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2009

Savvy

by Law, Ingrid

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy"--a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity... and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day.

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

by Engle, Margarita

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her.

The Underneath

by Small, David and Appelt, Kathi

An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

2008

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village

by Schlitz, Laura Ann

Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.

The Wednesday Wars

by Schmidt, Gary D.

Gary D. Schmidt was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2008 for The Wednesday Wars, the story of seventh grader Holling Hoodhood from suburban Long Island in 1967 who is stuck spending his Wednesday afternoons with his teacher Mrs. Baker...

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

"Hope is the thing with feathers" starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn't thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about.

2007

The Higher Power of Lucky

by Patron, Susan and Phelan, Matt

Lucky, age ten, can't wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has.

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.

Hattie Big Sky

by Larson, Kirby

Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle's homesteading claim. For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives.

Penny from Heaven

by Holm, Jennifer L.

It's 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing' s that easy in Penny's family. For starters, she can't go swimming because her mother's afraid she'll catch polio at the pool.

2006

Criss Cross

by Perkins, Lynne Rae

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

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

by Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany's young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.

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.

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.

Whittington

by Armstrong, Alan

Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use for-two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady.

2005

Kira-Kira

by Kadohata, Cynthia

kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason.

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

by Freedman, Russell

"A voice like yours," celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini told contralto Marian Anderson, "is heard once in a hundred years." This insightful account of the great African American vocalist considers her life and musical career in the context of the history of civil rights in this country.

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.

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.

2004

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

by Dicamillo, Kate

Despereaux Tilling is a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. Roscuro is a rat who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. Miggery Sow is a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other's lives. What happens then? Winner of the 2000 Newbery award.

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.

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

by Murphy, Jim

1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown...

2003

Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Crispin #1)

by Avi

"Asta's Son" is all he's ever been called. The lack of a name is appropriate, because he and his mother are but poor peasants in 14th century medieval England. But this thirteen-year-old boy who thought he had little to lose soon finds himself with even less - no home, no family, or possessions.

Surviving the Applewhites

by Tolan, Stephanie S.

Will anyone take on Jake Semple? Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he burned down his old school and got kicked out of every school in his home state.

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