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Title: YA LITERATURE


1
YA LITERATURE
  • English U.S. History Paper
  • 11th Grade
  • 2011

2
LAURIE HALSE ANDERSONFEVER 1793
  • In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old
  • Matilda Cook, separated from her sick
  • mother, learns about perseverance and self
  • reliance when she is forced to cope with the
  • horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
  • 251 Pages, Guided Reading Level Z
  • Biography Today

3
LAURIE HALSE ANDERSONCHAINS SEEDS OF AMERICA
As the Revolutionary War begins,
thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own
fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the
death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth,
in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a
malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who
have no sympathy for the American Revolution and
even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets
Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he
encourages her to spy on her owners, who know
details of British plans for invasion. 316
Pages, Guided Reading Level Z Biography Today
4
WILLIAM ARMSTRONGSOUNDER
  • Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper
  • father is jailed for stealing food for his
    family,
  • a young black boy grows in courage and
  • understanding by learning to read and
  • through his relationship with his devoted dog
  • Sounder.
  • 116 Pages, Guided Reading Level T
  • Biography Today

5
AVIDONT YOU KNOW THERES A WAR ON?
The 16-year-old narrator juggles everything from
failing math grades and air raid blackouts to a
crush on his teacher and worries about his
merchant marine father crossing the North
Atlantic, in this "poignant, funny coming of age
tale set in Brooklyn during WWII. 200 Pages,
Guided Reading Level N/A Biography Today
6
JOSEPH BRUCHACCODE TALKER A NOVEL ABOUT THE
NAVAJO MARINES OF WORLD WAR II
  • Throughout World War II, in the conflict
  • fought against Japan,Navajo code talkers
  • were a crucial part of the U.S. effort,
  • sending messages back and forth in an
  • unbreakable code that used their native
  • language. They braved some of the
  • Heaviest fighting of the war, and with
  • their code, they saved countless
  • American lives. Yet their story remained
  • classified for more than twenty years.
  • 231 Pages, Guided Reading Level N/A
  • Biography Today

7
JOSEPH BRUCHAC GERONIMO
  • "He held up his right hand to show how his third
  • finger was bent back from being struck by
  • a bullet. Then he thumped his palm against his
    chest,
  • his shoulder, his thigh, touching places
  • where bullets and knives had pierced his
  • flesh...where scars showed how hard it was to
    kill
  • Geronimo... After years of standing against the
  • U.S. government, the great warrior and
  • spiritual leader Geronimo's life is coming to an
    end,
  • as his grandson visits him where he is
    imprisoned, in
  • Fort Sill, OK in 1908.
  • 360 Pages, Guided Reading Level Y
  • Biography Today

8
GENNIFER CHOLDENKOAL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS
  • " Twelve-year-old Moose moves to Alcatraz in 1935
  • so his father can work as a prison guard and his
  • younger, autistic sister, Natalie, can attend a
    special
  • school in San Francisco. It is a time when the
    federal
  • prison is home to notorious criminals like
    gangster
  • Al Capone. Depressed about having to leave his
  • friends and winning baseball team behind, Moose
  • finds little to be happy about on Alcatraz.
  • 225 Pages, Guided Reading Level X
  • Biography Today

9
JAMES LINCOLN COLLIERMY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD
The Revolutionary War was a war with no clearcut
loyalties - dividing families, friends, and
towns. Young Tim Meeker watches his 16-year-old
brother go off to fight with the Patriots while
his father remains a reluctant British Loyalist
in the Tory town of Redding Ridge, CT. 216
Pages, Guided Reading Level Y No Biography Today
10
ROBERT CORMIERHEROES
In Heroes,Robert Cormier explores the nature of
heroism through a young and tragic life. Francis
Cassavant returns from World War II to seek
revenge on his childhood hero.  He lost his face
in France when he fell on a grenade, earning the
Silver Star for Bravery.  His hero also holds the
Silver Star for Bravery--but do either deserve
it? 135 Pages, Guided Reading Level
N/A Biography Today
11
CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTISELIJAH OF BUXTON
The gripping tale of eleven-year-old Elijah
Freeman. The first child born into freedom in
Buxton, Ontario, a settlement of runaway slaves
just over the border from Detroit, Elijah is best
known in his hometown as the boy who threw up on
Frederick Douglass. Not on purpose, of course he
was just a baby then! But things change when a
former slave calling himself the Right Reverend
Zephariah W. Connerly the Third steals money from
Elijah's friend Mr. Leroy, who has been saving to
buy his family out of captivity in the
South. 341 Pages, Guided Reading Level
W Biography Today
12
CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTISTHE WATSONS GO TO
BIRMINGHAM - 1963
Narrated by a 10-year-old boy, describes an
eccentric family's unwitting trip South to visit
Grandma during one of the stormiest times of the
Civil Rights movement. 210 Pages, Guided
Reading Level U Biography Today
13
SHARON DRAPERCOPPER SUN
Chronicles a 15-year-old girl kidnapped from her
African village in 1738 and sold into sexual
slavery in the Carolinas. 314 Pages, Guided
Reading Level N/A Biography Today
14
LOUISE ERDRICHTHE PORCUPINE YEAR
In the third book of her captivating series,
Erdrich continues the story of Omakayas, a young
Ojibwe girl living in the mid 1800s. Omakayas and
her family are now on the move as white settlers
force them further into the West. 193 Pages,
Guided Reading Level T No Biography Today
15
MARGARET PETERSON HADDIXUPRISING
Newly arrived in New York City, Bella is
desperate to send money home to her family in
Italy, and becomes one of the hundreds of workers
at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. But one
fateful March night in 1911, a spark ignites some
cloth in the factory, resulting in a fire that
will become one of the worst workplace disasters
in history. 346 Pages, Guided Reading Level
N/A Biography Today
16
KAREN HESSEWITNESS
  • A series of poems express the views of
  • various people in a small Vermont town,
  • including a young black girl and a young
  • Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when
  • the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the
  • town.
  • 161 Pages, Guided Reading Level Z
  • Biography Today

17
KAREN HESSEALEUTIAN SPARROW
In June, 1942, Japanese forces attacked the
Aleutian Islands. Within days of the attack, the
U.S. military removed the Native people of these
islands to relocation centers in Alaska's
southwest, supposedly for their own protection.
Conditions in these camps were deplorable. The
Aleuts were held for approximately three years,
and many of them died. In a series of short,
unrhymed verses, Hesse tells this moving story
through the eyes and voice of a girl of Aleut and
Caucasian heritage. 156 Pages, Guided Reading
Level N/A Biography Today
18
S.E. HINTONTHE OUTSIDERS
Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his
friends. But not on much else besides trouble
with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose
idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like
Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expectuntil
the night someone takes things too far. 188
Pages, Guided Reading Level Z Biography Today
19
WILL HOBBSJASONS GOLD
Set during the Alaska Gold Rush of the 1890s.
Jason Hawthorn, 15, heads north in search of
riches and his older brothers who left Seattle as
soon as news of the strike hit the newspapers.
Along the way, he meets a feisty girl, a young
Jack London, and many other colorful characters.
The novel is filled with fascinating details
about the period, from the excitement and high
spirits of the first Klondikers to the extreme
hardships and great disappointments suffered by
so many. 221 Pages, Guided Reading Level
T Biography Today
20
DEAN HUGHESSEARCH DESTROY
Rick, a recent high school graduate, has no
direction. He and his girlfriend break up as she
prepares to start college, and an argument with
his boss leads Rick to quit his job. After a
fight with his father, he decides to join the
army, realizing that he needs some discipline. He
is selected to join the Special Forces and attend
jump school in preparation for going to
Vietnam. 216 Pages, Guided Reading Level
N/A No Biography Today
21
DEAN HUGHESMISSING IN ACTION
Dirty. Lazy. Good-for-nothing. Jay Thacker is
used to being called names because his dad is
half Navajo. But things are different after he
and his mother move to a small town in Utah to
stay with his grandparents during WWII. Jay makes
friends and earns money working the fields for
his well-respected grandfatherbut he encounters
a problem in Ken, a fellow worker whos from the
nearby Japanese internment camp. Kens a Jap. And
Jays dad, whos been fighting for the navy out
in the Pacific, is missing in action. 228
Pages, Guided Reading Level N/A No Biography
Today
22
CYNTHIA KADOHATACRACKER THE BEST DOG IN VIETNAM
Cracker, a large German shepherd, is given up by
Willie, her young owner, because the landlord
says she's too big to live in the family's
apartment. She is given to the Army as part of
the military canine program to be trained to
sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy during the
Vietnam War. Rick Hanski, 17, is headed to
Vietnam to "whip the world." Cracker and Rick are
paired up, and the two learn to work together
finding traps and saving men's lives.  312
Pages, Guided Reading Level N/A Biography Today
23
JULIUS LESTERDAY OF TEARS A NOVEL IN DIALOGUE
Since their mother Fanny left, Emma has taken
care of the Butler children, Sarah and Frances.
She wants to raise them to have good hearts, as a
rift in morals has ripped the Butler household
apart Sarah and their mother oppose the
inhumanity of slavery while Frances and their
father Pierce believe in the Southern lifestyle
and treatment of blacks. Now, to pay off mounting
gambling debts, Pierce decides to cash in on his
" assets" and host the biggest slave auction in
American history, at the price of his
humanity. 177 Pages, Guided Reading Level
N/A Biography Today
24
ELLEN LEVINECATCH A TIGER BY THE TOE
Living in a Communist household during the 1950s
McCarthy witch hunts was confusing for
13-year-old Jamie Morse. Jamie enjoyed normal
teenage activities -- hanging out with friends,
going to the movies and learning new yo-yo tricks
-- but she lived with the secret that her parents
were Communists. When the secret is revealed, her
parents lose their jobs, and her daily life now
includes worrying about if her father will go to
prison. Jamie must learn to deal with a range of
emotions, including shame, fear and anger, in
this historical novel about the meaning of
patriotism. 199 Pages, Guided Reading Level
N/A No Biography Today
25
HARRY MAZERA BOY AT WAR A NOVEL OF PEARL HARBOR
In the chaos of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a
boy searches for his father whowas on a ship that
was bombed. 104 Pages, Guided Reading Level
N/A No Biography Today
26
HARRY MAZERHEROES DONT RUN A NOVEL OF THE
PACIFIC WAR
To honor his father who died during the Japanese
invasion of Pearl Harbor, seventeen-year-old Adam
eagerly enlists in the Marines in 1944, survives
boot camp, and faces combat on the tiny island of
Okinawa. 113 Pages, Guided Reading Level No
Biography Today
27
WALTER DEAN MYERSFALLEN ANGELS
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his
Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the
summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on
active duty in Vietnam. 309 Pages, Guided
Reading Level Z Biography Today
28
WALTER DEAN MYERSHARLEM SUMMER
It's 1925 and Mark Purvis is a 16-yr-old with a
summer to kill. He'd rather jam with his jazz
band (they need the practice), but is urged by
his parents to get a job. As an assistant at The
Crisis, a magazine for the "new Negro," Mark rubs
shoulders with Langston Hughes and Countee
Cullen. He's invited to a party at Alfred Knopf's
place. He's making money, but not enough, and
when piano player Fats Waller entices him and his
buddies to make some fast cash, Mark finds
himself crossing the gangster Dutch
Schultz. 165 Pages, Guided Reading Level
X Biography Today
29
WALTER DEAN MYERSSUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH
Robin "Birdy" Perry, a young African-American
soldier who enlists in the Army instead of
attending college. Part of the Civil Affairs unit
in Iraq, Robin and his fellow soldiers are sent
on a variety of missions, which mostly focus on
forming relationships and building trust with
Iraqi citizens. As the war progresses, reasons
for occupying the Middle Eastern country become
increasingly blurry for Robin, but he remains
optimistic about his service despite all the
tragedies surrounding him. 290 Pages, Guided
Reading Level Z Biography Today
30
GARY PAULSENSOLDIERS HEART
Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a
change of heart after experiencing both the
physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War
combat. 106 Pages, Guided Reading Level
V Biography Today
31
GARY PAULSENWOODS RUNNER
Set during the American Revolution, Paulsen's
(Hatchet) slim novel candidly and credibly
exposes the underbelly of that war. Sam is a
skilled hunter with an instinctive knowledge of
the western Pennsylvania forest-a "woods runner."
When word of fighting between the British and the
colonists reaches his family, the 13-year-old
realizes that his life will change. 164 Pages,
Guided Reading Level N/A Biography Today
32
RICHARD PECKA LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO
Grandma Dowdel is not a good influence--and
that's one good reason why Joey likes visiting
her. Each August, from 1929 (when Joey is nine)
to 1935, he and his younger sister travel by
train from Al Capone's Chicago to spend a week
with Grandma in her scrappy small Illinois
town. 148 Pages, Guided Reading Level
V Biography Today
33
RICHARD PECKON THE WINGS OF HEROES
World War II has invaded Davys homefront
boyhood. Theres an air raid drill in the
classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap
drive. Bill has joined up, breaking their dads
heart. Its an intense, confusing time, and one
that will invite Davy to grow up in a
hurry. 148 Pages, Guided Reading
Level Biography Today
34
ANN RINALDIGIRL IN BLUE
Inspired by the war fever of 1861, and tired of
her father's mistreatment, 15-year-old Sarah
Wheelock determines to run away and join the
Union forces to fight the Confederacy. The last
straw comes when her father promises her hand in
marriage to a man who is twice her age and has
the manners of a bear. After she cuts her hair,
changes clothes, and lowers her voice, Sarah has
few problems passing as a boy years of hard farm
labor have toughened her physically, and she has
a natural talent for impersonation. 310 Pages,
Guided Reading Level N/A Biography Today
35
MILDRED TAYLORROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
Set in Mississippi at the height of the
Depression, it is the story of one family's
struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and
independence in the face of racism and social
injustice. 276 Pages, Guided Reading Level
W Biography Today
36
RICH WALLACEWAR WATERMELON
It's the summer of 1969. We've just landed on
the moon, the Vietnam War is heating up, the Mets
are beginning their famous World Series run, and
Woodstock is rocking upstate New York. Down in
New Jersey, twelve-year-old Brody is mostly
concerned with the top ten hits on the radio and
how much playing time he'll get on the football
team. But when he goes along for the ride to
Woodstock with his older brother and sees the
mass of humanity there, he starts to wake up to
the world around him-a world that could take away
the brother he loves. 184 Pages, Guided Reading
Level N/A No Biography Today
37
VIRGINIA EUWER WOLFFBAT 6
In a powerful book set in post-World War II
Oregon, sixth graders from rival towns prepare
for the 50th annual softball game. Two of the
players--a Japanese American who spent the war in
an internment camp and a girl whose father was
killed at Pearl Harbor--collide with tragic
results on the day of the big game. 230 Pages,
Guided Reading Level Z Biography Today
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