Day No Pigs Would Die
Robert Newton Peck
A boy in rural Vermont, whose father slaughters pigs, develops
a new understanding of family and home.
Clothilde's family problems are multiplied when her father
returns from World War I alive, but disfigured and depressed.
Helen Hughes Vick
A fifteen-year-old Hopi boy and his funny, sympathetic Anglo
friend travel seven hundred years back in time. Here they
help a dying civilization to begin the move to a new home.
Summer has had many homes, but when she joins her aunt and
uncle, she is welcomed and shares in their deep love for one
another. When Aunt May dies, Summer and Uncle Ob must come
to terms with their loss.
In this fictional memoir, an elderly man tells his story of
being born into slavery, escaping to freedom, serving in the
Civil War, and becoming a cowboy in Texas. As he nears his
ninetieth birthday, Cezanne Pinto remembers his lifelong struggle
for freedom and the friends who helped him along the way.
Fifteen-year-old Gabe must rely on another teenager and an
elderly Native American hunter after their plane crashes in
the frozen Canadian wilderness. As they struggle to survive,
Gabe develops a new appreciation for the world of the Far
North and its inhabitants.
of the Cay
This follow-up to the acclaimed novel The Cay traces
the life of Timothy, who goes to sea as a boy and grows up
to command a ship. It also tells of Philip, who hopes to regain
his sights after being blinded in a shipwreck and rescued
What do you do when you need your mother, and your grandparents
need you? In this story, thirteen-year-old Sal and
her grandparents set out on a long drive to find Sal's missing
mother and solve both problems. Along with a serious theme,
there is humor in their search.
Daughter of the Wind
Suzanne Fisher Staples
Shabanu is part of a family of nomads in Pakistan. She loves
her life, but when she is faced with marriage to a man chosen
for her, she tries to run away. The difficult life of the
herders in a barren land is depicted realistically.
Growing up in a house if strong, funny, creative women, fourteen-year-old
Grayling discovers the power of telling stories. She also
learns how to make decisions of her own.
Dragons: Twenty-Five Asian American Voices
by Laurence Yep
The stories in this collection are grouped by such themes
as the relationships between generations, experiences of World
War II, and the need to question who we are and where we go
in the Sky
James Ramsey Ullman
When Rudi's father dies in an attempt to scale a mountain
in the Alps, Rudi decides that he must conquer the peak that
killed his father. The author, and experienced climber, adds
detailed information to a tense tale of courage and determination.
the Legends Die
Left alone in the wilderness when his parents die, Thomas
Black Bull uses the survival skills his mother has taught
him. He eventually learns how to make his way in the world,
facing mischief as well as suffering.
String in the Harp
When Peter Morgan finds an ancient harp key, he enters a frightening
world, moving between two historical periods and between the
practical and the magical. Peter and his sisters much find
the source of the mischief as they are threatened by the key,
the past, and modern laws.
But the Truth: A Documentary Novel
Philip Malloy discovers how a single act of mischief can change
his life and the lives of innocent people. Told through written
announcements, journal entries, and newspaper articlesthe
story shows how lies and mistakes can pile up until few really
know the truth.
This funny tale of mischief combines unusual language, a fantastic
plot, and an intriguing cast of characters, including a princess
and an evil duke.
Jethrow Creighton fights for freedom in his own way as he
is left with the responsibility of maintaining his family's
farm when the men and older boys join the army.
of the Dust
Fourteen-year-old Billie Jo lost her mother in an accident
for which Billie Jo blames her father and herself. In her
journal, she records her life in the Oklahoma dust bowl during
the Great Depression.
for Liberty: American Women 18651890
This is the story of American women from New England to New
Mexico as they meet new freedoms and challenges, new work
opportunities and falling barriers.
Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a
In this fictional account, Patsy keeps a diary of her life
during the important year of 1865, as slavery ends and the
South adjusts to new circumstances.
Walter Dean Myers
This is a story of the Lewis family, beginning in their African
homeland and ending in contemporary America. Throughout the
decades, they manage to maintain continuous ownership of a
piece of land, the Glory Field. The author focuses on a strong
teenage character in each generation as he tells their story.
A the Titanic sinks, Irish immigrants trapped in cabins
below deck awaken to new values and extend help to old enemies,
as well as to family members.
in the Oven: mi vida
Manny Hernandez is fourteen, and his father has him convinced
that he is "just a penny"not worth much. One way to
be worth a lot is to be a part of a gang, and Manny must decide.
Lupita Torres is thirteen when she and her older brother enter
the United States to find work and support their widowed mother
and younger siblings. The two must weigh the need to find
jobs with the dangers and difficulties of crossing a border
Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen live in
Copenhagen, Denmark, a city of shortages and Nazi soldiers.
When the Germans begin to "relocate" Copenhagen's Jews in
1943, Ellen moves in with Annemarie's family. Soon Annemarie
must risk her own life to save her friend.
Ruth is fifteen when she is freed from a Nazi concentration
camp and fears that she is the only surviving member of her
family. She joins an underground organization to make a dangerous
and illegal journey to Palestine. Along the way, she rediscovers
her inner strength and finds reasons for hope.
Island on Bird Street
A Jewish boy, left on his own for months during World War
II, learns to survive in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto
of Poland. He learns how to find food, contact others, and
live amid constant danger.
Am Fifteen - and I Don't Want to Die
The autobiography of Christine Arnothy focuses on one terrifying
year during World War II when the author's family hid in the
cellars of Budapest as German and Russian armies battled for
control of Hungary.
House of Dies Drear
The house is old, huge, and guarded by a cross caretaker.
In addition, there are supposed to be a buried treasure and
a ghost. Thomas and his family discover the history of the
house and of their own ancestors as they explore the building's
connection with the Underground Railroad.
of the Night
Vivian Vande Velde
Sixteen-year-old Kerry is always sensitive to her little brother
Ian's tears. As a result, she agrees to make a scary late-night
trip to the laundromat to recover Ian's stuffed bear. At the
laundromat, Kerry's scary adventure begins.
The creatures living at Redwall Abbey are a peaceful group
until the king of vermin declares war against them. Matthias,
an apprentice mouse, sets out to find a magic sword that can
save Redwall. This is the first book in a series of more than
ten tales of quests and fights between good and evil.
This book is the first in a series of books that combine science
and technology with human strengths and weaknesses. Characters
must struggle to achieve their dreams in this classic science