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REVIEWS
9-12
11 Up
Kadohata, Cynthia Kira-Kira [See Newbery]
Weedflower [A stirring novel about a "weedflower" caught in the hurricanes of war/before Pearl Harbor/Japanese internment/shame, anger and courage]
Newbery
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9-12 Kalam, Bobbie 19th Century Girls & Women: Historic Communities @AMAZON
9-12 Kang, Hildi Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan [Chengli, an orphan, joins a caravan to travel down the merchant route known as the Silk Road, but it is a dangerous life, as his father knew. The desert is harsh, and there are many bandits—bandits interested in Chengli’s caravan because a princess, her servants, and royal guards are traveling with them. But the desert is full of amazing places and life-changing experiences, as the feisty princess learns the meaning of friendship and Chengli learns the heroism of which he is capable.]
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9-12
Karr, Kathleen [Bibliography/Bio] The Boxer
The Great Turkey Walk
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8-11 Kelly, Katy [Interview] Lucy Rose: Working Myself to Pieces and Bits [a friend turns a plumbing store into a bakery] (Recipes included)
Lucy Rose, Here's the Thing About Me.
MELONHEAD (the new series begins...)
8-11 Kennemore, Tim Circle of Doom [Lizzie career plans have changed. Witchcraft was definitely the correct option. People were always telling her that actresses were continually out of work, resting between jobs, starving and penniless. As a witch, however, she would be self-employed and independent. She would be a GOOD witch, only ever harming those who truly deserved it.] @AMAZON
9-11 Kesler, Liz Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister (Book One) [A tale of a girl and her reluctant fairy guardian.]
Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker's Daughter (Book Two) [A sympathetic story about navigating between old friends and new, a tale full of mystery, whimsy, and magic.]
A Year Without Autumn [a gripping tale about a girl who stumbles into the future—and must change its course to save a friendship.]
9-12 Kheridian, David The Road From Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl @AMAZON
9-12 Kibuishi, Kazu Amulet (Book One: The Stonekeeper) ["The story is about two kids (Emily and Navin) who have lost their father in a car accident. When they can no longer afford to live in the city, their mother moves them into a house in the woods, and on the first evening she is kidnapped by a creature in the basement. Using a powerful amulet left by their great grandfather as their guide, the kids have to journey through a giant subterranean labyrinth to rescue her before it's too late."]
9-12 King, Caro Seven Sorcerers ["Nin had never liked Wednesdays, but this one took the cake. On this Wednesday she woke up to find that it was raining buckets and that her little brother had ceased to exist."]
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Klise, Kate Trial by Journal [first juvenile juror in the state's history/humor]
Deliver Us From Normal [anything but normal life to "extraordinary ordinariness"]
Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road (Bk. 1) [Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer's block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It's hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man—and the abandoned kid? Well, let's just say his last name's Hope.
Over My Dead Body (43 Old Cemetery Road Bk. 2) [The International Movement for the Safety & Protection Of Our Kids & Youth (IMSPOOKY) dictates that Seymour cannot live in the mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road “without the benefit of parents.”]
Till Death Do Us Bark (43 Old Cemetery Road Bk. 3) [a dog arrives at Spence Mansion]
The Phantom of the Post Office 43 Old Cemetery Road Bk. 4)[Ghastly’s post office is about to close, which will cut off their connection to their fans. ]
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9-12 Koertge, Ron Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs [baseball, romance, death of mother, dealing with loss, love of writing and poetry lots of poetry styles]
9-12 Konigsburg, Elaine Lobl
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The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place (2004)
The View from Saturday [See Newbery]
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler [Teacher's Guide]
Silent to the Bone
T-backs, T-shirts, Coat and Suit
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9-12 Korman, Gordon ZOOBREAK [When Griffin Bing's class goes to a floating zoo, they don't expect to see animals being treated so badly. They don't expect to find Cleo, Dog Whisperer Savannah's pet monkey who's been missing for weeks. And they really don't expect to have to hide the animals once they've rescued them! Hilarity ensues as Griffin's team once more pulls off a heist...trying to break the animals back into a (better) zoo!]
SCHOOLED [Capricorn “Cap” Anderson has never watched television. He’s never tasted a pizza. Never even heard of a wedgie. Since he was little, his only experience has been living on a farm commune and being homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain. But when Rain falls has to stay in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and her cranky teen daughter and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could have prepared him for the politics of public school.
SWINDLE [After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.]
The Toilet Paper Tigers [Disgusted by his softball team, which includes a coach who knows nothing about baseball, a ball-fearing catcher, a sleepy right fielder, and a toilet paper sponsor who wants the uniforms to reflect his product, Corey Johnson forms a plan with the coach's granddaughter.]
FRAMED [Griffin Bing's new principal doesn't like him. And Griffin doesn't like the boot camp football atmosphere the new principal has brought. Griffin manages to stay out of trouble -- until a Super Bowl ring disappears from the school's display case, with Griffin's retainer left in its place. Griffin has been framed!]
The Chicken Doesn't Skate [Milo Neal is the favorite to win first prize at the science fair. But his project, which involves a chicken, sets off side-splittingly funny action with a star hockey player, a first-class dweeb, and an animal rights activist!]
9-12 Krishnaswami, Uma The Grand Plan to Fix Everything [Eleven-year old Dini loves movies—watching them, reading about them, trying to write her own—especially Bollywood movies. But when her mother tells her some big news, it does not at all jive with the script of her life she has in mind. Her family is moving to India…and, not even to Bombay, which is the center of the Bollywood universe and home to Dini’s all-time most favorite star, Dolly. No, Dini is moving to a teeny, tiny village she can’t even find on a map. Swapnagiri. It means Dream Mountain and it only looks like a word that’s hard to pronounce. But to that open-minded person who sounds the name out, one letter at a time, it falls quite handily into place: S-w-a-p-n-a-g-i-r-i. An honest sort of name, with no surprise letters waiting to leap out and ambush the unwary. That doesn’t mean there aren’t surprises in Swapnagiri like mischievous monkeys and a girl who chirps like a bird—and the biggest surprise of all: Dolly.]
7-9
4-8
Kroll, Virginia Shelter Folks [Review]
Masai and I [Teacher Resource] [Nature Books]
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9-12 Kurtz, Jane
[Interview]
Faraway Home [Teacher Resource: Immigration and Ellis Island]
I'm Sorry Almira Ann [Oregon Trail] [Lesson Plan]
The Storyteller's Beads [personal accounts of Ethiopian refugees who escaped from their country on foot during the 1980s.] [Lesson Plan]
Fire on the Mountain [Fire Related Lesson Plan - Grade 6 Up]
Pulling the Lion's Tail
Only a Pigeon
Bicycle Madness [Fiction/women in history/women's rights/suffrage/social responsibility]
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8 Up Kurzweil, Allen Leon and the Spitting Image [mystery/adventure/fun] @AMAZON
9-13 LaFleur, Suzanne Love, Aubrey [explores tragedy of loss and finding life again/denial/acceptance]. Debut novel. @AMAZON
9-12 Lalicki, Tom Danger in the Dark: A Houdini & Nate Mystery
Shots at Sea: A Houdini & Nate Mystery
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8-12 Lasky, Kathryn Lone Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond Series #1)(2009) [a story of survival, of courage, and of love triumphant. This is Seeker's story, the wolf pup who rose up to change forevever the Wolves of the Beyond.]
Wolves of the Beyond #2: Shadow Wolf
Wolves of the Beyond #3: Watch Wolf
Wolves of the Beyond #4: Frost Wolf (2011)
Wolves of the Beyond Series #5: Spirit Wolf (2012) [Faolan, a wolf once doomed to die, struggles to fufill his destiny as the leader of the wolves of beyond.]
Chasing Orion [Set in Indiana during the polio epidemic in the summer of 1952. Everything from pools to camps are closing to slow the spread of polio. Despite all the headlines, Georgie never thought she’d come as close to the fearful disease as she does when she spies a silver glint in her neighbor’s yard. There she discovers a monstrous, hissing machine, and inside is Phyllis, a girl encased in an iron lung. "I have eighty-seven cubic centimeters of air, but you have the world," Phyllis tells her. Phyllis’s ability to breathe may be limited, but her strength to manipulate is boundless. As Georgie struggles to comprehend this once-gorgeous teenager’s life in a "coffin with legs," Phyllis slowly weaves a web of lies that snare all those around her, including Georgie’s quickly smitten brother. Can Georgie untangle the truth before Phyllis’s deception achieves its inevitable end?]
8-11 LaFevers, R. L. Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book I) [Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin—the world’s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.]
The Basilisk's Lair (Book 2) [hot pursuit of a missing, deadly Basilisk--the King of Serpents.]
The Wyverns' Treasure (Book 3) [After tangling with the deadly basilisk, Nathaniel Fludd is glad to return to England with his Aunt Phil. But someone has ransacked their home, and their best suspect is the sinister man who's been trying to steal the Book of Beasts.]
The Unicorn's Tale (Book 4) [All Nate really wants is to track down his missing parents, but when a unicorn falls mysteriously ill, Nate’s Aunt Phil makes it clear where a beastologist’s duty lies: to the beasts. ]
10-13 Leal, Ann Haywood Also Known As Harper [Harper Lee Morgan is an aspiring poet, which isn’t surprising, seeing as how she’s named after her mama’s favorite writer, Harper Lee. And life is giving her a lot to write about just now. Daddy up and walked out, leaving them broke. Then Harper’s family gets evicted. Hope comes in the form of pen, paper and poetry.]
6-12 Lelooska, Chief Echoes of the Elders:
The Stories and Paintings of Chief Lelooska (1997)
Spirit of the Cedar People (1998)
9-12 Latham, Jean Lee Carry On Mister Bowditch @AMAZON
10-12 Leck, James The Adventures of Jack Lime [Meet Jack Lime, a self-styled P.I. who "solves problems" for his fellow students. In these three cases, Jack navigates an underworld that teems with pimply gangstas and fun-snapping femmes fatales — a.k.a. high school.]
The Further Adventures of Jack Lime [Jack Lime, amateur private eye, solves mysteries for his high school classmates in exchange for future favors. He stops at nothing — except for an occasional bout of narcolepsy — to crack three seemingly stand-alone cases while dodging bullies, Principal Snit and tireless reporter KC Stone.]
9-12 L'Engle, Madeleine
[Extensive Teacher Guides and bio]
A Ring of Endless Light
Friends for the Journey: Two Extraordinary Women...
A Swiftly Tilting Planet [Teacher's Guide]
A Wrinkle in Time (1963 Newbery)
A Wind in the Door
Many Waters
9-12 Lenski, Lois Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison @AMAZON
9-12 Lester, Julius [Interview]
[Resource File]
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road @AMAZON
9-13 Levine, Gail Carson
[Interview]
Ella Enchanted [reinvention of Cinderella]
The Wish ["To thine own self be true"]
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9-12 Lewis, C. S.
50 Years of Narnia
www.narnia.com

The Chronicles of Narnia
All in one Paperback

50TH ANNIVERSARY FULL COLOR EDITIONS
The Magician's Nephew
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader"
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle

C.S. Lewis: Christian and Storyteller by Beatrice Gormley - Ages 10 Up

The Chronicles of Narnia DVD The Chronicles of Narnia DVD Seven-volumes (3 disc set)

10-13 Lichtman, Wendy Secrets, Lie, and Algebra [what to do about a boy you like who's done something really bad]
The Writing on the Wall (Book 2) [intrigue, romance and math/decode school mystery]
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10-14 Lipsyte, Robert The Twinning Project [Tom is a smart, talented loner with a chip on his shoulder and a big secret: an imaginary twin on another planet. Eddie is Tom's opposite, a friendly, athletic kid who always looks on the good side. Tom worries sometimes: does confiding in Eddie mean he's nuts? The truth is even crazier than that. Eddie and his planet are just as real as Tom and his Earth, but fifty-some years in the past. And the twins are caught up in an alien master plan that might just mean Earth—both Earths—will be destroyed. Switching places and identities, "slipping" between planets and across decades, a desperate escape, and the unraveling of deeper secrets leave Tom and Eddie aware of the danger they're facing and the tools they can use to overcome it.]
9-12 Lisle, Holly MOON AND SUN: THE RUBY KEY (Book1) [Mankind is Sunkind and rules by the light; Nightlings are Moonkind and rule in the night; or there will be war. Human and Nightlings are never to meet, but when Genna and her brother Dan venture into the old forest at night, they encounter a Nightling slave who reveals a terrifying secret: Genna and Dan's village chieftain has made a dangerous deal with Letrin, ruler of the Nightlings, offering the lives of his people in exchange for his own immortality.
9-12 Lord, Cynthia RULES [Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"---in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal? A lovely story about being different and acceptance.]
Touch Blue [Touch Blue and your wish will come true. A warm-hearted, humorous, and thoughtful look at what it means to belong--and how lucky we feel when we do.]
10 up Lott, Tim FEARLESS [a chilling dystopian tale about a heroic girl prepared to risk everything in the pursuit of justice. In the not-too-distant future, the world is safe from terrorists, the streets are clean, and girls labeled "juvies" or "mindcrips" have been hidden away behind the smartly painted exterior of the City Community Faith School. Their birth names are forgotten and replaced with a letter and number—slaves. @AMAZON
9 Up Lovelace, Maud Hart (1892-1980)  Betsy Was a Junior
Betsy in Spite of Herself
Heaven to Betsy
Betsy and Joe
[The Betsy-Tacy Society]
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Lowry, Lois Autumn Street
All About Sam
Stay! Keepers Story
Gossamer [Where do dreams come from? What stealthy nighttime messengers are the guardians of our most deeply hidden hopes and our half-forgotten fears?]
Bless Ths Mouse [A resilient and quirky colony of church mice save themselves from one danger after another]
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10-14 Luddy, Karon Spelldown: The Big-Time Dreams of a Small-Town Word Whiz [SC in 60's/dysfunctional family/alcoholic father/keeping the family together/adolescent dreams/lover of words/coming of age/empowering] @AMAZON
Ages 10 Up Lynch, Chris [See Young Adult Section]
Who The Man [adolescence to manhood/ gender stereotypes]
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9-12 Mac Donald, Amy No More Nasty
No More Nice
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9-12 MacLachlan, Patricia The Journey [Teacher's Guide]
Sarah, Plain and Tall [Newbery Section]
Caleb's Story
Edward's Eyes [love, loss, guilt, grief]
Grandfather's Dance [conclusion of the "Sarah, Plain and Tall" stories. Marriage. Love. Loss]
Waiting for the Magic [fractured family/family can come in all shapes]
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8-12 Maguire, Gregory Five Alien Elves - the Hamlet Series Bk. 3
Six Haunted Hairdos - the Hamlet Series Bk. 2
Seven Spiders Spinning - the Hamlet Series Bk. 1
Four Stupid Cupids - the Hamlet Series Bk. 4
Three Rotten Eggs - the Hamlet Series Bk. 5
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Mahy, Margaret The Seven Chinese Brothers
The Five Sisters
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10 up Malley, Gemma The Declaration [t’s the year 2140 and Longevity drugs have all but eradicated old age. A never-aging society can’t sustain population growth, however…which means Anna should never have been born. Nor should any of the children she lives with at Grange Hall. The facility is full of boys and girls whose parents chose to have kids—called surpluses—despite a law forbidding them from doing so. These children are raised as servants, and brought up to believe they must atone for their very existence. ] @AMAZON
8-11 Marciano, John Bemelmans Harold's Tail @AMAZON
9-12 Marino, Nan Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me [
9-12 Marsden, Carolyn Take Me with You [Hopes of adoption test the friendship of two girls — one biracial — in a lyrical novel touching on themes of identity and the meaning of home.]
8-11 Martin, Ann M. and Laura Godwin The Doll People
The Meanest Doll in the World (Book 2)
The Runaway Dolls (Book 3)
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9-12 Mass, Wendy 11 Birthdays [Everything goes wrong on Amanda's 11th birthday. Friendship/teamwork/insecurities/resolution.]
Finally [My name is Rory Swenson, and I've been waiting to turn twelve my whole life. In exactly 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds, it will finally happen. My life will officially begin.]
13 Gifts [When Tara, a self-proclaimed shrinking violet, steals the school mascot, a goat, in order to make some friends with the popular crowd and gets caught, she gets herself in a heap of trouble. Her parents decide that she must go stay with her aunt, uncle, and bratty cousin Emily St. Claire in Willow Falls. Tara thinks it's a good time to start over,] so she might as well make the best of it and perhaps even attempt to break out of her shell (in a non-criminal manner).
Beauty and the Beast, the Only One Who Didn't Run Away (Twice Upon a Time #3) [When you're stuck with the name Beauty, people expect a lot from you - like beauty and grace and courage and a sense of style. But what if you have none of these things? What if all you like to do is read books and search for odd objects that other people drop? Oh, and you have a perfect older sister who really should have had your name instead of you. And when you're a prince, you're supposed to be athletic and commanding and brave and tall. But what if you are none of those things? What if all you like to do is play the bagpipes (badly), study the stars, and try to figure out how to make worms live forever? Oh, and you also have a perfect older brother who is a lot more princely than you'll ever be.]
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8 Up McEwan, Ian The Daydreamer [where daydreams and reality meet] @AMAZON
9-12 McAllister, M. I. The Mistmantle Chronicles: Bk.1 -Urchin of the Riding Stars
The Mistmantle Chronicles: Bk.2 - Urchin and the Heartstone
The Mistmantle Chronicles: Bk.3 - The Heir of Mistmantle
The Mistmantle Chronicles: Bk.4 - Urchin and the Raven War
The Mistmantle Chronicles: Bk.5 - Urchin and the Rage Tide
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10-14 McKay, Hilary Permanent Rose [ties that link family and friends together] @AMAZON
10-13 McGhee, Alison Snap [sophisticated and real in message. Edwina (Eddie) wears bands to remind her to do "things." A beautiful story of love, fear, hope, loss and friendship.] @AMAZON
9-12 McKinley, Robin [see also Newbery]
The Blue Sword
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9-12 McKissack, Patricia & Frederick Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues
A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?
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9-12 McKissack, Patricia Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
A Friendship for Today [takes place 1954 Missouri after Supreme Court school desegregation decision]
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8-12 McMann, Lisa The Unwanteds [Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths. Dystopian. Twins. Battle.
9-12 McMullan, Kate The Story of Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad @AMAZON
10-14 McMullan, Margaret When I Crossed No-Bob [Reader's Guide] [Life as an O'Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows, and life as an O'Donnell means trouble. Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the O'Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So when Addy's mama abandons her on the afternoon of Mr. Frank Russell's wedding celebration, nobody is very surprised. A reluctant Mr. Frank and his new wife take Addy in, and Addy does everything she can to prove that at least one O'Donnell has promise. But one day, Addy witnesses a terrible event that brings her old world crashing into the new. As she finds herself being pulled back into No-Bob and the grips of her O'Donnell kin, Addy is faced with the biggest decision of her life. Can she somehow find the courage to do what's right, even if it means betraying one of her own?] @AMAZON
10-14 Mead, Alice Girl of Kosovo [Serbian-Albanian conflict] @AMAZON
10 up Melville, Herman Moby-Dick [the saga of Captain Ahab and his unrelenting pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed him during their last encounter. A novel blending high-seas romantic adventure, symbolic allegory, and the conflicting ideals of heroic determination and undying hatred, Moby Dick is also revered for its historical accounts of the whaling industry of the 1800's. This handsomely illustrated abridged version is presented by Jan Needle. A great way to introduce an American classic to a new generation.]
9-12 Mendez, Phil The Black Snowman [Teacher Resource] @AMAZON
8-11 Messner, Kate Capture the Flag [Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, three strangers encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice.]
10-13 Michael, Jan City Boy [Sam's widowed mother has died from "the Disease," and Sam is claimed by his aunt Mercy, who lives in the small African village where Sam's mother was born and raised. The gap between Sam's life in the city and his new life in the dirt-floored one-room hut is vast beyond imagining. Grief, loneliness, and the absence of everything familiar make for a rocky transition to a traditional culture where possessions count for little and everyone is expected to do his or her share.]
9-12 Mikaelsen, Ben [See YA] Petey [dignity and disabilities]
Stranded
Countdown [respecting differences]
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10-13 Miller, Kirsten Kiki Strike [celebrates the courage and daring of seemingly ordinary girls/a secret city below the streets of Manhattan] @AMAZON
9-12 Miller, Wiley Extraordinary Adventures Of Ordinary Basil [Tale of a boy who is bored by his life and ready to break free from the lighthouse he calls home. Led off by a wonderfully eccentric professor in a hot-air-balloon ship, Basil travels to another dimension where he and a new friend save the fantasy city of Helios from destruction.]
Attack of the Volcano Monkeys [Basil and his friend Louise ride her pet pteranodon, Beatrice, to forbidden Monkey Island, they discover an advanced society of monkeys bred to have human intelligence. This is the work of evil Euric von Rottweil, who is planning to use his monkeys to further his plan of "Peace Through World Domination."
9-12 Mills, Claudia 7x9=Trouble! [sibling rivalry, family, problem solving] @AMAZON
10 up Milway, Alex The Mousehunter [For Emiline, a mousekeeper in the employ of wealthy Isiah Lovelock, there is no greater dream than becoming a famous mousehunter. So when she is given the opportunity to join the hunt for the legendary pirate Mousebeard, she sets off on the most dangerous, most thrilling, most swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime.] Look for a sequel.
10-13 Mone, Gregory Fish [Fish--nicknamed for his incredible swimming abilities--is a twelve-year-old boy from a poor farming family. After taking a job as a courier for his uncle, Fish is waylaid by pirates, who steal the package he's carrying. He soon learns that it's the key to locating the Chain of Chuacar, a legendary treasure. As he works to earn the trust of Cobb, the fortune-hunting captain of the Scurvy Mistress, Fish learns of a mutiny headed by a nasty pirate called Scab. With time running out to find the Chain, Fish and some fellow shipmates still loyal to Cobb must thwart Scab's dastardly plan.]
9-12 Moriarty, Chris The Inquisitor's Apprentice [The day Sacha found out he could see witches was the worst day of his life . . .. Being an Inquisitor is no job for a nice Jewish boy. But when the police learn that Sacha Kessler can see witches, he’s apprenticed to the department’s star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf. Their mission is to stop magical crime. And New York at the beginning of the twentieth century is a magical melting pot where each ethnic group has its own brand of homegrown witchcraft, and magical gangs rule the streets from Hell’s Kitchen to Chinatown. Soon Sacha has teamed up with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, daughter of one of the city’s richest Wall Street Wizards—and a spoiled snob, if you ask Sacha. Their first case is to find out who’s trying to kill Thomas Edison.
9-12 Moses, Shelia P. Sallie Gal And The Wall-a-kee Man [country folks can't get to town so easily. And even though Mama and Sallie Gal work hard in the cotton fields, money is hard to come by. Especially for things they don't need.] @AMAZON
9-12 Mull, Brandon A World Without Heroes (Beyonders Bk. 1)[Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcmoed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail. In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.]
Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders Bk.2)
Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders Bk. 3)
9-12 Myers, Walter Dean Handbook for Boys [life lessons-attitude]
Fallen Angels [Finding virtue in the Viet Nam War]
The Cruisers (Part 1) [Civil War/misfits/writing is power/peaceful resolution to Civil War] A LOT in a small book.
The Cruisers: Checkmate (Part 2) [explores the world of competitive chess as seen through the eyes of a group of middle school misfits.]
The Cruisers Book 3: A Star Is Born [The Cruiser, an alternative newspaper published by Zander and his crew of middle school misfits, is alive and well. And now there's plenty to report on when LaShonda, one of the Cruisers, steps into the spotlight with her costume designs for an upcoming play. LaShonda's designs get rave reviews, but she soon learns that show business is filled with challenges and choices.]
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12-15 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Jade Green: A Ghost Story
Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June (Ages 9-13) [realism of Appalachia/KY/coal mining/finding strength in each other/more alike than different.]
Shiloh [See Newbery]
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9-12 Nelson, N. A. Bring the Boy Home ["I've seen what the world does to the weak. It'll eat you alive." Tirio was cast out of the Takunami tribe at a very young age because of his disabled foot. But an American woman named Sara adopted him, and his life has only gotten better since. Why is he having visions and hearing voices calling him back to the Amazon? Luka has spent his whole life preparing for his soche seche tente, a sixth-sense test all Takunami boys must endure just before their thirteenth birthday. His family's future depends on whether or not he passes this perilous test. Two young boys. An unforgiving jungle. One shared destiny.] @AMAZON
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10-13 Nemeth, Sally The Heights, the Depths, and Everything in Between [fastpaced, entertaining, humorous story about friendship and loyalty vividly capturing the highs and lows of growing up, and the the "misfit" feelings most teens have during middle-school. @AMAZON
10 and Up Newquist, HP The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins [an engaging tour of the world of blood, from ancient history to modern science—with an occasional trip to the very strange side of the most important tissue in our bodies. Oddly enough, scientists began to understand this fascinating fluid only within the past one hundred years and how its microscopic components nourish the entire body.]
9 Up Nesbit, E. Five Children and It [gift edition of 1902 classic] [Chapter 1]
The Railway Children
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10-13 Nicholls, Sally Ways to Live Forever [By the time you read this, I will probably be dead. Living through the final stages of leukemia, Sam collects stories, questions, lists, and pictures that create a profoundly moving portrait of how a boy lives when he knows his time is almost up.] Beautiful read.
Season Of Secrets [Molly and Hannah have just lost their mother, and while Dad "figures things out", they're sent to stay with their grandparents in a quiet country town. One night Hannah decides to run away, and Molly follows her out into the storm. Suddenly, Molly is surrounded by dogs and strange men on horseback, and they're all chasing a man in the road. Molly rushes to find someone to help him, but when she returns, he's nowhere to be seen. She finds him again the next day, and he's badly injured. As he heals, Molly befriends him and realizes that there's something magical about him. He can make a flower blossom in the palm of his hand; he can make a sapling grow in the dead of winter. Molly wants desperately to figure out who he is and just how much power he has. If he can make the trees come to life again, is there still hope for Molly's mother?]
9-11 Nimmo, Jenny The Children of the Red King Series - Charlie Bone - The stories are centred on Charlie Bone, a young boy and descendant of The Red King, who reluctantly possesses a powerful endowment, along with many of his friends who he meets at a special school he attends called Bloor's Academy. His family, the Yewbeams, have many dark secrets and Charlie Bone embarks on a series of mysterious adventures to find out the truth about his past.
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Chronicles of the Red King: The Secret Kingdom - June 2011 - Brand-new series takes readers on an extraordinary quest with one of her most powerful and mysterious characters, the one who started it all for Charlie Bone and the children of the Red King.
7-11 Nix, Garth One Beastly Beast: Two Aliens, Three Inventors, Four Fantastic Tales ["the stories feature bright, level-headed children in situations that call for courage in the face of surprising and even fantastic circumstances."]
Troubletwisters (Book 1) [Two twins find that they must act as wards against a threatening evil. The Evil has been trying to break into our dimension and dominate the earth for centuries. Unbeknownst to most of us, there are Wardens all over the globe, who protect humanity from the Evil that asserts itself at the Portals, which are the only places through which the Evil may pass into our world. Jaide and Jack Shield don't know that the world is under attack. They don't know that their dad and their Grandma X, who they move in with, are Wardens, or that they themselves are troubletwisters, young Wardens just coming into their powers.]
9-12 Norton, Mary (1903-1992) The Borrowers
The Borrowers Afloat
The Borrowers Afield
The Borrowers Avenged
The Borrowers Aloft
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
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9-12 O'Dell, Scott The Black Pearl
The King's Fifth
Sing Down the Moon [The Navajo tribe's forced march from their homeland to Fort Sumner by white soldiers and settlers is dramatically and courageously told by young Bright Morning.]
Black Star, Bright Dawn
Island of the Blue Dolphins [Teacher's Guide]
My Name Is Not Angelica [ Snatched from her home in Africa, sixteen-year-old Raisha begins her new life on the island of St. John's as a slave on Jost van Prok's plantation. Even as a sheltered house servant, Raisha cannot ignore the terrible suffering of other slaves. But is she willing to risk her life to help a group of runaways? This is a compelling account of the great slave rebellion of 1733, and of one daring young woman's suffering, strength, and ultimate triumph of will.] (Ages 10-14)
10-12 O'Hearn, Kate Shadow of the Dragon: KIRA (Book One) [When war comes to the kingdom, Lord Dorcon and his knights arrive at Kira’s home to take her father, mother and brother, Dane, to the palace to serve the King. Kira and her sisters are to go to Lasser Commons - the most notorious prison in the land. Their only crime? Being unmarried girls. In a whirl of destruction and fire, Kira and her younger sister, Elspeth, manage to escape. But deep in her heart, Kira knows the real fight is just beginning.]
Shadow of the Dragon: ELSPETH (Book Two) [Now outlawed and running for their lives, they are determined to stand amongst the men and fight the unjust First Law that binds the kingdom. But cruel Lord Dorcon still stands in their way and the heat of his chase is stronger than ever. A prophecy to fulfill, a cruel monarchy to upend. The battle continues... ]
10-12 Oppel, Kenneth Silverwing: How One Small Bat Became a Noble Hero
Sunwing: A Companion to Silverwing
Firewing (Bk. 3)
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8-11 Oliver, Lin Who Shrunk Daniel Funk Series - Meet Daniel Funk, a regular guy who's stuck living in a house full of girls. (Reluctant Readers)
Attack of the Growling Eyeballs [When Daniel and Pablo decide to have some fun at their sisters' party and let loose a giant hissing cockroach just to watch the girls scream, they find out that it's dangerous to be so small.]
Escape of the Mini-Mummy [Daniel Funk can shrink to the size of the fourth toe on his left foot. But that's not his only skill. Daniel and his best friend, Vu, are entering the school diorama contest with a model of King Tut's tomb. If they win, they get tickets to a Lakers game. If they lose, they'll never hear the end of it from Vince the Pizza Prince, the most obnoxious guy in school.]
Revenge of the Itty-Bitty Brothers [Daniel has finally figured out how to control his shrinking/ Daniel's Science Club holds a model rocket launch at the La Brea Tar Pits, and Daniel comes up with the best idea of all: He and Pablo will launch themselves into the air for a teeny-tiny rocket ride! But things take a turn for the dangerous when Daniel's rocket takes a nosedive into the tar pits. Will Daniel make it out in one piece? Or will he become an itty-bitty fossil?]
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Orr, Wendy Ark in the Park
Nim's Island
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9-12 Osborne, Mary Pope  Buffalo Before Breakfast [Lesson Plan Activities]
Dinosaurs Before Dark [Lesson Plan Activities]
The Knight at Dawn [Lesson Plan Activities]
Mummies in the Morning [Lesson Plan Activities]
10-14 Oz, Amos Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest [ In a gray and gloomy village, all of the animals—from dogs and cats to fish and snails—disappeared years before. No one talks about it and no one knows why, though everyone agrees that the village has been cursed. But when two children see a fish—a tiny one and just for a second—they become determined to unravel the mystery of where the animals have gone. This is a hauntingly beautiful fable for both children and adults about tolerance, loneliness, denial, and remembrance. Interesting and unusual.]
9-12 Paquette, A. J. Nowhere Girl [Luchi Ann only knows a few things about herself: she was born in a prison in Thailand. Her American mother was an inmate there. And now that her mother has died, Luchi must leave the only place she's ever known and set out into the world. Neither at home as a Thai, because of her fair skin and blond hair, nor as a foreigner, because of her knowledge of Thai life and traditions, Luchi feels as though she belongs nowhere. But as she embarks on an amazing adventure-a journey spanning continents and customs, harrowing danger and exhilarating experiences-she will find the family, and the home, she's always dreamed of. Weaving intricate elements of traditional Thailand into a modern-day fairy tale unique unto itself, Nowhere Girl is a beautifully rendered story of courage, resilience, and finding the one place where you truly belong.]
9-12 Park, Linda Sue [see Newbery] Keeping Score [Korean War/Brooklyn Dodgers/ the tragedies and reality of war/ life in Brooklyn in the early 1950s @AMAZON
6 Up Parrish, Peggy Amelia Bedelia   [Lesson Plan]
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
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8-11 Pastis, Stephen Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made [Meet "detective" Timmy Failure, star of the kids’ comedy of the year. Take Timmy Failure — the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile — Timmy’s mom’s Segway — and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother won’t have to stress out about the bills anymore. Of course, Timmy’s plan does not include the four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered. And it doesn’t include Rollo Tookus, who is so obsessed with getting into "Stanfurd" that he can’t carry out a no-brainer spy mission. This is an endearingly bumbling hero in a caper whose peerless hilarity is accompanied by a whodunit twist.
10-13 Paterson, Katherine Bread and Roses [moving story based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 Bread and Roses strike in the mills of Lawrence, MA, and the sympathetic response of the citizens of Barre, VT]
The Day of the Pelican [Meli Lleshi is positive that her drawing of her teacher with his pelican nose started it all. The Lleshis are Albanians living in Kosovo, a country trying to fight off Serbian oppressors, and suddenly they are homeless refugees. Old and young alike, they find their courage tested by hunger, illness, the long, arduous journey, and danger on every side. Then, unexpectedly, they are brought to America by a church group and begin a new life in a small Vermont town.]
9-12 Paulsen, Gary
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Alida's Song
The Cookcamp
Brian's Return - Brian's Return
Brian's Winter 
Dogsong
Hatchet [the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson's survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic. Stranded in the desolate wilderness, Brian uses his instincts and his hatchet to stay alive for fifty-four harrowing days.] Newbery Honor - Newbery Honor [Lesson Plan]
Hatchet: 20th Anniversary Edition (2007) [This twentieth-anniversary edition of Hatchet contains a new introduction and sidebar commentary by Gary Paulsen, written especially for this volume. Drew Willis's detailed pen-and-ink illustrations complement the descriptions in the text and add a new dimension to the book. ]
The Winter Room
Mr. Tucket
Tucket's Ride
Tucket's Gold
Call Me Francis Tucket
10 Up Pearce, Philippa Familiar and Haunting: Collected Stories [37 in all] @AMAZON
10-13 Peck, Dale Drift House: The First Voyage @AMAZON
9-12 Penn, Audrey Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove @AMAZON
9-12 Perkins, Lynne Rae All Alone in the Universe [broken friendships] @AMAZON
10-14 Perkovich, Olugbemisola Rhuday Eighth-Grade Superzero [Reggie gets involved with a local homeless shelter, the Olive Branch. Haunted by two of the clients there--George, a once-proud man now living on the streets, and Charlie, a six-year-old kid who becomes his official "Little Buddy"--he begins to think about making a difference, both in the world and at school.]
10-13 Phelan, Matt The Storm in the Barn [Tall tale. Thriller. Gripping historical fiction. This artful, sparely told graphic novel — a tale of a boy in Dust Bowl America. In a land where it never rains, it’s hard to trust what you see with your own eyes — and harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes.]
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Philbrick, Rodman Rem World
Freak the Mighty
The Mighty
Max the Mighty
The Fire Pony
The Mostly True Adventures Of Homer P. Figg [Homer Figg sets off to follow his brother into the thick of the Civil War.] 2010 Newbery Honor Book.
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9-12 Pierce, Tamora Magic Steps - Book 1 The Circle Opens 2000
Street Magic- Book 2 The Circle Opens - Song of the Lioness, Book 1
Alanna: The First Adventure
In the Hand of the Goddess -Song of the Lioness, Book 2
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Pinkwater, Daniel Looking for Bobowicz (2004)
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization (Bk.1)
The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There (Bk.2)
Bushman Lives! [Is Bushman the gorilla alive? According to the papers, he died a long time ago. Why is he so important to the high school senior and aspiring Great Artist Harold Knishke? It’s a hot summer in 1960s Chicago, and people are on the streets late at night, including the Chicken Man and Molly the dwerg. Harold is about to embark on a voyage of great adventure.]
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8-12 Patron, Susan The Higher Power of Lucky (2007 Newbery Medal) (Bk. 1) [Lucky, age ten, can’t wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has. Brilliantly tackles death, absentee parent, addiction, fear, abandonment.
Lucky Breaks (Bk. 2) [As Lucky contemplates the mysteries of the universe, or at least the Milky Way galaxy, the other 42 residents of Hard Pan, California, go on with their lives, pursuing what they truly believe are normal activities.]
Lucky for Good (Bk. 3)(Conclusion 2011) [The Hard Pan trilogy that began with the Newbery-winning The Higher Power of Lucky concludes with Lucky and all of Hard Pan a little wiser and a lot closer to all out hearts. As always, Lucky is brave and foolish, impulsive and tender, vulnerable and determined. Ultimately, Lucky forges her own path: Lucky for Good.]
10 Up Pratchett, Terry The Wee Free Men
The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings [a crew and nomes save their home from destruction by human hands.]
Only You Can Save Mankind (Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, 1.)
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9-12 Preller, James Along Came Spider [Spider Stevens and Trey Cooper have lived next door to each other their entire lives. Their houses are on the odd-numbered side of Maple Street, which seems just about right. Because Trey Cooper is a little odd himself. The whole class thinks Trey is weird. Does that mean Spider has to turn his back on his oldest friend?]
Justin Fisher Declares War! [Justin has always been the funniest kid in school. But this year, his new teacher isn't amused. And when Justin gets in trouble with Mr. Tripp over and over, the other kids turn on him, too. No one wants to be friends with the class troublemaker.]
9-13 Raschka, Chris Seriously, Norman! [this story is about Norman and about how he grows and learns stuff. Uses his imagination. Observes things. Like his dad, who is so devoted to . . . money! Like how his dad is mixed up with weird creeps of the underworld. All over the world! Why, why are grown-ups so insane?]
9-12 Rawls, Wilson Where The Red Fern Grows
The Summer of The Monkeys
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9-12 Reeve, Philip No Such Thing As Dragons [Ansel is a mute boy whose master is a dragon-slayer. Brock has shining armor, and scars that prove his heroic stories. Ansel suspects there are no such things as dragons.[ @AMAZON
10-12 Reich, Susanna Penelope Bailey [the power of art and a young person's dreams about the struggle of 19th century women for self-determination and one girl's effort to find a balance between her own desires and the expectations of society.] @AMAZON
9-12 Reiche, Dietlof I, Freddy: Book One In the Golden Hamster Saga
Freddy in Peril: Book Two In The Golden Hamster Saga
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9-12 Reiss, Kathryn Paint By Magic: A Time Travel Mystery @AMAZON
9 up Rex, Adam The True Meaning of Smekday ["Who knew the end of the world could be so hilarious? "] @AMAZON
9-12 Richter, Conrad The Light In The Forest @AMAZON
6-10 Ringgold, Faith [Teacher Guides] The Invisible Princess
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10 up Riordan, Rick The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus Series #1)[Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish in the first novel of the Heroes of Olympus series, which follows Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and includes some of the same characters in minor roles.]
9-12 Rochelle, Belinda Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights
Words with Wings
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9-12 Rockwell, Thomas  How to Eat Fried Worms [Lesson Plan Activities] @AMAZON
9-12 Rowling, J.K. [complete page, bio and lesson plans]
9-12 Russell, Christine and Christopher The Quest of the Warrior Sheep - When Sal the sheep is bonked on the head by an unidentified falling object, it can only mean one thing: Lord Aries, the Sheep of all Sheepdom is in trouble, and the sheep posse must save him. Little do the sheep know that the mysterious object is actually a cell phone dropped by a couple of baaaaad bank robbers who will do anything to get it back. And a couple of woolbags aren't going to stand in their way! And so the quest of the Warrior Sheep begins.
10-12 Russell, Krista Chasing the Nightbird [Fourteen-year-old Lucky Valera is a seasoned sailor about to join the crew of the whaling ship, Nightbird. But when his estranged older brother suddenly kidnaps him and forces him into servitude as a mule spinner at the mill, his life takes a dramatic turn for the worse. Determined to escape, Lucky links up with some unlikely allies: Daniel, a fugitive slave who works alongside him at the mill, and Emmeline, a Quaker ship captain s daughter. Emmeline offers Lucky passage on her father s ship in exchange for his help leading escaped slaves through the Underground Railroad]
10-13 Ryan, Pam Munoz Becoming Naomi Leon [multi-cultural/search for identity/absent parents] @AMAZON
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Rylant, Cynthia [see also] Every Living Thing
Henry and Mudge (1999)
The Case of the Missing Monkey (2000)
The Case of the Climbing Cat (2000)
The Case of the Troublesome Turtle (2001)
The Case of the Sleepy Sloth [2002]
The Heavenly Village [excellent for grief]