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Title: 20062007 Virginia Readers Choice Middle

2006-2007 Virginia Readers Choice Middle
Al Capone Does My Shirtsby Gennifer Choldenko
  • When his father gets a job as an electrician at
    Alcatraz, Moose's family moves to the famous
    prison island. Against this vividly evoked
    setting, Moose butts heads with the warden's
    scheming daughter and gets help from a surprising
    source for his older sister, who exhibits the
    symptoms of autism (the book is set in 1935,
    before the disease was identified). The solid
    novel concludes with a historical note.
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 3.5
  • Subjects United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz
    Island, California Fiction.Alcatraz Island
    (Calif.) History Fiction.Autism Fiction.Family
    problems Fiction.Brothers and sisters
    Fiction.Historical fiction.

Becoming Naomi Leonby Pam Ryan
  • Eleven-year-old Naomi's long-absent mother shows
    up at the trailer park where Naomi, her brother,
    and their great-grandmother have been happily
    living for the past seven years. With its quirky
    characterizations and folksy atmosphere, this
    engrossing family drama resembles a Sharon Creech
    novel on the surface, but it has its own uniquely
    affecting emotional core.
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 5.4
  • Subjects Great-grandmothers Fiction.Brothers
    and sisters Fiction.Family problems
    Fiction.Mexican Americans Fiction.Mexico

Blue Fingers A Ninjas Taleby Cheryl Whitesel
  • In this adventure story set in feudal Japan,
    young Koji is kidnapped by ninjas and trained to
    become one of them. Fans of the genre will
    appreciate the action, though the book is slow
    moving at times. A parallel plot, about Koji's
    family, is less smoothly related than the
    intriguing ninja story. A historical note is
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 5.2
  • Subjects Japan History Period of civil wars,
    1480-1603 Fiction.Ninja Fiction.Samurai
    Fiction.Historical fiction.

Chasing Vermeerby Blue Balliett
  • Sixth-grade classmates Petra Andalee and Calder
    Pillay are drawn into a mysterious claim that
    some of the works attributed to Johannes Vermeer
    were not, in fact, painted by that
    seventeenth-century Dutch artist. The
    protagonists are smart and appealing, the prose
    style is agreeably quirky, and fans of
    puzzle-mysteries will enjoy cracking the codes
    presented within the text and hidden in the
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 5.4
  • Subjects Art Fiction.Vermeer, Johannes,
    1632-1675 Fiction.Mystery and detective stories.

Last Shot A Final Four Mysteryby John Feinstein
  • As winners of a writing contest, eighth-graders
    Steven Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson travel to
    the NCAA Final Four as journalists. In addition
    to meeting college basketball celebrities, the
    two also uncover a plot to fix the championship
    game. As the fast-moving mystery takes off, the
    book becomes the reader's own press pass to a
    behind-the-scenes look at the Final Four.
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 4.8
  • Subjects Journalists Fiction.NCAA Basketball
    Tournament Fiction.Basketball Fiction.Gambling
    Fiction.Extortion Fiction.Mystery and detective

Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Placeby E.L. Konigsburg
  • Margaret Rose Kane spends the summer with a pair
    of great-uncles who have devoted their lives to
    building three sculpture towers in their
    backyard. When a local group plans to have the
    structures demolished, Margaret Rose rallies a
    group of kindred spirits to save the towers.
    Konigsburg tackles some big themes without
    sacrificing her usual incisive characterizations
    and inventive storytelling.
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 5.5
  • Subjects Social action Fiction.Individuality
    Fiction.Uncles Fiction.Hungarian Americans
    Fiction.Camps Fiction.

Sea Of Trollsby Nancy Farmer
  • Drawing upon history, Norse and Celtic myth, and
    Farmer's own abundant imagination, this story is
    long but engrossing, a cruel tale with a merry
    heart about a Saxon boy and what befell him upon
    his and his younger sister's capture by marauding
    Northmen (and, later, trolls). The book is
    effectively sparing in its use of fantasy
    elements, but when Farmer pulls out all the
    stops, she does so with aplomb and assurance.
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 4.7
  • Subjects Mythology, Norse Fiction.Druids and
    druidism Fiction.Vikings Fiction.Bards and
    bardism Fiction.Saxons Fiction.Brothers and
    sisters Fiction.Trolls Fiction.

Teachers Funeralby Richard Peck
  • Within days of his teacher's (unlamented)
    passing, fifteen-year-old Russell finds himself
    an unwilling pupil of her replacement his older
    sister Tansy. Set in 1904 rural Indiana, the
    novel recounts events at the one-room Hominy
    Ridge School in a highly comic style, but beneath
    the humor there are clear emotional currents that
    make the final chapter particularly moving.
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 4.7
  • Subjects Education Fiction.Teachers
    Fiction.Country life Indiana Fiction.Indiana
    History 20th century Fiction.Humorous
    stories.Historical fiction.

The Trial by Jennifer Bryant
  • The Bruno Hauptmann trial might not seem a likely
    focus for middle-school historical fiction, but
    Bryant has a capable witness in twelve-year-old
    Katie, a nascent journalist. The free-verse novel
    succeeds in drawing together the events of the
    kidnapping trial and its attendant media storm
    with Depression-era events and both of those with
    Katie's own life its picture of celebrity and
    justice offers contemporary resonance as well.
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 6.1
  • Subjects Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles
    Augustus), 1902-1974 Trials, litigation, etc.
    Fiction.Trials (Kidnapping) Fiction.Flemington
    (N.J.) History 20th century Fiction.Historical

Worthby A.LaFaye
  • An accident has almost cost eleven-year-old Nate
    his leg, making him useless for farm work. When
    his father brings home an orphan boy to help him
    work their Nebraska homestead, the new arrival
    heightens Nate's feelings of frustration, anger,
    and sadness. Each boy wants what the other has,
    and both boys yearn for the love of their
    fathers. This short tale has a quietly epic
  • Classifications Fiction
  • Reading Level 4.5
  • Subjects Frontier and pioneer life Nebraska
    Fiction.Fathers and sons Fiction.Orphans
    Fiction.Nebraska History 19th century
    Fiction.Historical fiction.
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