Historical Fiction       Bausum, Ann. Freedom Riders.
                                                                 A study of the Freedom Riders of the civil rights movement,
Avi. Fighting Ground.                                            through personal interviews and other primary-source
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the              research. –Non-fiction
Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought
within himself. –Historical Fiction                              Beattie, Owen. Buried in Ice.
                                                                 Probes the tragic and mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin's
Avi. Nothing but the Truth.                                      failed expedition to find the Northwest Passage in 1845.
A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled       --Non-fiction
Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.
–Realistic Fiction                                               Bennett, Cherie. Zink.
                                                                 With the help of a trio of zebras from the Serengeti, sixth-
Avi. Ragweed.                                                    grader Becky faces her battle with leukemia, her family's fears
Ragweed, a young country mouse, leaves his family and            for her, her competition with a hypocritical classmate, and the
travels to the big city, where he finds excitement and danger    possibility that she might die.
and sees cats for the first time. Prequel to Poppy Series.
Bloor, Edward. Tangerine.                                            Choi, Sook Nyul. Echoes of the White Giraffe.
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football        Fifteen-year-old Sookan adjusts to life in the refugee village in
hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his   Pusan but continues to hope that the civil war will end and her
near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident            family will be reunited in Seoul. (sequel to Year of Impossible
that damaged his eyesight. –Realistic Fiction                        Goodbyes) –Historical Fiction

Brink, Carol Ryrie. Caddie Woodlawn.                                 Choi, Sook Nyul. Year of Impossible Goodbyes.
The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on            A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and
the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.                Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later
–Historical Fiction                                                  escape to freedom in South Korea. –Historical Fiction

Broach, Elise. Shakespeare’s Secret.                                 Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts.
A sixth-grader named Hero becomes interested in a missing            A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island
diamond, a five-hundred-year-old necklace, and a mystery             in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to
dating back to the time of Shakespeare. –Adventure                   contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to
                                                                     life with his autistic sister. –Historical Fiction
Brooks, Bruce. The Moves Make the Man.
A black boy and an emotionally troubled white boy in North           Clapp, Patricia. Constance.
Carolina form a precarious friendship. –Realistic Fiction            Through a journal a young girl tells of her daily life,
                                                                     hardships, romances and marriage during the first years of the
Bunting, Eve. The Wall.                                              Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth. –Historical Fiction
A boy and his father come from far away to visit the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial in Washington and find the name of the             Clements, Andrew. Things Not Seen.
boy's grandfather, who was killed in the conflict. –Picture          When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds that he is
                                                                     invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try
Burleigh, Robert. Into the Woods: John James                         to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.
Audubon Lives His Dream.                                             –Science Fiction
Uses quotes from his journals to help explore Audubon's
decision to follow his dream to paint every bird species in          Clements, Andrew. A Week in the Woods.
North America. –Picture Biography                                    The fifth grade’s annual camping trip in the woods tests
                                                                     Mark’s survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden.                         seems out to get him. –Realistic Fiction
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the
Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the              Cohen, Barbara. Thank You, Jackie Robinson.
mysteries of a locked garden. –Fiction Classic                       A fatherless white boy, who shares with an old black man an
                                                                     enthusiasm for the Brooklyn Dodgers and first baseman,
Burnford, Sheila. Incredible Journey.                                Jackie Robinson, takes a ball autographed by Jackie to his
A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young labrador             elderly friend's death bed. –Fiction
retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian
wilderness to find their family. –Adventure                          Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl.
                                                                     When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family
Byars, Betsy. The Pinballs.                                          fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold,
Three lonely foster children learn to care about themselves and      the fairies fight back with magic, technology and a particularly
each other. –Realistic Fiction                                       nasty troll. –Fantasy Series

Byars, Betsy. The Summer of the Swans.                               Conrad, Pam. Prairie Songs.
A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family         Louisa's life in a loving pioneer family on the Nebraska prairie
when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.                        is altered by the arrival of a new doctor and his beautiful,
–Realistic Fiction                                                   tragically frail wife. –Historical Fiction

Chase, Richard, editor. Grandfather Tales.                           Conrad, Pam. Prairie Visions.
Contains a rich collection of folk tales originating from the        A fascinating collection of photos and stories about
mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. –Folktale                  photographer Solomon Butcher (who is featured in Prairie
                                                                     Songs) and turn-of-the-century Nebraska. –Non-fiction
Chase, Richard, editor. Jack Tales.
Eighteen Jack tales drawn from the folklore of the North
                                                                     Cooney, Barbara. Eleanor.
Carolina and Virginia mountain country. –Folktale                    Presents the childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt, who married a
                                                                     president of the United States and became known as a great
                                                                     humanitarian. –Picture Biography
Cooney, Caroline. The Ransom of Mercy Carter.                      Cushman, Karen. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple.
In 1704, in the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts,    In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who
eleven-year-old Mercy and her family and neighbors are             renames herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves
captured by Mohawk Indians and their French allies, and            the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining
forced to march through bitter cold to French Canada, where        town. –Historical Fiction
some adapt to new lives and some still hope to be ransomed.
–Historical Fiction                                                Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy.
                                                                   The daughter of an English knight keeps a journal in which
Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising.                                 she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the     adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to
last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs       avoid being married off. –Historical Fiction
that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of
the Dark. –Fantasy Series                                          Cushman, Karen. The Midwife’s Apprentice.
                                                                   In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by
Craven, Margaret. I Heard the Owl Call My Name.                    a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and
Sent to live with an Indian tribe in British Columbia, a young     hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a
minister learns not to fear his impending death. –Fiction          full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
                                                                   –Historical Fiction
Creech, Sharon. Bloomability.
When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to                Danziger, Paula. P.S. There’s a Bat in Bunk Five.
Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, Dinnie,    On her own for the first time, 14-year-old Marcy tries to cope
at 13, discovers her world expanding. –Realistic Fiction           with the new people and situations she encounters while
                                                                   working as a counselor at an arts camp. –Realistic Fiction
Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog.
A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal       ________. Dear America Series (various authors)
understanding of what different famous poems mean to him,          Fictional diary accounts give a glimpse into the lives of young
surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem. –Fiction       people during different periods of history. –Historical Fiction

Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler.                                       De Angeli, Marguerite. The Door in the Wall.
Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have          A crippled boy in fourteenth-century England proves his
grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever    courage and earns recognition from the King.
when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on      –Historical Fiction
an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called
Ruby Holler. –Realistic Fiction                                    Deavers, Julie Reece. Say Goodnight, Gracie.
                                                                   When a car accident kills her best friend Jimmy, with whom
Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons.                                    she has shared everything from childhood escapades to
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal       breaking into the professional theater scene in Chicago,
and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's        seventeen-year-old Morgan must find her own way of coping
route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend         with his death. –Realistic Fiction
Phoebe, whose mother also left. –Realistic Fiction
                                                                   DeFelice, Cynthia. The Ghost of Fossil Glen.
Creech, Sharon. The Wanderer.                                      Allie knows it's not her imagination when she hears a voice
Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their          and sees in her mind's eye the face of a girl who seems to be
transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot      seeking Allie's help. –Mystery
sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en
route to visit their grandfather in England. –Realistic Fiction    DeFelice, Weasel.
                                                                   Alone in the frontier wilderness in the winter of 1839 while
Curry, Jane Louise. The Black Canary.                              his father is recovering from an injury, eleven-year-old Nathan
James discovers a portal to seventeenth-century London and         runs afoul of the renegade killer known as Weasel and makes
finds himself in a situation where his beautiful voice and the     a surprising discovery about the concept of revenge.
fact that he is biracial might serve him well. –Adventure          --Historical Fiction

Curtis, Christopher Paul.          The Watson’s Go To              DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember.
Birmingham: 1963.                                                  In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on
An African-American family from Michigan heads south to            Assignment Day to be a messenger, to run to new places in her
Birmingham, Alabama to visit grandma and is confronted with        beloved but decaying city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown
the racism that exists there in 1963. –Historical Fiction          Regions. Sequels: The City of Sparks and The Prophet of
                                                                   Yonwood. –Fantasy
DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie.                            Farmer, Nancy. House of the Scorpion.
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in       In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special
the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that           status as the young clone of El Patron, the 140-year-old leader
happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.              of a corrupt drug empire between the U.S. and Mexico.
–Realistic Fiction                                                 –Science Fiction

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux.                           Farmer, Nancy. Sea of Trolls.
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of              Jack and his sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers
unusual talents, the princess that he loves the servant girl who   and taken to King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen.
longs to be a princess and a devious rat determined to bring       –Adventure
them all to ruin. –Fantasy
                                                                   Filipovic, Zlata. Zlata’s Diary.
DiCamillo, Kate. The Tiger Rising.                                 The diary of a thirteen-year-old girl living in Sarajevo, begun
Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by         just before her eleventh birthday when there was still peace in
wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend Sistine      her homeland. –Autobiography
into a plan to free a caged tiger. –Realistic Fiction
                                                                   Fleischman, John. Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but
Dorris, Michael. Morning Girl.                                     True Story About Brain Science.
Morning Girl, who loves the day, and her younger brother Star      The true story of Phineas Gage, a man who lived through a
Boy, who loves the night, take turns describing their life on an   horrible accident that left him with a hole in his brain; and
island in pre-Columbian America; in Morning Girl's last            how the study of his injury in 1848 has provided insight into
narrative, she witnesses the arrival of the first Europeans to     how the brain works. –Non-fiction
her world. –Historical Fiction
                                                                   Fleischman, Paul. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two
Dowell, Frances O’Roark. Chicken Boy.                              Voices.
Since the death of his mother, Tobin’s family life and school      A collection of poems describing the characteristics and
life have been in disarray, but after he starts raising chickens   activities of a variety of insects. Fleischman’s collection of
with his seventh-grade classmate Henry, everything starts to       poems about birds is I Am Phoenix. –Poetry
fall into place. –Realistic Fiction
                                                                   Fleischman, Paul. The Whipping Boy.
Dowell, Frances O’Roark. Dovey Coe.                                A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures
Accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in           when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved
1928, Dovey Coe, a strong-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes       with dangerous outlaws. –Adventure
to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother,
as she attempts to clear her name. –Realistic Fiction
                                                                   Fleischman, Paul. Whirligig.
                                                                   While traveling to each corner of the country to build a
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Hound of the                          whirligig in memory of the girl whose death he caused,
Baskervilles.                                                      sixteen-year-old Brian finds forgiveness and atonement.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson set out to disprove the             --Realistic Fiction
legend of the curse of the devil-beast said to haunt the moors
near the Baskerville ancestral home. –Mystery                      Fox, Paula. One Eyed Cat.
                                                                   An eleven-year-old shoots a stray cat with his new air rifle,
Draper, Sharon M. Double Dutch.                                    subsequently suffers from guilt, and eventually assumes
Three eighth-grade friends, preparing for the International        responsibility for it. –Realistic Fiction
Double Dutch Championship jump rope competition in their
home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, cope with Randy's missing           Freedman, Russell. Immigrant Kids.
father, Delia's inability to read, and Yo Yo's encounter with      Text and photographs chronicle the life of immigrant children
the class bullies. –Realistic Fiction                              at home, school, work, and play during the late 1800s and
                                                                   early 1900s. --Non-fiction
Eckert, Allen. Incident at Hawk’s Hill.
A shy, lonely six-year-old wanders into the Canadian prairie       Freedman, Russell. Lincoln: a Photobiography.
and spends a summer under the protection of a badger.              Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
--Adventure                                                        Newbery Award Winner.
Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster.
While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven-year-old Nhamo
struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing
                                                                   Freedman, Russell. Children of the Wild West.
comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.          Historical photographs with explanatory text present a picture
–Adventure                                                         of life in the American West from 1840 to the early 1900s.
Fritz, Jean. Homesick: My Own Story.                              _____. Great Minds of Science Series.
The author's fictionalized version, though all the events are     Fascinating accounts of the lives of some of the greatest
true, of her childhood in China in the 1920s.                     scientists in history including Aristotle, Archimedes,
--Autobiography                                                   Copernicus, Curie, Darwin, Einstein, Fleming, Hubble,
                                                                  Lavoisier, Pasteur, Salk and many others. –Non-fiction
Fritz, Jean. Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt!
Describes some of the well-known as well as the lesser-known      Grove, Vicki. Reaching Dustin.
details of the dynamic twenty-sixth president’s life discussing   Sixth-grader Carly's assignment to interview a reclusive,
his conservation work, hunting expeditions, family life, and      brooding classmate leads her to discover some of the events
political career. Other biographical titles by Fritz include:     that have caused his antisocial and abusive family's negative
Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? And Then                 impact on their Missouri farming community and Carly's
What Happened, Paul Revere? Make Way for Sam Houston              family in particular.
and others. –Biography
                                                                  Gutman, Dan. Race for the Sky: the Kitty Hawk
Fritz, Jean. The Double Life of Pocahontas.                       Diaries of Johnny Moore.
A biography of the famous American Indian princess,               Ordered to practice his writing skills in the blank book his
emphasizing her adulation of John Smith and the roles she         mother gave him, fourteen-year-old Johnny would rather go
played in two different cultures. –Biography                      fishing near his home on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and
                                                                  cannot think of anything important to write until two
Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Loses Control.                           “dingbatters” from Ohio (Wilbur and Orville Wright) arrive in
Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting     1900 and try to build a flying machine. –Historical Fiction
too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking
father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team     Gutman, Dan. Jackie and Me.
he coaches win the championship. Sequel to Joey Pigza             With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards,
Swallowed the Key. –Realistic Fiction                             Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson, turning into a
                                                                  black boy in the process. Another title is Honus and Me.
George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves.                       –Fiction
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a
thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope     Gutman, Dan. Million Dollar Shot.
of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack. –Adventure Series     Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars
                                                                  by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association
George, Kristine O’Connell. Swimming Upstream.                    finals. –Realistic Fiction
A collection of poems capture the feelings and experiences of
life in middle school. –Poetry                                    Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Double Identity.
                                                                  When thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents drop out of sight
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily’s Crossing.                           with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew
During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's           existed, Bethany uncovers secrets that make her question
friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see       everything she thought she knew about her family.
the war and her own world differently. –Historical Fiction        --Science Fiction

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Nory Ryan’s Song.                          Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella.
When a terrible blight attacks Ireland's potato crop in 1845,     In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old
twelve-year-old Nory Ryan's courage and ingenuity help her        Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming’s proposal ensnares
family and neighbors survive. –Historical Fiction                 her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette,
                                                                  so she plots to escape. --Fantasy
Giovanni, Nikki. Spin a Soft Black Song.
A poetry collection which recounts the feelings of Black          Hahn, Mary Downing. Dead Man in Indian Creek.
children about their neighborhoods, American society, and         When Matt and Parker learn the body they found in Indian
themselves. –Poetry                                               Creek is a drugrelated death, they fear Parker's mother may be
                                                                  involved. –Mystery
Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller.
In the late 1860s in the Texas hill country, a big yellow dog     Hahn, Mary Downing. Stepping on the Cracks.
and a fourteen-year-old boy form a close, loving relationship.    In 1944, while her brother is overseas fighting in World War
--Realistic Fiction Classic                                       II, eleven-year-old Margaret gets a new view of the school
                                                                  bully Gordy when she finds him hiding his own brother, an
Going, K.L. The Liberation of Gabriel King.                       army deserter, and decides to help him. –Historical Fiction
In Georgia during the summer of 1976, Gabriel, a white boy
who is being bullied, and Frita, an African American girl who
is facing prejudice, decide to overcome their fears together.
–Realistic Fiction
Hahn, Mary Downing. Time for Andrew: A Ghost                       Hesse, Karen. Letters from Rifka.
Story.                                                             In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her
When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the        family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences
family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty           when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others
years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle     emigrate to America. –Historical Fiction
who is dying of diptheria. --Mystery
                                                                   Hesse, Karen. Witness.
Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy.                                   A series of poems express the views of various people in a
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with     small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young
the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old       Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is
Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her           trying to infiltrate the town.
homeland. –Fantasy
                                                                   Hinton, S.E. Rumble Fish.
Hamilton, Bethany. Soul Surfer.                                    A junior high school boy idolizes his older brother, the
Bethany Hamilton shares the story of her lifelong love of          coolest, toughest guy in the neighborhood, and wants to be
surfing, and tells how she was able to recover and return to       just like him. Other titles by Hinton include: The Outsiders;
competition with the help of her family, friends, and faith,       Tex; Taming the Star Runner; That Was Then, This is Now.
after losing her arm in a shark attack at the age of thirteen.     –Realistic Fiction
                                                                   Hobbs, Will. Bearstone.
Hamilton, Virginia. Cousins.                                       A troubled Indian boy goes to live with an elderly rancher
Concerned that her grandmother may die, Cammy is                   whose caring ways help the boy become a man.
unprepared for the accidental death of another relative.           –Realistic Fiction
–Realistic Fiction
                                                                   Holm, Jennifer. Our Only May Amelia.
Hamilton, Virginia. Lyddie.                                        As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven
Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is                   brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act
determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory          like a lady while growing up in the state of Washington in
worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.                     1899. –Historical Fiction
–Historical Fiction
                                                                   Holt, Kimberly Willis. My Louisiana Sky.
Hamilton, Virginia. Many Thousand Gone.                            Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950s, twelve-year-
Recounts the journey of Black slaves to freedom via the            old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but
Underground Railroad, an extended group of people who              loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good
helped fugitive slaves in many ways. –Non-fiction                  friend and neighbor, Jesse. –Realistic Fiction

Hamilton, Virginia. M.C. Higgins, the Great.                       Hoobler, Dorothy. In Darkness, Death.
As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his   In eighteenth-century Japan, young Seikei becomes involved
house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M.C. is torn between     with a ninja as he helps his foster father, Judge Ooka
trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they       investigate the murder of a samurai. –Historical Fiction
love. –Realistic Fiction
                                                                   Horvath, Polly. Everything on a Waffle.
Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly:                          Eleven-year-old Primrose, who lives in a small fishing village
American Black Folktales.                                          in British Columbia, recounts her experiences and all that she
Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the            learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in
supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the    the months after her parents are lost at sea. –Realistic Fiction
slaves, but passed on in hope. –Folktale
                                                                   Hunt, Irene. Across Five Aprils.
Hautzig, Esther. The Endless Steppe.                               Jethro, who is nine years old when the first April blooms, must
During World War II, when she was eleven years old, the            run the farm in southern Illinois almost alone during the Civil
author and her family were arrested in Poland by the Russians      War. Dangers on the home front prove as exciting as those in
as political enemies and exiled to Siberia. She recounts here      battle. –Historical Fiction
the trials of the following five years spent on the harsh Asian
steppe. --Biography                                                Hunt, Irene. The Lottery Rose.
                                                                   A young victim of child abuse gradually overcomes his fears
Hawk, Fran. The story of the H.L. Hunley and                       and suspicions when placed in a home with other boys.
Queenie's coin.                                                    –Realistic Fiction
The story of the H.L. Hunley, the only submarine used during
the American Civil War. –Non-fiction Picture
Huynh, Quang Nhuon.         The Land I Lost:                        Konigsburg, E.L. The View from Saturday.
Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam.                                     Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a
A collection of personal reminiscences of the author's youth in     special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a
a hamlet on the central highlands of Vietnam. --Biography           paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade
                                                                    class in the Academic Bowl competition. –Realistic Fiction
Jackson, Livia Bitton. I Have Lived a Thousand
Years: Growing up in the Holocaust.                                 Krumgold, Joseph. Onion John.
A memoir of Elli Friedman, who was thirteen years old when          Friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a
the Nazis invaded her native Hungary. –Autobiography                conflict between Andy and his father. –Realistic Fiction

Janeczko, Paul B. Worlds Afire.                                     Lavender, William. Just Jane.
In this novel written as a collection of eyewitness poems, the      Jane Prentice, orphaned daughter of an English earl, arrives in
excitement and anticipation of attending the circus on July 6,      South Carolina, in 1776 to find her loyalties divided over the
1944, in Hartford, Connecticut, turns to horror when a fire         question of American independence. –Historical Fiction
engulfs the circus tent, killing nearly 170 people, mostly
women and children. –Historical Fiction                             Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.
                                                                    In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles
Jensen, Dorothea. Riddle of Penncroft Farm.                         against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order
Lars Olafson's move to a farm near Valley Forge brings him          given to her. –Fantasy
friendship with the ghost of an eighteenth-century ancestor
who recounts his adventures during the American Revolution.         Levitin, Sonia. Journey to America.
--Historical Fiction                                                A Jewish family fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938 endures
                                                                    innumerable separations before they are once again united.
Johnson, Angela. Heaven.                                            –Historical Fiction
Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small
town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father      Lisle, Janet Taylor. The Art of Keeping Cool.
and mother are not her real parents. –Realistic Fiction             In 1942, Robert and his cousin Elliot uncover long-hidden
                                                                    family secrets while staying in their grandparents' Rhode
Johnson, Angela. Toning the Sweep.                                  Island town, where they also become involved with a German
On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in        artist who is suspected of being a spy. –Historical Fiction
her house in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many
stories about the past and her family history.                      London, Jack. White Fang.
–Realistic Fiction                                                  The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog that is part
                                                                    wolf and how he comes to make his peace with man. Another
Kehret, Peg. Earthquake Terror.                                     title by London, The Call of the Wild, tells the story of a dog
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in northern             stolen from his home and taken into the Arctic north. White
California where his family had been camping, twelve-year-          Fang is part dog, part wolf--first abused, then transformed by
old Jonathan Palmer must find a way to keep himself, his            patience and affection. –Classic Fiction
partially paralyzed younger sister, and their dog alive until
help arrives. –Realistic Fiction                                    Lord, Bette Bao. In The Year of the Boar and
                                                                    Jackie Robinson.
Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories.                                  In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she
A classic collection of stories about animals, insects, and other   becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building,
subjects that include "How the Whale Got His Throat," "The          and by her love for baseball. –Historical Fiction
Elephant's Child," and others. – Folktale
                                                                    Lowry, Lois. Anastasia Krupnik.
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed Up Files of                         Anastasia's 10th year has some good things like falling in love
Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.                                          and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad
Two suburban children run away from their Connecticut home          things like finding out about an impending baby brother.
and go to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where              –Realistic Fiction Series
their ingenuity enables them to live in luxury. –Mystery
                                                                    Lowry, Lois. The Giver.
Konigsburg, E.L. Silent to the Bone.                                Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve,
When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-       Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one
sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech        other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about
and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover         the society in which he lives. –Science Fiction
the truth about what really happened. –Realistic Fiction
Macauley, David. Pyramid.                                         McKissack, Pat. The Dark-Thirty: Southern
Text and black-and-white illustrations follow the intricate and   Tales of the Supernatural.
fascinating step-by-step process of the building of an ancient    A collection of ghost stories with African American themes,
Egyptian pyramid. Other works by David Macauley include           designed to be told during the Dark Thirty--the half hour
Castle and Cathedral. –Non-fiction                                before sunset--when ghosts seem all too believable. –Folktale

Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella.                             McKissack, Pat. Porch Lies.
The author tells the story of her painful childhood in China      Presents a collection of nine original tales drawn from African
where she lived until the age of fourteen with her father,        American oral tradition that blends history and legend with sly
stepmother, and siblings, all of whom considered her bad luck     humor, creepy horror, villainous characters, and wild farce.
because her mother died shortly after giving birth to her.        --Short Stories
                                                                  Mikaelson, Ben. Touching Spirit Bear.
Marrin, Albert. Dr. Jenner and the Speckled                       After his anger erupts into violence, fifteen year-old Cole, in
Monster: the Search for the Smallpox Vaccine.                     order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a
Tracks the trail of the variola virus down through time and       sentencing alternative based on the Native American Circle
around the world to explain the significance of Edward            Justice, and is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an
Jenner's vaccine for smallpox. –Non-fiction                       encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life. –Fiction

Marshall, Catherine. Christy.                                     Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball saved us.
In 1912, nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves her          A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and
comfortable home to teach in a one-room schoolhouse in an         his family are forced to live in an internment camp during
isolated area of the Great Smokies.                               World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is
                                                                  over. –Historical Fiction Picture
Mazer, Norma Fox. Good Night, Maman.
After spending years fleeing from the Nazis in war-torn           Murphy, Jim. The Boy’s War: Confederate and
Europe, twelve-year-old Karin Levi and her older brother          Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War.
Marc find a new home in a refugee camp in Oswego, New             Includes diary entries, personal letters, and archival
York. –Historical Fiction                                         photographs to describe the experiences of boys, sixteen years
                                                                  old or younger, who fought in the Civil War. –Non-fiction
McDonald, Janet. Spellbound.
Raven, a teenage mother and high school dropout living in a       Myers, Walter Dean. Scorpions.
housing project, decides, with the help and sometime              After reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang,
interference of her best friend Aisha, to study for a spelling    the Scorpions, Jamal finds that his enemies treat him with
bee which could lead to a college preparatory program and         respect when he acquires a gun until a tragedy occurs.
four-year scholarship. –Realistic Fiction                         –Realistic Fiction

McKinley, Robin. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story                 Namioka, Lensey.            Ties That Bind, Ties That
of Beauty and the Beast.                                          Break.
Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is        Ailin's life takes a different turn when she defies the traditions
compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the      of upper class Chinese society by refusing to have her feet
spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an         bound. –Historical Fiction
ugly beast. –Modern Fairy Tale
                                                                  Napoli, Donna. North.
McKinley, Robin. The Blue Sword.                                  Tired of his mother’s overprotectiveness and intrigued by the
Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-        life of explorer Matthew Henson, twelve-year-old Alvin
growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she      travels north and spends a season with a trapper near the
is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers.             Arctic Circle. –Historical Fiction
                                                                  Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Agony of Alice.
McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown.                          Eleven-year-old, motherless Alice decides she needs a
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of      gorgeous role model who does everything right; and when
the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of    placed in homely Mrs. Plotkins's class she is greatly
the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious,             disappointed until she discovers it's what people are inside that
demon-haunted North. –Fantasy                                     counts. Other titles in this series include: Alice In-Between;
                                                                  Alice in Rapture, Sort of. –Realistic Fiction Series
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Blizzard’s Wake.                           Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard.
In March of 1941, when a severe blizzard suddenly hits Grand         Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives
Forks, North Dakota, a girl trying to save her stranded father       under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to
and brother inadvertently helps the man who killed her mother        throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
four years before. –Realistic Fiction                                –Historical Fiction

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Send No Blessings.                         Patterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved.
A teenager in a large family that lives in a trailer yearns for an   Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and
escape and a chance to make something of herself. When a             even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find
good and decent man, seven years her senior, falls in love with      her identity. –Realistic Fiction
her, she realizes marriage to him could solve her problems.
–Realistic Fiction
                                                                     Patron, Susan. The Higher Power of Lucky.
                                                                     Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return
Nelson, Marilyn. Carver, a Life in Poems.                            to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble
A collection of poems that combine to provide a portrait of the      determines to run away. The newest Newbery Award Winner!
life of nineteenth-century African-American botanist and             –Realistic Fiction
inventor George Washington Carver. –Poetry
                                                                     Paulsen, Gary. Dogsong.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. A Maze Me: Poems for Girls.                       A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the
A collection of seventy-two original poems arranged in five          modernity of his life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled
sections entitled Big Head, Secret Hum, Magical Geography,           across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own “song” of
Sweet Dreams Please, and Something True. –Poetry                     himself. –Realistic Fiction

O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of                       Paulsen, Gary. Guts: The True Stories Behind
NIMH.                                                                Hatchet and the Brian Books.
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed               The author relates incidents in his life and how they inspired
mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a                 parts of his books about the character, Brian Robeson.
laboratory made them wise and long lived. --Fantasy                  --Autobiography

O'Dell, Scott. Black Star, Bright Dawn.                              Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet.
Dawn must face the challenge of the Idatarod dogsled race            After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four
alone when her father is injured. –Adventure                         days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only
                                                                     the aid of a hatchet given by his mother, and learning also to
O'Dell, Scott. Sarah Bishop.                                         survive his parents' divorce. Sequel is The River. – Adventure
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take
opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from         Paulsen, Gary. Nightjohn.
the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah struggles to shape a       Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even
new life for herself in the wilderness. –Historical Fiction          more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her
                                                                     how to read. –Historical Fiction
O'Dell, Scott. Sing Down the Moon.
A young Navajo girl recounts the events of 1864 when her
tribe was forced to march to Fort Sumner as prisoners of the
                                                                     Paulsen, Gary. Soldier’s Heart.
white soldiers. –Historical Fiction                                  Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart
                                                                     after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental
                                                                     anguish of Civil War combat. –Historical Fiction
Park, Barbara. The Graduation of Jake Moon.
Fourteen-year-old Jake recalls how he has spent the last four-
years of his life watching his grandfather descend slowly but
                                                                     Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago.
surely into the horrors of Alzheimer's disease. –Fiction             A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with
                                                                     his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-
                                                                     life grandmother. –Historical Fiction
Park, Barbara. Mick Harte Was Here.
Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls her younger brother Mick
and his death in a bicycle accident. –Realistic Fiction
                                                                     Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder.
                                                                     During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is
                                                                     sent to live with her feisty, grandmother in rural Illinois and
Park, Linda Sue. The Kite-Fighters.                                  comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his            Sequel to A Long Way From Chicago. –Historical Fiction
rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born
son receives special treatment from their father, and combines
his kite-flying skill with his brother's kite-making skill in an
                                                                     Pfeffer, Susan. The Year Without Michael.
attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.               Members of the Chapman family try to cope with the
–Historical Fiction                                                  disappearance of fourteen-year-old Michael. –Realistic Fiction
Philbrick, Rodman. The Young Man and the Sea.                     Rinaldi, Ann. Or Give Me Death.
At age 12, Skiff Beaman realizes that he must find a way to       With their father away most of the time advocating
support the family when his father becomes severely               independence for the American colonies, the children of
depressed following his mother’s death in this poignant and       Patrick Henry try to raise themselves, manage the family
dramatic story about a determined boy who refuses to give up      plantation, and care for their mentally ill mother.
despite overwhelming odds. –Realistic Fiction                      –Historical Fiction

Pinkney, Andrea. Silent Thunder: A Civil War                      Riordan, Rick. The Lighting Thief.
Story.                                                            Percy, expelled from six schools for being unable to control
In 1862 eleven-year-old Summer and her thirteen-year-old          his temper, learns the truth from his mother that his father is
brother Rosco take turns describing how life on the quiet         the Greek god Poseidon, and is sent to Camp Half Blood
Virginia plantation where they are slaves is affected by the      where he is befriended by a satyr and the demigod daughter of
Civil War. –Historical Fiction                                    Athena who join him in a journey to the Underworld to
                                                                  retrieve Zeus's lightning bolt and prevent a catastrophic war.
_____. Poetry for Young People Series.                            --Fantasy
Beautifully illustrated poetry by poets such as Robert
Browning, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost,           Roberts, Willo Dean. Megan’s Island.
Langston Hughes, Edward Lear, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt               First eleven-year-old Megan is astonished when her mother
Whitman, and many others. –Poetry                                 insists on taking her and her younger brother up to the lake
                                                                  cottage a week before school is out; then they find mysterious
Polacco, Patricia. Pink and Say.                                  strangers following them. –Mystery
Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, an
African-American soldier, during the Civil War and their          _____. Royal Diaries Series.
capture by Southern troops. –Historical Picture                   A few of the many titles are: Anastasia, the Last Grand
                                                                  Duchess; Cleopatra: Daughter of the Nile; Eleanor of
Prelutsky, Jack. Something Big Has Been Here.                     Aquitaine: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles;
An illustrated collection of humorous poems on a variety of       NZingha, Warrior Queen of Matamba. –Historical Fiction
topics. –Poetry
                                                                  Ruckman, Ivy. Night of the Twisters.
Rawls, Wilson. Summer of the Monkeys.                             A fictional account of the night freakish and devastating
In rural Oklahoma at the turn of the century, fourteen-year-old   tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska, as experienced by a
Jay Berry Lee discovers a tree full of monkeys, a discovery       twelve-year-old, his family, and friends.
that leads to a summer that teaches him about life.
–Realistic Fiction                                                Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Leon.
                                                                  When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi
Reit, Seymour. Behind Rebel Lines.                                runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger
Recounts the incredible story of the Canadian woman, Emma         brother in search of her father. –Realistic Fiction
Edmonds, who disguised herself as a man and slipped behind
Confederate lines to spy for the Union army during the Civil      Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising.
War. –Historical Fiction                                          Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of
                                                                  wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps
Rinaldi, Ann. Hang a Thousand Trees with                          of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh
Ribbons: the story of Phillis Wheatley.                           circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the
A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African       Great Depression. –Realistic Fiction
woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a
slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager,       Rylant, Cynthia. Missing May.
gained renown throughout the colonies as an important             After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-
African-American poet. –Historical Fiction                        year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia
                                                                  trailer in search of the strength to go on living.
Rinaldi, Ann. Numbering All the Bones.                            –Realistic Fiction
Thirteen-year-old Eulinda, a house slave on a Georgia
plantation in 1864, turns to Clara Barton, the eventual founder   Sachar, Louis. Holes.
of the American Red Cross, for help in finding her brother        As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they
Neddy who ran away to join the Northern war effort and is         attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent
rumored to be at Andersonville Prison. –Historical Fiction        to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he
                                                                  finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of
                                                                  himself. Sequel is Small Steps. –Adventure
Salisbury, Graham. Eyes of the Emperor.                            Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl.
Following orders from the United States army, several young        Stargirl, a teen who animates quiet Mica High with her
Japanese-American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during        colorful personality, suddenly finds herself shunned for her
World War II. –Historical Fiction                                  refusal to conform. –Realistic Fiction

Salisbury, Graham. Under the Blood-Red Sun.                        Staple, Suzanne Fisher. Shiva’s Fire.
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework,         From the day of her birth, the day of the cyclone that kills her
and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii   father and devastates her village in southern India, Parvati
changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in           struggles to understand herself and her giftedness and comes
December 1941. –Historical Fiction                                 to accept that she must sacrifice her friends and family in
                                                                   order to devote her life to the art of dance. –Fiction
Say, Allen. Grandfather’s Journey.
A Japanese-American man recounts his grandfather's journey         Taylor, Mildred. The Land.
to America, which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of    Paul-Edward, the son of a part-Indian, part-African slave
being torn by a love for two different countries. –Picture         mother and a White plantation owner father, finds himself
                                                                   caught between the two worlds of his parents as he pursues a
Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends.                        dream of owning land in the aftermath of the Civil War.
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are      –Historical Fiction
only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry
illustrated with the author's own drawings. Silverstein has        Taylor, Mildred. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
also written A Light in the Attic and others. --Poetry             An African-American family living in Mississippi during the
                                                                   Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and
Soto, Gary. Baseball in April.                                     discrimination which its children do not understand. Sequel:
A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday      Let the Circle Be Unbroken. –Historical Fiction
adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno,
California. –Short Stories                                         Taylor, Mildred. Mississippi Bridge.
                                                                   During a heavy rainstorm in 1930s rural Mississippi, a ten-
Speare, Elizabeth George. Bronze Bow.                              year-old white boy sees a bus driver order all the black
A young boy seeks revenge against the Romans for killing his       passengers off a crowded bus to make room for late-arriving
parents, but is turned away from vengeance by Jesus.               white passengers and then set off across the raging Rosa Lee
Newbery Award Winner. –Historical Fiction                          River. –Historical Fiction

Speare, Elizabeth George. Sign of the Beaver.                      Thomas, Jane Resh. Princess in the Pigpen.
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in                Elizabeth, a duke's daughter sick with fever, travels through
eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive         time from Elizabethan England to a farm in modern Iowa,
until local Indians teach him their skills. –Historical Fiction    where she has difficulty convincing anyone of the truth of her
                                                                   story. –Historical Fiction
Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird
Pond.                                                              Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit.
A young girl's rebellion against bigotry culminates in a           The adventures of the well-to-do hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who
terrifying witch hunt and trial. –Historical Fiction               lived happily in his comfortable home until a wandering
                                                                   wizard granted his wish. –Fantasy Series
Spinelli, Jerry. Crash.
Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been
                                                                   Tsuchiya, Yukio. Faithful Elephants: A True
comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his         Story of Animals, People, and War.
relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's      Recounts how three elephants in a Tokyo zoo were put to
stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the         death because of the war, focusing on the pain shared by the
importance of family. –Realistic Fiction                           elephants and the keepers who must starve them. –Picture

Slote, Alfred. Finding Buck McHenry.                               Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Eleven-year-old Jason, believing the school custodian Mack         Describes the adventures of a young boy living along the
Henry to be Buck McHenry, a famous pitcher from the old            Mississippi River before the Civil War. Additional titles by
Negro League, tries to enlist him as a coach for his Little        Twain include: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; A
League team by revealing his identity to the world. –Fiction       Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; The Prince and
                                                                   the Pauper and others. –Fiction Classics
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. Song of the Gargoyle.
When mysterious men in black abduct his father, the court
jester of Austerneve, thirteen-year-old Tymmon flees into the
forest, where he acquires a strange animal companion and
plots to rescue his father. –Adventure
Uchida, Yoshiko. The invisible thread.                             Wojciechowska, Maia. Shadow of a Bull.
Children's author, Yoshiko Uchido, describes growing up in         Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous
Berkeley, California, as a Nisei, second generation Japanese       father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his
American, and her family's internment in a Nevada                  heart and become a doctor. –Fiction
concentration camp during World War II. –Autobiography
                                                                   Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Make Lemonade.
Uchida, Yoshiko. A Jar of Dreams.                                  In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old
A young girl grows up in a closely-knit Japanese-American          LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother. –Realistic Fiction
family in California during a time of great prejudice.
                                                                   Wood, June Rae. The Man Who Loved Clowns.
Van Drannen, Wendelin. Flipped.                                    Thirteen-year-old Delrita, whose unhappy life has caused her
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their          to hide from the world, loves her uncle Punky but sometimes
feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have     feels ashamed of his behavior because he has Down's
changed over the years. –Realistic Fiction                         syndrome. –Realistic Fiction

Van Drannen, Wendelin. Swear to Howdy.                             Woodson, Jacqueline. Miracle’s Boys.
Two thirteen-year-old boys share neighborhood adventures,          Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older
complaints about their older sisters, family secrets, and even     brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a
guilt that bind them together in a special friendship.             detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their
–Realistic Fiction                                                 mother. –Realistic Fiction

Voigt, Cynthia. Homecoming.                                        Yee, Lisa. Millicent Min, Girl Genius.
Abandoned by their mother, four children begin a search for a      In a series of journal entries, eleven-year-old child prodigy
home and an identity. –Realistic Fiction                           Millicent Min records her struggles over the course of a
                                                                   tumultuous summer. –Realistic Fiction
Voigt, Cynthia. Dicey’s Song.
(Sequel to Homecoming) Now that the four abandoned                 Yee, Lisa. Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time.
Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey    After flunking sixth-grade English, basketball prodigy
finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor and     Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class,
courage. –Realistic Fiction                                        keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisfy his
                                                                   academically demanding father. –Realistic Fiction
Warren, Andrea. Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the
Nazi Death Camps.                                                  Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings.
Explores the experiences of a twelve-year-old Jewish boy           In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his
growing up during the Holocaust in Poland. --Biography             father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of
                                                                   making a flying machine. –Historical Fiction
Weeks, Sarah. So Be It.
After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and      Yep, Laurence. Dragon’s Gate.
agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from          When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old
Reno, Nevada to New York to find out who she is.                   Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and
 –Realistic Fiction                                                other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the
                                                                   transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains
White, Ruth. Belle Prater’s Boy.                                   in 1867. Sequel to "Mountain light." –Historical Fiction
When Woodrow’s mother suddenly disappears, he moves to
his grandparents’ home in a small Virginia town where he           Yolen, Jane. The Devil’s Arithmetic.
befriends his cousin and together they find the strength to face   Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time
the terrible losses and fears in their lives. –Realistic Fiction   travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in
                                                                   Nazi-occupied Poland. –Historical Fiction
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie.
A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new          Yolen, Jane. The Pictish Child.
home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet                While visiting relatives in Scotland, three children come to the
neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.       aid of a refugee from the distant past, a young Pict girl
--Adventure Series                                                 escaping a massacre of her people. –Historical Fiction

Williams, Barbara. Titanic Crossing.                               Yolen, Jane. Tam Lin.
In 1912, thirteen-year-old Albert considers his younger sister a   In this retelling of an old Scottish ballad, a Scottish lass, on
pest, but things change when they travel with their mother and     the Halloween after her sixteenth birthday, reclaims her family
uncle aboard the Titanic and are caught up in its tragic           home which has been held for years by the fairies and at the
sinking. –Historical Fiction                                       same time effects the release of Tam Lin. –Folktale

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