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Teacher Recommended Reading: Grades 6-8

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The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

[This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 4-5 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Kidnapped

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Classic coming-of-age story.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

Mark Twain's classic story of a young boy's life in a small town on the Mississippi River. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 6-8 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Classic tale of the sea, a hunt for buried treasure, pirates and adventures. Features Long John Silver, one of Stevenson's most enduring characters.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Anne Frank

by Anne Frank

A teenage Jewish girl's recorded thoughts and impressions while she and her family were being hidden in a safe house during the Nazi occupation of Holland.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord

A young Chinese girl in 1947 comes to Brooklyn and discovers her love for baseball while adjusting to new life in America.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Forbidden City

by William Bell

Historical fiction of the great events that swept China in the spring of 1989, after the Tian An Men Square uprising.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Tales of a Dead King

by Walter Dean Myers

2 teenagers uncover a plot to rob the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

by Jean Fritz

This book is a third person account of the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of the first signer of the Declaration of Independance. The book describes his complete self centerdness as a young adult and how that led to his rather prominant signature on the historic document.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Make Way for Sam Houston

by Jean Fritz

The story of Sam Houston for children

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Child of the Owl

by Laurence Yep

A young girl is sent to live with her grandmother in Chinatown and finds her Chinese heritage for the first time.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Hundred Penny Box

by Sharon Bell Mathis

Michael loves his great-great-aunt Dew, even if she can't always remember his name. He especially loves to spend time with her and her beloved hundred penny box, listening to stories about each of the hundred years of her life. Michael's mother wants to throw out the battered old box that holds the pennies, but Michael understands that the box itself is as important to Aunt Dew as the memories it contains.

Newbery Medal Honor book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Secret of the Andes

by Ann Nolan Clark

Cusi, a modern Inca boy, leaves his home highe in the Andes mountains to learn the mysterious secret of his ancient ancestors. He slowly discovers the truth about his birth and his people's ancient glory.

Newbery Medal Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Will's Choice

by Joan Lowery Nixon

It's 1866, and twelve-year-old Will Scott is not happy to be riding the orphan train. That's because Will's not really an orphan. He has a father -- Jesse, a circus performer. But Jess tells Will that he'll have a better life with a new family out west. Will is placed with the kindly Dr. and Mrs. Wallace. Will assists Dr. Wallace on his rounds of the local farms and finds that he's really good at helping people who are sick or hurt. Still, Will misses his father terribly. Then one night Jesse's circus comes to town, and Will has to make a big decision.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

[This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 4-5 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J. K. Rowling

A teenager pitching headfirst into the world of near-adulthood, Harry returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year. The fourth book in the series.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

London's classic tale about a dog's adventures in the North.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Book of Three

by Lloyd Alexander

(From the Book Jacket) Blending rich elements of Welsh legend and universal mythology, Lloyd Alexander creates the imaginary kingdom of Prydain to tell a tale of enchantment, both good and evil, and of the Assistant Pig-Keeper who wants to become a hero...Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil. He meets adventures in which humor and high valor are blended in a way that will keep readers of many ages completely absorbed-for this is fantasy that is rooted in reality and truth. For, as Mr. Alexander says..."Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we believe we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart."

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Julie of the Wolves

by Jean Craighead George

Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her, sets out alone to visit Amy in San Francisco, a world far away from Eskimo culture and the frozen land of Alaska.

During her long and arduous journey, Miyax comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friendship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack.

Newbery Medal Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Light in the Forest

by Conrad Richter

"True Son," born John Butler in a little frontier town, was captured by the Lenni Lenape Indians when he was four years old, and adopted into the tribe by the great warrior Cuyloga who renamed him and reared him as his son. True Son grew up to think, feel and fight like an Indian, to reverence their God. Then the Indians made a treaty and agreed to return all white captives to their own people. But True Son had learned to hate all white men. Though reared as a Lenni Lenape Indian, fifteen-year-old True Son, once called John Camera Butler, was ordered back to the white man. It was impossible for True Son to believe that his people were white and not Indian. He had learned to hate the white man. And now he learned to hate his new father, his new house, his new family. He hated the name John Butler. Where did he belong now-and where could he go?|

Date Added: 05/25/2017


A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

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.

[This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 6-8 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Newbery Medal Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Outcasts of Poker Flat and Other Stories

by Bret Harte

14 short stories by Harte, with an introduction by Wallace Stegner, a selected bibliography, and notes on the text.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


I Heard the Owl Call My Name

by Margaret Craven

A novel about the clash of the ancient culture versus the modern culture of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


To Be A Slave

by Julius Lester

A compilation of reminiscences of slaves and ex-slaves about their lives, from those leaving Africa through the Civil War into the 20th century.

Newbery Medal Honor Book.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

The classic children's story of the life of a horse named Black Beauty

Date Added: 05/25/2017



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