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RECOMMENDED READING FOR AGES 9-12
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REVIEWS
9-12 Sabin, Francene Amelia Earhart : Adventure in the Sky @AMAZON
10 Up Sachar, Louis
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HOLES @AMAZON
10-13 Sage, Angie The Septimus Heap series leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells.
Book One: Magyk
Book Two: Flyte
Book Three: Physik
Book Four: Queste
8-12 Sandburg, Carl [Resource File] Rootabaga Stories
More Rootabaga Stories
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9-12 Say, Allen [Bio 2] The Inn-Keeper's Apprentice Teachers Notes
Note: See Special Book Section for 4-8 Allen Say Books
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9-12 Schaefer, Jack (1907-1991)
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Old Ramon @AMAZON
6-10 Schur, Maxine Rose Gullible Gus [Cowboy Gus is cured of a bad case of gullibility by listening to three tall tales.] @AMAZON
9-12 Scieszka, Jon [Resource File] Summer Reading Is Killing Me! @AMAZON
10-13 Scott, Elaine Secrets of the Cirque Medrano [1904 an orphaned girl is sent to Paris to live with relatives who own a cafe frequented by Picasso and a group of artists and writers. She is fascinated with Cirque Medrano (circus)./This is Picasso's Blue Period.] Learn more/Teacher's Guide @AMAZON
9-12 Seidler, Tor The Dulcimer Boy (2003) [a journey of self discovery]
The Tar Pit
A Rat's Tale
Mean Margaret [the foibles of self-centeredness ]
Terpin [the power and consequences of speaking the truth]
Brothers Below Zero [Sibling Rivalry]
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8 Up Selden, George (1929-89)
Garth Williams (1912-96) Illustrator
Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse
The Cricket in Times Square [Lesson Plan] [summary/activities/study of crickets
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9-12 Selznick, Brian The Invention of Hugo Cabret [Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.]
Wonderstruck [ Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing. Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories—Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures—weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.] (2011)
9-12 Sensel, Joni The Farwalker's Quest (Bk.) [Fantasy quest about finding the truth and finding yourself.]
The Timekeeper's Moon (Bk. 2) [When Ariel Farwalker hears the moon talking to her, she thinks she must be going crazy. Then she discovers an ancient map, and learns that the moon is part of a mysterious summons that's calling her on a new journey.]
8-12 Sepulveda, Luis The Story of the Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her To Fly @AMAZON
7-12 Shannon, George More Stories to Solve: Fifteen Folktales from Around the World
Stories to Solve: Folktales from Around the World
More True Lies: 18 Tales for You to Judge
10-14 Shipton, Paul The Pig Scrolls by Gryllus the Pig [mythology and an heroic pig]
The Pig Who Saved the World by Gryllus the Pig
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10-12 Shreve, Susan Richards  Ghost Cats @AMAZON
9-12 Silberberg, Alan Pond Scum [Smart, original, humorous story excellent for discussions about the balance of an ecosystem and the various animal groups.] And, don't pull the wings off flies! @AMAZON
9-12 Sills, Leslie Inspirations : Stories About Women Artists
Visions : Stories About Women Artists
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9-12 Singer, Marilyn Circus Lunicus @AMAZON
9-12 Smith, D. James The Boys of San Joaquin (Bk. 1) Set in CA in 1951
Probably the World's Best Story About a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me (Bk. 2) [Tolerance/handicapped]
It Was September When We Ran Away the First Time (Bk. 3) [Paolo is thinking about Communism and the atom bomb. But most of all, he's thinking about Billy and Veronica, a Chinese girl in his class, who have both become victims of some ofthe community's ignorant but deep-seated ideas about who should be hanging out with whom.]
9-12 Smith, Robert Kimmel The War With Grandpa [Resource File]
Chocolate Factory [Lesson Plan Activities]
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9-12 Lemony Snicket A Series of Unfortunate Events [Who is Lemony Snicket? Bio, FAQ and more]
10-13 Soup, Dr. Cuthbert A Whole Nother Story [The three Cheeseman children, their father, and their psychic dog are all on the run from the CIA and corporate agents #5, #29, and # 207, plus two international superspies -- one of whom happens to be a chimpanzee. They all want Dr. Cheeseman and his late wife's greatest invention–a time machine with unspeakable powers, but it's not working right yet. Enjoy this high stakes, high action, hijinx-filled chase, and the bizarre characters our Cheeseman friends will meet as they protect not just their parents' invention, but their mother's sacred memory.]
Another Whole Nother Story [The plan was simple. Ethan Cheeseman, along with his three smart, polite, and relatively odor-free children, would travel back in time to end an ancient family curse and save their mother. Now that the LVR (a super-secret time machine) is in working order, it should be easy peasy. Except they didn't account for one basic rule of science: Murphy's Law, where everything that possibly could go wrong, does. So the Cheeseman family finds themselves on another madcap adventure, this time through stormy seas and haunted castles. And though their narrator, Dr. Soup, has a ton of unsolicited advice to offer young readers, he doesn't have much to say to help the Cheesemans. Just this one thing: Good luck!]
10-13 Sonnenblick, Jordan Drums, Girls, And Dangerous Pie [sibling with cancer, family dynamics, hope, friendships] @AMAZON
9-12 Speare,Eliz.George The Sign of The Beaver [Teacher's Guide]
The Bronze Bow
The Witch of Blackbird Pond [Web based Thematic Unit]
9-12 Spinelli, Eileen Summerhouse Time [Every year a rented pink cottage full of family, swapping stories, and riding waves mean Summerhouse Time for Sophie—or does it?] @AMAZON
9-12 Spinelli, Jerry
[Resource File]
[See Newbery]
Smiles to Go [What is a stargazer, skateboarder, chess champ, sister hater, best friend,science geek, control freak so afraid of in this great big universe? (2008)
Milkweed: A Novel [Nazi-occupied Warsaw/orphan/struggle for survival]
Loser [about human spirit, the importance of failure, "hero."]
Stargirl [what it means to be a human being]
Love, Stargirl (2007) [Change, Loss, Growing Pains, Being true to oneself]
The Library Card
Wringer [Peer Pressure]
Crash [bullying jock/brutal pranks/there's more to life than new sneaks]
Knots in My Yo-Yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid
Maniac Magee [Maniac confronts small town racism, tries to find a home where there is none and attempts to soothe tensions between rival factions on the tough side of town] 1991 Newbery Medal
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9UP Spires, Elizabeth The Mouse of Amherst [Emily Dickinson] @AMAZON
9-12 Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shabanu: Daughter Of The Wind
Dangerous Skies
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7-10 Stadler, Alexander Julian Rodriguez: Episode One: Trash Crisis on Earth [First Officer Julian Rodriguez has seen his share of injustices during his time on Earth, disguised as an eight-year-old boy. he's denied his preferred midday nutrition capsule (lunch), then he's face with a day of standardized testing at his education center (school). Then he must face his archenemy—Evilmami who wants him to take out the trash. (graphix/comic)]
Julian Rodriguez Episode Two: Invasion of the Relatives [In this episode, our hero must don an absurd ceremonial costume and risk contamination at the hands of The Relatives, a band of crude, genetically linked mini-brains. Yet again, Julian saves Earth from total annihilation after he realizes that the planet has at least one redeeming quality -- the Earthling delicacy known as empanadas, which his Alpha Nana just happens to be serving for dinner.]
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9-12
Stanley, Diane [See also Art Section and Picturebooks] A Time Apart
Joan of Arc [Learn more about Joan of Arc]
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9-12 Starke, Ruth Noodle Pie [It's Andy's first trip on an airplane when he and his dad travel to Vietnam to meet all his relatives. Talk about culture shock! Everyone calls him by his Vietnamese name instead of Andy and he is stunned to discover the family restaurant is nothing like the ones at home!] Cross-cultural/cultural differences/family/coming of age.
10-12 Stauffacher, Sue Harry Sue [Harry Sue Clotkin is tough. Her mom's in the slammer and she wants to get there so they can be together. But it's not so easy to become a juvenile delinquent when you've got a tender heart. Excellent riveting read as a symbol of the resilience of children] @AMAZON
10-13 Steer, Dugald A. Dragonology: Field Guide to Dragons (Ologies) Twelve intriguing mini models in the most deluxe field guide yet — an irresistible hands-on resource for devoted dragonologists!
Dragonology Code-Writing Kit (Ologies) Learn the keys to cracking secret codes — and use cool stationery to send missives to your friends.
The Dragon's Eye: The Dragonology Chronicles, Volume One
The Dragon Diary: Dragonology Chronicles Volume 2 [Two young dragonologists set off on a daring, wing-borne mission — while rushing to crack an ancient Dragonish code.]
9-13 Stephens, Sarah Hines Show Off: How to Do Absolutely Everything. One Step at a Time [Investigate, create, explore, cook, move and amaze. Simple, step-by-step instructions for 224 fun and freaky things.
Stevenson, Robert L.

[Learn About N. C. Wyeth]
N.C. Wyeth: A Biography

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Kidnapped
Treasure Island
[Interdisciplinary Curriculum on Pirates]
10 Up Stewart, Paul Muddle Earth [Joe Jefferson was an ordinary schoolboy from ordinary Earth. But something strange happened and now he's Joe the Barbarian—fearless warrior-hero, summoned by Muddle Earth's leading wizard* to slay ogres, wrestle dragons, and bravely confront villains.) @AMAZON
10 up Stewart, Trenton Lee The Mysterious Benedict Society [Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. Two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies.]
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (Bk. 2) [A new mission: find Mr. Benedict. It seems that while he was preparing the kids' adventure, he stepped right into a trap orchestrated by his evil twin Mr. Curtain. With only one week to find a captured Mr. Benedict, the gifted foursome faces their greatest challenge of all--a challenge that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and will require them to fight for the very namesake that united them.
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma (Bk. 3) [new adventure that threatens to force them apart from their families, friends, and even each other. When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, the foursome must unravel clues relating to a nefarious new plot, while their search for answers brings them closer to danger than ever before.]
9-12 Stone, Phoebe Deep Down Popular [6th-grader Jessie Lou is deeply, madly, passionately in love with Conrad Parker Smith. Too bad she's a tomboy with only one on-again, off-again friend, and hair so short you can't spit on it. Too bad he's the most popular boy in their small-town school. But then Conrad hurts his leg and suddenly can't keep up with his old pursuits anymore. Jessie Lou and Conrad start spending a lot more time together, but she can't help wonder -- is she just a substitute friend? And will Conrad forget her when his leg brace comes off and he's king of the school once again?]
The Romeo and Juliet Code [Felicity's glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in Maine, Felicity hopes they won't leave her long. Her new Uncle Gideon hides things. Her Aunt Miami is star-crossed. And Derek, a kid her age, refuses to leave his room. But Felicity needs Derek's help. Gideon is getting coded letters from Felicity's parents, and she's sure they're in trouble. Can Felicity crack the code, heal the family and save her parents, all while surviving her first crush? It's a tall order, but - like THE SECRET GARDEN'S Mary Lennox before her - Felicity's up for the challenge.]
9-12 Sturtevant, Katherine  At the Sign of the Star @AMAZON
9-12 Talbert, Marc The Trap [cycles of life, revenge, coming of age] @AMAZON
10-13 Tate, Eleanor E.  A Blessing in Disguise @AMAZON
9-12 Taylor, Theodore The Boy Who Could Fly Without a Motor
The Cay [Lesson Plan Activities]
A Sailor Returns [relationship with grandparent]
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FAM Thomas, Marlo Free to Be ... You and Me and Free to Be ... A Family
10 Up Townley, Roderick The Great Good Thing
Into the Labyinth [sequel]
The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes [diversity and ecology/racial prejudice, slavery, revolution and environmentalism/fantasy]
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8-12 Trivas, Tracy
[Interview]
The Wish Stealers [Griffin Penshine is always making wishes. But when a sinister old woman tricks her into accepting a box of eleven shiny Indian Head pennies from 1897, Griffin soon learns these are no ordinary pennies, but stolen wishes. and comes with a horrible curse: People in possession of the stolen coins are Wish Stealers, who will never have their wishes granted....
9-12 Trumbauer, Lisa Practical Guide to Dragons [Lavishly illustrated guide showcases the wide array of fantastic dragons encountered on the world of Krynn. Sindri Suncatcher–wizard’s apprentice–opens up his personal notebooks to share his knowledge of these awe-inspiring creatures, from the life cycle of a kind copper dragon to the best way to counteract a red dragon’s fiery breath. @AMAZON
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9-12
Ungerer, Tomi
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Crictor
No Kiss For Mother
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9-12 Urban, Linda Hound Dog True [A story about small acts of courage and being the new girl, again.]
10-14 Voight, Cynthia
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Dicey's Song [Teaching, Learning, and Archetypes]
Homecoming
Come A Stranger
The Runner
A Solitary Blue
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9-12 Wagner, Hilary Nightside City [good versus evil in a subterranean society of rats]
10-13 Watson, Renee What Momma Left Me [How is it that unsavory raw ingredients come together to form a delicious cake? What is it about life that when you take all the hard stuff and rough stuff and add in a lot of love, you still just might have a wonderful life? For Serenity, these questions rise up early when her father kills her mother, and leaves her and her brother Danny to live with their kind but strict grandparents. Despite the difficulties of a new school, a new church, and a new neighborhood, Serenity gains strength from the family around her, the new friends she finds, and her own careful optimism.]
9-12 Watson, Stephanie Elvis & Olive [Natalie and Annie become friends and decide to spend their summer spying on their neighbors. What begins as a game turns serious when their findings are revealed to the neighborhood, and when the girls discover unexpected things about each other. While the girls learn that it's sometimes helpful to reveal secrets, they also learn a lesson about the importance of privacy.]
Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives [leadership skills/friendships/detective skills]
8-12 Webb, Dave Slinky Inkermann and The Crazy Contest
9-11 webb, Philip Six Days [Will they find the lost treasure before time runs out? A gripping adventure about a desperate race through the wastelands of future London to find a relic of extraordinary power.]
9-12 Weeks, Sarah PIE [Pie is a story about family, friendship, and...pie! When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice. Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner ... including Alice's mother and some of Alice's friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy . . . and it's up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter. Like family. And friendship. And enjoying what you do.]
9-12 Weik, Mary Hays The Jazz Man @AMAZON
7-10 Wells, Rosemary Wingwalker [1933 Oklahoma/Depression/Dust Bowl/help-wanted: wingwalker] Ages 7-10
On the Blue Comet [The Crash of 1929 has rippled across the country, and Oscar’s dad must sell their home—with all their cherished model trains—and search for work. Oscar is lonely and miserable—until he meets a mysterious drifter and witnesses a crime so stunning it catapults Oscar on an incredible train journey from coast to coast, from one decade to another.] Ages 9-12
10-14 Wharton, Thomas The Shadow of Malabron (Ther Perilous Realm, Bk. 1)[a rebellious teen's journey through the Perilous Realm, where dreams, fairy tales, and reality intersect] @AMAZON
9-12 Whelan, Gloria Homeless Bird [Leaving Home...forever. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly is getting married. When she discovers that the husband her parents have chosen for her is sickly boy with wicked parents, Koly wishes she could flee. According to tradition, though, she has no choice. On her wedding day, Koly's fate is sealed.]
Small Acts of Amazing Courage [t is 1918, six months after the end of World War I, and Rosalind awaits the return of her father from the war. While it is common practice for British children in India to be packed off to boarding school at the age of 6, Rosalind is unusual because she lives and is schooled in India because her mother insists. The heart of this penetrating story is Rosalind's coming of age set against the hardship of life for the Indian people, Rosalind's daily life in India, the rise of Ghandi and Rosalind's coming to make her own decisions and become her own person.]
All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens [Rosalind is caught between two worlds as Gandhi’s nonviolent revolution takes hold in this standalone companion to Small Acts of Amazing Courage.]
9-12 White, E. B. The Trumpet of the Swan
Note: See Special Book Section for Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little Ages 4-8
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10-12 White, Ruth [Interview] Memories of Summer [family bonds]
Sweet Creek Holler
Belle Prater's Boy [Teacher's Guide]
Tadpole
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8-12 Wiggin, Kate Douglas (1856-1923) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm @AMAZON
12 Up Wilhelm, Doug Raising the Shades   [a son's confrontation with alcoholic father] @AMAZON
9-12 Williams, Carol Lynch  If I Forget To Remember [battle with Alzheimer's disease]
[Teacher's Guide]
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6-8 Williams, Sherley Anne Working Cotton
Dessa Rose
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8-11 Willner-Pardo, Gina The Hard Kind of Promise [Social Conflict/popularity vs. loyalty/friendships]
10 Up Wilson, Nancy Hope  Mountain Pose [child and spousal abuse/forgiveness] @AMAZON
9-12 Winthrop, Elizabeth [Bio 2] Castle in the Attic @AMAZON
10-13 Winerip, Michael Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back! [As coeditor of the school paper, Adam Canfield is used to getting the story. What he’s not used to is being the story, which is just what happens after he’s mugged by some high-school students.]
Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter [A dirty school election, suspicious state test scores — Adam Canfield and his middle-grade star reporters are chasing some red-hot leads. There’s only one glitch: the school board has shut down the Slash for exposing the town’s most powerful family, and now the staff has to find a way to publish it themselves] Can stand alone.
9-12 Winget, Dianna Dorisi A Smidgen of Sky [Whether she likes it or not, ten-year-old Piper Lee DeLuna is about to get a new family. Four years after the plane Piper's daddy was piloting disappeared, her mama is remarrying. The way Piper sees it, Mama's being plain disloyal. Besides, who'd want to get stuck with a prison guard for a stepdad and that weenie, Ginger, for a stepsister? But when Piper Lee hatches a foolproof plan to get the wedding called off, it quickly spirals out of control. And by the time Piper realizes what she’s done—and just how much she really cares about her new family—it might be too late. Told in Piper Lee's irresistible Southern voice, A Smidgen of Sky is about new families and new beginnings.]
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10-14 Woodson, Jacqueline The House You Pass on the Way [Interracial family/adolescent loner/racism/questions sexuality/non-graphic]
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This [racism/friendship/abuse/loss/friendship] [CSK Award]
Lena [sequel]
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9-12 Wyeth, Sharon Dennis Vampire Bugs: Stories Conjured from the Past [Teacher's Guide]
A Piece of Heaven (2001) Ages 9-12
The World of Daughter McGuire [Teacher's Guide] [Identity]
Something Beautiful
9-12 Yep, Laurence The Magic Paintbrush
The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 [based on actual events/Yep's grandfather arrived in San Francisco just one day after the 1906 earthquake.]
[See Young Adult Section]
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Yolen, Jane
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Armageddon is Here
The Dragon's Boy: A Tale of Young King Arthur
The Salem Witch Trials: An Unsolved Mystery from History [Ages7-9]
See Special BookSection
8-12 Young, Steve Winchell Mink: The Misadventure Begins [Winchell, age 11, swaps bodies with his mystical pet turtle and unable to find his way home.] @AMAZON
9-12 Yumoto, Kazumi The Friends [Teacher's Guide] @AMAZON
9-12 Zindel, Paul [Interview] The Pigman [Teacher's Guide]
A Begonia For Miss Applebaum
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10-13 Van Draanen, Wendelin Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy
Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary
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9-12 Wiles, Deborah Love, Ruby Lavender [young people finding their way]
Each Little Bird That Sings [Southern coming-of-age novel. Comfort will charm young readers with her wit, her warmth, and her struggles as she learns about life, loss, and ultimately, triumph.]
COUNTDOWN (Ages 10-13) [Documentary novel, 1962. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in with her family, and look beyond outward appearances.]
9-12 Wilson, Jacqueline The Lottie Project [Working through change] @AMAZON
8 Up Winterfeld, Henry (1901-1990) Castaways in Lilliput (reissue 11/02)
Trouble at Timpetill (reissue 11/02)
Mystery of the Roman Ransom (reissue 11/02)
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10-12
Wolfson, Jill What I Call Life (2005) [witty and moving/another side of the foster-care]
Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies (2006) [Whitney arrives at her 12th foster home in a CA logging town/fitting-in/family/suffering school/making a difference/environment]
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9-11 Woodworth, Chris When Ratboy Lived Next Door [1962 small town Indiana/excellent read presenting serious issues of acceptance, bullying, special education/learning disabilities, alcoholism, abusive relationships, poverty] @AMAZON
9-12 Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn
Includes Interview and Teacher Guides
Sketches from a Spy Tree
Reaching for Sun
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9-12 Zimmerman,Diana S. Kandide and the Secret of the Mists: Bk. 1 - The Calabiyau Chronicles [What if everything you loved was suddenly taken away . . .And everything you feared became your only hope?] @AMAZON