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McCall Middle School

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Anderson, M.T. Whales on Stilts. Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best

    friends, Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father’s conniving boss to conquer the world using an army

    of whales.

Armstrong, Jennifer. Fire Us Trilogy (includes The Kiln, The Kindling, and Keeper of the Flame). In 2007,

    a small band of children have joined together in a Florida town, trying to survive in a world where it seems

    that all the adults have been killed off by a catastrophic virus.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game series. Ender Wiggins is a genius who is training to save the planet from

    impending Alien attacks.

    *Clements, Andrew. Things Not Seen. When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to

    reverse it.

    DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember and People of Sparks. In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to

    glimpse Unknown Regions. The Prophet of Yonwood is the prequel.

    *Farmer, Nancy. House of the Scorpion (Newbery Honor Book 2003). In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug

    empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

    Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden series. In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all of his twelve years in isolation and fear on his

    family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

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L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time. Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly

    strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Lowry, Lois. The Messenger. In this novel that unites characters from The Giver and Gathering Blue,

    Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that

    he cannot explain or understand. Also try The Giver and Gathering Blue

    Reeve, Philip. Mortal Engines. In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a

    fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in

    the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

    Sleator, William. The Last Universe. When her desperately ill older brother insists that she take him into

    their mysterious backyard garden, designed by their quantum physicist great uncle, fourteen-year-old Susan

    discovers that things are not always what they seem.

Stahler, David Jr. Truesight. In a distant frontier world, thirteen-year-old Jacob is uncertain of his future in a

    community that considers blindness a virtue and "Seers" as aberrations.

    Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society. After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for

    the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

    Barry, David. Peter and the Starcatchers. Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical

    stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island. (Sequels: Peter and the Shadow

    Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon)

    Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander. When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches,

    and spiders while on a quest foretold by an ancient prophecy (Sequel: Gregor and the Prophesy of Bain).

Corbett, Sue. 12 Again. Twelve-year-old Patrick's mother is missing, and it is up to him to find her and get

    her back or face a life without her.

    Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. The Conch Bearer. In India, a healer invites twelve-year-old Anand to join him on a quest to return a magical conch to its safe and rightful home high in the Himalayan mountains.

Farmer, Nancy. Sea of Trolls. After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy

    are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen,

    leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls. Sequel is The Land of the Silver

    Apples.

Ferris, Jean. Once Upon a Marigold. A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing

    things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot

    against her and her father.

Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart. Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a

    living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him

    into service. (Sequel: Inkspell)

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Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord. Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the

    younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with--and protection

    from--Venice's "Thief Lord."

Gardner, Sally. I, Coriander. In seventeenth-century London, Coriander, a girl who has inherited magic from

    her mother, must find a way to use this magic in order to save both herself and an inhabitant of the fairy

    world where her mother was born.

    Jacques, Brian. Loamhedge: A Tale from Redwall. While a group of adventurers from Redwall seeks the ancient abbey of Loamhedge in hopes of curing a young haremaid's paralysis, Redwall is besieged by vermin.

    Keehn, Sally M. Gnat Stokes and the Foggy Bottom Swamp Queen. In Mary’s Cove, Tennessee, in 1869, twelve-year-old Gnat Stokes decides to prove she’s not just a trouble maker by rescuing a boy who was spirited away seven years earlier by the evil Swamp Queen of Foggy Bottom.

Levine, Gail Carson.Fairest. In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually

    comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for . who she truly is

    Lowry, Lois. Gossamer. While learning to bestow dreams, a young dream giver tries to save an eight-year-old

    boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds.

MacHale, D.J. Pendragon series: Merchant of Death, The Lost City of Faar, The Never War, and Reality

    Bug.

*McNamee, Eoin. The Navigator. Owen has always been different, and not only because his father

    committed suicide, but he is not prepared for the knowledge that he has a mission to help the Wakeful--the

    custodians of time--to stop the Harsh from reversing the flow of time.

Meyer, Kai. The Water Mirror. In a place similar to Venice, Italy, two teenaged orphans, apprenticed to a

    maker of magic mirrors, begin to realize that their fates are tied to the magical protector of the city known

    as the Flowing Queen and to the ruler of Hell, respectively. (Sequels: The Stone Light and The Glass Word)

*Oppel, Kenneth. Airborne. Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl

    traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly

    living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.

Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a

    mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with

    dragons, elves, and monsters. (Sequel: Eldest)

Pattou, Edith. East. A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the

    victim of a cruel enchantment.

Pearce, Philippa. The Little Gentleman. A young girl’s dull life is transformed when she meets and befriends

    an extraordinary talking mole that likes to be read to and tells of his own past exploits throughout the

    centuries.

Pierce, Tamora. Circle of Magic Series. A fantasy series including Briar’s Book, Daja’s Book, Sandry’s

    Book and Tris’ Book.

Pratchett, Terry. The Bromeliad Trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, and Wings). After generations of existing in the

    human-sized world, a group of four-inch-high gnomes discover their true nature and origin with the help of a

    black square called the Thing.

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Reiss, Kathryn. Paint by Magic. After his mom suddenly starts acting old-fashioned, eleven-year-old Conner

    is transported back to 1926, where he must discover and break the mysterious hold an obsessed artist has on

    his mom that is trapping her between times. Also try Time Windows, Pale Phoenix, PaperQuake, Dreadful

    Sorry, and Glass House People.

    Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new

    friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. (all books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Set)

Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy, #1). Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice,

    summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful

    magician Simon Lovelace (The Golem’s Eye and Ptolemy’s Gate).

    Alvarez, Julia. Before We Were Free. In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator,

    General Trujillo.

    Amistead, John. TheReturn of Gabriel. In the summer of 1964, a thirteen-year-old white boy whose best friend is black is caught in the middle when civil rights workers and Ku Klux Klan members clash in a small town near Tupelo, Mississippi.

    Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever: 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.

    *Auch, Mary Jane. Ashes of Roses. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died.

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy. Despite the horrors of World War

    II, a French teenager pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, which takes her to places where she

    gains information about what the Nazis are doing--information that the French Resistance needs.

    *Breslin, Theresa. Remembrance. The destinies of two Scottish families, one of shopkeepers and one of wealth and power, become entwined through their involvement in World War I, social causes, and love.

*Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker: a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two. After being taught in

    a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are

    recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native

    tongue.

Collier, Kristi. Jericho Walls. In 1957, when her preacher father accepts a post in Jericho, Alabama, Jo wants

    to fit in, but her growing friendship with a black boy forces her to confront the racism of the South and to

    reconsider her own values.

    Cooney, Caroline B. Goddess of Yesterday. Taken from her home on an Aegean island as a six-year-old girl, Anaxandra calls on the protection of her goddess while she poses as two different princesses before

    ending up as a servant in the company of Helen and Paris as they make their way to Troy.

    Cowley, Marjorie. Dar and the Spear Thrower. A young Cro-Magnon boy living 15,000 years ago in southeastern France is initiated into manhood by his clan and sets off on a journey to trade his valuable fire

    rocks for an ivory spear thrower.

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    Crowe, Chris. Mississippi Trial, 1955. In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen-year-old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen-year-old African American

    from Chicago.

Dickinson, Peter. The Kin Series: Po’s Story, Suth’s Story, Mana’s Story, Noli’s Story. Stories of the Stone

    Age tribe, the Kin.

    Duble, Kathleen Benner. The Sacrifice. Two sisters, aged ten and twelve, are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1692 and await trial in a miserable prison while their mother desperately searches . for some way to obtain their freedom

    Durbin, William. Broken Blade. When an injury prevents his father from going into northern Canada with

    fur traders, thirteen-year-old Pierre decides to take his father's place as a voyageur.

Hesse, Karen. Stowaway. This fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768

    to 1781 aboard the Endeavour, which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook.

Holm, Jennifer. Boston Jane: Adventurer, Boston Jane: Wilderness Days, and Boston Jane: The Claim.

    The story of a blossoming New England girl who must surrender etiquette in order to survive in the West.

Hughes, Dean. Soldier Boys. Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective

    armies during WWII, but the realities of war come to a head when they cross paths at the Battle of Bulge.

    Ketchum, Liza. Where the Great Hawk Flies. Years after a violent New England raid by the Redcoats and their Revolutionary War Indian allies, two families, one that suffered during that raid and one with an Indian

    mother and Patriot father, become neighbors and must deal with past trauma and prejudices before they can

    help each other in the present. Based on the author’s family history

    Lawrence, Iain. Lord of the Nutcracker Men. During World War I an English boy comes to believe that the battles he enacts with his toy soldiers control the war his father is fighting on the front.

Lester, Jules. Pharaoh’s Daughter: A Novel of Ancient Egypt. A fictionalized account of the Biblical tale in

    which a Hebrew infant, rescued by the daughter of the Pharaoh, passes through a turbulent adolescence to

    eventually become a prophet of his people while his sister finds her true self as a priestess to the Egyptian

    gods

    McGraw, Eloise. Mara, Daughter of the Nile. This book tells the adventures of an ingenious Egyptian slave girl who undertakes a dangerous assignment as a spy in the royal palace of Thebes, in the days when Queen

    Hatshepsut ruled.

    Napoli, Donna Jo Daughter of Venice. Frustrated with the restrictions her gender imposes on her life, fourteen-year-old Donata, disguised as a boy, sneaks out of her noble family’s house to roam the streets of

    late sixteenth-century Venice and then must confront the repercussions of her actions.

    Paterson, Katherine. Bread and Roses, Too. Jake and Rosa, two children, form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie. An impoverished Vermont farm girl, Lyddie Worthen, is determined to gain

    her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1840s.

Peck, Richard. The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts. In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old

    Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister

    takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean, old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies."

    *Rinaldi, Ann. The Color of Fire. Someone is setting fires in New York City ... In 1741, America is at war with Catholic Spain. Phoebe watches as her town erupts into mass hysteria when the whites in New York City

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accuse the black slaves of planning an uprising. With people implicating each other at every turn, Phoebe has

    to decide if she’s willing to save her friend Cuffee from execution, or if her own conscience and quest for . freedom will be singed by her indiscretions

    Slade, Arthur. Dust. Eleven-year-old Robert is the only one who can help when a mysterious stranger arrives,

    performing tricks and promising to bring rain, at the same time children begin to disappear from a dust bowl

    farm town in Saskatchewan in the 1930s.

    Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Eagle of the Ninth. A young centurion ventures among the hostile tribes beyond the Roman Wall to recover the eagle standard of the Ninth, a legion which mysteriously disappeared under his

    father's command.

    *Taylor, Mildred. The Land. After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning

    land of his own.

    Turnbull, Ann. Maroo of the Winter CavesMaroo, a girl of the late Ice Age, must take charge after her father is killed, and lead her little brother, mother, and aged grandmother to the safety of the winter camp

    before the first blizzards strike.

Abrahams, Peter. Down the Rabbit Hole: an Echo Falls mystery. Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth

    grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her hometown of Echo Falls.

    Bang, Molly. Tigers Falling. After eleven-year-old Lupe is partially paralyzed in an accident in her Mexican village, other handicapped people help her realize that her life can still have purpose.

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.

    While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four

    through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother

    Bloor, Edward. Tangerine. Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that

    damaged his eyesight.

    Brooke, Peggy. Jake’s Orphan. When taken from an orphanage to work on a farm in North Dakota in 1926, twelve-year-old Tree searches for a home not only for himself but also for his irrepressible younger brother,

    Acorn.

    Cabot, Meg. All American Girl. A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.

    *Dessen, Sarah. Keeping the Moon. Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore

    her sense of self.

    *Draper, Sharon. Battle of Jericho (Coretta Scott King Honor Award). A high school junior and his cousin suffer the ramifications of hazing when they join what seems to be a "reputable" school club.

Feinstein, John. Last Shot: a Final Four Mystery. After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders

    Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented

    player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

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Fleischman, Paul. Seek Rob becomes obsessed with searching the airwaves for his long-gone father, a radio . announcer

    Hiaasen, Carl. Flush. With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger

    sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the

    protected waters around their Florida Keys home.

Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot (Newbery Honor Book). Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes

    involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Huser, Glen. Stitches. Travis lives in a trailer park outside a small prairie town with his aunt, uncle, and a

    pack of rowdy little cousins. His mother, a country-and-western singer, is on the road a lot; his father is long

    gone. He knows he's different from his junior high classmates in other ways; he loves to sew, play with

    puppets, and become a professional puppeteer. These interests make Travis a target the school bullies.

    Koss, Amy Goldman. The Cheat. When Sarah gets her hands on the answers to the eighth-grade geography midterm and decides to share them with some other students, the consequences are far-ranging.

Lowry, Lois. Silent Boy. Katy, the ten-year-old daughter of the town doctor, befriends a mentally

    handicapped boy.

Lupica, Mike. Travel Team. After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father

    once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might

    have a shot at victory. Sequel is Summer Ball.

    Mikaelson, Ben. Touching Spirit Bear. After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the Native American Circle Justice, and he

    is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

    *Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy Queen. After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the

    sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

    Ritter, John. The Boy Who Saved Baseball. The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now disgraced

    player, Dante Del Gato.

    *Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn’t Know. Over Christmas vacation, while all of her friends are away, Sophie develops a relationship with Murphy, one of the class nerds. When her friends arrive back in town,

    she if forced to decide if she will reveal her relationship with Murphy to them. Also try Stop Pretending.

Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl. In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the

    thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

Stauffacher, Sue. Harry Sue. Although tough-talking Harry Sue would like to start a life of crime in order to

    be "sent up" and find her incarcerated mother, she must first protect the children at her neglectful

    grandmother’s home day care center and befriend a paralyzed boy.

    Deborah Wiles. Each Little Bird That Sings. Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the

    series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her

    beloved great-uncle Edisto.

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    Brooke, Lauren. Coming Home (book #1 Heartland series). Heartland is a horse farm with the special mission of healing abused or neglected horses and finding them new homes. Fifteen-year-old Amy works

    alongside her talented mother, a gifted horse trainer who uses techniques to heal these damaged horses.

Bunting, Eve. Summer of Riley. Shortly after he gets Riley, the dog he’s been longing for, eleven-year-old

    William must fight for the dog’s life after he is taken away.

Cabot, Meg. Princess Diaries series. Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage

    girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European

    principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.

Clements, Andrew. A Week in the Woods. The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's

    survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him. Also try The Report Card,

    Janitor’s Boy, Frindle, Landry News, No Talking.

    Curtis, Christopher. The Watson’s Go to Birmingham. The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to

    visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. Also try Bud, Not Buddy.

DiCaMillo, Kate.Because of Winn Dixie. Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in

    the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog, Winn-

    Dixie.

Fletcher, Ralph. Flying Solo. After a substitute fails to show up, a group of sixth grade classmates decide to

    run the class on their own.

Going, K.L. The Liberation of Gabriel King. In Georgia during the summer of 1976, Gabriel, a white boy

    who is being bullied, and Frita, an African American girl who is facing prejudice, decide to overcome their

    many fears together as they enter fifth grade.

    Gorman, Carol. Dork on the Run (sequel to Dork in Disguise). Having reluctantly agreed to run for sixth-grade president, Jerry, who has been trying to change his image as a dork, finds his opponent playing dirty

    tricks on him. Also try Dork in Disguise and A Midsummer’s Night Dork.

Gutman, Dan. Babe and Me. With their ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe and

    his father have the opportunity to find out whether Babe Ruth really did call his shot when he hit that

    homerun in the third game of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Also try Jackie and Me,

    Honus and Me, and Shoeless Joe and Me.

Holt, KimberlyWillisMy Louisiana Sky. Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern but loving

    grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.

Hunt, Irene. The Lottery Rose. A young victim of child abuse gradually overcomes his fears and suspicions

    when placed in a home with other boys.

Hurwitz, Johanna. One Small Dog. Curtis gets a dog when his parents divorce, but his beloved new dog

    causes problems that he did not expect.

    Korman, Gordon. Shipwreck (book #1 of the Island series). Six adolescents are stuck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a boat. When a terrifying storm hits, they must fight to survive.

    Mazer, Ann. Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining. Told through prose, journal entries, and drawings, the story follows Abby as she tries to make her mark in school. Try other titles in The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes

    series.

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    Mazer, Harry. A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor. While fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the

    subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the

    bombs fell.

    NaylorPhyllis Renyolds.Including Alice. Fifteen-year-old Alice finds it hard to adjust to the changes in her life when her father gets married and her brother moves to his own apartment. Also try other titles in the

    Alice series.

    Peck, Robert Newton. A Year Down Yonder. During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding

    of this fearsome woman. Also try the sequel Long Way From Chicago.

    Deborah Wiles, Love, Ruby Lavender. When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the

    new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather’s death.

    Abraham, Susan Gonzales. Cecilia’s Year. Nearly fourteen and poor, Ceclia Gonzales wants desperately to go to high school and become a teacher until her mother’s old-fashioned ideas about a woman’s place threaten

    . her dreams

    Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay. Ten-year-old Miguel is embarrassed of his colorful aunt, Tia Lola, when she comes to Vermont from the Dominican Republic to stay with his family.

Cambell, Eric. A Place of Lions. When the plane flying Chris and his father crashes on the Serengeti Plain,

    Chris sets out to find help and finds that his journey is paralleled by that of an aging lion.

    Clinton, Cathryn. A Stone in My Hand. Eleven-year-old Malaak and her family are touched by the violence in Gaza between Jews and Palestinians when first her father disappears and then her older brother is drawn to

    the Islamic Jihad.

Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner. Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict

    limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that

    her family can survive after her father's arrest. Also try the sequels Parvana’s Journey and Mud City.

    Fletcher, Susan. The Shadow Spinner. When Marjan, a thirteen-year-old crippled girl, joins the Sultan's harem in ancient Persia, she gathers for Shahrazad the stories which will save the queen's life.

    McCaughrean, Geraldine. The Kite Rider. In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he

    takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.

    Naidoo, Beverley. The Other Side of Truth. Smuggled out of Nigeria after their mother's murder, Sade and her younger brother are abandoned in London when their uncle fails to meet them at the airport. They are

    fearful of their new surroundings and of what may have happened to their journalist father back in Nigeria.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Bound. In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-

    Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child’s feet so that

    she alone might marry well.

*Osa, Nancy. Cuba 15. Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming

    "quince," a Spanish nickname for the celebration of an Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday.

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    *Park, Linda Sue. When My Name was Keoko. With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to

    suppress Korean culture entirely.

    Park, Linda Sue. Project Mulberry : a novel. While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance,

    prejudice, friendship, patience, and more. Between the chapters are short dialogues between the author and

    main character about the writing of the book.

    Quintana, Anton. The Baboon King. Son of a Kikuyu mother and a Masai herdsman father, Morengáru the hunter lives on the edges of tribal society until an actual banishment forces him to make a life for himself

    among a troop of baboons.

    Resau, Laura. What the Moon Saw. Fourteen-year-old Clara Luna spends the summer with her grandparents in the tiny, remote village of Yucuyoo, Mexico, learning about her grandmother’s life as a healer, her father’s

    decision to leave home for the United States, and her own place in the world.

    Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising. Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh

    circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

    Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Ryan. When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

Shea, Pegi Deitz. Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story. After ten years in a refugee camp in Thailand,

    thirteen-year-old Mai Yang travels to Providence, Rhode Island, where her Americanized cousins introduce

    her to pizza, shopping, and beer, while her grandmother and new friends keep her connected to her Hmong

    . heritage

    Smith, Roland. Thunder Caves. Determined, after his mother's accidental death, to foil his stepfather's plans for his future, fourteen-year-old Jacob travels alone to Africa in search of his father, a biologist studying

    elephants in a remote area of Kenya.

    Stolz, Joelle. The Shadows of Ghadames. At the end of the nineteenth century in Libya, eleven-year-old Malika simultaneously enjoys and feels constricted by the narrow world of women, but an injured stranger

    enters her home and disrupts the traditional order of things

    Temple, Francis. Grab Hands and Run. After his father disappears, twelve-year-old Felipe, his mother, and his younger sister set out on a difficult and dangerous journey, trying to make their way from their home in El

    Salvador to Canada.

    Venciana-Suarez, Ana. Flight to Freedom. Writing in the diary which her father gave her, thirteen-year-old Yara describes life with her family in Havana, Cuba, in 1967 as well as her experiences in Miami, Florida,

    after immigrating there to be reunited with some relatives while leaving others behind.

Voelkel, J. & P. The Jaguar Stones: Book One Middleworld.

    Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird. Married and widowed at the age of 13, Koly finds herself in the grim position of being cast out by society in India.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Hush. Twelve-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the

    witness protection program.

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