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Books


Carol Ryrie Brink
preteen


Caddie Woodlawn

hardback
B&N
This book was written by Caddie Woodlawn's granddaughter. Caddie was 11 in 1864, and she and her brothers had a great time running wild in the woods of Wisconsin, but her mother didn't approve of Caddie's behavior.

Fortunately, for Caddie, her father did approve.

This book won the Newbery Medal in 1936.

Caddie Woodlawn
paperback
B&N

Orson Scott Card
preteen
teen

Ender's Game

hardback
B&N
This book is a tour-de-force. Although it is about small children, aged 5-12, pressed into service to fight the final battle against the alien "buggers," who otherwise will destroy humanity, it is not a children's book.

The main character of the book is Ender (Andrew) Wiggin, who must conquer other children as well as the computer programs to win the war. The pace is intense and there is a fair amount of violence, but it never seems gratuitous.

The ending is extremely surprising and makes it a necessity that this book be read before its newer companion book, Ender's Shadow.

Although this is a science fiction book, it has ended up on school reading lists near here.

There are three other books in the direct Ender series, but they are much more philosophical.

Ender's Game
paperback
B&N

Orson Scott Card
preteen
teen

Ender's Shadow

hardback
B&N
This book covers roughly the same time period and much of the same content as Ender's Game, but it is told from the point of view of Bean, Ender's most valuable lieutenant.

Bean is first shown as a starving two year old on the streets of Amsterdam. He survives because of his intelligence and finally makes it to Battle School where his help is decisive in Ender's winning the war.

Ender's Shadow
paperback
B&N

Sharon Creech
preteen


The Wanderer

hardback
B&N
Thirteen-year-old Sophie joins her uncles and male cousins on a sailing trip from Connecticut to England, where her grandfather lives, on a 45-foot sailboat.

They are caught in a serious storm, and the sailing is described in great detail. The chapters alternate between Sophie's journal and that of her cousin Cody. There are a number of mysteries about Sophie and her dead parents, which add intrigue to the book.


Karen Cushman
preteen

 
The Midwife's Apprentice

paperback
B&N
This Newbery Medal Book, 1996, is set in medieval England. Alyce, a beggar child, improves her lot in life by becoming the midwife's apprentice. This is a picture of the life of a common person, a welcome respite from the lives of lords and ladies.
The Midwife's Apprentice
hardback
B&N

Dorothy Canfield Fisher
6-10 years
preteen

Understood Betsy

hardback
B&N
This is a wonderful old book published originally in 1917 by the author who brought the Montessori method to America by writing about it.

In this book, Elizabeth Ann, a frail, scaredy-kid,who is an orphan, is being brought up by her Great Aunt and her Great Aunt's daughter, whom she calls Aunt Frances.

Aunt Frances is thin and frail and scared of dogs and so on. Elizabeth Ann has been so cosseted that she has never had a real thought of her own, nor has she even ever dressed herself.

Almost overnight, due to her Great Aunt's sickness, Elizabeth Ann's life is turned upside down and she is on a train to the loathed Putney, Vermont relatives.

Once there, Elizabeth Ann becomes Betsy and learns to think for herself and take care of herself and finds real happiness.

Understood Betsy
paperback
B&N

Louise Fitzhugh
6-10 years
preteen

Harriet the Spy

paperback
B&N
From Amazon: "The fascinating story is about an intensely curious and intelligent girl, who literally spies on people and writes about them in her secret notebook, trying to make sense of life's absurdities.

When her classmates find her notebook and read her painfully blunt comments about them, Harriet finds herself a lonely outcast. Fitzhugh's writing is astonishingly vivid, real and engaging, and Harriet, by no means a typical, loveable heroine, is one of literature's most unforgettable characters."

Harriet the Spy
hardback
B&N

Elizabeth Goudge
6-10 years
preteen
 
Linnets and Valerians

paperback
B&N
This book is out-of-print, but you may be able to find it at a library or from bibliofind.

This is an enthralling story of love, evil, magic, and four children in 1912 in England.

While their father is away in Egypt they come to live with their batchelor uncle and his houseman in a town that has evil magic woven through it. The children by their goodness and high spirits, with the help of golden bees and the houseman, manage to conquer the black magic and set all to rights. This sounds trite, but it is a wonderful story to read aloud, and everyone will want to keep going and find out what happens next.


Frances Mary Hendry
6-10 years
preteen
 
Quest for a Maid

paperback
B&N
This is one of my husband's and daughters' favorite books. He has read it to them several times.

It is set in 13th century Scotland, and the heroine begins the book as a nine-year old and grows up. She ends up being forced to fight against her older sister, whom she worships, who is a powerful witch.


Karen Hesse
preteen

 
Out of the Dust

hardback
B&N
This is a sad book, written in free verse format. It covers a little more than a year in the life of a 14-year old girl living through the dust bowl in Oklahoma. The life is very hard, dust storms can come up suddenly and bury cars and people and destroy crops, and her life is made worse by a tragic accident to her mother and herself.

Nevertheless, there is hope in this book, and it provides a picture of its time and place.

Out of the Dust
paperback
B&N

Annie Fellows Johnston
preteen

 

The Little Colonel Series by Annie Fellows Johnston
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David Kherdian
preteen
teen
 
The Road from Home : A True Story of Courage, Survival, and Hope

paperback
B&N
This is a biography of the author's mother, telling about how she and her Armenian family were forced to march through the middle east in the years preceding World War I because Turkey was trying to rid itself of its Armenian citizens.

There are many sad events in Veron, the heroine's, life, but she continues to persevere and finally makes it to America. It is not too horrible for younger children to read or have it read to them.

This book describes events that many of us here in the US are completely unaware of.

The Road from Home : A True Story of Courage, Survival, and Hope
hardback
B&N

C. S. Lewis
6-10 years
preteen
 
The lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

paperback
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The lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
hardback
B&N

Betty Bao Lord
6-10 years
preteen
 
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

hardback
B&N
This book, based on the author's immigrant experience, is a look at 10-year old Shirley Wong's first year in America.

It is also Jackie Robinson's first major league season and the year of the Boar in the Chinese calendar.

Arriving in Brooklyn speaking no English, Shirley slowly makes friends and learns to love baseball.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
paperback
B&N

Patricia MacLachlan
6-10 years
preteen

Sarah, Plain and Tall

hardback
B&N
This is a short, spare, beautiful chapter book, which won the 1986 Newbery Medal. The story revolves around two motherless children whose father sends for a mail-order bride.

The children are desperate for her to stay, but she misses Maine so much, there on the prairie, that the story is full of fears of her deciding not to stay.

Sarah, Plain and Tall
paperback
B&N

Robin McKinley
preteen
teen
 
The Hero and the Crown

hardback
B&N
This is an engaging book, with an appealing princess heroine, who must work all the harder to gain her birthright because she is different from the other people in her kingdom.
The Hero and the Crown
paperback
B&N

Scott O'Dell
preteen


Island of the Blue Dolphins

hardback
B&N
My fourth grade teacher read us this Newbery Medal book, and we were desperate to hear the next chapter each day. My own children loved it as well.

Based on a true story, this tells of a young Indian girl who ends up being alone on a deserted island for many years. She builds herself shelter, feeds herself, fends off the wild dogs and remains optimistic.

Island of the Blue Dolphins
paperback
B&N

Ethel J. Phelps (Ed.)
preteen

 
Tatterhood and Other Tales: Stories of Magic and Adventure

paperback
B&N
This is a collection of folk tales from all over the world. Each story has a strong, successful female protagonist.

Elizabeth George Speare
preteen

 
The Witch of Blackbird Pond

hardback
B&N
The year is 1687 and Katherine (Kit) Tyler is fleeing her home of Barbados, after the death of her grandfather, for Connecticut and her mother's family she has never met.

She finds that she is very different from the Puritans there. She has never worked, she knows how to read, she understands how to enjoy life, and she ends up being unhppy.

She befriends an outcast, the Widow Tupper, who lives near the Pond and is called a witch by some in the town. Events move rapidly and Kit herself is accused of witchcraft.

This book, a Newbery Medal winner and ALA Notable Children's Book, is also a quiet romance, which ends with three happy marriages.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
paperback
B&N

Alison Uttley
preteen
teen
  A Traveller in Time This book was originally published in 1939. It is out of print here in the U.S., but you can look for it at your library or at biliofind [Search for "traveller" with only one "l", i.e. "traveler"] or at Amazon's UK site.

It is a wonderful story about a girl, Penelope, who visits her aunt and uncle at the family's ancestral home and finds that she is able to move back and forth between her own time and 300 years earlier in the family.

The family of 300 years earlier is caught up in a doomed plan to free Mary Queen of Scots, and Penelope gets involved as well. Because she looks very much like other members of the family, she is accepted and loved in the old times. Many times, she is more interested in her "other" life than in her current one.

The story does not race along, but it is interesting and informative and holds the reader's attention.


Hilda van Stockum
6-10 years
preteen
 

The Mitchells Series by Hilda van Stockum
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Carol Weston
preteen
adult
 
Private and Personal

paperback
B&N
This is a good book for middle-schoolers and their parents, written in a question and answer format.

Weston is a "Dear Abby"-type columnist for Girl's Life and the questions she is answering are real questions from real girls.

This book answers questions for girls, but it also tells parents what kinds of questions their daughters might be having.


E. B. White
6-10 years
preteen

Charlotte's Web

hardback
B&N
 
Charlotte's Web
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Videos/DVDs



6-10 years
preteen
teen
 
Ever After

video
B&N
This is an updated version of the Cinderella story where Drew Barrymore plays Cinderella. Although there is a mean step-mother, one mean step-sister, and one pretty nice step-sister, Cinderella wins the prince's love with her wits and character rather than through a fairy godmother.
Ever After
video
B&N


preteen
teen
adult

October Sky

dvd
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October Sky
video
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6-10 years
preteen
teen

The Black Stallion

dvd
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The Black Stallion
video
B&N

C.S. Lewis
6-10 years
preteen
 
The Lion, the witch, and the Wardrobe

video
B&N
 
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