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Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Is Missing. The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

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. No More Magic. While searching for his bicycle that disappeared on Halloween, a young boy and his two friends become involved in a magical adventure.

Avi. True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

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 him.

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 any older.

Bains, Rae. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom. The biography of a slave whose flight to freedom was the first step in her becoming a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad.

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.

Bishop, Claire Huchet. Twenty and Ten. Twenty school children hide ten Jewish children from the Nazis during the occupation of France during World War II.

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.

Blume, Judy. One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo. Middle child Freddy Dissel gets the chance to show everyone he's special, and, most of all, prove it to himself.

Blume, Judy. The Pain and the Great One. A six-year-old (The Pain) and his eight-year-old sister (The Great One) see each other as troublemakers and the best-loved in the family.

Brown, Marc. Arthur's Lost Puppy. Arthur and D. W. do not know what is wrong with Baby Kate when they take her to the neighborhood fair, but Pal the puppy does.

Brown, Marc. Arthur's Nose. Unhappy with his nose, Arthur visits the rhinologist to get a new one.

Brown, Marc. Arthur's Reading Race. Arthur doesn't believe that his little sister can really read, so he challenges her to prove it.

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.

Bunting, Eve. Sunflower House. A young boy creates a summer playhouse by planting sunflowers and saves the seeds to make another house the next year.

Cameron, Ann. Julian's Glorious Summer. When his best friend, Gloria, receives a new bike, seven-year-old Julian spends the summer avoiding her because of his fear of bikes.

Carrick, Carol. What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? Fascinated with dinosaurs, Patrick invents an imaginary explanation of why they became extinct.

Catling, Patrick. Chocolate Touch. A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

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.

Cole, Joanna. Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane. Ms. Frizzle's class explores the water cycle and hurricanes from the inside.

Cole, Joanna. Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System. On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle's class goes into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system.

Cole, Joanna. Magic School Bus Lost in the Time of the Dinosaurs. Ms. Frizzle's class travels back to various ages of dinosaurs.

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.

Collins, Mary. Airborne: A Photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Examines the lives of the Wright brothers and discusses their experiments and triumphs in the field of flight.

Conford, Ellen. Me & the Terrible Two. No one, Dorrie vows, can take the place of her best friend who has moved to Australia, so when twin boys move into the empty house next door, the war is on.

Conford, Pam. My Daniel. 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.

Cormier, Robert. Chocolate War. A chocolate sale in a boy's private school creates power struggles.

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.

Davidson, Margaret. I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. A biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. who sought equality for minorities through nonviolent means.

Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Little Red Riding Hood: a Newfangled Prairie Tale. An updated version, set on the prairie, of the familiar story about a little girl, her grandmother, and a not-so-clever wolf.

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.

Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox. Little Willy hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.

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 beautiful.

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.

Gilson, Jamie. Hello, My Name is Scrambled Eggs. When his folks host a Vietnamese family that has come to settle in their town, Harvey enjoys Americanizing twelve-year-old Tuan.

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.

Goble, Paul. The Girl who Loved Wild Horses. Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.

Goble, Paul. Her Seven Brothers. Retells the Cheyenne legend in which a girl and her seven chosen brothers become the Big Dipper.

Goble, Paul. Love Flute. A gift to a shy young man from the birds and animals helps him to express his love to a beautiful girl.

Goble, Paul. Star Boy. Relates the Blackfoot Indian legend in which Star Boy gains the Sun's forgiveness for his mother's disobedience and is allowed to return to the Sky World.

Greene, Bette. Summer of my German Soldier. Sheltering an escaped German prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a 12-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.

Guarino, Deborah. Is Your Mama a Llama? A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.

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.

Hahn, Mary Downing. Time for Andrew: a Ghost Story. When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle who is dying of diphtheria.

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 to America.

Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust. 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.

Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Hurwitz, Johanna. Aldo Applesauce. When he and his family move to the suburbs, Aldo has difficulty finding new friends.

Hutchins, Pat. The Doorbell Rang. Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.

Hutchins, Pat. It's MY Birthday! Billy is reluctant to share his birthday presents with the other little monsters, but then something happens to make him change his mind.

Hutchins, Pat. Which Witch Is Which? Although Ella and Emily look alike, their choices of food, games and colors at a birthday party help the reader tell them apart.

Kellogg Steven. Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale. Incidents from the life of Pecos Bill; from his childhood among the coyotes to his unusual wedding day.

Kellogg, Steven. Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. Sally Ann, wife of Davy Crockett, fears nothing- and proves it when braggart Mike Fink tries to scare her.

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.

L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, with the help of Calvin O'Keefe, set out in space to find their scientist father.

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.

Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Four children enter the kingdom of Narnia through the back of an old wardrobe.

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.

Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. In 1943, during the German occupation on Denmark, ten-year-old Anne Marie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

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.

Martin, Bill. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.

Martin, Bill. Here Are My Hands. Children indicate body parts, such as a boy pointing to a bandaged knee, which is for "falling down."

Martin, Bill. Snowflake Bentley. A biography of self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

McCully, Emily. First Snow. A timid mouse discovers the thrill of sledding in the first snow of the winter.

McCully, Emily. School. The littlest mouse decides to follow his siblings to find out what school is all about.

Murphy, Jim. Across America on an Emigrant Train. Robert Louis Stevenson's account of trip across U. S. in 1879 also gives information about building and operation of railroads in 19th century.

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 his dogs.

Nixon, Joan Lowry. Family Apart. When their mother can no longer support them, 6 siblings are sent by the Children's Aid Society of New York City to live with farm families in Missouri in 1860.

Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.

Numeroff, Laura. If You Take a Mouse to School. Follows a boy and his mouse through a busy day at school.

O'Keefe, Susan. One Hungry Monster. At bedtime a small boy tries to control ten insatiable monsters demanding food and creating chaos throughout the house.

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.

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. The Lewis and Clark Trail: Then and Now. Text and photos contrast American West as it is now to 200 years ago.

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.

Podsen, India. Coaching and Mentoring First Year & Student Teachers. For use by ED 320/325 classes.

Polacco, Patricia. The Keeping Quilt. A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.

Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows. A boy receives two coon dogs during his childhood in the Ozarks.

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.

Robinson, Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.

Rockwell, Thomas. How to Eat Fried Worms. Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.

Ruby, Lois. Steal Away Home. Parallel stories 150 years apart are set in home of Quaker family who ran station on Underground Railroad. Grades

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.

Santrey, Laurence. Young Frederick Douglas: Fight For Freedom. The story of the slave who became a leader of the abolitionist movement.

Schories, Pat. Mouse Around. A little mouse has a wonderful journey all around town when he falls from his nest into a plumber's back pocket.

Schwartz, David. How Much is a Million? Text and pictures try to make possible the conceptualization of a million, billion, and a trillion.

Sebranek, Patrick. Write Source: a Student Handbook. This is a handbook for students stressing fundamental principles of writing. Includes sections on reading, math, and more.

Sharmat, Marjorie. Nate the Great and the Phony Clue. Nate, a boy detective, sets out to learn who left a torn piece of paper with the letters VITA on his doorstep. Grades 1-2.

Siebert, Diane. Heartland. Evokes the land, animals, and people of the Middle West in poetic text and illustrations.

Siebert, Diane. Mojave. Evokes the land and animals of the Mohave Desert in poetic text and illustrations.

Speare, Elizabeth. Sign of the Beaver. Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until the local Indians teach him their skills.

Spinelli, Jerry. Loser. Considered strange and a loser by classmates, Daniel Zinkoff's optimism and the support of his loving family do not allow him to feel that way about himself.

Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

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.

Sterne, Emma. Slave Ship. A fictional account of the 1839 revolt of Africans aboard the slave ship Amistad and the subsequent Amistad Case argued by John Quincy Adams before the United States Supreme Court.

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, Mildred. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. A black family living in the South during the 1930's is faced with prejudice and discrimination, which their children don't understand.

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.

Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji. Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargain for in a mysterious jungle adventure board game.

Van Allsburg, Chris. The Polar Express. A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Voigt, Cynthia. Dicey's Song. Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.

Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over. A little boy is excited at the prospect of spending the night at his friend's house but
worries how he'll get along without his teddy bear.

Wadsworth, Olive. Over in the Meadow. Rhymed verses about different animals living in a meadow introduce the numbers one through 10.

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.

Wick, Walter. A Drop of Water: a Book of Science and Wonder. Describes the origins, characteristics, and uses of water.

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.

Winthrop, Elizabeth. Castle in the Attic. A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.

Wollman-Bonilla, 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.

Yolen, Jane. Sleeping Ugly. When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.

Yolen, Jane. Water Music: Poems for Children. Original poems based on water and its various forms.

Yolen, Jane Welcome to the Sea of the Sand. Describes and discusses the natural history of the Sonoran Desert.

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