The Middle School English

Annotated Booklist
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13--2014

The Middle School Book List offers a broad range of excellent literature for outside reading and book reports. Most of the books on the list are available in the Annenberg Library.  Each student in the A, I, or II Form is required to read one book from a different category each term. Teachers will provide guidance in choosing a book that will fit the individual's taste, experience, and skill.

It is important to note that the categories provided are more limiting than the dynamic and rich works they organize. Many of these works could comfortably fit into many catergories.

The annotations provided are brief; we encourage students to investigate these books more thoroughly by talking with librarians, teachers, parents, and friends. These selections encompass a broad range of reading materials. Some of the titles are more adult in content and students should always be selective and sensitive in their choices; notes indicate when language or content is violent or otherwise mature.

This list has been compiled from many sources including Nancy Atwell's In The Middle, Kilpatrick, Wolfe, and Wolfe's Books That Build Character, the American Library Association's Nothing But the Best, the Pennsylvania Library Association's Books of Note, Amazon Books, The Horn Book Magazine, reviews from the Panel of Librarians from the Delaware Valley, The Baldwin School Book List, and The English Journal.

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Classics

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Humor and Satire

Modern Fiction

Mystery

Non-Fiction

Historical Fiction

Animal Stories

Drama

Biography
Myths and Legends
 
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Classics

   

 


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Austen, Jane
Pride and Prejudice
Amusing story of a young woman's adventures and misadventures in the society of the 19th century English gentry. (1813)

   
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Bronte, Charlotte
Jane Eyre
An unassuming English orphan becomes a governess and falls in love with her employer. (1847)


   
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Defoe, Daniel
Robinson Crusoe, His Life and Strange Adsventures
A shipwreck's sole escapee, Robinson Crusoe endures 28 years of solitude on a Caribbeanand island where he encounters cannibals, captives and mutineers before being rescued.island.
Originally published in 1719, Defoe loosely based his story on a real life event. (1719)
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Eliot, George
Silas Marner

A gentle linen weaver, falsely accused of stealing, exiles himself and becomes a recluse. He finds redemption when an abandoned child mysteriously appears one day at his isolated cottage. Somber yet hopeful, Eliot's stirring tale continues to touch the human spirit. (1861)

   
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Lombardo, Stanley
[Homer]
The Iliad

This new translation of the classical Greek epic of love and war is here rendered into a contemporary American idiom in a colloquial, modern voice.
   
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Knowles, John
A Separate Peace

Against the backdrop of World War II, the rivalry of two roommates at a boysí school turns into a private war. (1959)
   
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Potok, Chaim
The Chosen

Two Jewish boys in New York, one traditional and one liberal, learn the differences between their fathers' teachings. (1967)
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Pyle, Howard
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

This is the classic tale of Sherwood Forest’s legendary hero, as told by a local author and illustrator. (1883)
   
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Richter, Conrad
The Light in the Forest

A white boy, captured by Indians as a four-year-old, comes to understand and love the Indian culture over his own. (1953)
   
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Smith, Betty
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

This story tells of the difficulties and delights of life for Francie and her Irish family in New York, in the early 1900's. (1945)
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Steinbeck, John
Cannery Row

This short novella is a collection of episodes documenting the lives of several residents of Monterey during the Great Depression. Cannery Row, the book's title, is merely a fictional street in Monterey; each chapter in the book is a more or less self-contained story, but all of them function cohesively in creating the overall effect of a unified narrative. (1945)
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Stoker, Bram
Dracula
The classic Gothic tale of a young English solicitor who becomes involved Count Dracula, first at a remote castle in Transylvania, and ultimately in England, in a life and death struggle against vampires. (1897)
   
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Twain, Mark (Clemens, Samuel Langhorne)
Tom Sawyer
Twain called this classic a "hymn" to boyhood: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer depicts the life of an imaginative, troublesome boy in the American West of the 1840s. Within its pages,the author introduced two immortal characters, Tom and his friend, Huckleberry Finn, to the "Hall of Fame" of American literature, and re-invented the traditional frontier tale. (1876)
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Wells, H. G.
The Time Machine

Welles' classic begins at an English dinner party where a group of gentlemen are discussing the device that one of them is making so he can explore the fourth dimension. No one is identified by name but when the men gather the following week, the device's inventor, referred to as Time Traveler, is strangely absent. This book is popularly credited with establishing the concept of time travel. (1895)

 

 


Modern Fiction

 

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Alexie, Sherman
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. His story is heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, based on the author's own experiences. (2007)
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Anderson, Laurie Halse
Speak
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. Divided into the four marking periods of an academic year, the novel, narrated by Melinda Sordino, begins on her first day of ninth grade. No one will sit with Melinda on the bus. At school, students call her names and harass her; her best friends from junior high scatter to different cliques and abandon her. A stunning and sympathetic tribute to the teenage outcast. (1999)
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Agee, James
A Death in the Family

A sensitive account of a family's reaction to the death of one of its members, this novel examines the most delicate, private realms of emotion. (1956)
 
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Baldwin, James
If Beale Street Could Talk

A young black couple, separated by an unjust imprisonment, is bolstered by their love for each other and the young man's loyal family. (1974)
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Bingham, Kelly
Shark Girl
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future. (2007)
 
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Bradford, Richard
Red Sky at Morning

Joshua Arnold, a wise, wry man-child, must cope with an absent father and a sherry-tippling mother while learning to live in a new town, make friends, and finish growing up. (1968)
 
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Brooks, Bruce
The Moves Make the Man

As Jerome, a black athlete, shares his skills and interest in basketball with Bix, a white baseball player, their friendship grows and the game becomes a reflection of both their lives (1985).
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Budhos, Marina Tamar
Ask Me No Questions

Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family. (2006)
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Cavanaugh, Nancy J.
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet
Homeschooled by her mechanic-environmentalist father, eleven-year-old Rachel "Ratchet" Vance records her efforts to make friends, save a park, remember her mother, and find her own definition of "normal."(2013)
 

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Crutcher, Chris
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Draper, Sharon M.
Out of My Mind
Melody is not like most people; she refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced.Hers is a brilliant mind and a brave spirit, and this story will make you remember that every voice is important. (2010)
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Feinstein, John
Rush for the Gold

Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming. (2013)
 
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Freymann-Weyr, Garrett
My Heartbeat

Narrator Ellen learns about love, family and "society's unwritten rules"--and the limits of what you can ever know about whom you love--in this sophisticated but gentle novel set in Manhattan. (2002)
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Gardner, Graham
Inventing Elliot

Elliot, a victim of bullying, invents a calmer, cooler self when he changes schools in the middle of freshman year, but soon attracts the wrong kind of attention from the Guardians who "maintain order" at the new school. (2004)
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Gratz, Alan
Something Rotten
Something Wicked
Both of these mysteries are loosely based on Shakespare's works ( Hamlet and MacBeth), with chareacters, settings and plots "borrowed" from the plays, but reworked in a completely new and modern version.
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Herlong, M. H.
The Great Wide Sea

Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea. (2008)
 
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Hickam, Jr., Homer
October Sky

The only flaw of Rocket Boys is that its plot seems just a shade too well made even for a work of fiction, let alone a memoir-- always ring true are his adventures in rocketry. ( 1998 )
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Jaramillo, Ann
La Linea

Fifteen-year-old Miguel leaves his rancho deep in Mexico to migrate to California across la linea, the border, in a debut novel of life-changing, cliff-hanging moments. (2006)
 
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Keys, Daniel
Flowers for Algernon
Winner of both the Hugo Award (1959), as well as the Nebula Award in this expanded version, Flowers for Algernon is the journal of Charlie Gordon, a mentally retarded adult who becomes a genius after undergoing a brain operation. (1966)
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Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
Dairy Queen
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. (2006)
 
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Na, An
A Step from Heaven

In this 2002 Printz winning novel, a young girl recounts her bittersweet experience in the United States after her family immigrates from Korea. (2001)
 
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Peck, Robert
A Long Way from Chicago

What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice--two city slickers from Chicago--make their annual summer visit to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town? In the tradition of American humorists Mark Twain and Flannery O'Connor, Richard Peck has created this memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining. (1998)
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Polisner, Gae
Pull of Gravity

When their friend Scooter dies of a rare disease, teenagers Nick Gardner and Jaycee Amato set out on a secret journey to find the father who abandoned "The Scoot" when he was an infant, and give him a signed first edition of Of Mice and Men..
(2011)
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Schmidt, Gary D
Trouble

Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin's dying wish, sets out to hike Maine's Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But fate adds another companion--the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin--and reveals troubles that predate the accident. (2008)

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Schumacher, Julie
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls

When four very different small-town Delaware highschool girls are forced to join a mother-daughter book club over the summer vacation, they end up learning about more than just the books they read. (20
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Smelcer, John
The Trap

Written in alternating chapters that relate the parallel stories of Johnny and his grandfather, this novel poignantly addresses the hardships of life in the far north, suggesting that the most dangerous traps need not be made of steel. (2006)
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Sonnenblick, Jordan
Curveball: The Year I Lost my Grip
Meet Peter Friedman, high school freshman. Talented photographer. Former baseball star. When a freakish injury ends his pitching career, Peter has some major things to figure out. (2013)

 


Historical Fiction

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Anderson, M.T.
Octavian Nothing. The Pox Party / taken from accounts by his own hand and other sundry sources; collected by Mr. M.T. Anderson of Boston.
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. (2006)

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Barnaby, Hannah Rogers
Wonder Show
The story of a girl on the run in 1939. Thirteen-year-old Portia Remini has been left behind over and over again, but this time, she's the one who's leaving.When she meets up with a traveling sideshow, Portia collides with a world she has never known, a world that few people have seen up close, a world that will change Portia forever. (2013)
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Boulle, Pierre
The Bridge over the River Kwai (French title: Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai)
The story is fictional but uses the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–43 as its historical setting. The tale centers on the opposing ideals of a camp of British soldiers forced to build a bridge as prisoners of a Japanese labor camp and another group of British soldiers whose duty it is to destroy that same bridge. The issues of duty, patriotism and leadership are examined throughly. (1952/54)

 
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Cooper, James Fennimore
The Last of the Mohicans

Two sisters make a perilous journey through the wilderness to Fort William Henry at the height of the French and Indian War, accompanied by Hawkeye, the frontier scout, and his Mohican companions, Chingachgook and Uncas. (1826)
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Draper, Sharon M.
Copper Sun
When pale strangers enter fifteen-year-old Amari's village, her entire tribe welcomes them; for in her remote part of Africa, visitors are always a cause for celebration. But these strangers are not here to celebrate. They are here to capture the strongest, healthiest villagers and to murder the rest. They are slave traders. And in the time it takes a gun to fire, Amari's life as she's known it is destroyed, along with her family and village. . (2005)
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Fox, Paula
The Slave Dancer

Thirteen-year-old Jessie is kidnapped and shanghaied onto an illegal slave trading ship until he escapes with a new friend. This is a haunting tale of one of the most brutal chapters in American history. (1975)
 
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Grey, Zane
Riders of the Purple Sage
Jane Withersteen, a wealthy young woman and ranch owner in Mormon Utah in the late 1800s, having angered the Church elders by refusing to marry, is championed by Lassiter, a gunman who has a special dislike for the Mormons. (1912)
 
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Hesse, Karen
Out of the Dust

A poem cycle that reads as a novel, Out of the Dust tells the story of Billie Jo, a girl who struggles to help her family survive the dustbowl years of the Depression. Fighting against the elements on her Oklahoma farm, Billie Jo takes on even more responsibilities when her mother dies in a tragic accident. (1997)
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Heuston, Kimberley Burton
Dante's Daughter

In fourteenth-century Italy, Antonia, the daughter of Dante Alighieri, longs for a stable family and home while developing her artistic talent and seeking a place for herself in a world with limited options for women. (2003)
 
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Hoffman, Alice
Incantation

Hoffman tears a horrific page from history and melds it with mysticism to create a spellbinding tale told by Estrella, the youngest in a tight-knit family of Spanish Jews hiding as devout Catholics during the Inquisition. (2006)
 
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Kinsella, William
Shoeless Joe

This is a wonderful book about baseball, love, and the power of dreams. (1982)
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Klages, Ellen
The Green Glass Sea

While her father works on the Manhattan Project, gadget lover and outcast Dewey Kerrigan lives in Los Alamos Camp, and becomes friends with Suze, another young girl who is shunned by her peers. (2006)
 
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Larson, Kirby
Hattie Big Sky

After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe. (2006)
 
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McKernan, Victoria
The Devil's Paintbox
In 1866, fifteen-year-old Aidan and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, penniless orphans, leave drought-stricken Kansas on a wagon train hoping for a better life in Seattle, but find there are still many hardships to be faced. (2009)
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Meyer, Caroline
Marie Dancing
A fictionalized autobiography of Marie Van Goethem, the impoverished student from the Paris Opera ballet school who became the model for Edgar Degas's famous sculpture, "The Little Dancer". (2005)

 
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Napoli, Donna Jo
The Smile
A fictionalized biography that describes the life of Elisabetta, the woman who posed for Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, the Mona Lisa. (2008)
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Polak, Monique
What World is Left
Anneke Van Raalte and her family are taken to a concentration camp in 1942, and Anneke's father, a cartoonist, is coerced into helping a propaganda campaign falsely depicting the camp as an idyllic place for Jews; as time passes, Anneke struggles with her loyalty to her family and her sense of right and wrong. (2008)

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Schaefer, Jack
Shane
Shane, a stranger the Starrett family takes into their home in Wyoming in 1889, becomes involved in a feud between the cattle ranger and the local homesteaders. (1949)
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Selznick, Brian
Wonderstruck

This beautifully crafted book includes two stories set 50 years apart. The first, set in 1977, is told in text and follows Ben, grieving the sudden loss of his mother, who stumbles upon clues to his father’s identity. The second, told entirely in shaded pencil drawings, opens in 1927 as a young girl, Rose, gazes at a newspaper clipping. Both lonely children run away to New York City, and their parallel stories echo and reflect each other and  lead “like a treasure map” to a conjoined conclusion. (2011)
 
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Smith, Roland
Elephant Run

Nick endures servitude, beatings, and more after his British father's plantation in Burma is invaded by the Japanese in 1941. When his father and others are taken prisoner and Nick is stranded with his friend Mya, they plan a daring escape on elephants, risking their lives to save Nick's father and Mya's brother from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. (2007)

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Smith, Sherri L.
Flygirl

During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots. (2008)
 
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Stevenson, Robert Louis
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Vanderpool, Clare
Navigating Early
An Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters in the aftermath of the Second World War. (2013)

 


Biography

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Myers, Walter Dean
The Greatest, Muhammad Ali

A riveting portrayal of Ali, his spirit and courage, from childhood to the present, as well as the hazards of boxing--the sport which he loved, but which ultimately damaged him. (2001)
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Beals, Melba
Warriors Don't Cry

An innocent teenager.An unexpected hero.In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen--that was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. (1994)
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Swansom, James L.
Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Recounts the 12 day pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth, covering the chase through Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, with a discussion of Abraham Lincoln as a father, husband and friend, examining the impact of his death on those close to him. (2009)

 

 

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Nelson, Marilyn
Carver, a life in Poems

An account of revered African-American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver, who was raised by white slave owners, went on to head the agricultural department at the Tuskegee Institute, and conducted research for innovative uses for such crops as cowpeas, sweet potatoes and peanuts. (2001)
 
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Heiligman, Deborah
Charles and Emma : the Darwins' leap of faith

A biography of English naturalist Charles Darwin that provides an account of the personality behind evolutionary theory and the affect of his work on his personal life, such as his relationship with his religious wife. (2009)
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Kidder, Tracy and Michael French
Mountains Beyond Mountains
Thisadaptation for Middle Grades traces the efforts of Dr. Paul Farmer to transform healthcare on a global scale, documenting his visits to some of the world's most impoverished regions and the unconventional methods that enabled him to improve and save lives. (2013)
 
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Frank, Anne
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
This is the actual diary of a teenage girl who spent the last two years of her life with her family in hiding from Nazis. (1952)
 
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Gunther, John
Death Be Not Proud

For 15 months, Johnny Gunther fought courageously against a progressive brain tumor. His father poignantly tells his memorable story. (1949)
 
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Keller, Helen
The Story of My Life

This story sketches the remarkable woman who overcame blindness and deafness to become a dynamic citizen of the world. (1954)
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Linnea, Sharon
Princess Ka’iulani

Using journal entries, letters, and black-and-white photographs, this book tells the story of the life and times of Princess Ka'iulani, heir to the Hawaiian throne, the most beloved figure in Hawaiian history, and one of America's most overlooked heroines. (1999)
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Moore, Wes
The Other Wes Moore

Two kids with the same name lived in the same tough city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.
(2010)

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Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
No Crystal Stair: a Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaus

When a white banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because Negroes don't read,' Lewis took five books and one-hundred dollars and built a bookstore. It soon became the intellectual center of Harlem, a refuge for everyone from Muhammad Ali to
Malcolm X. (2012)

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Weissova, Helga
Helga's Diary: a Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp
Weiss’ adolescent diary begins in Prague in 1938 with the Nazi occupation and ends shortly before her deportation from the Terezin concentration camp to Auschwitz in September 1944. Preserved by her uncle, who bricked it into a barracks wall at Terezin, her diary was completed after the war by her recording of later experiences at the Auschwitz, Freiberg, and Mauthausen camps. (2013)
       

 

Science Fiction/Fantasy

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Asimov, Isaac
Fantastic Voyage

A miniaturized submarine carrying a team of doctors travels through the bloodstream of a brilliant scientist in order to save his life. (1966)
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Augarde, Steve
The Various

While staying on her uncle's rundown farm in the Somerset countryside, twelve-year-old Midge discovers that she has a special connection to the Various, a tribe of "strange, wild--and sometimes deadly" fairies struggling to maintain their existence in the nearby woods.(2004)
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Bradbury, Ray
Something Wicked This Way Comes

An American treasure in which Jim and Will make a deal with Dr. Park at "Cooger and Park's Pandemonium Shadow Show". In the deal, they are granted their secret desires, but there is a price. (1990
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Clarke, Arthur C.
2001: A Space Odyssey

After the signal is discovered on the moon, astronauts set out in their ship Discovery to find out who left it there, only to have their plans changed by a computer gone berserk. (1969)
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Carriger, Gail
Etiquette & Espionage

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. Steampunk fiction!
(2013)
 

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Cornish, D. M.
Foundling

Rossamund Bookchild's sheltered life takes a surprising turn when he is sent out from his orphanage into the world--a unique and fascinating Half-Continent, where ships with organic engines sail caustic vinegar oceans and monster-hunters gain supernatural powers--and not everyone can be trusted. (2006)
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Funke, Cornelia
Reckless
Reckless opens with twelve-year-old Jacob Reckless entering his missing father's study and discovering a portal to Mirrorworld, where magic still runs rampant.Tragedy strikes when Jacob's younger brother, Will, follows him. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl--a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.Jacob must use all his wits and wile to try and save him. (2010)

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Healey, Karen
When We Wake

In 2027, sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl--interested in music, in love, and in protesting the wrongs of the world with her friends. But then Tegan dies, waking up 100 years in the future as the unknowing first government guinea pig to be cryogenically frozen and successfully revived--and appalling secrets about her new world come to light. (2013)
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Herbert, Frank
Dune

This is the first of the epic Science-Fiction series about a desert world and the immense struggle for wealth and power there. (1965)
 
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Kerr, Philip
The Akhenaten Adventure

When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers. (2004)
 
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Kostick, Conor
Epic

On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik pursuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families. (2004)
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Levine, Gail Carson
Fairest

In the kingdom of Ayortha, the people sing songs, and no one has a more beautiful voice than Aza. Aza also has the extraordinary ability to "throw" her voice, called illusing, to make it seem to come from places other than from Aza. This talent finds her in a deceitful arrangement with the new queen, an outsider who does not have the ability to sing in a kingdom that prizes singing. (2006)
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Lu, Marie
Legend

Legend is set in the ruins of former Los Angeles in a time where North Americahas devolved into two warring nations, The Republic, the Colonies, and a rebel group, known as the Patriots.In this dark future, 15 year olds Day, a notoriuos criminal, and June, a brilliant soldier hired to capture him, find they have a common enemy. (2011)
 
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Nix, Garth
Mr. Monday: Keys to the Kingdom

During a running exercise at school, Arthur Penhaligon collapses from an asthma attack. Upon awakening, he meets a stranger, Mister Mondaywho hands him an unusual key which begins a wild adventure. Using the powers of the key, Arthur travels to another realm and battles many evil creatures in a struggle to save his world from a mysterious disease. (2003)
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Oppel, Kenneth
Airborn

A swashbuckling adventure, in an imagined world, the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by humans who sail the skies. (2004)

 
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Owen, James A.
Here, There Be Dragons

Three young men are entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of fantastical places to which they travel in hopes of defeating the Winter King, whose bid for power is related to the First World War raging in the Real World. (2006)
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Pfeffer, Susan Beth
Life as We Knew It

A meteor is going to hit the moon, and 16-year-old Miranda, like the rest of her family and neighbors in rural Pennsylvania, intends to watch it from the comfort of a lawn chair in her yard. But the event is not the benign impact predicted. (2006)
 
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Pullman, Philip
The Golden Compass

Here Earth is one of only five planets in the solar system, every human has a daemon (the soul embodied as an animal familiar) and, in a time similar to our late 19th century, Oxford scholars and agents of the Church are in a race to unleash the power that will enable them to cross the bridge to a parallel universe. (1996)
 

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Reeve, Philip
Fever Crumb
Fever Crumb has been assigned to assist on a top-secret project, but as her work begins, she is plagued by memories that are not her own. Fever’s background is also in question; she is accused of being part Scriven: a non-human group who were hunted down and killed in an earlier victorious uprising by the people. Who is she, and whose memories does she hold? (2009)
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Roth, Veronica
Divergent

In a dystopian Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice "Tris" Prior has always felt different from the rest of her family. During the Choosing Ceremony, in which all 16-year-olds decide which faction they will join, Beatrice and her brother, Caleb, select rival factions, with dramatic consequences. (2011)
 
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Tolkien, J. R. R.
ANY TITLE BY THIS AUTHOR
 
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Van de Velde, Vivian
Heir Apparent

A near-future teenager trapped in a full-immersion virtual reality game finds herself racing the clock to beat non-virtual death in this plausible, suspenseful outing. (2002)
 
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Well, H. G.
The War of the Worlds

This is the classic alien invasion story, one of the first published, written in a journalistic style as if a factual account, which helps to make the story reasonable.. Martians "hatch" from cylinders, assemble tripod fighting machines, and begin their takeover of Earth, as the narrator watches and records events unfolding. (1898)
       

 


Mystery

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Abrahams, Peter
Down the Rabbit Hole
An avid reader of Sherlock Holmes, Ingrid Levin-Hill, 13, is also a fleet-footed soccer player with a knack for stage acting–skills that come in handy when she finds herself caught in a police investigation following the murder of an eccentric woman. (2005)
 
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Albert, Susan Wittig
The Tale of Hill Top Farm
It's England in 1905, Beatrix Potter has purchased Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey in the Lake District. Local farmers are upset that the farm is now owned by an outsider and a woman at that. However, on arrival, Beatrix Potter finds the woman she was to board with, Abigail Tolliver, has died unexpectedly and foul play is suspected .(2004)
 

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Christie, Agatha
ANY TITLE BY THIS AUTHOR

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Donnelly, Jennifer
A Northern Light

Set in 1906, against the backdrop of a murder that actually took place in the Adirondacks, 16-year-old Mattie Gokey finds her voice as an author and the strength and determination to live her own life. (2003)
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Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet
In the first of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. Watson, recently discharged from military service, is at loose ends until a chance encounter leads him to take rooms with Sherlock Holmes. When Watson is drawn into the investigation of a bizarre murder in which Holmes is involved, he is unaware that it is the beginning of the most famous partnership in the history of criminal detection. (1887)
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Buchan, John
39 Steps

Young mining engineer Richard Hannay, having returned to England from South Africa just before World War I, is pursued by both foreign agents and British authorities as he investigates clues left by a murdered man in an effort to save his own life and the future of his country. (1915)
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Falkner, Brian
Tomorrow Code
Two New Zealand teenagers receive a desperate SOS from their future selves and set out on a quest to stop an impending ecological disaster that could mean the end of humanity. (2008)
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HIL
Hillerman, Tony
Dance Hall of the Dead
Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Navaho Tribal Police tracks the killer of two young boys on Zuni territory, his efforts handicapped by an archeological dig, a steel hypodermic needle and the strange laws of Zuni sacred rituals. (1973)
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King, Laurie
The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Sherlock Holmes is brought out of retirement among the bees of Sussex by a new acquaintance, budding theologian Mary Russell; meeting the great man at the awkward age of 15, Russell (as he calls her) proves herself his intellectual equal even before their first case. (1994)

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Lee, Ying S.
A Spy in the House

Mary Quinn, a scrappy 12-year-old orphan and thief is saved from the gallows, and taken to Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, where she is recruited to join a covert group of female spies known as The Agency. Her first assignment involves posing as a lady's companion to the daughter of a n suspected of fraud and smuggling, but she soon finds that she is not the only one on the case. (2009)
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L'Engle, Madeleine
Dragons in the Waters

A thirteen-year-old's trip to Venezuela with his cousin culminates in murder and the discovery of an unexpected bond with an Indian tribe, dating from the days of Simon Bolivar. (1976)
 
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Peters, Ellis
Morbid Taste for Bones
In the 12th-century Benedictine monastery of Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has settled down to a quiet life in charge of the herbarium. It is fortunate his prowess as a herbalist is matched by his detective skills - when his prior acquires the bones of a saint, the obstacles include murder. (1977)
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Ramthun, Bonnie
White Gates
When his mother becomes the doctor in Snow Park, Colorado, Tor learns of a curse placed on the town's doctors many years before by an eccentric Ute woman, but suspects that a villain is hiding behind that curse. (2008)

 
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Rohmer, Sax
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu
Sax Rohmer , a contemporary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, created one of the greatest villans of mystery literature: this, the first in the popular Fu-Manchu mystery series, introduces English sleuth Denis Nayland Smith and his companion, Dr. Petrie, to the evil genius Dr. Fu-Manchu, a cunning Chinese criminal mastermind who means to rule the world. (1913)
(MATURE/CULTURAL STEREOTYPES)
 
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Sayers, Dorothy
ANY TITLE BY THIS AUTHOR
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Sepetys
Out of the Easy

Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation (2013)
(MATURE/SITUATIONS
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White, Robb
Deathwatch
An exciting novel of suspense, based on a fight to the finish between an honest, courageous young man and a cynical business tycoon who believes that anything can be had for a price. Winner of an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. (1972)
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Wood, Maryrose
The Mysterious Howling
Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball. (2010)

 


Animal Stories

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Appelt, Kathi
The Underneath

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)
 
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Bakker, Robert
Raptor Red

This is the realistic survival story of a young raptor as it evolves over the course of a year. It is complete with a unique cast of characters set in a lush, exotic prehistoric world. (1995)
 
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Bagnold, Enid
National Velvet

This is a classic story about English family life, a girl, her horse, a village lottery, and the Steeplechase. (1935)
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Clement-Davies, David
The Sight

In Transylvania, a pack of wolves sets out on a perilous journey to prevent their enemy from calling upon a legendary evil one that will give her the power to control all animals. (2002)
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Graham, Kenneth
The Wind in the Willows

Good-natured Mole loses patience with his spring cleaning and dares to leave his underground home, heading up and out to take in the air. Emerging from his home, his whole world changes when he hooks up with the good-natured, boat-loving Water Rat, the boastful Toad of Toad Hall, the society- hating Badger who lives in the frightening Wild Wood, and countless other mostly well-meaning creatures. (1908)
 
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London, Jack
White Fang
Written from the viewpoint of his canine character, London tells the story of a wolf-dog who endures greay cruelty before he comes to know human kindness.The book explores the complex themes including morality and redemption.(1906)
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Martini, Clem
The Mob

The Mob is the saga of a crow family, the Kinaars, who are faced with troubled times. When the family converges for the annual Gathering, a mob mounts a revenge attack on a cat -- with disastrous consequences.. (2005)
 
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Mowat, Farley
Never Cry Wolf

Mowat recounts his experience of living alone among wild wolf packs in the Canadian Tundra. His admiration for these maligned animals contrasts the growing fear of bounty hunters and federal exterminators. (1963)
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Sewell, Anna
Black Beauty

Black Beauty tells his own story: all about his early home, his "breaking in," and how he saved his masterís life. (1945)
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Zuckerman, Linda
A Taste for Rabbit

Quentin, a rabbit who lives in a walled compound run by a militaristic government, must join forces with Harry, a fox, to stop the sinister disappearances of outspoken and rebellious rabbit citizens. (2007)

 


Humor and Satire

 
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Adams, Douglas
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

This is the satiric, comic adventure of Arthur Dent, who finds himself traveling through space and time. (1982)
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Anderson, John David
Sidekicked

Thirteen-year-old superhero sidekick-in-training Drew "The Sensationalist" Bean must overcome his not-so-superpowers and become the hero everyone needs when a supervillain, The Dealer, returns to Justicia.
. (2013)
 
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Feiffer, Jules
The Man in the Ceiling
Both written and illustrated by cartoonist Feiffer, this is a funny, poignant and profoundly insightful look at the inner life of an artist; Jimmy, who happens to be a young boy, expresses himself by making comic books. (1995)
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Hiaasen, Carl
Chomp

When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father. (2012)
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Korman, Gordon
Schooled

After his hippie grandmother ends up in the hospital, Cap Anderson is forced to leave the commune where he is homeschooled and attend Claverage Middle School, where his odd looks and behavior make him the target of bullies. (2007)

 
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Levithan, David.
Boy Meets Boy

This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other. Written in energetic prose and sharp humor, Levithan has created a kind of utopia, where tolerance reigns and shame is banished, in which everyone loves without persecution, making this a provocative and important read. (2003)
(MATURE/SITUATIONS
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Saldana, Rene, Jr.
The Jumping Tree

Rey, a Mexican American living with his close knit family in a Texas town near the Mexican border, tells the story of his growing up, with lots of self-deprecating humor and an air of reminiscence, all the while remaining culturally specific, filled with Chicano language and customs. (2001)
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Shipton, Paul
The Pig Scrolls
Transformed by Circe into talking pig, Gryllus, who once traveled as a crewman with Odysseus, tells how he escaped rampaging monsters with the brave teen prophetess, Sybil, found himself, and saved the world. (2005)
 
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Townsend, Sue
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

Adrian, a worrier, a loner, and self-proclaimed intellectual, confides his concerns and dreams within the pages of his diary. (1988)
(MATURE/SITUATIONS
)


NonFiction

 
591.52
ADA

Adams, Douglas and Mark Carwardine
Last Chance to See

Moving rapidly from informal, laugh-out-loud descriptions of his travels to serious pleas for awareness and conservation of all animals, Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide") records the adventures of a BBC-led team to film some of the most endangered animal species throughout the world. (1992)
 
919.98
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Alexander, Caroline
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book uses diaries and personal accounts to tell the story. (1998)
 
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BLA
Blais, Madeleine
In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle
They were a talented highschool basketball team with a near-perfect record--but a reputation for choking in the crunch of the state playoffs. Finally, after five straight years of disappointments, the Amherst Lady Hurricanes found they just might have what it took to go all the way. (1995)
 
363.73
CAR

Carson, Rachel
Silent Spring

This book represents over four and one half years' work, during which Carson gathered data from all over America and around the world. It constitutes a biologist's warning about the possible effects of wide spread use of pesticides on the balance of nature. (1962)
 
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FRE
Freedman, Russell
The Wright Brothers

Newberry Award winning account of the life and work of Orville and Wilbur Wright, this book traces their interests and experiences and records their progress with contemporary photographs. (1991)
 
791.3
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Helfer, Ralph
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

This is the true story of a remarkable animal, an elephant named Modoc, whose life spans eight decades and three continents. It is a tale of love, loss, and the spiritual bond between a man and his extraordinary nine thousand pound companion, accurately recounted by a well-known Hollywood animal behaviorist. (1997)
 
952.04
HER
Hersey, John
Hiroshima

Six individuals, survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima, reflect on life and why they were saved, in the midst of destruction. (1946)
 
910.4
HEY
Heyerdahl, Thor
Kon-Tiki

Six remarkable men set out on a forty-foot raft to prove the scientific theory that the ancient peoples of Peru discovered and populated these Islands of Polynesia. This book records their adventures, beginning with the building of their raft, and following them across the South Pacific. (1950)
 
798.4
HIL
Hillenbrand, Laura
Seabiscuit

A wonderfully written history of a horse and the misfit humans who cared for him, who saw his potential, and turned him into a horseracing legend for all time. (2001)
 

979.1
JER
Jerome, Christine
An Adirondack Passage: the Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp

Christine Jerome decides to repeat the 266-mile Adirondack canoe journey of George Washington Sears (pen name "Nessmuk"), a famous adventure and nature writer for the popular magazine Forest and Stream in the late nineteenth century. (1998)
 
974.4
JUN
Junger, Sebastian
The Perfect Storm : a True Story of Men against the Sea

Uses interviews, memoirs, radio conversations, and technical research to recreate the last days of the crew of the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat that was lost in a storm off the coast of Nova Scotia in October 1991. (1997)
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996.1
KRA

Kraske, Robert
Marooned

The true survival story of Alexander Selkirk, the man who inspired Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe. (2005)

 
796.52
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Krakaur, John
Into Thin Air

This is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of bestseller Into the Wild. (1997)
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LOR

Lord, Walter
A Night To Remember
Walter Lord's 1955 classic account, drawn from survivors' accounts, remains the best Titanic story after all these years. The analysis of the event moves from reports of pretrip hype through the ambiance of the fated last evening to first reports of trouble, loading life boats, and rescue efforts. (1955)
 
910.9
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Philbrick, Nathaniel
Revenge of the Whale, the True Story of the Whaleship Essex
Recounts the 1820 sinking of the whale ship "Essex" by an enraged sperm whale and how the crew of young men survived against impossible odds. The whale's attack on the Essex gave Herman Melville the idea for the climactic scene in Moby Dick. (2002)
 
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Preston, Richard
Hot Zone

Tells the dramatic true story, set during the winter of 1989, of a U.S. Army-led biohazard task force that decontaminated a research lab in Reston, Va., found to be infected with the Ebola virus. (1994)
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780
MAR

Russell, Martin and Lydia Nibley
The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair

Examines the true story of a lock of hair clipped from Beethoven's head at the time of his death in 1827, its transport to a safe house in Denmark in 1943, auction in 1994, and scientist's ability to finally determine the cause of the composer's death. (2009)

This version (780 MAR) has been abridged, and is appropriate for younger Middle School students.

Please check with Librarian if you have questions.

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780.82
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Russell, Martin
Beethoven's Hair

Examines the true story of a lock of hair clipped from Beethoven's head at the time of his death in 1827, its transport to a safe house in Denmark in 1943, auction in 1994, and scientist's ability to finally determine the cause of the composer's death. (2009)

Note: 8th Graders should read this ADULT version (780.82 MAR).
Please check with Librarian if you have questions.

 


Drama

 
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BLI
Blinn, William
Brian's Song

This drama is based on the true story of courage and friendship between Brian Piccolo and Gayle Sayers, two players on the Chicago Bears football team. (1972)
 
812
GIB
Gibson, William
The Miracle Worker

This powerful play depicts the education of Helen Keller and her relationship with her extraordinary teacher, Annie Sullivan. (1956)
 

891.73
GOL
Gogol, Nikolaæi Vasilevich
The Inspector-General

A satirical drama, based on personal anecdote, that shows corrupt officials of a small Russian town, headed by the Mayor, react with terror to the news that an incognito inspector (the revizor) will soon be arriving in their town to investigate them. (1842)
 
812 GUR
Guerney, A.R.
The Dining Room

The play is set in a single dining room where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine. Each story is focused around a different family during different time periods each of whom has in their possession the same dining room furniture set, manufactured in 1898. (1982)
 

891.73
GOL
Ibsen, Henrick
The Enemy of the People

When Dr. Thomas Stockmann learns that the famous and financially successful baths in his home town are contaminated, he insists they be shut down for expensive repairs. Ridiculed and persecuted by the townsfolk for his honesty, he is declared an "enemy of the people." A powerful drama by the "father of modern drama". (1882)
 
812
SHA
Laurents, Arthur
West Side Story

One of the most popular musical dramas of our time, this play is based on Romeo and Juliet, but strikingly retold, set in the inner city in modern times. (1957)
(MATURE/LANGUAGE
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812 MED
Medoff, Mark
Children of a Lesser God

The sensitive drama tells of the love and growth of James Leeds, a speech teacher at the State School for the Deaf, and Sarah Norman, one of his students. (1980)
 
822.33 SHA
Shakespeare, William
The Taming of the Shrew

A romantic comedy, this tale describes the "taming" of Katherine, whose sharp tongue and fiery temper make her impossible to wed. (c1593)
 
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SHA
Shaw, George Bernard
Androcles and the Lion

Based on a medieval European legend and set in classical times, this is the story of a runaway slave who is saved by a lion. (1912)
 
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SHA

Shaw, George Bernard
Pygmalion

Phonetics professor Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. This play was used as the basis fotr the musical My Fair Lady. (1912)
 
812
ZIN
Zindel, Paul
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play centers on the Hunsdorfers: Tillie, her sister Ruth, and their mother Beatrice. Tillie studies the growth of flowers for a science project, in an effort to escape the bitterness of her family and surroundings. (1971)


Myths and Legends

 

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Allende, Isabel
City of the Beasts

When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his grandmother on an expedition to find a mythical Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians. (2002)
 
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BEL
Bell, Hilari
The Last Knight : a Knight and Rogue Novel

In alternate chapters, eighteen-year-old Sir Michael Sevenson, an anachronistic knight errant, and seventeen-year-old Fisk, his street-wise squire, tell of their noble quest to bring Lady Ceciel to justice while trying to solve her husband's murder. (2007)
 
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Browne, N. M
Warriors of Alavna
While walking through a yellow mist, two fifteen-year-old classmates are transported to a world that resembles Roman Britain during the first century A.D, where they witness real magic and join a tribe of Celtic warriors as they battle Roman invaders. (2000)
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Gaugen, M. C.
Scarlet

Will Scarlet shadows Robin Hood, with an unerring eye for finding treasures to steal and throwing daggers with deadly accuracy, but when Gisbourne, a ruthless bounty hunter, is hired by the sheriff to capture Robin and his band of thieves, Robin must become Will's protector risking his own life in the process. (2012)

 
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GOL

George, Jessica Day
Princess of the Midnight Ball

A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse. (2009)
 

398.2
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Lester, Julius
The Tales of Uncle Remus

Lively, humorous stories, this work represents a contemporary retelling of the adventures of Brer Rabbit and his friends. (1987)
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MacDonald, George
The Princess and the Goblin

Said to be a favorite of both Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, The Princess and the Goblin is the story of the young Princess Irene, her good friend Curdie--a miner's son--and Irene's mysterious and beautiful great-great grandmother, who lives in a secret room at the top of the castle stairs. (1872)
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MEY

Meyer, Marissa
Cinder

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. (2012)

 
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PAT
Allende, Isabel
East
Rose has a special fate, determined from the day of her birth. In return for good fortune for her family, she journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment. (2005)
 
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PRA
Pratchett, Terry
The Wee Free Men

Tiffany, a young witch-to-be in the land of Discworld, teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue toughs, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. (2003)
 

398.22
SHA

Shanower, Eric.
Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships

A graphic novel, drawn from a variety of sources--ancient legends, medieval romances as well ascontemporary scholarship, and woven into a rich narrative--chronicles the events which started the Trojan War. Shanower won the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for Best Writer/Artist for this extraordinary project. (2001)
 
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SPI

Spinner, Stephanie
Quiver

Greek gods and mortals spring to life in this riveting retelling of the myth of Atalanta, the fleet-footed girl warrior who could outrun any man in ancient Greece. (2002)
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Stiefvater, Maggie
The Scorpio Races

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. (2011)
(MATURE/VIOLENCE)
 
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Stroud, Jonathan
Heroes of the Valley

Young Halli Sveinsson, a likable prankster, member of the House of Svein, embarks on what he dreams will be a quest for vengeance and glory equal to those of his ancestors, but he quickly comes to realize that legend and lore have little relation to reality. (2009)