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Will's Choice (The Orphan Train Children #2)

by Nixon, Joan Lowery

Twelve-year-old Will Scott is not happy to be riding the Orphan Train because he is not really an orphan. But his father says he will have a better life out west.

Tuck Everlasting

by Babbitt, Natalie

The Tuck family has a secret--that they drink from a magical spring which gives them eternal life. However, their secret is about to be known to others in the community.

The Skirt

by Soto, Gary

Miata Ramirez is scared and upset. She left her folklorico skirt on her school bus, the skirt that belonged to her mother when she was a child in Mexico. Can Miata get the skirt back

The Sign of the Beaver

by Speare, Elizabeth George

Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

The Pinballs

by Byars, Betsy

"Three unwanted kids--Pinballs, as wisecracking Carly dubs them--collide in a warm and caring foster home and learn to pin their hopes on each other". --School Library Journal. ALA Notable Children's Book; School Library Journal Best Books of 1977.

The Paper Bag Princess

by Munsch, Robert

Elizabeth is a beautiful princess about to marry the perfect prince until a dragon destroys all that she owns and runs away with her prince!

The Land I Lost

by Nhuong, Huynh Quang

A collection of personal reminiscences of the author's youth in a hamlet on the central highlands of Vietnam.

The Hundred Penny Box

by Mathis, Sharon Bell

Michael's great-great-aunt Dew is a hundred years old. She keeps a box in her room filled with pennies, one for each year she has lived. Michael's mother wants to get rid of the old box. But Michael knows that if Aunt Dew loses that old box, it will be like losing a part of their life. He has to make his mother understand.

The House of Dies Drear

by Hamilton, Virginia

Thirteen year old Thomas' family moves into a spooky old house that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. A thrilling adventure for readers 9-12.

The Hobbit

by Tolkien, J. R. R.

J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold.

The Great Brain

by Fitzgerald, John D.

Tom is going away from home for the first time to the academy in Salt Lake city.

The Egypt Game

by Snyder, Zilpha Keatley

When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques and Curio shop, Melanie and April decide it's the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. (A Newbery Honor Book.)

The Double Life of Pocahontas

by Fritz, Jean

Pocahontas is a young girl in an Indian tribe who is caught between the tensions of the Indian culture and the culture of the white settlers.

The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #11)

by Keene, Carolyn

Secily wants to get married, but she wants to find her family fortune first. Also, there is a phantom boat on the lake and a sinister family whose behavior is very odd.

The Cay

by Theodore Taylor

Classic novel about racism, love and survival.

The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1)

by Alexander, Lloyd

Young Taran rescues his master's pig with a renowned hero, a girl sorcerer, a fibbing harper, and a half human craving munchings. They face unkillable warriors, and learn true bravery and loyalty.

Stone Fox

by Gardiner, John Reynolds

Little Willy is determined to keep his sick grandfather's farm going and enters into a race with his loyal dog, Searchlight.

Sleeping Ugly

by Yolen, Jane

A story about a beautiful but mean princess and a plain but good-hearted girl.

Shoeshine Girl

by Bulla, Clyde Robert

A self-centered, troubled, ten-year-old girl finds solutions to her problems when she finds employment at a shoeshine stand.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

by Coerr, Eleanor

Sadako, a child who has leukemia due to the atomic bomb, folds paper cranes in order to get well. With Picture Descriptions. Historical fiction.

Pippi Longstocking

by Lindgren, Astrid

Adventurous stories of a free-spirited girl named Pippi Longstocking.

Owls in the Family

by Mowat, Farley

Two owls from Saskatchewan come to a neighborhood and shake up the whole town.

Number the Stars

by Lowry, Lois

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

Muggie Maggie

by Cleary, Beverly

Maggie, a feisty third-grader, refuses to learn how to read or write cursive writing.

Miss Rumphius

by Cooney, Barbara

Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation.

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