Witch of Blackbird Pond
Elizabeth George Speare
In Puritan New England in 1687, a high-spirited teenager befriends
an old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond and finds
herself accused of witchcraft.
Kenji and Ichiro, two young men sent to a "relocation camp"
when the United States was fighting Japan in World War II, take
different routes as they struggle with their identity as Japanese
in April and Other Stories
Soto's own life while growing up poor in California's Central
Valley inspired these stories about Mexican American teenagers
facing the kinds of experiences most teens face.
Mary Ann McGuigan
Fiona, her mother, and three siblings are evicted from their home.
After an abusive father seems to provide no refuge for her,
thirteen-year-old Fiona tries to discover where she belongs.
from the Bamboo Grove
Yoko Kawashima Watkins
In this novel based on the author's experience, Yoko and her
family must leave their home in North Korea and go through
many hardships to get to Japan.
Sing, Jimmy Jo
This novel tells the story of young Jimmy Johnson, who is
discovered by a country music agent and thrust into a life
on the road with his musical family.
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback describes his life from
childhood to Superbowl champ, using his own experiences to
show that change can provide an opportunity to grow.
Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Ernest J. Gaines
In this novel about a 110-year-old African American woman,
Miss Jane Pittman recollects events in her life in the South
from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
the Red Fern Grows
This story of a young boy living in the Oklahoma Ozarks and the
pair of hunting dogs he trains has become a favorite with
Edward P. Myers
Alyssa and Rob must use their wits and survival techniques
after a fossil thief takes them hostage on a trek
through the Utah desert.
Pippen tells about his life and the challenges he faced to
become an NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls. The title
describes his advice to his young readers.
S. E. Hinton
Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy is proud to be a "greaser," until
a friend kills a member of a rival gang and starts a chain
of events that causes him to question his outsider status.
A Chinese immigrant father and son build a flying machine
in the era of the Wright brothers and the San Francisco
the Way Home
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane
The diary of the author of Little House on the Prairie
describes her family's exciting journey from South Dakota
to a new home in the Missouri Ozarks. Her daughter adds her
own memories of the trip.
This poignant story focuses on the four Tillerman kids, left
parentless when they are abandoned by their mother. They must
struggle to stay together and to find someone to shelter them
and love them.
Angels Glide at Dawn: New Stories from Latin America
edited by Lori M. Carlson and Cynthia L. Ventura
Homes and families provide a background in several of these
ten stories from Latin America. The stories display a variety
of cultures and writing styles.
Jesse is kidnapped and forced to serve on a slave ship.
He witnesses the horrors of slavery while providing music
as the slaves are forced to exercise to keep themselves strong
so they will remain "profitable investments."
This award-winning novel deals with the hard lives of African
American sharecroppers in the rural South a century ago and with a
young boy's growth in understanding with the help of the family's
Jim's role as a substitute father for his younger brother is
threatened when, after their mother's death, the boys are sent
to spend the summer with their long-absent father.
Out of Time
Margaret Peterson Haddix
This exciting thriller tells the story of a thirteen-year-old
girl who makes a decision to escape from her community in
order to save her family and friends.
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Twain's classic story has plenty of comic trickery, twists, and
turns, including Tom's attending his own funeral.
Oxford Book of Story Poems
edited by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark
This collection of narrative poetry includes classic and modern
poems that will make you laugh, poems that will amaze you, and
poems that will thrill and chill you.
Who Came Back
This novel is an adventure story of a friendship between two boys
in the mountains of New Mexico. When one of the boys disappears,
no one believes the other boy's version of what happened.
to the Sun
selected by Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell
This anthology of poetry from ancient times to the present
is illustrated with reproductions of art works from the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Wrinkle in Time
In this award-winning novel, Meg and Charles, along with their
friend Calvin, search through time and space for their missing
A modern-day folktale about a twelve-year-old boy who appears
in a town, amazes everyone with his deeds, and becomes a legend.
Men, Big Country: A Collection of American Tall Tales
Paul Robert Walker
Stories portray nine American tall-tale heroes, including
Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Sluefoot Sue, and Davy Crockett.
from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale
Robert D. San Souci
The author retells stories about legendary, larger-than-life women
from various American cultures.
of the Wild
Buck, a domestic dog, is taken from his home to serve as a
sled dog during the Klondike gold rush. Amidst the wolves of
the Far North, he begins to hear "the call of the wild."
Brian, the only survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness,
must try to stay alive with nothing more than the clothes on
his back and a hatchet.
Never Does: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka
Myra Cohn Livingston
This collection of modern poems using the traditional Japanese
forms of haiku and tanka presents poems for each of the seasons.
My Life with the Chimpanzees
The world's leading authority on chimpanzees describes her thirty
years of living with and studying the chimpanzees of Tanzania.