Anderson, Laurie Halse: Fever, 1793. In 1793 Philadelphia, 16-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns perseverance and self-reliance when forced to cope with a yellow fever epidemic.
Avi. Wolf Rider: A Tale of
Terror. After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming
to have committed murder, 15-year-old Andy finds his close relationship
with his father crumbling as he struggles to make everyone believe
Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting.
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they
discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share
their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing
Bauer, Marion Dane. On My
Honor. When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming
in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel
is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents
the terrible consequences of their disobedience.
Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Author tells his story of the horrific road that led a 13-year-old boy to wield an AK-47, commit terrible acts of war, and ultimately reclaim his true self.
Bunting, Eve. Smoky Night.
When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood,
a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others
to matter what their background or nationality.
Bunting, Eve. St. Patrick's
Day in the Morning. Jamie seeks a way to prove he is not too
young to march in the big St. Patrick's Day parade.
Clements, Andrew. The Report Card. Fifth-grader, Nora, has always hidden her genius because all she wants is to be normal, but when she comes up with a plan to prove that grades are unimportant, things begin to get out of control.
Cole, Joanna. Magic School
Bus Inside the Human Body. A special field trip on the magic
school bus allows Ms. Frizzle's class to get a first-hand look at
the major parts of the body and how they work.
Collier, James. My Brother Sam Is Dead. Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.
Creech, Sharon. Walk Two
Moons. After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old
Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route.
Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose
mother left also.
Curtis, Christopher. The
Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963: a Novel. The ordinary interactions
and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family
living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go
to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Fleischman, Sid. 13th Floor.
When his older sister disappears, twelve-year-old Buddy Stebbins follows
her back in time and finds himself aboard a seventeenth century pirate
ship captained by a distant relative.
George, Jean Craighead. The
Case of the Missing Cutthroats. After Spinner Shafter catches
a cutthroat trout in the Snake River, she and her cousin Alligator
search the nearby mountains to determine where the endangered fish
came from and how it survived.
George, Jean Craighead. The
Firebug Connection. Twelve-year-old Maggie receives European
fire bugs for her birthday, but when they fail to metamorphose and
grow grossly large and explode instead, she uses scientific reasoning
to determine the cause of their strange death.
George, Jean Craighead. Julie
of the Wolves. While running away from home and an unwanted marriage,
a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of
Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
George, Jean Craighead. The
Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo. Sixth-grader Liza K., one of five
homeless people living in an unspoiled forest in southern Florida,
searches for a missing alligator destined for official extermination
and studies the delicate ecological balance keeping her outdoor home
George, Jean Craighead. My
Side of the Mountain. A young boy relates his adventures during
the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including
his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends,
and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
George, Jean Craighead. Who
Really Killed Cock Robin? Eighth-grader Tony Isidoro follows
a trail of environmental clues to try to figure out what ecological
imbalances might have caused the death of the town's best known robin.
George, Kristine O'Connell. The
Great Frog Race and Other Poems. A collection of poems about
frogs and dragonflies, wind and rain, a visit to the tree farm, the
garden hose, and other familiar parts of indoor and outdoor life.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room. Held back for a year in second grade, Richard can't seem to help getting into trouble, until he gets really interested in reading and helps his class in a special way.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Have
You Seen Hyacinth Macaw? With a memo book full of notes, junior
detective Abby Jones and her pal Potsie piece together confusing
clues and soon they are trying to unravel more than one mystery in
their urban neighborhood.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Secret
at the Polk Street School. The kids in Ms. Rooney's room hope
their play will win them the school banner for the class that does
the most for the school, but kid detective Dawn Bosco can't concentrate
on her role as Red Riding Hood after someone called "the Wolf" leaves
her a threatening note.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Snaggle
Doodles. Emily Arrow has two problems, trying to work in her
invention group with bossy Linda Lorca in charge and thinking of
a wedding present for Ms. Vincent, the student teacher.
Goble, Paul. Buffalo Woman.
A young hunter marries a female buffalo in the form of a beautiful
maiden, but when his people reject her he must pass several tests before
being allowed to join the buffalo nation.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among
the Hidden. In a future where the Population Police enforce the
law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his
twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces
him that the government is wrong.
Hahn, Mary Downing. The Doll
in the Garden: a Ghost Story. After Ashley and Kristi find an
antique doll buried in old Miss Cooper's garden, they discover that
they can enter a ghostly turn-of-the-century world by going through
a hole in the hedge.
Hesse, Karen. Letters from
Rifka. In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles
her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when
she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate
Konigsburg, E.L.. The View
From Saturday. Four students, with their own individual stories,
develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher,
a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class
in the Academic Bowl competition.
Lauber, Patricia. The Lost
Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart. Traces the life of the pilot
who became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean and mysteriously
disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world.
Lindbergh, Anne. Nick
of Time: a Novel. Thirteen-year-old Jericho, whose father runs
an unconventional school in their home, passes through an invisible
gateway into the year 2094 and discovers a future world of uniformity
and overpopulation, where his school has been made a national monument.
Lowry, Lois. The
Giver. Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve,
Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in
his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society
in which he lives.
MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah,
Plain and Tall. When their father invites a mail-order bride
to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are
captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
Naylor, Phyllis. Beetles
Lightly Toasted. Andy's entering the fifth-grade essay contest
stirs his imagination to creative heights as he competes with his
know-it-all cousin by making recipes with some unusual food sources
and testing them on unaware friends and family.
Naylor, Phyllis. Shiloh.
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home,
Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a
mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat
Olsen, Gretchen. Joyride.
Jeff McKenzie is spending the summer in a world far from the tennis
courts where he should be practicing his championship moves. A summer
joyride through a farmer's bean field changed all that. Now he must
spend the summer working with field hands at the farm to pay for the
damage- weighing flats, loading trucks, and picking strawberries.
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge
to Terabithia. The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia
expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently
meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia,
during a storm.
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet.
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days
in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid
of a hatchet given to him by his mother, and learning also to survive
his parents' divorce.
Paulsen, Gary. Tracker.
Only thirteen, John must track a deer in the Minnesota woods for his
family's winter meat, and in doing so finds himself drawn to the doe
who leads him and hating his role as hunter.
Relf, Patricia. A
Dinosaur Named Sue: The Story of the Colossal Fossil (The World's
Most Complete T-Rex). She is massive. She is astounding. She is the
most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found. Her name is
SUE and she is, without a doubt, the fossil find of the century.
Sachar, Louis. Holes.
A further evidence of his family's bad fortune that they attribute
to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish
correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real
friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Steele, William. The Perilous Road. 14-year-old Chris, bitterly hating the Yankees for invading his Tennessee mountain home, learns a difficult lesson about the waste of war and the meaning of tolerance and courage when he reports the approach of a Yankee supply troop to the Confederates, only to learn that his brother is probably part of that troop.
Steptoe, John. Mufaro's
Beautiful Daughters. Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered,
one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
Taylor, Mildred. Friendship/Gold
Cadillac. The Friendship: Cassie Logan tells the haunting story
of a neighbor in Mississippi, Mr. Tom Bee, who dares to call a white
storekeeper by his first name. The Gold Cadillac: Lois and her sister
Wilma are proud that the family will be driving in it all the way
from Ohio to Mississippi. But as they travel deeper into the rural
South, there are no admiring glances for the wonderful car, only
suspicion and anger for the black man behind the wheel.
Taylor, Theodore. The
Cay. When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed
by a German submarine during World War II, a twelve-year-old white
boy, blinded by a blow to the head, and an old Negro are stranded
on a small desert island in the Caribbean where the boy acquires
a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.
Wahl, Jan. The
Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Named Sue. A field mouse finds himself
in the Field Museum when the roof of his former home is transported
there with the rest of the bones of a dinosaur named Sue.
Warren, Andrea. Surviving
Hitler. Blends the personal testimony of Holocaust survivor,
Jack Mandelbaum, with the history of his time, documented by photos
from the archives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Williams, Linda. The
Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. A little old
lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head,
a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through
the dark woods trying to scare her.
Julie. Family Message Journals: Teaching Writing through Family
Involvement. Describes the fundamentals of English composition
and provides exercises in the studying and teaching of family/parental
involvement. ED 320/325.