The USA in Fiction for K-8 Grades by sofiaie

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									                        THE U.S.A. IN FICTION for K – 8th Grade
                               Compiled by Mary Norton

ALABAMA
_____ 230705 Collier, Kristi JERICHO WALLS $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 9 – 15 AR RL: 3.90
In 1957, When her preacher father accepts a post in Jericho, Alabama, Jo wants to fit in but her growing
friendship with a black boy forces her to confront the racism of the South and to reconsider her own values.
_____ 591347 Lyon, George Ella SONNY‟S HOUSE OF SPIES $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 11 –
14 In a small Alabama town in 1947 – 1956, Sonny searches for answers about his father‟s disappearance,
“Uncle Marty,” and Mamby, their black housekeeper.
_____ 628171 McKissack, Pat RUN AWAY HOME $15.57 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
4.90 In 1886 in Alabama, an eleven-year-old African-American girl and her family befriend and give
refuge to a runaway Apache boy.
_____ 759270 Robinet, Harriette WALKING TO THE BUS-RIDER BLUES $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age
Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.10 Alfa, his sister, and their grandmother struggle for rent money, food, and their
dignity as they participate in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in the summer of 1956.

ALASKA
_____124288 Blake, Robert J. AKIAK: A TALE FROM THE IDITAROD $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age
Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 3.30 Akiak, the sled dog, refuses to give up after being injured during the Iditarod
sled dog race.
_____124336 Blake, Robert J. TOGO $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 3.80 In 1925,
Togo, a Siberian Husky who loves being a sled dog, leads a team that rushes to bring diphtheria antitoxin
from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.
_____129635 Bodett, Tom WILLIWAW! $16.30 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.70 In
their father‟s absence, thirteen-year-old September and her younger brother, Ivan, disobey his orders by
taking the boat out on their Alaska bay, where they are caught in a terrifying storm called a williwaw.
_____ 244336 Cosgrove, Stephen GNOME FROM NOME $9.45 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 5 – 9 AR
RL: 4.60 A gnome in Alaska desperately tries to find a way to get warm from the inside out.
_____ 444665 Hill, Kirkpatrick MINUK: ASHES IN THE PATHWAY $10.63 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age
Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.10 Twelve-year-old Minuk‟s traditional Eskimo way of life is changed forever
in 1892 with the arrival of Christian missionaries.
_____ 445085 Hill, Kirkpatrick YEAR OF MISS AGNES $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 4.50 Ten-year-old Fred, short for Frederika, narrates the story of school and village life among the
Athapascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrived as the new teacher.
_____ 449058 Hobbs, Will DOWN THE YUKON $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL:
5.40 In the wake of Dawson City‟s Great Fire of 1899, Jason and his girlfriend, Jamie, canoe the Yukon
River across Alaska in an epic race from Canada‟s Klondike to Cap Nome.
z_____ 449052 Hobbs, Will LEAVING PROTECTION $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR
RL: 5.20 Sixteen-year-old Robbie Daniels discovers that the mysterious captain of a fishing troller he is
working aboard off southeastern Alaska is searching for long-buried Russian plaques that lay claim to
Alaska and the Northwest.
_____ 449057 Hobbs, Will WILD MAN ISLAND $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL:
5.10 After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his
archaeologist father‟s death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska.
_____ 642585 Mikaelsen, Ben TOUGHING SPIRIT BEAR $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16
AR RL: 5.30 After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to go to a
remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
_____ 658230 Morey, Walt GENTLE BEN $16.29 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.80
Traces the friendship between a boy and a bear in the rugged Alaskan Territory.
_____ 658319 Morey, Walt KAVIK THE WOLF DOG $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 10 -14 AR RL:
4.90 The adventures of Kavik, a wolf dog, trained by his master to drive a team in the Alaskan North
American dog sled race.
_____ 665012 Murphy, Claire Rudolf FREE RADICAL $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR
RL: 4.40 In Fairbanks, Alaska, in the middle of the summer Little League baseball season, fifteen-year-old
Luke is stunned when his mother confesses that she is wanted by the FBI for her role in the death of a
student during an anti-Vietnam War protest thirty years ago.




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_____ 665062 Murphy Claire Rudolf GOLD RUSH WINTER $9.05 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 7 – 8
Klondy and her mother travel from South Dakota to Alaska to live with Klondy‟s father, a gold miner who
left when she was just a baby. Based on events in the life of Klondy Nelson.
_____ 823621 Skurzynski, Gloria BURIED ALIVE $10.03 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
4.80 Jack, Ashley, and their foster brother are stranded when there is an avalanche.
_____ 921100 Warner, Gertrude Chandler MYSTERY OF THE BLACK RAVEN $14.87 Pub. Yr: 1999
Age Range: 7 – 12 AR RL: 4.10 The Aldens investigate a mystery involving a mining expedition to
Alaska.

ARIZONA
_____ 043614 Adler, C.S. NO PLACE CAT $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.30
Tired of the strict rules and annoying children at her father and stepmother‟s house, twelve-year-old Tess
walks across Tucson to her mother‟s condo, stopping for the night at a state park where she is adopted by a
very special cat.
_____ 776828 Sandin, Joan COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS $17.67 Pub.Yr: 2003 Age Range: 6 – 10 AR
RL: 4.50 In 1938-1939, fourth-grader Monchi Ramfrez and the other students at Coyote School enjoy their
new teacher, have a special Christmas celebration, participate in the Tucson Rodeo Parade, and produce
their own school newspaper.
_____ 921066 Warner, Gertrude Chandler MYSTERY OF THE LOST MINE $14.87 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age
Range: 7 – 12 AR RL: 3.50 On a camping trip to Arizona with their grandfather, the Alden children search
for a lost gold mine.

ARKANSAS
_____ 399665 Greene, Bette I‟VE ALREADY FORGOTTEN YOUR NAME, PHILIP HALL! $16.29
Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.70 Beth Lambert, a teenaged girl, experiences the ups and
downs of friendship with members of the Pretty Penny Club and best friend Philip Hall.

CALIFORNIA
_____ 054459 Alphin, Elaine Marie PICTURE PERFECT $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR
RL: 5.10 A gap in his memory the afternoon that his best friend disappears has a fifteen-year-old
wondering about his own role in the mystery, and who he can turn to for help.
_____ 171810 Bunting, Eve SMOKY NIGHT $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1994 Age Range: 5 – 8 AR RL: 2.40
When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother
learn the value of getting along with others.
_____ 211978 Choldenko, Gennifer AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age
Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 3.50 A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 and
has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
_____ 254067 Cushman, Karen BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE $15.60 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age Range: 10 –
14 AR RL: 5.80 In 1849, twelve-year-old Lucy is distraught when her mother moves the family from
Massachusetts to a small California mining town, where Lucy helps run a rough boarding house and looks
for comfort in books while trying to find a way to get “home.”
_____ 261675 Davis, Sharon ADVENTURES OF CAPITOL KITTY: AN ALMOST TRUE STORY
$15.57 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 5 – 7 Capitol Kitty leads Scare D Cat inside the California State Capitol,
where the two get a cats-eye view of government.
_____ 293455 Duey, Kathleen ANISETT LUNDBERG: CALIFORNIA, 1851 $9.55 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age
Range: 8 – 12, AR RL: 5.00 The small piece of gold which Anisett carries in her pocket causes grave
danger for her family living in the rough world of the California gold camps.
_____ 340438 Fleischman, Sid BANDIT‟S MOON $15.57 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
4.20 Twelve-year-old Annyrose relates her adventures with Joaquin Murieta and his band of outlaws in the
California gold-mining region during the mid-1880s.
_____ 340490 Fleischman, Sid BY THE GREAT HORN SPOON! $9.75 Pub. Yr: 1963 Age Range: 8 –
12 AR RL: 5.10 Jack and his aunt‟s butler, Praiseworthy, stow away on a ship bound for California during
the Gold Rush of “49.”


_____ 341592 Fletcher, Susan WALK ACROSS THE SEA $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 14
AR RL: 4.30 In late nineteenth-century when Chinese immigrants are being driven out or even killed for

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fear they will take jobs from whites, Eliza Jane defies the townspeople and her lighthouse-keeper father to
help a Chinese boy who has been kind to her.
_____ 355085 Freeman, Martha SPY WORE SHADES $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
4.90 Eleven-year-old Dougie, living in California‟s Calaveras County, teams up with twelve-year-old
Varloo, an emissary from a culture living in underground caves, and tries to help her people.
_____ 367941 Garland, Sherry VALLEY OF THE MOON: THE DIARY OF MARIA ROSALIA DE
MILAGROS $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 6.20 The 1845 – 1846 diary of the
thirteen-year-old Maria, servant to the wealthy Spanish family which took her in when her Indian mother
died.
_____ 370709 Gates, Doris BLUE WILLOW $9.93 Pub. Yr: 1968 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR RL: 6.50
Moving around in the southwestern part of the United States, the Larkin family finally settles down in a
place they can call home.
_____ 491800 Jimenez, Francisco BREAKING THROUGH $10.53 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 14
AR RL: 5.30 Having come from Mexico to California ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Francisco is still
working in the fields but fighting to improve his life and complete his education.
_____ 491810 Jimenez, Francisco CIRCUIT: STORIES FROM THE LIFE OF A MIGRANT CHILD
$15.60 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL: 5.30 A collection of stories about life in a migrant farm
family.
_____ 497225 Johnston, Tony ANY SMALL GOODNESS: A NOVEL OF THE BARRIO $16.97 Pub.
Yr: 2001 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 4.10 Arturo and his family and friends share all kinds of experiences
living in the barrio of East Los Angeles.
_____ 530149 Koss, Amy Goldman KAILEY $10.18 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.60
Kailey launches a protest to keep a developer from spoiling the cove and its tide pools that are special to
her family and friends.
_____ 652287 Montes, Marisa CIRCLE OF TIME $17.00 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 –14 AR RL:
4.60 In 1996, a fourteen-year-old girl in a coma is forced back in time by a girl who died in 1906, and who
needs help in righting a series of terrible wrongs.
_____ 670428 Nelson, Theresa RUBY ELECTRIC: A NOVEL $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 10 –12
AR RL: 4.40 Twelve-year-old Ruby Miller tries to resolve the mysteries surrounding her little brother‟s
stuffed woolly mammoth and their father‟s five-year absence.
_____ 693409 Osborne, Mary Pope EARTHQUAKE IN THE EARLY MORNING $8.85 Pub. Yr: 2001
Age Range: 5 – 8 AR RL: 3.30 The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to San Francisco, in time to
experience a big earthquake.
_____ 709455 Perez, L. King FIRST DAY IN GRAPES $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 6 – 10 AR
RL: 3.20 When Chico starts the third grade, he finds that self confidence and math skills help him cope
with the first day of school.
_____ 724194 Politi, Leo SONG OF THE SWALLOWS $10.55 Pub. Yr: 1987 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL:
4.60 Relates the story of the annual return of the swallows to the mission of San Juan Capistrano in
California.
_____ 757165 Ritter, John H. BOY WHO SAVED BASEBALL $17.69 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 –
12 AR RL: 4.40 The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom
Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now disgraced player, Dante Del Gato.
_____ 758600 Roberts, Willo Davis UNDERCURRENTS $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 5.20 Fourteen-year-old Nikki has trouble accepting her new stepmother, Crystal, and the problem
grows worse when they visit the northern California house where Crystal lived as a child and experienced a
horrible event that she is trying to keep secret.
_____ 773724 Ryan, Pam Munoz ESPERANZA RISING $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR
RL: 5.30 Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth in Mexico to work in the labor
camps of California.
_____ 773766 Ryan, Pam Munoz RIDING FREEDOM $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 7 – 11 AR RL:
4.50 A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a
boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance.

_____ 832900 Snyder, Zilpha Keatley CAT RUNNING $9.80 Pub. Yr: 1994 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
5.60 When eleven-year-old Cat Kinsey builds a secret hideout to escape her unhappy homelife, she slowly
gets to know a poor family who have come to California after losing their home in Texas to the dust storms
of the 1930s.

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_____ 836130 Soto, Gary AFTERLIFE $17.00 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR RL: 5.2 A senior
at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he
has gone to dance.
_____ 841920 Spurr, Elizabeth SURFER DOG $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 3.80
After moving to a new California beach town, eleven-year-old Pete feels lonely until he meets a dog that
shares his passion for surfing.
_____ 873282 Taylor, Theodore LORD OF THE KILL $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR
RL: 5.00 With his parents in India, sixteen-year-old Ben Jepson is in charge of Los Coyotes Preserve when
two groups try to shut it down by intimidation, murder, and kidnapping the largest tiger in captivity.
_____ 962367 Wood, Frances M. DAUGHTER OF MADRUGADA $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range:
10 –16 AR RL: 4.60 After the United States wins the war with Mexico in 1848, life on her Mexican
family‟s ranch in California is greatly changed for thirteen-year-old Cesa.
_____ 972926 Yep, Laurence CHILD OF THE OWL $20.30 Pub. Yr: 1977 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR RL:
5.50 A twelve-year-old girl who knows little about her Chinese heritage is sent to live with her
grandmother in San Francisco‟s Chinatown.
_____ 972953 Yep, Laurence JOURNAL OF WONG MING-CHUNG: A CHINESE MINER $12.77
Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 9 –14 AR RL: 4.80 A young Chinese boy records his experiences in a journal
as he travels from China to California in 1852 during the Gold Rush.

COLORADO
_____ 077479 Avi SECRET SCHOOL $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.10
In 1925, Fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as the teacher when the one-room schoolhouse in
her remote Colorado area closes unexpectedly.
_____ 078179 Ayres, Katherine SILVER DOLLAR GIRL $9.55 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range 8 – 12; AR
RL: 4.30 In 1885, Valentine Harper disguises herself as a boy and runs away to Colorado determined to
find her father who has gone there in search of gold.
_____ 314596 Ernst, Kathleen WHISTLER IN THE DARK $10.18 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 16
AR RL: 4.70 In 1867, twelve-year-old Emma and her widowed mother move to a tiny mining town in
Colorado Territory to start a newspaper.
_____ 449032 Hobbs, Will BEARDANCE $17.00 Pub. Yr: 1993 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.70
While accompanying an elderly rancher on a trip, a Ute Indian boy tries to help two orphaned grizzley cubs
survive the winter and completes his spirit mission. Sequel to “Bearstone.”
_____ 665822 Myers, Edward CLIMB OR DIE $9.53 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.70
After a car accident in a snowy Colorado pass seriously injures their parents, fourteen-year old Danielle and
her brother, Jake, must scale a mountain to find help.
_____ 872998 Taylor, Kim CISSY FUNK $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL: 3.90
Thirteen-year-old Cissy must discover what family means to her as she struggles between her aunt and
mother in Depression era Colorado.

CONNECTICUT
_____ 077519 Avi WINDCATCHER $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1991 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.00
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.
_____ 240560 Cooney, Caroline B. BURNING UP: A NOVEL $16.27 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 12 –
18 AR RL: 5.00 When a girl she had met at an innercity church is murdered, fifteen-year-old Macey
channels her grief into a school project that leads her to uncover prejudice she had not imagined in her
grandparents and their wealthy Connecticut community.
_____ 255260 Dalgliesh, Alice COURAGE OF SARAH NOBLE $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1986 Age Range: 6 –
10 AR RL: 3.90 Remembering her mother, an eight-year-old girl finds courage to go with her father to
build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness.

_____ 488600 Janeczko, Paul B. WORLDS AFIRE $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL:
5.20 In this novel written as a collection of eyewitness poems, the excitement and anticipation of attending
the circus on July 6, 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut, turns to horror when a fire engulfs the circus tent,
killing nearly 180 people, mostly women and children.




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_____ 524509 Kline, Suzy HORRIBLE HARRY GOES TO SEA $14.89 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 7 -
10 AR RL: 3.30 The students in Miss Mackle‟s third-grade class enjoy a boat trip on the Connecticut
River after a class discussion of ancestors reveal that Sidney and Ida both have connections to the sea.

DELAWARE
_____ 441504 Hesse, Karen LIGHT IN THE STORM: THE CIVIL WAR DIARY OF AMELIA
MARTIN $12.77 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range 9 – 14 AR RL: 5.30 While working in her father‟s lighthouse,
Amelia writes in her diary about the Civil War devastating her divided state.

FLORIDA
_____ 127780 Bloor, Edward TANGERINE $17.00 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR RL: 4.30
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play
soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
_____212115 Christelow, Eileen GREAT PIG SEARCH $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 5 – 8 AR RL:
2.90 Bert and Ethel go to Florida to look for their runaway pigs and find them in unexpected places.
_____ 250200 Crocker, Carter TALE OF THE SWAMP RAT $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 9 – 14
AR RL: 3.90 Guided by an ancient alligator, a silent young rat learns to find his own way in the drought-
stricken swamp.
_____ 261774 Davis, Michele Ivy EVANGELINE BROWN AND THE CADILLAC MOTEL $16.99
Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 8 – 12 Depicts the unconventional life of an eleven-year-old girl with her
widowed alcoholic father in a Florida motel.
_____ 276765 DiCamillo, Kate BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE $10.05 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 8 – 12
AR RL: 3.90 Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida,
and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
_____ 276780 DiCamillo, Kate TIGER RISING $15.59 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL: 4.00
Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but
angry friend, Sistine, into a plan to free a caged tiger.
_____ 343820 Fogelin, Adrian ANNA CASEY‟S PLACE IN THE WORLD $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age
Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 3.80 Anna, a twelve-year-old girl with strong survival instincts, tries to adjust to life
in a Florida foster home in a strange neighborhood with an overly tidy single woman and Eb, another foster
child who is not at all sure he wants to stay there.
_____ 343830 Fogelin, Adrian MY BROTHER‟S HERO $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR
RL: 3.80 Thirteen-year-old Ben is annoyed by a know-it-all girl who threatens the fun of his family‟s
vacation, but he has other worries, especially anxiety about his friend‟s reaction when she opens the gift he
gave her for Christmas.
_____ 374570 George, Jean Craighead MISSING „GATOR OF GUMBO LIMBO: AN ECOLOGICAL
MYSTERY $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1992 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.60 A homeless sixth-grader living in an
unspoiled forest in Florida searches for a missing alligator destined for official extermination.
_____ 563296 Lenski, Lois STRAWBERRY GIRL $17.69 Pub. Yr: 1973 Age Range: 8 – 11 AR RL:
4.80 Birdie Boyer belonged to a large “strawberry family” who lived in Florida on a flatwoods farm in the
lake section of the state.
_____ 707361 Peck, Robert Newton BRO: A NOVEL $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 12 – 16 Young
Tug Dockery witnesses a brutal act by his grandfather that leaves him unable to speak, so when his parents
die, Tug‟s older brother feels compelled to rescue him from their grandfather‟s Florida cattle ranch.
_____ 707362 Peck, Robert Newton COWBOY GHOST $19.40 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR
RL: 4.50 Growing up without a mother and with an aloof father on a cattle ranch in Florida in the first part
of the 1900s has made Titus very close to his older brother, Micah, and determined to make Micah proud of
him when the two go on their first cattle drive together.



_____ 707395 Peck, Robert Newton HORSE THIEF: A NOVEL $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 –
18 AR RL: 5.10 In 1938, with the help of a doctor and her elderly, horse-thieving father, a seventeen-year-
old orphan steals thirteen horses from Chickalookee, Florida‟s doomed rodeo and finds a family in the
process.
_____ 740690 Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan YEARLING $24.70 Pub. Yr: 1985 Age Range: 10 –14 AR
RL: 5.00 A young boy is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet.

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_____ 762815 Romain, Trevor JEMMA‟S JOURNEY $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 6 – 12 AR RL:
4.10 Jemma plants a tree in honor of a man who was hanged there in the 1920s.
_____ 921051 Warner, Gertrude Chandler MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN BEACH $15.57 Pub. Yr: 1994
Age Range: 7 –12 AR RL: 4.20 While visiting the Florida Keys, the Aldens encounter suspicious
characters and a plot to steal valuable coral.
_____ 949797 Williams, Carol Lynch CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 10
–14 AR RL: 4.20 When a movie star builds a mansion near her family‟s diner, Honey develops a
friendship with the young daughter that helps Honey realize how special her own family is.

GEORGIA
_____ 039915 Dixon, Franklin W. HIDDEN HARBOR MYSTERY $9.29 Pub. Yr: 1961 Age Range: 8
– 12 AR RL: 5.60 The Hardy boys investigate a dispute over a mysterious pond and rumors of piracy in
Georgia.
_____ 376395 Gibbons, Faye FULL STEAM AHEAD $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 5 – 8 AR RL:
3.10 A young boy and his grandpa ride on a steam locomotive chugging through Georgia one hot summer
day.
_____ 376430 Gibbons, Faye MAMA AND ME AND THE MODEL T $19.40 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age
Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 3.10 Mama gets behind the wheel of the new Model T that her husband just drove.
She proves that she can drive a car as well as the men of the family.
_____ 505420 Kadohata, Cynthia KIRA-KIRA $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 11 – 14 AR RL: 4.70
Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during
the late 1950s, and the despair felt when one sister becomes terminally ill.
_____ 685703 O‟Connor, Barbara MOONPIE AND IVY $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR
RL: 4.20 Twelve-year-old Pearl feels hurt, confused, and unwanted when her wild, irresponsible mother
leaves her with Aunt Ivy in a little country house in Georgia and then disappears.

HAWAII
_____ 215400 Cindrich, Lisa IN THE SHADOW OF THE PALI: A STORY OF THE HAWAIIAN
LEPER COLONY $18.39 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL: 4.60 In the late nineteenth century,
twelve-year-old Liliha is sent to the Kalaupapa Leprosy Colony at Molokai, Hawaii, where she struggles to
endure savage living conditions and people, as well as her own disease.
_____ 273369 Denenberg, Barry EARLY SUNDAY MORNING: THE PEARL HARBOR DIARY OF
AMBER BILLOWS $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 5.60 In her diary, twelve-year-old
Amber describes moving to Hawaii in 1941 and experiencing the horror of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
_____ 293481 Duey, Kathleen JANEY G. BLUE: PEARL HARBOR, 1941 $9.55 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age
Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.90 In Hawaii in 1941, sixth grader Janey G. Blue experiences the terror of the
bombing of Pearl Harbor.
_____ 406067 Guback, Georgia LUKA‟S QUILT $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1994 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 2.60
When Luka‟s grandmother makes a traditional Hawaiian quilt for her, she and Luka disagree over the
colors it should include.
_____ 616933 Mazer, Harry BOY AT WAR: A NOVEL OF PEARL HARBOR $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2001
Age Range: 10 –14 AR RL: 3.80 Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and in the subsequent
days he tries to find his father who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell.
_____ 693444 Osborne, Mary Pope HIGH TIDE IN HAWAII $9.05 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 6 – 9 AR
RL: 3.40 Jack and Annie time travel back to a Hawaiian Island of long ago where they learn to surf and
encounter a tsunami.
_____ 740233 Rattigan, Jama Kim DUMPLING SOUP $9.73 Pub. Yr: 1993 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL:
3.40 A young Hawaiian girl tries to make dumplings for her family‟s New Year‟s celebration.

_____ 771039 Rumford, James DOG-OF-THE-SEA-WAVES: ILLUSTRATIONS AND STORY IN
ENGLISH AND HAWAIIAN $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 5 – 9 AR RL: 3.80 Manu saves the life
of a strange creature he calls Dog-of-the-Sea-Waves and they become fast friends.
_____ 774781 Salisbury, Graham LORD OF THE DEEP $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR
RL: 4.00 Working for his stepfather on a charter fishing boat in Hawaii teaches thirteen-year-old Mikey
about fishing, and about taking risks, making sacrifices, and facing some of life‟s difficult choices.
_____ 774795 Salisbury, Graham UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN $9.80 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10
– 16 AR RL: 4.00 Tomikazu Nakaji‟s biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life

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with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December
1941.
_____ 824145 Slepian, Jan BROCCOLI TAPES $16.99 Pub Yr. 1988 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.00
During a stay of several months in Hawaii with her family, Sara reports her experiences by tape back to her
sixth-grade class in Boston.
_____ 823652 Skurzynski, Gloria RAGE OF FIRE $10.03 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
4.80 Jack visits Hawaii and meets a Vietnamese boy who is going to live with his American grandfather.
_______ 916685 Wallace, Bill ALOHA SUMMER $16.27 Pub Yr. 1997 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
4.20 In 1925 fourteen-year-old John, an Oklahoma farm boy, has to accept many changes in his life when
his father takes a job on a pineapple plantation in Hawaii and the family moves there.
_____ 939420 White, Ellen Emerson KAIULANI: THE PEOPLE‟S PRINCESS $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2001
Age Range: 9 – 13 AR RL: 6.40 Follows the life of Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn from 1889 to 1893 as she
studies to be a better princess, even as Hawaii‟s monarchy is being undermined by American businessmen.
_____ 920610 Warner, Gertrude Chandler BLACK PEARL MYSTERY $14.87 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age
Range: 7 – 12 AR RL: 4.10 The Aldens and cousin, Soo Lee, visit Hawaii and help out at a pineapple
plantation.

IDAHO
_____ 374387 George, Jean Craighead FIRE STORM $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 6 – 10 AR RL:
3.80 Axel enjoys kayaking behind the raft of his aunt and uncle as they journey down Idaho‟s Salmon
River, until they find themselves in the middle of a forest fire.
_____ 447551 Hite, Sid KING OF SLIPPERY FALLS $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR
RL: 5.60 While on a quest to catch a giant trout, sixteen-year-old Lewis Hinton‟s life in a small Idaho
town is turned upside down when he learns that he is adopted and might be a descendant of French royalty.
_____ 572510 Lied, Kate POTATO: A TALE FROM THE GREAT DEPRESSION $16.30 Pub. Yr:
1997 Age Range: 5 – 10 AR RL: 3.00 During the “Great Depression,” a family seeking work finds
employment for two weeks digging potatoes in Idaho.
_____ 665100 Murphy, Jim WEST TO A LAND OF PLENTY: THE DIARY OF TERESA ANGELINO
VISCARDI $12.07 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 5.20 While traveling in 1883 with her
Italian-American family to Idaho, fourteen-year-old Teresa keeps a diary of her experiences.
_____ 703471 Patneaude, David COLDER THAN ICE $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR RL:
3.80 Josh Showalter, an insecure and overweight sixth-grader, hopes for a new start when he transfers to a
school in Idaho, but he and his new friends are soon the target of a cold-hearted bully.
_____ 970860 Wyss, Thelma Hatch TEN MILES FROM WINNEMUCCA $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age
Range: 12 – 16 AR RL: 4.50 When his mother and her new husband take off on a long honeymoon and his
new stepbrother throws out his belongings, Martin J. Miller takes off for Red Rock, Idaho, where he finds a
job, enrolls in school, and suffers from loneliness.

ILLINOIS
_____ 462300 Hoobler, Dorothy 1920S, LUCK $20.43 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 8 – 12 In 1927 the
Dixons move from rural Georgia to Chicago, where African Americans have more opportunities, and there
Lorraine meets a famous movie actress and her little brother Marcus finds that his artistic talents are useful.
_____ 707426 Peck, Richard LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO: A NOVEL IN STORIES $16.29 Pub. Yr:
1998 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR RL: 5.00 A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his
sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.


_____ 707357 Peck, Richard RIVER BETWEEN US $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL:
4.90 During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who
have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.
_____ 707535 Peck, Richard YEAR DOWN YONDER $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR
RL: 4.50 During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-
than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman. Sequel
to: A Long Way from Chicago.
_____ 844419 Stark, Ken OH, BROTHER! $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 5 – 9 AR RL: 3.30 In
1952, two brothers, aged nine and ten, enjoy a year filled with fun and adventure in the farmlands of
northeastern Illinois.

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INDIANA
_____ 144278 Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker RUTHIE‟S GIFT $9.30 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range 7 – 11
AR RL: 3.50 Just before the beginning of World War I, eight-year-old Ruthie, who lives with her parents
and six brothers on a farm in Indiana, wishes for a sister.
_____ 252263 Cullen, Lynn NELLY IN THE WILDERNESS $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 - 12
AR RL: 4.50 In the Indiana wilderness in 1821, twelve-year-old Nelly Vandorn and her older brother hold
fast to their rough frontier ways when their father brings home a fancy new city wife not long after burying
their mother.
_____ 409460 Haddix, Margaret Peterson RUNNING OUT OF TIME $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1995 Age Range:
8 – 12 AR RL: 4.80 When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it
is actually a 1996 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists.
_____ 530081 Kornblatt, Marc IZZY‟S PLACE $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.20
While spending the summer at his grandmother‟s Indiana home, ten-year-old Henry Stone gets help from a
new friend in coping with the recent death of his grandfather and the possibility of his parents getting
divorced.
_____ 544184 Lasky, Kathryn CHRISTMAS AFTER ALL: THE GREAT DEPRESSION DAIRY OF
MINNIE SWIFT $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 5.40 In her fictionalized journal,
Minnie Swift recounts how her family dealt with the difficult times during the Depression.
_____ 550605 Lawlor, Laurie SCHOOL AT CROOKED CREEK $16.27 Pub.Yr: 2004 Age Range: 6 –
10 AR RL: 4.00 Six-year-old Beansie dreads his first day of school, but his resilience surprises even his
older sister Louise.
_____ 867614 Swain, Gwenyth CHIG AND THE SECOND SPREAD $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range:
8 – 12 AR RL: 5.50 Despite her small stature, eight-year-old Chig makes large contributions to her
southern Indiana community during the Great Depression.

IOWA
_____ 293484 Duey, Kathleen KATIE AND THE MUSTANG: BOOK ONE $9.55 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age
Range: 8 – 12 Orphaned nine-year-old Katie Rose develops a bond with an untamed Mustang on the
Stevens‟ farm where she lives doing chores all day as she dreams of going west to find her uncle.
_____ 774159 Rylant, Cynthia OLD TOWN IN THE GREEN GROVES: LAURA INGALLS
WILDER‟S LOST LITTLE HOUSE YEARS $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 5.20
Laura Ingalls and her family move to Burr Oak, Iowa, where they experience life in a small town and help
manage a hotel.
_____ 782027 Schaefer, Carole Lexa TWO SCARLET SONGBIRDS: A STORY OF ANTON DVORAK
$16.97 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 5 – 8 AR RL: 3.40 While visiting Iowa in 1893, the Czech composer,
Anton Dvorak, hears the song of a scarlet tanager and is inspired to create a new piece of music.
_____ 811865 Sheth, Kashira BLUE JASMINE $16.12 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 9 – 12 Captures a
young girl‟s struggles and accomplishments as she moves from India to Iowa City and learns to navigate
two such disparate cultures.
_____ 920729 Warner, Gertrude Chandler CLUE IN THE CORN MAZE $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age
Range: 7 –12 The Aldens find themselves right in the middle of an Iowa cornfield and a brand new
mystery!


KANSAS
_____ 149197 Brenner, Barbara WAGON WHEELS $19.40 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 7 – 9 AR RL:
2.60 Shortly after the Civil War a black family travels to Kansas to take advantage of the free land offered
through the Homestead Act.
_____ 463376 Hopkinson, Deborah OUR KANSAS HOME $9.05 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 6 – 9 AR
RL: 3.60 The Kellers hide a runaway slave girl named Lizzie who is trying to make her way to freedom in
Canada.
_____ 463377 Hopkinson, Deborah PIONEER SUMMER $9.05 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 6 – 9 AR
RL: 3.60 Charlie and his family move to the Kansas Territory where Papa plans to cast his vote for Kansas
to enter the Union as a free state.




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_____ 491028 Jennings, Richard W. GREAT WHALE OF KANSAS $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range:
8 – 14 AR RL: 6.50 While digging a hole in his back yard, an eleven-year-old Kansas boy finds the
fossilized remains of a gigantic prehistoric animal, a discovery that brings both fame and controversy.
_____ 518246 Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody IN THE EYE OF THE STORM $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age
Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 5.00 Nine-year-old Bill must run the farm and go to school.
_____ 518233 Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody ONE SKY ABOVE US $21.20 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12
AR RL: 5.70 The Cody family tries to make a home on the Kansas frontier.
_____ 518234 Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody TO THE FRONTIER $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12
AR RL: 5.70 After the death of his brother, eight-year-old Bill Cody and his family set out from Iowa to
make a new home for themselves in the volatile Kansas Territory.
_____ 527665 Kochenderfer, Lee VICTORY GARDEN $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 4.10 Hoping to contribute to the war effort during World War II, eleven-year-old Teresa organizes her
friends to care for an ill neighbor‟s victory garden.
_____ 629671 McMullan, Kate FINE START: MEG‟S PRAIRIE DIARY $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age
Range: 7 – 10 AR RL: 3.40 Meg brings her prairie diary to an end describing her days in the Kansas
Territory, a deadly twister, and the start of school.
_____ 629625 McMullan, Kate FOR THIS LAND: MEG‟S PRAIRIE DIARY $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age
Range: 7 – 10 AR RL: 3.60 Meg records in her diary the events from July to November of 1856, when her
family is reunited and faces challenges from fires to pro-slavery ruffians.
_____ 661655 Moss, Marissa ROSE‟S JOURNAL: THE STORY OF A GIRL IN THE GREAT
DEPRESSION $10.55 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.80 Rose keeps a journal of her
family‟s difficult times on their farm during the days of the Dust Bowl in 1935.
_____ 693440 Osborne, Mary Pope TWISTER ON TUESDAY $8.85 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 5 – 8
AR RL: 3.20 When Jack and Annie travel back to Kansas, they gain an understanding of how hard life was
for pioneers.
_____ 732609 Prigger, Mary Skillings AUNT MINNIE AND THE TWISTER $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age
Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 3.10 After a tornado rearranges their Kansas house, Aunt Minnie and the nine nieces
and nephews living with her add on a much-needed new room.
_____ 746237 Reiss, Kathryn RIDDLE OF THE PRAIRIE BRIDE $9.73 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 –
16 AR RL: 5.50 In 1878, twelve-year-old Ida Kate and her widowed father welcome a mail-order bride
and her baby to their Kansas homestead.
_____795390 Seely, Debra GRASSLANDS $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.30 In
the 1880s, thirteen-year-old Thomas moves west from the aristocratic Virginia home of his grandparents to
a poor Kansas farm to live with a father he barely remembers and his new stepfamily.
_____ 795410 Seely, Debra LAST OF THE ROUNDUP BOYS $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 11 –
15 AR RL: 5.10 Seventeen-year-old Tom is hired as a cowboy on a cattle ranch and faces the challenges of
both herding work and a forbidden romance with sixteen-year-old Evie, the ranch owner‟s daughter.
_____ 946954 Wilder, Laura Ingalls LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRE $21.20 Pub. Yr: 1953 Age
Range: 9 – 13 AR RL: 4.90 This volume from a popular series describes a pioneer family‟s journey to the
Kansas frontier.




KENTUCKY
_____ 179925 Byars, Betsy Cromer KEEPER OF THE DOVES $15.59 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12
AR RL: 4.00 In the late 1800s in Kentucky, Amen McBee and her four sisters both fear and torment the
reclusive and seemingly sinister Mr. Tominski, but their father continues to provide for his needs.
_____ 251740 Crum, Shutta MY MOUNTAIN SONG $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 5 – 8 AR RL:
3.00 One summer day on her great-grandparents‟ Kentucky farm, a squabble with her cousin, Melvin,
spurs Brenda Gail to begin choosing the moments that will become her own special song made of
memories.
_____ 251714 Crum, Shutta SPITTING IMAGE $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 9 – 13 AR RL: 4.50
In the small town of Baylor, Kentucky, twelve-year-old Jessie K. Bovey and her friends confront some of
life‟s questions during their summer vacation in the late 1960s.


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_____ 516078 Ketchum, Liza ORPHAN JOURNEY HOME $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 8 – 12
AR RL: 3.70 In 1828, while traveling from Illinois to Kentucky, twelve-year-old Jesse and her two
brothers and sister lose their parents to the milk sickness and must try to finish the dangerous journey by
themselves.
_____ 940842 White, Ruth TADPOLE $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.90 In rural
Kentucky in 1955, Serilda Collins, single mother of four lively girls, discovers that her orphaned nephew is
being subjected to brutality.

LOUISIANA
_____ 166275 Buckey, Sarah Masters SMUGGLER‟S TREASURE $10.18 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10
– 16 AR RL: 4.90 Sent to live with relatives in New Orleans during the War of 1812, eleven-year-old
Elisabet determines to find a smuggler‟s treasure.
_____ 293452 Duey, Kathleen AMELINA CARRETT: BAYOU GRAND COEUR, LOUISIANA, 1863
$9.05 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 5.50 When thirteen-year-old Amelina saves the life of a
young Yankee spy found injured near her Louisiana home in 1863, the orphaned girl creates a dangerous
situation for herself and her uncle.
_____ 461220 Holt, Kimberly Willis MISTER AND ME $14.89 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 7 –11 AR
RL: 4.10 Jolene does not want her Momma to marry the logger, but it seems that even her most defiantly
bad behavior cannot make him go away.
_____ 536721 LaFaye, A. STRENGTH OF SAINTS $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
4.80 In 1936, fourteen-year-old Nissa takes a stand against racial prejudice and for her own integrity and
independence.
_____ 677357 Nixon, Joan Lowery HAUNTING $16.27 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL: 4.70
When her mother inherits an old plantation house in the Louisiana countryside, fifteen-year-old Lisa seeks
to rid it of the evil spirit that haunts it.
_____ 916722 Wallace, Bill BLACKWATER SWAMP $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1994 Age Range: 9-12 AR RL:
4.20 Having discovered the true nature of the old woman known as the Witch of Blackwater Swamp, fifth
grader Ted must decide whether to come to her aid when she is accused of the thefts plaguing his small
Louisiana town.
_____ 964615 Woods, Brenda RED ROSE BOX $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL: 4.90
In 1953, Leah Hopper dreams of leaving the poverty and segregation of her home in Sulphur, Louisiana,
and when Aunt Olivia sends train tickets to Los Angeles as part of her tenth birthday present, Leah gets a
first taste of freedom.

MAINE
_____ 045970 Agell, Charlotte WELCOME HOME OR SOMEPLACE LIKE IT $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003
Age Range: 9 - 15 AR RL: 4.30 Thirteen-year-old Aggie Wing documents the events of her summer in
Ludwig, Maine, where she and her brother stay with their grandfather while their mother is away doing
research.
_____ 094550 Bartlett, Susan SEAL ISLAND SCHOOL $16.29 Pub. Yr. 1999 Age Range: 7 – 10 AR
RL: 3.20 On Seal Island off the coast of Maine, a place aswarm with pets of all kinds, nine-year-old Pru
plans to keep her teacher from leaving by finding her a dog.


_____ 179490 Buzzeo, Toni SEA CHEST $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 5 – 9 AR RL: 5.20 A girl
listens as her great-great-aunt, a lighthouse keeper‟s daughter, tells of her childhood living on an island, and
of the infant that washed ashore after a storm.
_____ 267658 Deans, Sis Boulos EVERY DAY AND ALL THE TIME $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age
Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.80 Eleven-year-old Emily, still reeling from the car accident that killed her older
brother and badly injured her, uses ballet dancing and psychotherapy to cope with her parents‟ decision to
sell their house – the only place she can still feel and talk to her brother.
_____ 333939 Field, Rachel HITTY: HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS $17.67 Pub. Yr: 1957 Age
Range: 9 – 11 AR RL: 7.10 Life and adventures of a wooden 19 th century American doll.
_____ 366627 Garden, Nancy MEETING MELANIE $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
5.40 Summer on her Maine island is enlivened for eleven-year-old Allie when she befriends Melanie, a
new girl with hidden talents and a family secret.


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_____ 419875 Harlow, Joan Hiatt SHADOWS ON THE SEA $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 – 12
AR RL: 4.20 In 1942, fourteen-year-old Jill goes to stay with her grandmother on the coast of Maine,
where she is introduced to the often gossipy nature of small-town life, and discovers that the war is closer
than she thought.
_____ 460473 Holmes, Barbara Ware FOLLOWING FAKE MAN $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10
– 14 AR RL: 3.70 During his summer in Maine, twelve-year-old Homer, together with his new friend
Roger, is determined to find the truth about himself, his long-dead father, and a mysterious costumed man.
_____ 463370 Hopkinson, Deborah BIRDIE‟S LIGHTHOUSE $10.55 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 4 – 9
AR RL: 4.10 The diary of a young girl in 1855 who moves from the Maine coast to rugged Turtle Island
where her father is to be the lighthouse keeper.
_____ 464455 Horvath, Polly CANNING SEASON $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL:
5.60 Thirteen-year-old Ratchet spends a summer in Maine with her eccentric great-aunts Tilly and Penpen,
hearing strange stories from the past and encountering a variety of unusual and colorful characters.
_____ 519813 Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie GIFTS FROM THE SEA $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 10
– 14 AR RL: 5.30 Quila and her father, living alone in a remote Maine lighthouse in the 1850s, find their
lives changed when a baby washes ashore and they decide to keep her.
_____ 522880 Kjelgaard, Jim STORMY $9.80 Pub. Yr: 1986 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 6.90 A
determined boy and his courageous dog struggle to survive against all odds.
_____ 566745 Levin, Betty THAT‟LL DO, MOSS $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
4.30 During the summer that Diane lives with a family as their babysitter, she works to establish rapport
with the border collie, Moss, as everyone tries to cope with several crises.
_____ 606633 Martin, Jacqueline Briggs GRANDMOTHER BRYANT‟S POCKET $10.03 Pub. Yr:
1996 Age Range: 5 – 9 AR RL: 4.50 Suffering from nightmares after her dog is killed in a fire, a young
girl in 18th-century Maine goes to live with her grandparents.
_____ 619365 McCloskey, Robert ONE MORNING IN MAINE $10.55 Pub. Yr: 1980 Age Range: 5 – 8
AR RL: 4.40 A family‟s experiences in Maine one day include Sally‟s losing a tooth and a visit to the
village.
_____ 619410 McCloskey, Robert TIME OF WONDER $10.41 Pub. Yr: 1985 Age Range: 6 – 8 AR RL:
5.10 Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of
Maine.
_____ 786816 Schmidt, Gary D. LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY $15.60 Pub. Yr:
2004 Age Range: 11 – 15 In 1911, Turner dislikes his new home in Maine, but things improve when he
meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a nearby island community.
_____ 876551 Testa, Maria SOME KIND OF PRIDE $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 8 –12 AR RL:
4.40 Named after the greatest baseball player of all times, eleven-year-old Ruth dreams of becoming a
major league baseball player until she overhears her father lamenting the fact that she is a girl.
_____ 914330 Wait, Lea STOPPING TO HOME $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.50
In 1806, orphaned eleven-year-old Abigail and her little brother, Seth, find a home with the young Widow
Chase in the seaport of Wiscasset, Maine, and help her discover a way to support them all.




MARYLAND
_____ 252302 Cummings, Priscilla FACE FIRST $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL:
4.80 Twelve-year-old Kelley decides to cut off contact with her friends and classmates after suffering
third-degree burns to her face and body in a car accident near her home on Maryland‟s Kent Island.
_____ 410492 Hahn, Mary Downing ANNA ON THE FARM $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 7 – 10
AR RL: 4.00 Nine-year-old Anna is happy to spend a week at her aunt and uncle‟s Beltsville, Maryland,
farm until she meets Theodore, who calls her a “city slicker” and spurs her to prove that she‟s just as clever
and brave as he is.
_____ 410612 Hahn, Mary Downing PROMISES TO THE DEAD $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range 10 –
14 AR RL: 5.50 Twelve-year-old Jesse leaves his home on Maryland‟s Eastern Shore to help a young
runaway slave find a safe haven in the early days of the Civil War.
_____ 754373 Rinaldi, Ann AMELIA‟S WAR $16.27 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.00
When a Confederate general threatens to burn Hagerstown, Maryland, unless it pays an exorbitant ransom,
twelve-year-old Amelia and her friend find a way to save the town.

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MASSACHUSETTS
_____ 074970 Atkins, Jeannine BECOMING LITTLE WOMEN: A NOVEL ABOUT LOUISA MAY AT
FRUITLANDS $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.50 Relates events in author Louisa
May Alcott‟s tenth year, 1843, when her family moved from Boston to a farm where they try to establish a
community based on equality and love.
_____ 273372 Denenberg, Barry MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL: THE DIARY OF BESS
BRENNAN $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 6.00 In 1932, a twelve-year-old girl keeps a
diary, recorded by her twin sister, in which she describes life at Perkins School for the Blind.
_____ 402040 Griffin, Adele AMANDINE $16.12 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.70 Her
first week at a new school, shy, plain Delia befriends Amandine, not anticipating the dangerous turns their
friendship would take.
_____ 420090 Harness, Cheryl THREE YOUNG PILGRIMS $16.30 Pub. Yr: 1992 Age Range: 5 – 10
AR RL: 4.40 Mary, Remember, and Bartholomew are among the pilgrims who survive the harsh early
years in America and see New Plymouth grow into a prosperous colony.
_____ 474499 Hurst, Carol Otis IN PLAIN SIGHT $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
4.30 Eleven-year-old Sarah copes with emotional and economic hardships when her beloved but impulsive
father leaves the family and their Massachusetts farm to prospect for gold in California.
_____ 507552 Karr, Kathleen GILBERT & SULLIVAN SET ME FREE $16.12 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age
Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.90 During the early 1900s, an inmate‟s life at Massachusetts‟ Sherborn Prison
for Women changes for the better after she becomes a member of the prison choir and participates in the
production of “The Pirates of Penzance.”
_____ 544211 Lasky, Kathryn JOURNEY TO THE NEW WORLD: THE DIARY OF REMEMBER
PATIENCE WHIPPLE $12.77 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 6.00 Mem presents a diary
account of the trip she and her family made on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the New
World.
_____ 703453 Paterson, John BLUEBERRIES FOR THE QUEEN $17.69 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 4 –
8 AR RL: 3.40 In the summer of 1942, when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands lives near his house in
Massachusetts, William takes her some blueberries he has picked.
_____ 743820 Rees, Celia WITCH CHILD $11.05 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL: 6.00 In
1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and
her experiences living as a witch near Salem, Massachusetts.
_____ 743817 Rees, Douglas VAMPIRE HIGH $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL: 4.00
When his family moves to New Sodom, Massachusetts, and Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School,
many things seem strange, from the dark-haired, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the
wolf who guides him around campus on the first day.
_____ 754400 Rinaldi, Ann JOURNAL OF JASPER JONATHAN PIERCE: A PILGRIM BOY $12.77
Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 4.90 A servant keeps a journal of his experiences on the
Mayflower and during the building of Plymouth in 1620 and 1621.


_____ 831120 Smith, Patricia Clark WEETAMOO: HEART OF THE POCASSETS $12.65 Pub. Yr:
2003 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 5.80 The 1653 – 1654 diary of a fourteen-year-old Pocasset Indian girl
destined to become a leader of her tribe.
_____ 861501 Strohmeier, Lenice MINGO $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 – 10 AR RL: 4.40 In
1771, seven-year-old Olivia learns about freedom from her father‟s slave, Mingo, who has been promised
that he‟ll be freed if the tide is ever low enough that he can walk to a certain spot offshore.
_____ 916920 Wallace-Brodeur, Ruth BLUE EYES BETTER $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14
AR RL: 3.80 When her older brother is killed in an accident, ten-year-old Tessa and her parents find it
difficult to overcome their grief and return to living normally.
_____ 922398 Waters, Kate ON THE MAYFLOWER: VOYAGE OF THE SHIP‟S APPRENTICE AND
A PASSENGER GIRL $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age Range: 8 – 11 A twelve-year-old apprentice and an
eight-year-old passenger experience the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower.
_____ 937726 Whelan, Gloria FRUITLANDS: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT MADE PERFECT $16.29 Pub.
Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 5.30 Fictional diary entries recount the true-life efforts of Louisa
May Alcott‟s family to establish a utopian community known as Fruitlands in Massachusetts in 1843.


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_____ 947755 Wiley, Melissa ROAD FROM ROXBURY $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 5.50 Seven-year-old Charlotte Tucker begins to sense the big world around Roxbury, Massachusetts,
and wonder when she will get to see it.
_____ 973440 Yolen, Jane LETTING SWIFT RIVER GO $9.75 Pub. Yr: 1992 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR:
RL: 4.40 Relates Sally Jane‟s experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the
drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.

MICHIGAN
_____ 466307 Howard, Ellen LOG CABIN CHURCH $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL:
3.10 On the Michigan frontier, while the adults disagree over whether there are enough settlers to build a
church, a girl tries to recall what church is all about.
_____ 723333 Polacco, Patricia MRS. MACK $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 4.00 The
author remembers the summer when she was ten years old and staying with her father in Michigan where
she took riding lessons and became best friends with a perfect horse.
_____ 937725 Whelan, Gloria NEXT SPRING AN ORIOLE $9.05 Pub. Yr: 1987 Age Range: 7 – 9 AR
RL: 4.50 In 1837 ten-year-old Libby and her parents journey by covered wagon to the Michigan frontier.
_____ 938191 Whelan, Gloria SHADOW OF THE WOLF $9.05 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 6 – 9 AR
RL: 4.40 In 1841 thirteen-year-old Libby and her family begin a new life on the shores of Lake Michigan,
where her father works as a surveyor for the Ottawa Indians.
_____ 938230 Whelan, Gloria WANIGAN: A LIFE ON THE RIVER $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range:
8 – 12 AR RL: 5.10 In 1878, eleven-year-old Annabel survives a year of adventure that includes floating
downriver in two shacks along with a group of Michigan lumbermen moving logs.
_____ 949612 Willey, Margaret CLEVER BEATRICE $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 3 – 7 AR RL:
3.80 A small, but clever, young girl outwits a rich giant and wins all his gold.

MINNESOTA
_____ 097153 Bauer, Marion Dane LAND OF THE BUFFALO BONES: THE DIARY OF MARY ANN
ELIZABETH RODGERS, AN ENGLISH GIRL IN MINNESOTA $14.17 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range 9 –
14 AR RL: 5.90 Polly keeps a diary of her 1873 journey from England to Minnesota and of their first year
struggling to make a life there.
_____ 297396 Durbin, William BLACKWATER BEN $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR
RL: 5.10 In the winter of 1898, a seventh-grade boy drops out of school to work with his father, the cook
at Blackwater Logging Camp in Minnesota.
_____ 297415 Durbin, William JOURNAL OF OTTO PELTONEN: A FINNISH IMMIGRANT $12.77
Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range 9 – 14 AR RL: 6.00 In 1905, fifteen-year-old Otto describes in his journal how
he travels from Finland to America.
_____ 297425 Durbin, William SONG OF SAMPO LAKE $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 –16 AR
RL: 5.40 In 1900, Matti works as a store clerk, teaches English, and works on the homestead, striving to
get out of his older brother‟s shadow and earn their father‟s respect.

_____ 307405 Ellsworth, Loretta SHROUDING WOMAN $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR
RL: 4.90 When her Aunt Flo comes to help care for eleven-year-old Evie and her younger sister, Evie
wants nothing to do with her and she is especially uncomfortable with her aunt‟s calling to help prepare
bodies for burial.
_____ 544212 Lasky, Kathryn MARVEN OF THE GREAT NORTH WOODS $9.85 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age
Range: 6 – 10 AR RL: 4.50 When his Jewish parents send him to a Minnesota logging camp to escape the
influenza epidemic of 1918, Marven finds a special friend.
_____ 588300 Lovelace, Maud Hart BETSY-TACY $15.59 Pub. Yr: 1968 Age Range: 7 – 10 AR RL:
4.00 Betsy and Tacy are two little girls who become best friends when Tacy moves into the neighborhood.
_____ 704794 Paulsen, Gary WINTER ROOM $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1989 Age Range: 11 – 14 AR RL: 5.00
A young boy growing up on a northern Minnesota farm describes the scenes around him and recounts his
old Norwegian uncle‟s tales of an almost mythological logging past.
_____ 736287 Qualey, Marsha ONE NIGHT $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR RL: 4.50
Nineteen-year-old Kelly, ex-addict niece of a nationally-renowned Minnesota talk show host, has an
unexpected adventure with the visiting prince of a war-torn Eastern European country.




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_____ 808763 Shaw, Janet Beeler CHANGES FOR KIRSTEN: A WINTER STORY $9.73 Pub. Yr:
1988 Age Range: 7 – 11 AR RL: 3.90 A tough Minnesota winter brings many changes to Kirsten‟s frontier
life.
_____ 808810 Shaw, Janet Beeler KIRSTEN SNOWBOUND! $7.87 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 7 – 11
AR RL: 3.50 Kirsten and her cousins look after the farm while the adults go to town for supplies.
_____ 808811 Shaw, Janet Beeler KIRSTEN‟S PROMISE $8.57 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 7 – 11
Kirsten regrets the promise she makes to a boy she finds near a wrecked covered wagon.
_____ 924910 Weaver, Will CLAWS: A NOVEL $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL:
4.20 Jed and Laura, two popular Minnesota high school students, find their seemingly perfect lives
suddenly in chaos when they discover that each has a parent who is having an affair with the other.

MISSISSIPPI
_____ 230250 Coleman, Evelyn WHITE SOCKS ONLY $10.53 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age Range: 5 – 9 AR
RL: 3.60 Grandma tells the story about her first trip alone into town during the days when segregation still
existed in Mississippi.
_____ 251503 Crowe, Chris MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955 $17.69 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR
RL: 5.50 In Mississippi in 1955, a white sixteen-year-old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over
issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of an African American.
_____ 440457 Hermes, Patricia SUMMER SECRETS $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 9 – 14 Twelve-
year-old Missy tries to learn more about her mother‟s odd behavior as she and her two friends share some
secrets during a long, hot summer in Mississippi during World War II.
_____ 494373 Johnson, Angela I DREAM OF TRAINS $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 5 – 7 AR RL:
3.60 The son of a sharecropper dreams of leaving Mississippi on a train with the legendary engineer,
Casey Jones.
_____ 612354 Matas, Carol WAR WITHIN: A NOVEL OF THE CIVIL WAR $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2001
Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.10 In 1862, after Union forces expel Hannah‟s family from Holly Springs,
Mississippi, because they are Jews, Hannah reexamines her views regarding slavery and the war.
_____ 629669 McMullan, Margaret HOW I FOUND THE STRONG: A CIVIL WAR STORY $15.60
Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 10 –14 AR RL: 4.90 Frank wishes he could have gone to fight for the
Confederacy, but his experiences with the war and his changing relationship with the family slave, Buck,
change his thinking.
_____ 668685 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds NIGHT CRY $17.00 Pub. Yr: 1984 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
5.40 Often left alone on their five-acre Mississippi farm by her traveling salesman father, Ellen learns
through a fearful experience to distinguish between real and false fears.
_____ 761670 Rodman, Mary Ann YANKEE GIRL $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
3.70 When her FBI-agent father is transferred to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964, eleven-year-old Alice
wants to be popular but she also wants to reach out to the one black girl in her class.



_____ 873280 Taylor, Mildred D. LET THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN $17.69 Pub. Yr: 1981 Age
Range: 12 – 18 AR RL: 5.70 Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression
experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they
need to survive.
_____ 947698 Wiles, Debbie LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range 8 – 12 AR
RL: 4.20 When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to
survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending the new girl in town, and finally coping
with her grandfather‟s death.

MISSOURI
_____ 135690 Bornstein, Ruth BUTTERFLIES AND LIZARDS, BERYL AND ME $15.57 Pub. Yr:
2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 3.70 In 1936, eleven-year-old Charlotte and her mother move to tiny
Valley Junction, Missouri, where Charlotte befriends an eccentric old woman in spite of her mother‟s and
others‟ warnings.
_____ 378940 Gilbert, Sheri L. LEGACY OF GLORIA RUSSELL $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 8 –
12 Twelve-year-old Billy James tries to come to terms with the sudden death of his best friend and learns
about himself, his own family history, and life in his small hometown in the Ozark mountains.

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_____ 444930 Hill, Pamela Smith VOICE FROM THE BORDER $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 12 –
18 AR RL: 5.40 Living in the border state of Missouri during the Civil War, fifteen-year-old Reeves tries
to understand her father‟s decision regarding their slaves.
_____ 592073 MacBride, Roger Lea LITTLE FARM IN THE OZARKS $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1994 Age
Range 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.50 Laura and Almanzo Wilder and their eight-year-old daughter Rose continue to
work to make Rocky Ridge farm in Missouri their new home.
_____ 677328 Nixon, Joan Lowery DANGEROUS PROMISE $9.55 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age Range: 10 – 16
AR RL: 6.00 After being taken in by Captain Taylor and his wife in Kansas, twelve-year-old Mike Kelly
and his friend, Todd Blakely, join the Union army as musicians and see the horrors of war firsthand in
Missouri.
_____ 920830 Warner, Gertrude Chandler HAUNTED CABIN MYSTERY $15.57 Pub. Yr: 1991 Age
Range: 7 –12 AR RL: 4.00 The Alden children travel on a Mississippi paddle-wheel steamer to visit a
family friend in his cabin near Hannibal, Missouri.

MONTANA
_____ 916796 Wallace, Bill EYE OF THE GREAT BEAR $16.30 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR
RL: 4.30 Eleven-year-old Bailey has a reputation for being a coward until the prophecy given him by
an Indian medicine man in 1899 in Texas comes true when Bailey encounters a bear in the mountains of
Montana.
_____ 972968 Yep, Laurence WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN $15.59 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age
Range 8 – 10 AR RL: 4.00 An Asian cook and a Chinese New Year celebration help a ten-year-old girl
regain her confidence after smallpox scars her face.

NEBRASKA
_____ 165125 Buchanan, Jane HANK‟S STORY $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.90
Hank, having come west on an orphan train to live with a disagreeable couple on a farm in Nebraska, tries
to endure his miserable existence and thinks about running away, as his older brother did.
_____ 171707 Bunting, Eve DANDELIONS $9.85 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 3.50 Zoe
and her family find strength in each other as they make a new home in the Nebraska territory.
_____ 236060 Conrad, Pam MY DANIEL $20.30 Pub. Yr: 1989 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.70 Ellie
and Stevie learn about a family legacy when their grandmother tells them stories of her brother‟s historical
quest for dinosaur bones on their Nebraska farm.
_____ 394580 Gray, Dianne E. HOLDING UP THE EARTH $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 9 – 12
AR RL: 5.90 Hope visits her foster mother‟s farm and through old letters, and a diary, gets a vivid picture
of the past in the voices of four girls her age who lived there.



_____ 395125 Gray, Dianne E. TOGETHER APART $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
5.80 In 1888, after barely surviving a deadly blizzard, fourteen-year-old Hannah goes to work for a
wealthy widow with progressive social ideas, where she meets Isaac, who is also trying to make a new life
for himself.
_____ 536727 LaFaye, A. WORTH $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 8 – 12 After breaking his leg,
eleven-year-old Nate feels useless when his father brings home an orphan boy to help with the chores on
the family farm in nineteenth-century Nebraska.
_____ 567479 Levinson, Nancy Smiler PRAIRIE FRIENDS $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 7 – 9 AR
RL: 2.50 When Betsy learns that a new family is coming to the Nebraska prairie, she hopes they have a
daughter who will be her friend.
_____ 770200 Ruckman, Ivy IN CARE OF CASSIE TUCKER $9.30 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range 9 – 12
AR RL: 4.70 When her teenage cousin moves in with her family on their Nebraska farm in 1899, eleven-
year-old Cassie learns a lot, including the meaning of “heathen” and “bigot.”

NEVADA
_____ 361226 Fuchs, Bernie RIDE LIKE THE WIND: A TALE OF THE PONY EXPRESS $16.97 Pub.
Yr: 2004 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 5.00 In Nevada in 1861, a young Pony Express rider races for his life,
pursued by seven Paiute warriors who are determined to drive white settlers out of their territory.


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_____ 833255 Snyder, Zilpha Keatley RUNAWAYS $9.55 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
5.40 Twelve-year-old Dani hates living in the small desert town of Rattler Springs, Nevada, but her plans
to run away get complicated when a pesty young boy and an imaginative new girl decide they want to go
along.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
_____ 080826 Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin MISS HICKORY $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1946 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 5.90 The story of how Miss Hickory, a country woman made of an applewood twig and a head of
hickory nut, survived a severe New Hampshire winter with the aid of her animal friends.
_____ 088487 Banks, Kate DILLON DILLON $16.30 Pub.Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.10
During the summer that he turns ten years old, Dillon Dillon learns the story behind his name and develops
a relationship with three loons that help him make sense of his life.
_____127829 Blos, Joan W. GATHERING OF DAYS: A NEW ENGLAND GIRL‟S JOURNAL, 1830 –
32 $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1982 Age Range: 11 – 13 AR RL: 6.70 The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last
year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in a small New Hampshire town.
_____ 163299 Bruchac, Joseph HEART OF A CHIEF: A NOVEL $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 9 –
12 AR RL: 4.70 An Indian boy living on a reservation faces his father‟s alcoholism and insensitivity
toward Native Americans in his schools.
_____ 166250 Buckey, Sarah Masters ENEMY IN THE FORT $9.73 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16
AR RL: 4.60 Rebecca must confront her fear and hatred of the Abenaki when a boy raised by members of
that tribe is brought to the fort.

NEW JERSEY
_____ 166255 Buckey, Sarah Masters GANGSTERS AT THE GRAND ATLANTIC $10.18 Pub. Yr:
2003 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.30 Emily goes on a trip to a luxurious hotel on the New Jersey shore
but worries that gangsters have come to the same hotel.
_____ 408556 Gutman, Dan EDISON MYSTERY $16.30 Pub. Yr. 2001 Age Range 9 – 14 AR RL: 4.80
Thirteen-year-old Robert “Qwerty” Stevens uses the time machine he finds in his backyard to visit Thomas
Edison‟s workshop in 1879.
_____ 507563 Karr, Kathleen MAN OF THE FAMILY $16.30 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR
RL: 4.50 During the 1920s, life for Istvan, the eldest child of a Hungarian-American family, holds both joy
and sadness.
_____ 589685 Lubar, David DUNK $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL: 3.80 While
hoping to work as the clown in an amusement park dunk tank the summer before his junior year in high
school, Chad faces his best friend‟s serious illness, hassles with police, and the girl that got away.


_____ 915810 Walker, Sally M. 18 PENNY GOOSE $9.05 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 7 –9 AR RL: 2.70
Eight-year-old Letty attempts to save her pet goose from marauding British soldiers in New Jersey during
the Revolutionary War.

NEW MEXICO
_____ 449050 Hobbs, Will KOKOPELLI‟S FLUTE $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1995 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
5.30 Thirteen-year-old Tepary discovers an old flute in a cliff dwelling in New Mexico, and through its
power he learns about ancient Native American magic.
_____ 471067 Hulme, Joy N. CLIMBING THE RAINBOW $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range 8 – 12 AR
RL: 4.90 Ten-year-old Dora makes a quilt to record her experiences as she finally starts school and her
Mormon family‟s efforts to secure homestead rights for their farm in New Mexico.
_____ 533300 Krumgold, Joseph …AND NOW MIGUEL $17.69 Pub. Yr: 1953 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR
RL: 4.80 The story of Miguel Chavez who yearned to go with the men of his family to the Sangre de
Cristo Mountains and trade boyhood for manhood.
_____ 882850 Timberlake, Amy DIRTY COWBOY $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL:
4.20 Telling his dog to make sure nobody touches his clothes but him, a cowboy jumps into a river for a
bath, not realizing just how much the scrubbing will change his scent.
_____ 890774 Tripp, Valerie CHANGES FOR JOSEFINA: A WINTER STORY $9.73 Pub. Yr: 1998
Age Range: 7 – 11 AR RL: 4.30 When Tia Dolores, a beloved aunt, tells Josefina and her sisters that she is
planning to leave, they try to change her mind.

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_____ 890827 Tripp, Valerie HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOSEFINA!: A SPRINGTIME STORY $9.73 Pub.
Yr: 1998 Age Range: 7 – 11 AR RL: 4.30 Josefina hopes to become a “curandera” or healer like Tia
Magdalena.
_____ 890852 Tripp, Valerie JOSEFINA LEARNS A LESSON: A SCHOOL STORY $9.73 Pub. Yr:
1997 Age Range: 7 – 11 AR RL: 4.50 Josefina and her sisters do not trust the changes Tia Dolores brings
to the household.
_____ 890854 Tripp, Valerie JOSEFINA‟S SONG $7.87 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 7 – 11 AR RL: 3.60
Josefina accompanies her father into the New Mexican mountains to check on the elderly shepherd who
works for him.
_____ 890863 Tripp, Valerie MEET JOSEFINA: AN AMERICAN GIRL $9.73 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age
Range: 7 – 11 AR RL: 4.10 Nine-year-old Josefina, living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the
household after her mother dies.
_____ 890876 Tripp, Valerie REWARD FOR JOSEFINA $7.87 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 7 – 11 AR
RL: 4.20 When the family goes to the hills to collect nuts, Josefina hopes to find the most.
_____ 921068 Warner, Gertrude Chandler MYSTERY OF THE LOST VILLAGE $14.87 Pub. Yr: 1994
Age Range: 8 - 12 AR RL: 4.10 While visiting a Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico, the Aldens try
to save a forest under threat of development.

NEW YORK (Note: There are 122 titles set in NY. Register to use BTSB Book Store at www.btsb.com
and do a subject search for more titles.)
_____ 474525 Hurwitz, Johanna DEAR EMMA $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 5.40
In letters to a Vermont friend, Dossi, living in New York City in 1910, shares her thoughts about her new
brother-in-law, the diphtheria epidemic, and a factory fire.
_____ 921072 Warner, Gertrude Chandler MYSTERY OF THE PURPLE POOL $14.87 Pub. Yr: 1994
Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.00 While staying at a hotel in New York City, the Aldens investigate a series
of annoying pranks plaguing the management and guests.

NORTH CAROLINA
_____ 261758 Davis, C.L. CHRISTMAS BARN $14.17 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.20
In 1930, when a snowstorm destroys their home in the Appalachian mountains, twelve-year-old Roxie and
her family move into the barn and prepare for a very unusual Christmas celebration.
_____ 288978 Dowell, Frances O‟Roark DOVEY COE $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR RL:
5.40 When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a strong-willed
twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.


_____ 314527 Ernst, Kathleen BETRAYAL AT CROSS CREEK $10.18 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 9 –
12 AR RL: 5.00 Twelve-year-old Elspeth Monro must find out who is betraying her Loyalist family during
the months before the start of the Revolutionary War.
_____ 366149 Gantos, Jack JACK ADRIFT: FOURTH GRADE WITHOUT A CLUE $16.30 Pub. Yr:
2003 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.90 When his family moves to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, nine-
year-old Jack becomes confused by a crush on his teacher, contradictory advice from his parents, and a
very strange neighbor.
_____ 465416 Houston, Gloria LITTLEJIM‟S DREAMS $16.30 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 6.00 Jim Houston sees his hopes of continuing his education fade when his mother becomes seriously
ill.
_____ 661416 Moses, Shelia P. LEGEND OF BUDDY BUSH $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 12 – 16
AR RL: 4.60 In 1947, twelve-year-old Pattie Mae is sustained by her dreams of escaping Rich Square,
North Carolina, and moving to Harlem.
_____ 685690 O‟Connor, Barbara ME AND RUPERT GOODY $15.60 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10 –
16 AR RL: 4.50 Jennalee is jealous when a slow-thinking black man arrives in her community and claims
he‟s Uncle Beau‟s son, owner of the general store and her only friend.
_____ 718995 Pinkney, Gloria Jean BACK HOME $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1992 Age Range: 5 – 8 AR RL: 3.50
Eight-year-old Ernestine returns to visit relatives on the North Carolina farm where she was born.
_____ 884130 Tolan, Stephanie S. SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age
Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.50 Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty


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and eccentric Applewhite family‟s Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never
knew he had.

NORTH DAKOTA
_____ 156200 Brooke, Margaret JAKE‟S ORPHAN $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
5.40 When taken from an orphanage to work on a farm in North Dakota in 1962, twelve-year-old Tree
searches for a home not only for himself but also for his irrepressible younger brother.
_____ 535198 Kurtz, Jane JAKARTA MISSING $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL: 4.50
When her sister finally joins them, Dakar feels much safer and happier in Cottonwood, North Dakota,
where she and their parents are living, but she still longs for their home in Africa.
_____ 668614 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds BLIZZARD‟S WAKE $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 –
18 AR RL: 5.90 In March of 1941, when a severe blizzard suddenly hits Grand Forks, North Dakota, a girl
trying to save her stranded father and brother inadvertently helps the man who killed her mother four years
before.

OHIO
_____ 209657 Cheng, Andrea HONEYSUCKLE HOUSE $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 8 – 12 A
girl with Chinese ancestors and a new immigrant from China find little in common when they meet, but
they are both missing their best friends and soon discover other connections.
_____ 297610 Durrant, Lynda BEADED MOCCASINS: THE STORY OF MARY CAMPBELL $15.60
Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.70 After being captured by a group of Delaware Indians and
given to their leader as a replacement for his dead granddaughter, twelve-year-old Mary Campbell is forced
to travel west with them to Ohio.
_____ 379065 Gilbert, Barbara Snow PAPER TRAIL $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR RL:
5.50 In hiding from the soldiers of God, the Oklahoma antigovernment militia group whose members have
now turned against him and his parents, a fifteen-year-old boy remembers what it was like to grow up
among them.
_____ 415890 Hamilton, Virginia BELLS OF CHRISTMAS $12.10 Pub. Yr: 1989 Age Range: 8 – 12
AR RL: 3.50 Twelve-year-old Jason describes the wonderful Christmas of 1890 that he and his family
celebrate in their home in Springfield, Ohio.
_____ 416160 Hamilton, Virginia M.C. HIGGINS, THE GREAT $17.70 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 12 –
16 AR RL: 4.40 As a slag heap creeps closer to his home in the Ohio Hills, fifteen-year-old M.C. is torn
between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.


_____ 416350 Hamilton, Virginia TIME PIECES: THE BOOK OF TIMES $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age
Range: 10 –14 AR RL: 3.20 Valena lives in rural Ohio where she and her cousin Melinda share
experiences that include seeing the aurora borealis, surviving a tornado, and going to a circus.
_____ 591277 Lyon, George Ella GINA JAMIE FATHER BEAR $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 11 –
16 AR RL: 3.70 The lives of two young people, one in Ohio and one in another dimension, intersect as
they struggle to hold their single-parent families together and to explain the changes in their fathers.
_____ 754415 Rinaldi, Ann SECOND BEND IN THE RIVER $9.55 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 10 – 13
AR RL: 3.70 In 1798 Rebecca, a young settler in the Ohio Territory, meets the Shawnee called Tecumseh
and later develops a deep friendship with him.
_____ 790765 Schumacher, Julie GRASS ANGEL $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
4.00 Rather than go to a spiritual retreat in Oregon with her mother and brother, eleven-year-old Frances
insists on staying in Ohio with her odd aunt, but she soon begins to worry that the retreat may really be a
cult.
_____ 903030 Van Leeuwen, Jean CABON ON TROUBLE CREEK $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range:
10 – 14 AR RL: 4.50 In 1830 in Ohio, two young brothers are left to finish the log cabin and guard the
land while their father goes back to Pennsylvania to fetch their mother and younger siblings.
_____ 953386 Willis, Patricia DANGER ALONG THE OHIO $15.60 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 9 – 12
AR RL: 5.40 Lost in the Ohio River Valley in May 1793, twelve-year-old Clare and her two brothers
struggle to survive in the wilderness and to avoid capture by the Shawnee Indians.

OKLAHOMA


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_____063982 Antle, Nancy PLAYING SOLITAIRE $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 11 – 16 Living
with her grandfather in a small Oklahoma town, fourteen-year-old Ellie is in constant fear that she will be
approached by her father, who is running from the police.
_____ 098990 Beard, Darleen Bailey BABBS SWITCH STORY $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 –
14 AR RL: 3.40 In 1924, twelve-year-old Ruthie finds her life in a small Oklahoma town complicated by
the behavior of her older sister Daphne, an object of ridicule and dislike because of her limited mental
abilities.
_____ 297410 Durbin, William JOURNAL OF C.J. JACKSON: A DUST BOWL MIGRANT $12.77
Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range 9 – 14 AR RL: 5.70 Thirteen-year-old C.J. records in a journal the conditions of
the Dust Bowl that cause his family to leave Oklahoma and make the journey to California.
_____ 405158 Grove, Vicki STARPLACE $17.69 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR RL: 6.00
Thirteen-year-old Frannie learns hard lessons about prejudice and segregation when she becomes friends
with a young black girl who moves into her small Oklahoma town in 1961.
_____ 441509 Hesse, Karen OUT OF THE DUST $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR RL: 5.30
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family‟s wheat farm in
Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
_____ 618751 McCaughrean, Geraldine STOP THE TRAIN!: A NOVEL $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age
Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 6.40 Despite the opposition of the owner of the Red Rock Railroad in 1893, the
new settlers of Florence, Oklahoma, are determined to build a real town.
_____ 666249 Myers, Anna TULSA BURNING $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.40
In 1921, fifteen-year-old Noble Chase hates the sheriff of Wekiwa, Oklahoma, and is more than willing to
cross him to help his best friend, a black man, who is injured during race riots in nearby Tulsa.
_____ 711277 Peterson, Jeanne Whitehouse DON‟T FORGET WINONA $15.59 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age
Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 2.80 A young girl describes her family‟s experiences when a drought forces them to
make their way on Route 66 from Oklahoma to California.
_____ 740747 Rawls, Wilson SUMMER OF THE MONKEYS $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1976 Age Range: 10 –
12 AR RL: 4.80 Set in rural Oklahoma around the turn of the century, a fourteen-year-old boy discovers a
tree full of monkeys and receives an explanation from his grandpa.
_____ 829130 Smith, Cynthia Leitich JINGLE DANCER $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 4 – 10 AR
RL: 3.70 Jenna, a member of the Muscogee Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of friends so that she
can perform the jingle dance.



_____ 879505 Thomas, Joyce Carol I HAVE HEARD OF A LAND $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 7
– 11 AR RL: 3.10 Describes the experiences of an African-American pioneer woman who stakes a claim
for free land in the Oklahoma Territory.
_____ 915688 Waldman, Neil THEY CAME FROM THE BRONX: HOW THE BUFFALO WERE
SAVED FROM EXTINCTION $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Level: 7 – 11 AR RL: 5.80 A Comanche
grandmother and her grandson wait for the arrival of a herd of buffalo in this story based on the efforts of
the American Bison Society to reintroduce bison to Oklahoma.
_____ 916763 Wallace, Bill COYOTE AUTUMN $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.10
After moving to the country, thirteen-year-old Brad, who has always wanted a dog, adopts a motherless
coyote.

OREGON
_____ 171823 Bunting, Eve SUMMER OF RILEY $20.30 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
3.80 Shortly after he gets the perfect dog, Riley, eleven-year-old William must fight for his dog‟s life after
Riley is taken away because he chases and injures an elderly neighbor‟s old horse.
_____ 220553 Cleary, Beverly EMILY‟S RUNAWAY IMAGINATION $20.30 Pub. Yr: 1961 Age
Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 6.10 Emily is a well-intentioned child but her imagination leads her into one
misadventure after another.
_____ 293488 Duey, Kathleen KATIE AND THE MUSTANG: BOOK FOUR $9.55 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age
Range: 8 – 12 When Katie arrives in Oregon shortly before winter and her uncle is not there, she wonders
what new life the west has in store for her and for her beloved Mustang.
_____ 401122 Gregory, Kristiana SEEDS OF HOPE: THE GOLD RUSH DIARY OF SUSANNA
FAIRCHILD $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 5.50 A diary account of fourteen-year-old

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Susanna Fairchild‟s life in 1849, when her father succumbs to gold fever on the way to establish his
medical practice in Oregon.
_____ 440445 Hermes, Patricia PERFECT PLACE: JOSHUA‟S OREGON TRAIL DIARY $12.77 Pub.
Yr: 2002 Age Range: 7 – 10 AR RL: 3.80 Nine-year-old Joshua McCullough starts a second journal,
recording events in Willamette Valley, Oregon Territory, as his family and others they met on the trail
begin to get settled.
_____ 567026 Levine, Ellen JOURNAL OF JEDEDIAH BARSTOW: AN EMIGRANT ON THE
OREGON TRAIL $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 5.30 In his 1845 diary, thirteen-year-
old orphan, Jedediah, describes his wagon train journey to Oregon. Includes historical notes.
_____ 625410 McGill, Alice MILES‟ SONG $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.60 In
1851 in South Carolina, Miles, a twelve-year-old slave, is sent to a “breaking ground” to have his spirit
broken but endures the experiences by secretly taking reading lessons from another slave.

PENNSYLVANIA
_____ 057162 Ammon, Richard AMISH HORSES $17.00 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 5 – 7 AR RL: 4.20
An Amish boy cares for the horses that work on his family‟s farm.
_____ 059760 Anderson, Laurie Halse FEVER, 1793 $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 10-16 AR RL:
4.40 In 1793, Matilda Cook learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with
the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
_____ 077895 Ayres, Katherine VOICES AT WHISPER BEND $9.73 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10 –
16 AR RL: 3.90 In their Pennsylvania town in 1942 twelve-year-old Charlotte and her classmates collect
scrap metal for the war effort only to have it disappear from the school basement.
_____ 300889 Easton, Richard REAL AMERICAN $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
4.00 With his brother dead, his best friend moved away, and his father trying to save the family‟s farm,
eleven-year-old Nathan needs a friend, but can he find one among the immigrants who have come to work
in the new coal mine?
_____ 333248 Ferris, Amy Schor GREATER GOODE $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR
RL: 4.00 Twelve-year-old Addie worries about spending a summer without her best friend, Luke, and
about the fate of an unwed pregnant woman.

_____ 359522 Fritz, Jean CABIN FACED WEST $16.29 Pub. Yr: 1958 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
5.10 A visit by George Washington makes Ann Hamilton, a pioneer girl from Western Pennsylvania, feel
the challenge of her own times.
_____ 371051 Gauch, Patricia Lee THIS TIME, TEMPE WICK? $12.07 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 –
12 Everyone knows Tempe Wick is a most surprising girl, but she exceeds even her own reputation when
two mutinous U.S. Revolutionary War soldiers try to steal her beloved horse.
_____ 376139 Gerstein, Mordicai SPARROW JACK $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL:
3.70 In 1868, John Bardsley brought one thousand sparrows from England to Philadelphia, where he hoped
they would help save the trees from inch-worms that were destroying them.
_____ 380897 Glass, Andrew BEWILDERED FOR THREE DAYS: AS TO WHY DANIEL BOONE
NEVER WORE HIS COONSKIN CAP $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 6 – 10 AR RL: 4.60 With the
help of what he learned from a Delaware Indian boy and an accommodating mother raccoon, young Daniel
Boone escapes danger when a bear steals his coonskin cap.
_____ 402131 Griffin, Adele WITCH TWINS $15.42 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 7 – 10 AR RL: 4.70
Troubled about being separated at school and preoccupied with sabotaging their father‟s marriage, ten-
year-old witches Claire and Luna have little time to think of something to do that will make them one-star
witches.
_____ 440911 Hershenhorn, Esther FANCY THAT $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 4.00
In 1841 in Pennsylvania, Pippin Biddle, determined to get his three orphaned sisters out of the poorhouse,
tries to earn a living as an itinerant painter.
_____ 509306 Kay, Verla HOMESPUN SARAH $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 2.20
Simple rhyming text presents the everyday life of a young girl, living on a Pennsylvania farm in the early
eighteenth century, who is quickly outgrowing her dress.
_____ 693434 Osborne, Mary Pope STANDING IN THE LIGHT: THE CAPTIVE DIARY OF
CATHARINE CAREY LOGAN $12.77 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 5.10 A Quaker girl‟s
diary reflects her experiences growing up in Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.


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_____ 694165 Otto, Carolyn PIONEER CHURCH $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 6 – 9 In the mid-
1700s, four families build a log church on a hill in central Pennsylvania, and congregations worship in it
and its replacement up through World War II. Based on the history of Old Zion Church in Brickerville,
Pennsylvania.
_____ 836109 Sorensen, Virginia Eggertsen MIRACLES ON MAPLE HILL $9.43 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age
Range: 9 – 12 AR RL: 4.90 Mary‟s family moves to Maple Hill Farm, where they share many adventures
that help restore their spirits and their bond with each other.
_____ 916849 Wallace, Rich LOSING IS NOT AN OPTION $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 12 –18
AR RL: 4.70 Nine episodes in the life of a young man, from sneaking into his tenth football game in a row
with his best friend in sixth grade to running his last high school race, the Pennsylvania state
championships.

RHODE ISLAND
_____ 077483 Avi SOMETHING UPSTAIRS: A TALE OF GHOSTS $16.27 Pub. Yr: 1988 Age Range:
10 – 12 AR RL: 4.10 When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers
that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a black slave boy.
_____ 578857 Lisle, Janet Taylor ART OF KEEPING COOL $17.00 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 10 – 14
AR RL: 5.00 In 1942, Robert and his cousin uncover long-hidden family secrets while staying in their
grandparents‟ Rhode Island town.
_____ 578860 Lisle, Janet Taylor CRYING ROCKS $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL:
4.50 Thirteen-year-old Joelle has always wondered about her life before being adopted and she makes
some surprising discoveries while researching a seventeenth-century Indian tribe.

SOUTH CAROLINA
_____ 071165 Arrington, Aileen CAMP OF THE ANGEL $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR
RL: 4.30 Although teachers, counselors, and social workers try to help, it is a stray cat that finally enables
eleven-year-old Jordan to stand up to the father who has beaten her and her brother for years.

_____ 361912 Fuqua, Jonathon Scott DARBY $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 4.80
In 1926, nine-year-old Darby Carmichael stirs up trouble in Marlboro County, South Carolina, when she
writes a story for the local newspaper promoting racial equality.
_____ 549350 Lavender, William JUST JANE: A DAUGHTER OF ENGLAND CAUGHT IN THE
STRUGGLE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION $17.00 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 – 18 AR RL:
5.30 Jane Prentice, orphaned daughter of an English earl, arrives in South Carolina, in 1776 to find her
loyalties divided over the question of American independence.
_____ 643740 Milhous, Katherine EGG TREE: STORY AND PICTURES $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1992 Age
Range: 4 – 8 Katy‟s Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.
_____ 742573 Reeder, Carolyn BEFORE THE CREEKS RAN RED $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range:
10 – 14 AR RL: 6.50 Through the eyes of three different boys, three linked novellas explore the time
beginning with the secession of South Carolina and leading up to the first major battle of the Civil War.
_____ 958391 Wisler, G. Clifton KINGS MOUNTAIN $19.40 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR
RL: 4.80 Fourteen-year-old Frank leaves his mountain home in the South to help the patriot cause during
the Revolutionary War.

SOUTH DAKOTA
_____ 069150 Armstrong, Jennifer BLACK-EYED SUSAN: A NOVEL $9.55 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age
Range: 9-14 AR RL: 5.10 Ten-year-old Susie and her father love living on the South Dakota prairie but
her mother misses their old life in Ohio.
_____ 071180 Arrington, Frances PRAIRIE WHISPERS $17.69 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR
RL: 3.80 Only twelve-year-old Colleen knows that her baby sister died just after she was born and that
Colleen put another baby in her place, until the baby‟s father makes trouble for her family on the South
Dakota prairie in the 1860s.
_____ 372890 Geisert, Bonnie PRAIRIE SUMMER $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
4.40 A young girl demonstrates the maturity gained from her experiences growing up with three sisters on
a farm in South Dakota.




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_____ 946732 Wilder, Laura Ingalls BY THE SHORES OF SILVER LAKE $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1953 Age
Rnage: 9 – 13 AR RL: 5.30 A true story description of a railroad building camp seen through the eyes of
“Laura” at the age of thirteen.
_____ 946788 Wilder, Laura Ingalls FIRST FOUR YEARS $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1971 Age Range: 9 – 13 AR
RL: 5.80 This is the story of Laura and Almanzo Wilder and their first four years together on a homestead
in the 1880s.
_____ 946821 Wilder, Laura Ingalls LITTLE TOWN ON THE PRAIRIE $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1953 Age
Range: 9 – 13 AR RL: 5.40 Laura, at fifteen, receives her teaching certificate and gets a job, goes to
parties, and even meets a young man.
_____ 946999 Wilder, Laura Ingalls LONG WINTER $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1953 Age Range: 9 – 13 AR RL:
5.30 After Indians predicted a severe winter, Laura‟s family moved into town where blizzards soon
isolated them and supplies ran out.
_____ 947133 Wilder, Laura Ingalls THESE HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1953 Age
Range: 9 –13 AR RL: 5.60 After a hard year teaching far away, Laura comes home to a brand new
schoolhouse and her fiancé, Almanzo.

TENNESSEE
_____ 093312 Barrett, Tracy COLD IN SUMMER $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
4.70 At the beginning of seventh grade, Ariadne moves to a Tennessee town near a former farming
community submerged under a man-made lake and meets the ghost of a girl from the past.
_____ 144295 Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker WEAVER‟S DAUGHTER $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age
Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.00 In 1791 after her family‟s journey from Pennsylvania, ten-year-old Lizzie
suffers from the disease of asthma in her new home in the Southwest Territory (present-day Tennessee.)
_____ 288977 Dowell, Frances O‟Roark WHERE I‟D LIKE TO BE $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range:
10 – 14 AR RL: 5.40 A group of foster children build a home of their own.
 _____ 440458 Hermes, Patricia SWEET BY AND BY $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 3.90 Eleven-year-old Blessing has lived with her grandmother since she was two years old, but now
she has to accept that her grandmother is dying and that she must continue life without her in a new home.

_____ 480753 Isaacs, Anne SWAMP ANGEL $10.55 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 5 – 9 AR RL: 5.00
Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear to
save the supplies of settlers in Tennessee.
_____ 628118 McKissack, Pat COLOR ME DARK: THE DIARY OF NELLIE LEE LOVE, THE
GREAT MIGRATION NORTH $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 4.90 Nellie Lee
records in her diary the events of 1919, when her family moves from Tennessee to Chicago, hoping to
leave the racism and hatred of the South behind.

TEXAS
_____ 097235 Bauer, Joan RULES OF THE ROAD $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
5.00 Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from
Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire.
_____ 149225 Brett, Jan ARMADILLO RODEO $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1995 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 3.40
Bo, a young armadillo, mistakes a red boot for another armadillo.
_____ 210134 Cherry, Lynne ARMADILLO FROM AMARILLO $17.00 Pub Yr: 1994 Age Range: 5 –
9 AR RL: 4.20 A wandering armadillo sees some of the cities, historic sites, geographic features, and
wildlife of Texas.
_____ 212083 Chrismer, Melanie PHOEBE CLAPPSADDLE AND THE TUMBLEWEED GANG
$15.57 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 5 – 8 AR RL: 4.30 Phoebe squares off against the meanest, dirtiest,
most ill-mannered cowpokes in the territory.
_____ 314262 Erickson, John R. MOONSHINER‟S GOLD $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 15
AR RL: 4.40 In Canadian, Texas, in 1927, not long after his father‟s death, Riley and his fiddle-playing
grandfather must find a way to save the family ranch from a group of moonshiners and the men behind
their operations.
_____ 322855 Farish, Terry CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 6 –
10 AR RL: 3.20 The friendship between an old man and his cat, both of whom like potato soup, is strained
after he goes fishing without her.


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_____ 367900 Garland, Sherry LINE IN THE SAND: THE ALAMO DIARY OF LUCINDA
LAWRENCE $12.77 Pub. Yr: 1998 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 5.60 In the diary she receives for her
thirteenth birthday in 1835, Lucinda Lawrence describes the hardships of her family.
_____ 402071 Griffin, Kitty FOOT-STOMPING ADVENTURES OF CLEMENTINE SWEET $15.60
Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL: 3.80 When her family ignores her on her sixth birthday,
Clementine gets mad and starts stomping on people.
_____ 461200 Holt, Kimberly Willis DANCING IN CADILLAC LIGHT $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age
Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 5.10 In 1968, eleven-year-old Jaynell‟s life in the town of Moon, Texas, is
enlivened when her eccentric Grandpap comes to live with her family.
_____ 461250 Holt, Kimberly Willis WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN $16.97 Pub. Yr:
1999 Age Range: 10 – 15 AR RL: 4.50 During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-
old Toby and his best friend, Cal, meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the
world.
_____ 489133 Janke, Katelan SURVIVAL IN THE STORM: THE DUST BOWL DIARY OF GRACE
EDWARDS $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 6.40 A twelve-year-old girl keeps a journal
of her family‟s and friends‟ difficult experiences during the Great Depression.
_____ 497275 Johnston, Tony COWBOY AND THE BLACK-EYED PEA $10.05 Pub Yr: 1992 Age
Range: 4 – 8 In this adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, the wealthy daughter of a Texas rancher
devises a plan to find a real cowboy among her many suitors.
_____ 516406 Ketteman, Helen BUBBA THE COWBOY PRINCE: A FRACTURED TEXAS TALE
$16.97 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 4 – 7 AR RL: 3.80 Loosely based on “Cinderella,” this story is set in
Texas, the fairy godmother is a cow, and the hero, named Bubba, is the stepson of a wicked rancher.
_____ 588258 Love, D. Anne I REMEMBER THE ALAMO $16.27 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 8 – 12
AR RL: 3.90 Eleven-year-old Jessie resents her father‟s decision to move his family to San Antonio where
they are caught up in the revolution of 1833-1836 including the siege of the Alamo.

_____ 641355 Michaels, Vaughn DODI‟S PRINCE $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 7 – 10 AR RL:
4.00 Eight-year-old Dodi hopes to overcome the objections of her family and Texas trailer park neighbors
so that she can keep the stray dog she calls Prince.
_____ 656200 Moore, Martha MATCHIT $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.00 After
his father leaves him with an old acquaintance in Texas, a resentful twelve-year-old boy lives by an auto
junkyard while waiting for his father‟s return.
_____ 666238 Myers, Anna STOLEN BY THE SEA $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL:
4.20 In Galveston, Texas, a rich twelve-year-old girl and an orphaned fourteen-year-old boy work together
to save themselves and others from the terrible hurricane of 1900.
_____ 677635 Nixon, Joan Lowery TRAP $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR RL: 4.80
Sixteen-year-old Julie agrees to spend the summer at her great-aunt and uncle‟s ranch in Texas, but gets
more than she bargained for when valuables suddenly start disappearing and it appears that there may be a
murderer in their midst.
_____ 761822 Rogers, Kenny CHRISTMAS IN CANAAN $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 12 – 18
AR RL: 5.40 In the early 1960s in a rural, racially charged Texas town, a poor white boy struggling to get
through school and a book-loving black classmate find the common ground on which to build true
friendship.
_____ 779705 Saunders, Susan LUCKY LADY $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 5.10
On a summer visit to her grandfather‟s ranch in Texas, twelve-year-old Jamie impulsively spends all her
money on a wild filly and tries to figure out how to train her.

UTAH
_____ 584777 London, Jonathan WHITE WATER $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 3 – 8 AR RL: 3.70
A boy learns to read the river when he goes white water rafting with his dad.
_____ 823636 Skurzynski, Gloria GHOST HORSES $10.03 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
5.50 Visiting Zion National Park with his family, twelve-year-old Jack encounters two mysteries.
_____ 951317 Williams, Carol Lynch MOTHER TO EMBARRASS ME $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age
Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 3.70 Twelve-year-old Laura can hardly believe how embarrassing her mother has
become, especially now that she is pregnant.

VERMONT

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_____ 055155 Alvarez, Julia HOW TIA LOLA CAME TO VISIT STAY $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age
Range 8 – 10 AR RL: 4.80 Ten-year-old Miguel learns to love his colorful aunt, Tia Lola, when she comes
to Vermont from the Dominican Republic to stay with his mother, his sister, and him after his parents‟
divorce.
_____ 338650 Fisher, Dorothy Canfield UNDERSTOOD BETSY $17.67 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 9 –
12 AR RL: 5.90 Timid and small, Elizabeth Ann gains a new perception of the world when she goes to live
with relatives in Vermont.
_____ 371140 Gauthier, Gail HERO OF TICONDEROGA $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16
AR RL: 5.50 When Therese is chosen to do the coveted oral report on Ethan Allen, she learns a great deal
about the Vermont hero and also discovers what pleasure she gets from writing and presenting the report.
_____ 390588 Graff, Nancy Price LONG WAY HOME $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR
RL: 5.60 After moving to his mother‟s small hometown in Vermont, twelve-year-old Riley must
reconsider his feelings about war and heroes when he meets a man who refused to fight in Vietnam and
makes a discovery about one of his own relatives.
_____ 441525 Hesse, Karen WITNESS $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR RL: 5.00 A series
of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a
young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.
_____ 474533 Hurwitz, Johanna LLAMA IN THE FAMILY $16.30 Pub. Yr: 1994 Age Range: 8 – 12
AR RL: 4.60 Because Adam hopes that the “big surprise” awaiting him at home has two wheels and
pedals, he is unprepared for the unusual addition to his Vermont family.
_____ 519800 Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie CANADA GEESE QUILT $16.29 Pub. Yr: 1989 Age Range: 8
– 12 AR RL: 4.10 Worried that the coming of a new baby and her grandmother‟s serious illness will
change the familiar life on her family‟s Vermont farm, ten-year-old Ariel makes a very special quilt.


_____ 519802 Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie DOCTOR LIKE PAPA $15.57 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 7 –
10 AR RL: 4.20 When the influenza epidemic of 1918 comes to Vermont, eleven-year-old Margaret, who
has always wanted to be a physician, finds out what doctoring is like.
_____ 519809 Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie FROM DAWN TILL DUSK $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range:
5 – 9 AR RL: 4.60 Reminiscences about the experiences a girl shared with her family throughout the
various seasons on their Vermont farm.
_____ 580285 Littlefield, Bill CIRCUS IN THE WOODS $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 16 AR
RL: 5.50 Molly, her parents, and her sister spend most summer vacations at a camp in the Vermont
mountains, and as the years pass, Molly is led to find a mysterious circus within the woods nearby.
_____ 596715 Maguire, Gregory THREE ROTTEN EGGS $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 4.80 The students of Miss Earth‟s class in rural Vermont become involved with a bullying new
student, a competitive egg hunt, and genetically altered chicks.
_____ 703441 Paterson, Katherine PREACHER‟S BOY $15.60 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR
RL: 5.20 In 1899, ten-year-old Robbie, son of a preacher in a small Vermont town, gets himself into all
kinds of trouble when he decides to give up being Christian in order to make the most of his life before the
end of the world.
_____ 707365 Peck, Robert Newton DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE $22.60 Pub. Yr: 1982 Age Range: 12
– 16 AR RL: 4.40 To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living,
maturity comes early as he learns “doing what‟s got to be done,” especially regarding his pet pig who
cannot produce a litter.
_____ 767195 Rossiter, Nan Parson SUGAR ON SNOW $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 5 – 9 AR
RL: 3.70 A modern-day family in Vermont collects sap to make maple syrup.
_____ 852843 Stevenson, Laura Caroline HAPPILY AFTER ALL $16.30 Pub. Yr: 1990 Age Range: 8 –
12 AR RL: 4.10 When her father dies, ten-year-old Rebecca is sent to live with the mother she‟s been
brought up to believe had abandoned her.
_____ 921039 Warner, Gertrude Chandler MYSTERY AT SNOWFLAKE INN $14.87 Pub. Yr: 1995
Age Range: 7 –12 AR RL: 3.90 The Boxcar children become curious about mysterious “accidents” at a
Vermont Inn.
_____ 954635 Wilson, Nancy Hope MOUNTAIN POSE $17.00 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 12 – 16 AR
RL: 4.40 When twelve-year-old Ellie inherits an old Vermont farm from her cruel and heartless
Grandmother, Aurelia, she reads a set of diaries written by an ancestor and discovers secrets from the past.


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VIRGINIA
_____ 143075 Bradby, Marie SOME FRIEND $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR RL: 4.00 In
1963, Pearl, an eleven-year-old black girl in Fairfax, Virginia, learns about true friendship from the popular
but untrustworthy Lenore, and Artemesia, a poor girl who moves into the neighborhood for a brief time.
_____ 178960 Butler, Amy VIRGINIA BOUND $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 9 – 13 AR RL: 4.40
Thirteen-year-old orphaned beggar Rob Brackett is kidnapped from the streets of London and taken to the
New World for a cruel tobacco farm master, who also owns a Pamunkey Indian girl named Mattoume.
_____ 254666 Dahlberg, Maurine F. SPIRIT AND GILLY BUCKET $17.70 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range:
8 – 12 AR RL: 4.70 In 1859, eleven-year-old Gilly is sent to stay with her aunt and uncle in Virginia
where she befriends one of her uncle‟s slave girls and finds out about the Underground Railroad.
_____ 273376 Denenberg, Barry WHEN WILL THIS CRUEL WAR BE OVER?: THE CIVIL WAR
DIARY OF EMMA SIMPSON $12.77 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age Range: 9 – 14 AR RL: 6.60 The diary of a
fictional fourteen-year-old girl, describes the hardships endured by her family and friends during one year
of the Civil War.
_____ 343747 Flournoy, Valerie TANYA‟S REUNION $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1995 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL:
4.10 When she and her grandmother go to a big family reunion, Tanya learns about the history of the farm
in Virginia where Grandma grew up.
_____ 440440 Hermes, Patricia OUR STRANGE NEW LAND: ELIZABETH‟S DIARY $11.37 Pub. Yr:
2000 Age Range: 7 – 10 AR RL: 3.20 Nine-year-old Elizabeth keeps a journal of her experiences in the
New World as she encounters Indians, suffers hunger and the death of friends, and helps her father build
their first home.


_____ 440448 Hermes, Patricia SEASON OF PROMISE: ELIZABETH‟S JAMESTOWN COLONY
DIARY $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 7 –10 AR RL: 3.60 In 1610, Elizabeth continues her journal as
her brother, Caleb, rejoins the family, a new governor comes to the colony, and her father considers
remarriage.
_____ 440455 Hermes, Patricia STARVING TIME: ELIZABETH‟S DIARY $12.77 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age
Range: 7 – 10 AR RL: 3.20 Elizabeth Barker continues to write to her “friend,” her diary, as disease and
lack of food further plague the suffering settlers at Jamestown.
_____ 447540 Hite, Sid HOLE IN THE WORLD $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL:
6.00 Paul Shackleford experiences an eye-opening and transformative summer living and working on the
central Virginia farm, where everyone seems to be haunted by the death of a much-loved and admired
farmhand the year before.
_____ 623642 McDonald, Megan SHADOWS IN THE GLASSHOUSE $9.73 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range:
10 – 16 AR RL: 5.30 While working as an indentured servant for a Jamestown glassmaker, Merry
uncovers a case of sabotage.
_____ 719024 Pinkney, Andrea Davis SILENT THUNDER: A CIVIL WAR STORY $9.45 Pub. Yr:
1999 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR RL: 5.40 In 1862, eleven-year-old Summer and her brother take turns
describing how life on the Virginia plantation where they are slaves is affected by the Civil War.
_____ 740765 Ray, Delia GHOST GIRL: A BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN STORY $15.60 Pub. Yr: 2003
Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.40 Eleven-year-old April‟s family problems may mean that she can never
learn to read from the wonderful new teacher, Miss Vest.
_____ 763088 Roop, Peter EYE FOR AN EYE: A STORY OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR $9.53
Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 10 –14 AR RL: 4.30 In 1775, Samantha wonders if she would ever raise her
musket against a person as the Revolutionary War begins.
_____ 783339 Scheer, Julian THANKSGIVING TURKEY $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR
RL: 4.40 A boy and his mother move to a farm in rural Virginia, where he and his grandfather try to hunt a
wild turkey.
_____ 890782 Tripp, Valerie FELICITY LEARNS A LESSON: A SCHOOL STORY $9.73 Pub. Yr:
2000 Age Range: 7 – 11 AR RL: 4.30 Felicity is torn between her friendship with an English girl and her
support of the Revolution.
_____ 890783 Tripp, Valerie FELICITY SAVES THE DAY: A SUMMER STORY $9.73 Pub. Yr: 1992
Age Range: 7 – 11 AR RL: 4.50 During a visit to Virginia in 1775, Felicity‟s loyalty is torn between her
father and Ben, her father‟s apprentice.




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_____ 890825 Tripp, Valerie HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FELICITY!: A SPRINGTIME STORY $9.73 Pub.
Yr: 1992 Age Range: 7 – 11 AR RL: 4.20 As her 10th birthday approaches, Felicity is excited by her
grandfather‟s visit.
_____ 973469 Yolen, Jane MIZ BERLIN WALKS $10.55 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR RL:
4.10 Mary Louise gradually gets to know and love her elderly neighbor lady who tells wonderful stories as
she walks around the block of her Virginia home.

WASHINGTON
_____ 293483 Duey, Kathleen JOSIE POE: PALOUSE, WASHINGTON, 1943 $9.55 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age
Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.70 In the little farming town of Palouse, Washington during World War II, Josie
does her part by growing a Victory Garden but is ashamed of her brother for not enlisting in the armed
services.
_____ 351868 Franklin, Kristine L. GRAPE THIEF $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 10 – 13 AR RL:
4.20 In 1925, in a small Washington state community made up of families from different ethnic
backgrounds, twelve-year-old Cuss tries to stay in school as he watches those around him struggle with
various financial difficulties.
_____ 449047 Hobbs, Will JACKIE‟S WILD SEATTLE $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR
RL: 4.60 Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her little brother, Cody, spend the summer with their uncle,
helping at a wildlife rescue center named Jackie‟s Wild Seattle.




_____ 460030 Holm, Jennifer L. BOSTON JANE: AN ADVENTURE $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range:
10 – 16 AR RL: 4.90 Schooled in etiquette, Jane finds little use for manners during her sea voyage to the
Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington
Territory.
_____ 460032 Holm, Jennifer L. BOSTON JANE: THE CLAIM $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2004 Age Range: 10 –
14 AR RL: 5.10 The arrival of nemesis Sally Biddle from Philadelphia and the return of ex-fiance Richard
Baldt spell trouble for seventeen-year-old Jane Peck, who has survived on her own in Shoalwater Bay.
_____ 460060 Holm, Jennifer L. OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10 – 16
AR RL: 4.80 As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents
being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.

WEST VIRGINIA
_____ 668696 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds SAVING SHILOH $15.60 Pub. Yr: 1997 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 4.90 Sixth-grader, Marty, and his family try to help their rough neighbor, Judd Travers, change his
mean ways, even though their West Virginia community continues to expect the worst of him.
_____ 668697 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds SHILOH $16.30 Pub. Yr: 1991 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.40
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from the dog‟s
real owner, a mean-spirited man known to mistreat his dogs.
____ 668705 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds SHILOH SEASON $15.60 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 4.80 When mean and angry Judd, who has never known kindness, takes to drinking and mistreats his
dogs, Marty discovers how deep a hurt can go and how long it takes to heal.
_____ 774032 Rylant, Cynthia BLUE-EYED DAISY $15.60 Pub. Yr: 1985 Age Range: 10 -12 AR RL:
4.60 Relates episodes in the life of eleven year-old Ellie and her family who live in a coal mining town in
West Virginia.
_____ 774070 Rylant, Cynthia MISSING MAY $15.57 Pub. Yr: 1992 Age Range: 11 – 16 AR RL: 5.30
After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave
their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.
_____ 794148 Seabrooke, Brenda HAUNTING OF SWAIN‟S FANCY $16.99 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age
Range: 10 – 13 AR RL: 4.10 Eleven-year-old Taylor spends the summer with her father and his new
family in a historic house and, while contending with hostility from her stepsister, Nicole, attempts to solve
the mystery of ghosts who haunt the site.
_____ 972948 Yep, Laurence DREAM SOUL $16.27 Pub. Yr: 2000 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR RL: 4.80
In 1927, as Christmas approaches, fifteen-year-old Joan Lee hopes to get her parents‟ permission to


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celebrate the holiday, one of the problems belonging to the only Chinese American family in her small
West Virginia community.

WISCONSIN
_____ 042035 Addy, Sharon RIGHT HERE ON THIS SPOT $15.60 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 3 – 7 AR
RL: 3.00 While digging a ditch in his cabbage field, Grandpa uncovers various items that provide clues to
what has happened in that area of Wisconsin from the Time of the Ice Age to the twentieth century.
_____ 152451 Brink, Carol Ryrie CADDIE WOODLAWN $17.00 Pub. Yr: 1973 Age Range: 9 – 12 AR
RL: 6.00 The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-
nineteenth century.
_____ 311966 Enright, Elizabeth THIMBLE SUMMER $19.07 Pub. Yr: 1966 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 5.70 When Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble in a dried up river bed she knows it is a good omen.
Sure enough, good things begin to happen to Garnet and her family.
_____ 372864 Geisert, Arthur GIANT BALL OF STRING $16.30 Pub. Yr: 2002 Age Range: 4 – 8 AR
RL: 3.70 Rumpus Ridge, Wisconsin is proud to have the biggest ball of string in the world, so when they
lose their treasure to a nearby town they devise a clever plan to get it back.
_____ 704698 Paulsen, Gary ISLAND $17.67 Pub. Yr: 1988 Age Range: 11 – 14 AR RL: 5.70 Fifteen-
year-old Wil discovers himself and the wonders of nature when he leaves home to live on an island in
northern Wisconsin.



_____ 946740 Wilder, Laura Ingalls CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG WOODS: ADAPTED FROM THE
LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS $10.03 Pub. Yr: 1995 Age Range: 3 – 8 AR RL: 3.80 A young pioneer girl and
her family celebrate Christmas in their cabin in the woods.
_____ 946760 Wilder, Laura Ingalls DEER IN THE WOOD $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1995 Age Range: 3 – 8 AR
RL: 3.20 A pioneer father tells his daughters why he was unable to shoot a deer for their dinner.
_____ 946795 Wilder, Laura Ingalls GOING TO TOWN: ADAPTED FROM THE LITTLE HOUSE
BOOKS $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1995 Age Range: 3 – 8 AR RL: 3.70 A little girl and her family make their first
trip into town to visit the general store.
_____ 946910 Wilder, Laura Ingalls LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS $16.99 Pub. Yr: 1953 Age
Range: 9 – 13 AR RL: 5.30 Laura and her family experience joy and hardship in a log house far from any
other settlers.
_____ 947127 Wilder, Laura Ingalls SUMMERTIME IN THE BIG WOODS $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1996 Age
Range: 3 – 8 AR RL: 3.20 A little girl and her pioneer family spend a summer in the Big Woods of
Wisconsin.
_____ 947150 Wilder, Laura Ingalls WINTER DAYS IN THE BIG WOODS: ADAPTED FROM THE
LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS $10.05 Pub. Yr: 1994 Age Range: 3 – 8 AR RL: 4.00 A young pioneer girl and
her family spend the winter in their log cabin in Wisconsin.
_____ 967675 Wright, Betty Ren CRANDALLS‟ CASTLE $16.97 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 – 12 AR
RL: 4.60 Charli‟s uncle, Will Crandall, decides to buy an abandoned castle and fix it up, but Charli and
Sophia, a clairvoyant who has come to stay with the Crandall‟s, know his plan is somehow dangerous.

WYOMING
_____ 054456 Alphin, Elaine Marie DINOSAUR HUNTER $16.29 Pub. Yr: 2003 Age Range: 8 – 9 AR
RL: 3.00 A young boy finds a dinosaur skeleton, outwits a man who would cheat him, and sells his find to
a team of fossil hunters.
_____ 668715 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds WALKER‟S CROSSING $16.30 Pub. Yr: 1999 Age Range: 10
– 14 AR RL: 5.40 While living on his family‟s ranch in Wyoming where he hopes to someday be a
cowboy, Ryan faces conflicts with his older brother, who becomes involved in a militia movement.
_____ 781981 Schaefer, Jack SHANE $20.50 Pub. Yr: 2001 Age Range: 10 – 14 AR RL: 5.50 A
mysterious man rides into a small Wyoming valley, where he joins homesteaders who take a stand against a
bullying cattle rancher.
_____ 916867 Wallace, Bill RED DOG $16.97 Pub. Yr: 1987 Age Range: 8 - 12 AR RL: 4.40 Living
with his family in the rugged Wyoming mountains in the 1860s, twelve-year-old Adam finds his courage
put to the test when he is left in charge of the household during his stepfather‟s absence.


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