| Tangerine by Edward Bloor: Paul Fisher has been |
haunted by dreams of the accident that caused his eye
injury. When another accident occurs at his school, Paul
views it as his chance to move to a new school. It will be
his chance to play soccer and to get out from his brother's
shadow. This story is full of sports action, mystery, and
tension between the classes.
If you like this book, you might also like The Outsiders by S.
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| The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper: In this |
selection in the series, eleven-year-old Will Stanton dis-
covers that he is one of the Old Ones, immortals fighting to
keep the world from being taken over by forces of evil.
Other books in the series include Over Sea, Under Stone,
Greenwich, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree.
| Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech: Salamanca |
Tree Hill travels from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents
in search of her mother. Along the way, she tells them the
story of Phoebe Winterbottom, her new friend who has been
receiving mysterious messages.
If you like this book, you might also like Sue Bank Kidd's The
Secret Life of Bees, another story about a young girl on a
quest to find out more about her mother.
Other Creech books with the Ohio-Bybanks, Kentucky
connection are Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird,
|| Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan: When Kit arrives |
at an exclusive boarding school, she discovers that she is
one of only four students who have been accepted. As the
mystery and terror mounts, Kit tries to discover the
secrets of Blackwood School for Girls before it is too late.
Other great fiction books by Lois Duncan include A Gift of
Magic, Locked in Time, Stranger with My Face, and Don't Look
Behind You. Duncan is also the author of Who Killed My
Daughter, the story of her search for her daughter's
murderer and the connection of her fiction novels to the
If you like Lois Duncan novels, try any of the books by Mary
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a Dark Hall.
| Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank: What would happen if the |
United States experienced a nuclear attack? In 1959 Frank
attempted to answer this question through this fiction
story. In it, Randy Bragg, his family, and his neighbors and
friends face the horrors of survival after the bombs are
If you enjoy this book, you might like Z for Zachariah by
Robert C. O'Brien.
| One Child by Torey L. Hayden: The author begins this|
way: "I should have known. The article was a small one,
just a few paragraphs stuck on page six under some comics.
It told of a six-year-old girl who had abducted a
neighborhood child. On that cold November evening, she
had taken the three-year-old boy, tied him to a tree in a
nearby woodlot and burned him. The boy was currently in a
local hospital in critical condition. The girl had been taken
Later, that child, Shiela, ends up in Hayden's classroom.
This is their story.
| The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton: Hinton wrote this |
novel of the struggles between the "greasers" and the
"Socs" when she was sixteen years old. Inspired by the
death of a friend, she tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis, a
sensitive, intelligent greaser.
If you enjoy this book, you may want to try other novels by
Hinton (Tex; That Was Then, This Is Now; Taming the Star
Runner) or Tangerine by Edward Bloor.
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| Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger:|
| Tomorrow, When the War Began by John |
Marsden: When Kit and six of her teenage friends return
from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they discover
that their country has been invaded, their families have
been captured, and they are being held prisoner at the fair
grounds. Rather than turning themselves in, they decide to
fight to defend their country and free their families.
This is the first of a seven-book series that details their
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| Animal Farm by George Orwell:|
| The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin:|
| I Am Third by Gale Sayers with Al Silverman:|
| A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: A |
classic! The story of Francie Nolan, a poor young girl with
hopes of a better life, is set in Brooklyn from 1902 until
If you like this book, you might enjoy Joy in the Morning,
another classic by Betty Smith. You might also try The Land
of Hope trilogy by Joan Lowry Nixon.
|| One Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith:|
You've seen the Disney classic. Now, read the novel that
started it all. It's funny! It's charming! It's SO much
better than the video.
|| Coming to America|
| Land of Hope by Joan Lowry Nixon: In 1902, |
Rebekah Levinsky, a Russian immigrant, is traveling to
America with her family to make a better future for herself.
On the ocean voyage she befriends two other travelers:
Rose Carney from Ireland and Kristin Swensen from
Sweden. Once in America, the friends must separate.
Rebekah and her family settle in the Lower East Side in New
York and work in a sweatshop.
Land of Dreams and Land of Promise, sequels to Land of
Hope, tell Rose's and Kristin's stories.
|| World War II and the Holocaust|
| Hiroshima by John Hersey:|
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: On October 11, 1943, a British spy plane crashes in Nazi-o0ccupied Friance. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. But only one of the girls has a chance of survival.
Arrested by the Gestapo, "Verity" is given a choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. They'll get the truth out of her. Only it won't be what they expect.
| If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan:|
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| Briar Rose by Jane Yolan:|