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2003

Patrol: An American Soldier In Vietnam

by Myers, Walter Dean

Vietnam. A young American soldier waits for his enemy, rifle in hand, finger on the trigger. He is afraid to move and yet afraid not to move. Gunshots crackle in the still air. The soldier fires blindly into the distant trees at an unseen enemy.

2002

The Other Side of Truth

by Naidoo, Beverley

Will the truth harm them -- or save them? When Nigeria's corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their lives are over.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier

by Rappaport, Doreen

2001

Esperanza Rising

by Ryan, Pam Muñoz

When a young girl and her privileged family in Mexico is forced to move to the United States, they learn to depend on and love each other more.

The Composition

by Skármeta, Antonio

In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel's father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills.

2000

Through My Eyes

by Lundell, Margo and Bridges, Ruby

Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

Molly Bannaky, illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet

by Mcgill, Alice

1999

Bat 6

by Wolff, Virginia Euwer

The Bat 6 is the big annual softball game. But this year, there's a new girl on both teams, each with a secret past which sets them on a collision course set to explode on game day. No one knows how to stop it. All they can do is watch...

Marianthe's Story, Painted Words: Marianthe's Story, Spoken Memories

by Aliki

Two separate stories in one book, the first telling of Mari's starting school in a new land, and the second describing village life in her country before she and her family left in search of a better life.

1998

Habibi

by Nye, Naomi Shihab

When 14-year-old Liyana Abboud and her family move from St. Louis to a new home between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village where her father was born, they face many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.

Seven Brave Women

by Hearne, Betsy and Andersen, Bethanne

Take a journey through time as a young girl recounts the exploits of her female ancestors, seven brave women who left their imprints on the past and on her.

1997

Growing Up in Coal Country

by Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

Through interviews, newspaper accounts, and other original sources, Bartoletti pieced together a picture of life in the Pennsylvania coal mines at the turn of the century.

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became The World's Fastest Woman

by Krull, Kathleen

Before Wilma was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run.

1996

The Well

by Taylor, Mildred D.

During a drought, the Logan family shares their well water with their neighbors, black and white alike. But David's brother Hammer finds it hard to share with Charlie Simms, who torments them because they are black.

Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo

by Feelings, Tom and Clarke, John Henrik

The Middle Passage is the name given to one of the most tragic ordeals in history: the cruel and terrifying journey of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean.

1995

Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor

by Freedman, Russell

Biography of Lewis Hine, photographer and crusader to ban child labor in the 1900s.

Sitti's Secrets

by Nye, Naomi Shihab

A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.

1994

Freedom's Children

by Levine, Ellen

Firsthand accounts of thirty African-Americans who were children or teens during the 1950s and 1960s describe what it was like to fight segregation in the South, discussing sit-ins, marches, and other experiences.

This Land Is My Land

by Littlechild, George

Artist George Littlechild shows and tells us what it means to be a young Native artist living on the cusp of the 21st century.

1993

Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti

by Temple, Frances

In the hospital after being beaten by Macoutes, seventeen-year-old Djo tells the story of his impoverished life to a young woman who, like him, has been working with the social reformer Father Aristide to fight the repression in Haiti.

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

by Ringgold, Faith

1992

Journey of the Sparrows

by Buss, Fran Leeper

Maria and her brother and sister, Salvadoran refugees, are smuggled into the United States in crates and try to eke out a living in Chicago with the help of a sympathetic family.

1991

The Big Book for Peace

by Alexander, Lloyd and Sachs, Marilyn and Lowry, Lois and Uchida, Yoshiko and Paterson, Katherine and Fritz, Jean and Babbitt, Natalie and Willard, Nancy and Livingston, Myra Cohn and Zolotow, Charlotte and Bierhorst, John and Hurd, Thacher and Kellogg, Steven and Meltzer, Milton and Walter, Mildred Pitts and George, Jean Craighead

The wisdom of peace and the absurdity of fighting are demonstrated in seventeen stories and poems by outstanding authors of today such as Jean Fritz, Milton Meltzer, and Nancy Willard.

1990

A Long Hard Journey: The Story Of The Pullman Porter

by Mckissack, Patricia C. and Mckissack, Fredrick L.

"An exciting labor history . . . an excellent introduction to the subject". --School Library Journal. Coretta Scott King Award winner.

1989

Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave

by Hamilton, Virginia

A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the fugitive slave acts.

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