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2009

The Underneath

by Appelt, Kathi

A pregnant abandoned cat befriends a chained up old hound dog. Together these unusual friends try to protect each other from the cruelty of nature and humans.

2008

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village

by Schlitz, Laura Ann

Portraits of people, all 10 to 15 years old, who live in or near a 13th-century English manor. Their collective voices tell what it took to survive in the Middle Ages.

Elijah of Buxton

by Curtis, Christopher Paul

11-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit.

Feathers

by Woodson, Jacqueline

When a new, white student nicknamed "Jesus Boy" joins her 6th grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

The Wednesday Wars

by Schmidt, Gary D.

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

2007

The Higher Power of Lucky

by Patron, Susan

Fearing that her legal guardian plans to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky determines to run away while also continuing to seek Power that will bring stability to her life.

Penny from Heaven

by Holm, Jennifer L.

As she turns twelve during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself and her family while also learning a secret about her father's death.

Hattie Big Sky

by Larson, Kirby

"After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917. ..."

Rules

by Lord, Cynthia

12-year-old Catherine has spent years trying to teach her autistic brother, David, the rules. But when she meets Jason and Kristi over the summer, it is her own behavior that turns everything upside down. A Newbery Honor Book.

2006

Criss Cross

by Perkins, Lynne Rae

Debbie is wishing something would happen. Something good. To her. Soon.

Whittington

by Armstrong, Alan

This is the story of Bernie's barn, of Bernie's grandson, Ben, who struggles with dyslexia, and of the exotic tale the cat, Whittington, tells as balm for Ben after his grueling lessons. A Newbery Honor Book.

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

by Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

This book is about the generation of young people who devoted their energy and passion to the Hitler Youth organization and left an indelible mark on world history.

Princess Academy

by Hale, Shannon

Word comes that Miri's village is the home of the future princess. All eligible girls must attend a makeshift academy to prepare for royal life. But when danger approaches, Miri must find a way to save her village. A Newbery Honor Book.

Show Way

by Woodson, Jacqueline

Soonie's family makes SHOW WAYS, quilts with secret meanings that are maps to freedoms. Her family tells stories of bravery that inspire courage. There is a road to a better place.

2005

Kira-Kira

by Kadohata, Cynthia

Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.

Al Capone Does My Shirts

by Choldenko, Gennifer

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 and has to live in his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

by Freedman, Russell

A story of one black woman's success as a performer in the days of segregation.

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

by Schmidt, Gary D.

It only takes a few hours for Turner Buckminster to start hating Phippsburg, Maine. No one in town will let him forget that he's a minister's son, even if he doesn't act like one.

2004

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

by Dicamillo, Kate

A tale about a mouse in love with music, stories and a princess named Pea; a rat who lives in the dark and covets a world of light; and a slow-witted serving girl with an impossible wish.

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

by Murphy, Jim

It's 1793 and there's an invisible killer on the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. It's called yellow fever, but everything about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure. A Newbery Honor Book.

Olive's Ocean

by Henkes, Kevin

Martha and Olive could have been friends. But Olive was hit by a car on Monroe Street weeks ago. During the family vacation, Martha bonds with her grandmother, thinks about the Manning boys, and wonders about Olive. A Newbery Honor Book.

2003

Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Crispin #1)

by Avi

Set in the 14th century, this is the story of a 13-year-old boy's flight across England. A Newbery Award Winner.

The House of the Scorpion

by Farmer, Nancy

Matt is the clone of El Patrón, drug lord ruler of Opium. As Matt struggles to come to terms with his existence, he must deal with El Patrón's power-hungry family and his "livestock" status as a clone. A Newbery Honor Book.

Pictures of Hollis Woods

by Giff, Patricia Reilly

A 12-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only time she was happy in a foster home, with a family who truly cared about her.

Hoot

by Hiaasen, Carl

this book is about a boy, and his friends and saving some owls.

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