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Title: Books, Books, and More Books: A Parent and Teacher


1
Books, Books, and More Books A Parent and
Teachers Guide to Contemporary Adolescent
Literature
  • Lu Ann Brobst Staheli

2
A is for Aarrgh!
William J. Brooke
  • It is the stone age, and Mog discovers language.
    He names everything he sees. Soon the other
    people recognize the significance of words and
    history is changed forever.
  • MG

3
All That Remains
Bruce Brooks
  • These three stories have teens who must deal
    with the "remains" of a recently deceased loved
    one--an aunt who died of AIDS, a fathers ashes
    to spread on the golf course, and a boy who must
    carry out the wishes of his dead uncle.
  • HS

4
The Amah
Lawrence Yep
  • Twelve-year-old Amy Chin finds family
    responsibilities interfering with ballet practice
    after her mother gets a job. Soon Amys life
    becomes closer to that of the step-sister role
    she dances as her mother focuses on Stephanie,
    the beautiful Cinderella. Amy fears losing her
    role, her friends, and her mother before her
    mother's job is through.
  • MG

5
Among the Hidden
Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • In Lukes world, it is against the law to have
    more than two children. Thirds will be killed
    and the parents punished if they are found. Luke
    is a Third.
  • MG

6
Among the Imposters
Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Luke has been placed in a school, given a new
    name, and told to blend in. But how? He doesnt
    know where his classes are and cant figure out
    the rules. Will he be able to help other third
    children?
  • MG

7
Angus, thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Louise Rennison
  • Georgia Nicolson, a British teen, tells about her
    search for a boyfriend and her first forays into
    kissing. The boy she likes has another
    girlfriend, and Georgias best friend gets in the
    way.
  • HS

8
Artemis Fowl
Eoin Colter
  • Artemis Fowl is not a nice boy. In fact, Fowl is
    the perfect name for him and his plan to steal
    the riches of the fairie kingdom. His plan
    doesnt work out as well as he expects when he
    kidnaps Holly of LEPrechan.
  • MS

9
As Ever, Gordy
Mary Downing Hahn
  • Gordy doesnt want to move back to his old
    hometown where everyone knows his history,
    including knowing about his fathers alcoholism.
    But he must. Will he return to his old ways?
  • MS

10
Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo
  • Ten-year-old Opal Buloni and her father, the
    Preacher, have just moved to Naomi, Florida, when
    Opal rescues an ugly dog at the Winn-Dixie store.
    Adopting the store name as the dogs name, Opal
    finds they need each other. She learns to love
    the dog as a replacement for her missing mother
    and a father who has become distant. The two of
    them collect an odd assortment of friends and
    learn to deal with life.
  • Upper Elementary

11
The Beet Fields
Gary Paulsen
  • True-to-life story of author Gary Paulsen who
    left home at age 16 to work with the migrants and
    as a carny. This coming of age tale reads like a
    novel.
  • HS

12
Beware, Princess Elizabeth
Carolyn Meyer
  • Elizabeth is the daughter of King Henry VIII and
    wife Anne Bolyn, whom he had beheaded. Although
    third in line for the crown, Elizabeth fears for
    her life by the hands of her brother Edward VI
    and sister Mary, both who know they will wear the
    crown.
  • MG

13
Breaking Rank
Kristin D. Randle
  • When Baby, Thomas Fairbairn, breaks the Clans
    rules and takes an achievement test, he finds
    himself moved from Special Ed to Honors classes.
    Casey Williardson will be his tutor.
  • Jr.High

14
Brians Return
Gary Paulsen
  • A follow-up novel to the Hatchet series. Brian
    realizes he will never fit into society again and
    goes on a quest to find his real destiny.
  • MG

15
Bud, Not Buddy
Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud's mother died without telling him who his
father was, but he thinks she left a clue --a
flier advertising a performance by Herman E.
Calloway, bass player for the Dusky Devastators
of the Depression. Bud decides to find him,
following the Hooverville Camps, escaping a
monster-infested woodshed, stealing a vampire's
car, Bud is determined to know the truth and
won't let anything stop him, even Herman E.
Calloway himself. MG
16
Burning Up
Caroline B. Cooney
  • Macey goes to an inner city school where she is
    caught in a freak fire. Austin, rescues her then
    becomes her boyfriend until his grandfather
    interferes because Macey will not stop her
    research about Mr. Sibley, the first black
    teacher. Macey's own experience with fire, a
    death, and the town's reluctance to discuss the
    barn fire sparks her interest. She must find the
    truth, no matter who it hurts.
  • Jr.High

17
Carolina Autumn
Carol Lynch Williams
  • Carolina faces a new school year with unresolved
    issues from the past. Her sister and father are
    gone forever, her mother doesn't connect with her
    anymore, and her best friend seems determined to
    steal Carolina's first boyfriend. She sees her
    anger, pain and loss through the lens of her
    father's camera and the letters she writes to her
    sister. Carolina must save herself.
  • MG

18
Cecil in Space
Sid Hite
  • Seventeen-year-old Cecil Rowe looks forward to
    summer vacation and getting his drivers license.
    But things dont work out the way he expects.
  • Jr. High

19
Chasing Redbird
Sharon Creech
  • Zinny Taylor goes in search of a lost trail
    which leads away from her homes in Bybanks,
    Kentucky. But the farther she goes, the more she
    learns about her family and herself.
  • MG

20
Choosing Up Sides
John H. Ritter
  • The sign of the devil. Thats what Pa, the
    preacher, calls being left-handed. And baseball?
    Its the devils game. So what is Luke Bledsoe to
    do? Hes both a lefty and a great pitcher, but Pa
    cant know his skill.
  • Jr. High

21
Christmas in Heaven
Carol Lynch Williams
  • Honey De Loach lives in Heaven, Florida,
    population six, until movie-star Miriam Season
    arrives, bringing her daughters, Christmas and
    Easter. Honey wants a friend, but Honey, her
    brother Willie-Bill, and Taylor Hiatt (who claims
    Honey is his true love) have been the only kids.
    Easters clothes, nose ring, and manners
    fascinate Honey, but not as much as they intrigue
    Willie-Bill. Honey turns to Christmas, who seems
    embarrassed by her family, is a talented singer,
    and wants to meet the Reverend Gaynor T. McKenna,
    Honey's grandfather. This new family will bring
    change, but will the change be for good?
  • Jr. High

22
Cinderellis and the Glass Hill
Gail Carson Levine
  • Elliss brothers call him Cinderellis, after his
    flying powder produced a messy result in the
    chimney. Princess Marigold, whose father is
    always gone on quests, wishes she had a real
    friend besides her cat, Apricot. Now her father
    wants to marry her off to whoever can ride a
    horse up the glass hill.
  • Upper Elementary

23
Claras War
Kathy Kacer
  • A refreshingly different look at Jewish life in a
    concentration camp, where the children continue
    to make friends, learn, and perform a childrens
    opera.
  • Upper Elementary

24
Cliff-Hanger
Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson
  • The Landon family is ready to leave for Mesa
    Verde where Mrs. Landon must investigate a cougar
    attack, when the call comes for a new foster
    child placement.
  • MG

25
The Cookie Company
Ross Venokier
  • Alex Grindlay thinks he is the unluckiest boy
    alive, especially when he receives a fortune
    cookie on his 13th birthday that takes him on an
    adventure out of this world.
  • Upper Elementary

26
Crush
Ellen Conford
  • The Sweetheart Stomp for Valentines Day is just
    around the corner. These short stories tell of
    several couples who are preparing for the special
    evening.
  • Jr.High

27
Dancing in the Cadillac Light
Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Jaynell Lambert loves to pretend to drive. Its
    the summer of 1968 when Grandpa moves in and
    Jaynell has to watch him. Grandpas been acting
    crazy, buying that Cadillac and wandering off.
  • MG

28
Diary of a Monsters Son
Ellen Conford
  • Bradley has no mother. But he thinks his father,
    the monster, is the greatest. Bradley hopes to
    someday be just like himsharp teeth, hairy
    physic, and getting everyone to do exactly what
    you ask.
  • Upper Elementary

29
Dont You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dumphrey
Margaret Haddix Peterson
  • School work isnt as important to Tish as what is
    happening at home. She cares for her younger
    brother Matt since her abusive father has
    returned and Mom has lost interest in the kids.
  • Jr. High

30
Drummers of Jericho
Carolyn Meyer
  • Jewish Pazit joins the marching band in her new
    home town, but she feels uncomfortable when her
    band director wants the band to march in the
    shape of a cross.
  • Jr. High

31
Enders Shadow
Orson Scott Card
  • Bean is unnaturally intelligent for his age,
    which is the only thing that allows him to escape
    the streets and eventually end up in Battle
    School. Despite his brilliance, however, Bean is
    doomed to live his life as an also-ran to the
    more famous and in many ways more brilliant
    Ender.
  • MG

32
Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Esperanza's father dies and her uncle wants to
    force her mother to marry him. Her mother
    refuses, so she and Esperanza move from family
    wealth in Mexico to a farm labor camp in
    California. When her mother comes down with
    Valley Fever, Esperanza takes charge of their
    survival. A brooding labor strike and the
    Depression endanger her success. Esperanza must
    learn that life never deals the hand we expect.
  • MG

33
Give a Boy a Gun
Todd Strasser
  • The scene is all too familiar. A high school
    dance filled with students and teachers, two
    angry boys with guns. Why does it happen? This
    blend of fiction with non-fiction seeks the
    answer.
  • Jr. High

34
Guts
Gary Paulsen
  • Hatchet, The River, Brians Winter, and Brians
    Returnall are popular books with adolescents.
    But, what do you know about the truth behind
    these novels? Paulsen takes the readers into his
    own life experiences, just like Brians.
  • MG

35
Habibi
Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Liyana is not sure how she feels about her
    familys move to Jerusalem. She has lived her
    whole life in St. Louis, Missouri. Her family in
    the West Bank are strangers and they speak
    another language. Can she adjust?
  • Jr. High

36
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter learns he is a wizard and soon finds
    himself off at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and
    Wizardy where he makes friends and discovers
    secrets from his past.
  • Upper Elementary

37
Heaven Eyes
David Almond
  • When Erin and January run away from Whitehall,
    they find a strange girl with a mysterious past.
    Who is she? Where did she come from?
  • Jr. High

38
Holes
Louis Sachar
  • Stanley Yelnats, like his family throughout
    history, finds himself in the wrong place at the
    wrong time. A stroke of bad luck lands him at
    Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention center for
    boys, where he serves time for the theft of a
    pair of old tennis shoes. Stanley didnt do it,
    but he accepted the punishment, thinking going to
    camp might be fun. However, this camp isnt
    anything like what Stanley expected.
  • MG

39
Homeless Bird
Gloria Whelan
  • 13 year old Koly is married to a sickly boy, but
    she must now remain with his family who only
    wanted the marriage for her dowry. How can she
    escape her fate without dishonoring her family?
  • Jr. High

40
Hope Was Here
Joan Bauer
  • Hope knows all there is to know about being
    a waitress, and shes good at it. When she and
    her Aunt Addie move to Madison, Wisconsin, from
    New York City, its the love of the diner that
    lets Hope make one more move. She makes friends,
    becomes involved in running a mayoral campaign,
    and gets to know Braverman. Not bad for a girl
    once named Tulip who has never had a real home.
  • Jr.High

41
I Was a Rat
Philip Pullman
  • One day he was a rat. The next, a little boy.
    What happened? Bob, the cobbler, and Joan, a
    washwoman, set to find out when they meet this
    child they take into their home.
  • Upper Elementary

42
If You Come Softly
Jacqueline Woodson
  • Miah and Ellie knew they would fall in love the
    moment they saw each other in the crowded hallway
    at school. But she is Jewish, and he is black.
    Will their worlds keep them apart?
  • Jr High

43
Janeys Girl
Gail Friesen
  • Claire and her mother visit her grandmother, and
    Claire begins to discover her mothers secret
    past. Can Claire help set things right between
    her mother and the father she never knew?
  • Jr. High

44
Joey Pigza Loses Control
Jack Gantos
  • Now that Joey is on his meds, he finally has his
    ADHD under control. Life is steady with Mom, and
    Joey is feeling good. Then he visits his
    estranged father for the summer and sees what it
    would be like to be an adult out of control.
    Joey doesnt want to hurt his dads feelings, or
    grow up like him. Dad takes away Joeys meds, so
    Joey must make some grown-up choices.
  • Jr. High

45
Kits Wilderness
David Almond
  • Kits family live with his aging grandfather in a
    coal mining town. He discovers his name on the
    headstone of several children killed years ago in
    a cave-in. Kit meets others who share names with
    the dead children. John Askew urges him to
    participate in a ritual game of Death.
  • Jr. High

46
The Last Book in the Universe
Rodman Philbrick
  • Why read when you have mindprobe needles which
    shoot images directly into your brain? Books
    dont exist anymore, but Spaz has heard of them.
    When he meets Ryter, he begins to know more.
  • Jr. High

47
The Likes of Me
Randall Beth Platt
  • Feelings of being outcast due to living with a
    possible murderer, living in a northern logging
    community, and being a Chinese albino bring the
    main character into her first discovery of
    romance and the outside world.
  • HS

48
Losers, Inc.
Claudia Mills
  • Ethan is a loser. When social outcast Lizzie the
    Lizard starts writing love poetry about him,
    Ethan knows life cant get much worse. He might
    lose his best friend, Julius, over his beautiful
    student teacher, Ms. Gunderson.
  • Upper Elementary

49
Love That Dog
Sharon Creech
  • The story of a young boy who discovers himself
    through the poetry his teacher uses in class and
    the writing she requires him to do. The story is
    told through poetry, modeled from the authors she
    reads.
  • Upper Elementary

50
The Maze
Will Hobbs
  • Rick feels endangered at the youth detention
    center where he has been sent, and decides to
    escape. He stows away on a truck that lands him
    in the Canyonlands area of Utah. More danger
    awaits him there.
  • MG

51
Memory Boy
Will Weaver
  • Miles and his family must leave home and begin a
    new life in the wilderness after a chain of
    volcanic explosions cause chaos.
  • MG

52
Minds Eye
Paul Fleischman
  • Courtney is a new paraplegic living in a long
    term care center with a two womenone with
    Alzheimers and the other, Elva, is blind. Elva
    asks Courtney to read to her about Italy.
  • Jr. High

53
Mine Eyes Have Seen
Ann Rinaldi
  • Annie Brown, one of 12 children born to John
    Brown and his two wives, is encouraged by her
    friend, Louisa May Alcott, to write about her
    father just as her sister Sarah arrives with news
    that the Civil War has begun.
  • MG

54
Miracles Boys
Jacqueline Woodson
  • Three brothers, on their own after their mothers
    death, discover life is more difficult than it
    appears to be. When one of them gets in trouble
    with the law, the other two must come to his
    rescue.
  • H.S.

55
Missing Girls
Lois Metzgher
  • Carrie is embarrassed by her German immigrant
    grandmother who still has a thick accent after 20
    years. Her grandmother wants her to be friends
    with Mona, an odd girl who teaches her about
    lucid dreaming.
  • Jr. High

56
Monster
Walter Dean Meyers
  • Steve Harmon was in the wrong place at the wrong
    time. Or was he? He is on trial for his alleged
    involvement in a robbery that resulted in the
    death of a storekeeper.
  • Jr. High

57
My Angelica
Carol Lynch Williams
  • Sage wants nothing more than to be a romance
    writer like her famous mother, nothing other than
    George that is. George has s crush on Sage, too,
    but how can he tell her she will never be a
    writer? Her romances are just plain awful.
  • MG

58
My Louisiana Sky
Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Tiger Ann has always wondered why she is so smart
    when both of her parents are slow. Sometimes
    she feels she must be the one in charge, next to
    Grandma. Tiger Ann must decide, go to the big
    city with her aunt, or stay with her parents who
    seem to need her.
  • MG

59
The Mystery of Mr. Nice
Bruce Hale
  • Chet Gecko knows something is amiss at school
    when Principal Zero starts being nice to him.
    What has happened to the principal? Is this an
    imposter?
  • Upper Elementary

60
On the Fringe
Donald R. Gallo, editor
  • Eleven of today's finest authors contribute
    stories about teens who feel isolated. The
    feelings are universal. The way we cope is what
    makes us unique. Topics include school violence,
    sexual discovery, harassment, weight issues,
    forgiveness, and many more.
  • Jr. High

61
Over the Wall
John H. Ritter
  • Ten years ago, Tylers father accidentally ran
    over Tylers little sister with the car, killing
    her and shattering the family. Tyler suffers with
    anger over the loss of his sister, and his
    father. Baseball is his only release. Then he
    loses baseball.
  • Jr.High

62
The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot
  • Mia Thermopolis thinks her life is difficult
    enough before she finds out she is the princess,
    and sole heir, to the municipality of Genovia.
  • Jr. High

63
Princess in the Spotlight
Meg Cabot
  • In addition to being forced to take princess
    lessons from her grandmere, Mia wonders what life
    will bring with the new baby her mother is having
    with Mias Algebra teacher.
  • Jr. High

64
Rage of Fire
Gloria Skurzinski and Alane Ferguson
  • Set in the beautiful Hawaii National Park, the
    story takes the Landon family and a foster child
    to investigate the reason the nene are becoming
    extinct. Hawaiian folklore adds to the story.
  • Upper Elementary

65
Romiette and Julio
Sharon R. Draper
  • The classic tale is brought to the modern world
    where gangs are real and multi-cultural romance
    is a risk. Set in Cincinnati, Ohio, this tale
    brings humor and realism tied to the conflict
    central to the Shakespeare play.
  • Jr. High

66
Rules of the Road
Joan Bauer
  • Jenna Boller is too tall. Her sister got all the
    looks, but boy, can Jenna sell shoes! When Mrs.
    Gladstone, the crusty president of the company,
    chooses Jenna as her driver on a business trip,
    Jenna goes with trepidation at driving a Cadillac
    and leaving her alcoholic father behind.
  • MG

67
Sang Spell
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Josh is hitchhiking when he is picked up, beaten,
    and left in a place he does not recognize, a
    place he cant escape. Why cant he leave? Does
    he still want to after he meets Mavis?
  • Jr. High

68
The Secret School
Avi
  • In 1925, fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson secretly
    takes over as teacher when the one room
    schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes
    unexpectedly.
  • Upper Elementary

69
Seedfolks
Paul Fleischman
  • In thirteen short stories, we learn about the
    formation of a multi-cultural community, brought
    together by gardening on a patch of city land.
  • MG

70
Seek
Paul Fleischman
  • The radio fragments of a talk show, a baseball
    game, jazz, rock, country western, a Spanish
    soap opera, the curtain calls for a grand opera,
    a sermon, a newscast... a young boy's ongoing
    search through the airwaves for the DJ father he
    never knew.
  • Jr. High

71
Shadow of the Hegemon
Orson Scott Card
  • For those who loved Enders Game, this novel
    takes the reader beyond the war. Enders brother,
    Peter, and Bean try to free the kidnapped members
    of Enders army.
  • Jr High

72
Shadow Spinner
Susan Fletcher
  • You might already be familiar with the story of
    Shahrazad and her nightly stories to the Sultan
    which keep her alive. What if Shahrazad ran out
    of tales to tell? Enter Marjan, a crippled girl,
    who is herself a fabulous storyteller. Will her
    story save the life of Shahrazad?
  • MG

73
The Shakespeare Stealer
Gary Blackwood
  • Widge learns short-hand then is sold to a
    theatrical manager who sends him to copy the new
    play, Hamlet, and enable Bass to perform it
    without paying royalties. Once within the
    confines of the Globe Theater, Widge discovers a
    brave new world of friendship, fun, and backstage
    intrigue.
  • MG

74
Shakespeares Scribe
Gary Blackwood
  • Widge is officially a member of Chamber-lains
    Men as an actor. When Shakespeare breaks his arm
    in a fight, Widge transcribes his play, while the
    company travels England to avoid the plague.
  • MS

75
Sir Galahad, Mr. Longfellow, and Me
Betty Horvath
  • Missouri in 1938, and Emily Ann Campbell, 11,
    wants to leave her mark at Park School before she
    moves on to middle school. Through the quiet but
    firm demands of her new teacher, Mr. Van, Emily
    discovers how to go about doing just that, by
    writing poems.
  • Upper Elementary

76
Skellig
David Almond
  • After Michaels sister is born with problems, he
    begins to explore the abandoned garage on their
    new property. What is this creature that he
    findsman or something not of this world?
  • Jr. High

77
A Small Civil War
John Neufeld
  • When the Grapes of Wrath is challenged by her
    community, Georgia takes on the entire town in a
    fight to stop censorship.
  • MG

78
Snail Mail No More
Paula Danzinger and Ann M. Martin
  • Friends Elizabeth and TaraStarr have moved into
    the electronic age. Emails keep the girls up to
    date on the events in each others lives, like
    Elizabeths parents divorce and Taras expected
    sibling.
  • MG

79
Soldiers Heart
Gary Paulsen
  • In June 1861, fifteen-year-old Charlie Goddard
    left his home in Minnesota to join the Civil War.
    He soon discovers war is not at all what he
    thought it would be.
  • Jr. High

80
Speak
Laurie Halse Anderson
  • 9th grader Melinda Sordino has broken the social
    rule by calling the police at the end of summer
    party. Now no one speaks to her. No one would
    believe her story anyway.
  • Jr. High

81
Standing Up to Mr. O
Claudia Mills
  • Maggie didnt think shed like biology, but her
    teacher made its so much fun. Until, he said they
    would have to dissect. Can she force herself to
    make the cut?
  • MG

82
Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
  • Weve all known someone like Stargirl, who
    listens to a different drummer at her school, has
    her own ways to show people she cares, and wants
    to be different. Perhaps too different.
  • MG

83
Stick and Whittle
Sid Hite
  • Melvin Fitchett, Civil War survivor, is combing
    the country, looking for his lost love. He meets
    Melvin Smythe, an orphan boy. They join for a
    journey west that will bring them more than they
    bargain for.
  • Jr. High

84
Swallowing Stones
Joyce McDonald
  • When Michael shoots his new rifle into the air on
    July 4th, he never imagines the bullet will end
    up killing a man. Jenna watches as her father
    slumps on the roof top, a bullet entering his
    body.
  • Jr High

85
Takeoffs and Landings
Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • After the death of their father, Chuck and Lori
    seem to lose their mother who travels the country
    giving motivational speeches. A summer trip opens
    the doors for this family to reconnect.
  • MS

86
The Tiger Rising
Kate DiCamillo
  • Theres a tiger in a cage at the back lot of the
    hotel where I live. I dont know why its there,
    but I figure it has something to do with the
    hotel owner, a man Im a little afraid of.
  • Upper Elementary

87
Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright
Ron Koertge
  • Worried that his mother will send his grandfather
    to a nursing home, Jesse accompanies grandpa into
    the mountains to look for the tiger tracks Pappy
    claims to have seen there.
  • MG

88
True Believer
Virginia Euwer Wolff
  • LaVaughn wants to make her life better and knows
    an education is the way to succeed. When her
    friend Jody moves back into her building, she
    hopes she can also have a romance in her life.
  • HS

89
Turnabout
Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • What if people could grow younger each year
    instead of older? In the year 2001, nursing-home
    residents Melly and Anny Beth, aged 100 and 103,
    are given just such an opportunity, but now they
    are teenagers again, and getting younger every
    day.
  • MG

90
The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Gail Carson Levine
  • Two sistersone who hopes to go on a quest the
    other content to stay at home reciting the epic
    poem her sister uses as her lifes guide. The
    braver of the girls falls ill with the Grey
    Death. Can her sister overcome her fears to
    brings her the cure?
  • MG

91
The Vile Village
Lemony Snicket
  • This Series of Unfortunate Events is not
    unfortunate for the reader who loves the
    quirkiness of author Roald Dahl, the tone of
    Harry Potter, or the darkness or Artemis Fowl.
    Look for the Edgar Allen Poe connections. A great
    read.
  • Upper Elementary

92
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963
Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Fourth-grader Kenny Watson tells the story of his
    family in Flint, Michigan, in the 1960s.
    Harassed by his older brother, Byron, who is
    mother calls the juvenile delinquent, and
    responsible for his younger sister, Joetta, Kenny
    illustrates the everyday life of a black family
    living far away from the racial unrest of the
    south. But when Byron crosses the line, his
    parents decide to take him to Birmingham to be
    straightened out by his grandmother.
  • MG

93
Whale Talk
Chris Crutcher
  • The Tao Jones, better known as T.J., is a swimmer
    without a team or a place to train. He pieces
    together a ragtag group of school outcasts and
    takes them to an all-night fitness center. Their
    goal Letter jackets for everyone.
  • H.S.

94
What Janie Found
Caroline B. Cooney
  • The discovery that her adoptive father has been
    secretly supporting Janie's kidnapper fills Janie
    with anger and loathing. True, Hannah is his
    daughter, but long ago she abandoned her parents
    for a cult, coming back only to leave a
    3-year-old child with them she claimed was their
    granddaughter.
  • Jr. High

95
When JFK Was My Father
Amy Gordon
  • When Tim moves away, Georgia adopts President
    Kennedy to curb her loneliness at boarding
    school. Her friendship and fantasy pair to make
    her life better, until November 19, 1963.
  • Jr. High

96
When She Was Good
Norma Fox Mazer
  • Em wants to break the circle of violence and
    develop independence, but Pamela seems to haunt
    her world. Can Em overcome her past?
  • HS

97
Whirligig
Paul Fleischman
  • Brent is tired of not fitting in with the crowd.
    He decides to kill himself, but instead kills a
    talented girl. Her mother asks Brent to make and
    place whirligigs in her daughters memory.
  • HS

98
The White Dove
Lois Thompson Bartholomew
  • The time has come for Tasha to escape, taking the
    child Raina with her. She holds the hope that
    Marko will return and restore the republic,
    removing Comnor from the throne.
  • MG

99
Wishes, Kisses and Pigs
Betsy Hearne
  • "Be careful what you wish for." Louise calls
    Willie a pig at the exact moment she wishes upon
    a star. The next thing she knows, Willie is gone
    and a pig mysteriously appears. Feeling
    responsible for the transformation, Louise
    determines to set things right. But how?
  • Upper Elementary

100
Wolf Stalker
Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson
  • Ashley and Jacks family and current foster
    child, Troy, are off to Yellowstone National Park
    to investigate the reported death of a dog by a
    wild wolf.
  • Upper Elementary

101
A Year Down Yonder
Richard Peck
  • Newbery Award-winning sequel to A Long Way From
    Chicago. This novel takes Mary Alice to Grandma
    Dowdels for a year during the depression.
    Grandma is up to her usual shenanigans.
  • MG

102
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