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2014
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Flora & Ulysses : The Illuminated Adventures
DiCamillo, Kate.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013.


Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.


2013
Cover Image The One and Only Ivan
Applegate, Katherine.


When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.


2012
Dead end in Norvelt Dead end in Norvelt
Gantos, Jack.
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.



2011
Moon over Manifest Moon over Manifest
Vanderpool, Clare.
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.


2010
When you reach me When you reach me
Stead, Rebecca.
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.


2009
The graveyard book The graveyard book
Gaiman, Neil.
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

 
2008
Good masters! Sweet Ladies! : voices from a medieval village
Schlitz, Laura Amy.
A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.

 
2007
The higher power of Lucky
Patron, Susan.
Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.

 
2006
Criss cross
Perkins, Lynne Rae.
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.

 
2005
Kira-Kira
Kadohata, Cynthia.
Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.

 
2004
The tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread
DiCamillo, Kate.
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

 
2003
Crispin : the cross of lead
Avi, 1937-
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

 
2002
A single shard
Park, Linda Sue.
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

 
2001
A year down yonder
Peck, Richard, 1934-
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.

 
2000
Bud, not Buddy
Curtis, Christopher Paul.
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

 
1999
Holes
Sachar, Louis, 1954-
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

 
1998
Out of the dust
Hesse, Karen.
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

 
1997 The view from Saturday
Konigsburg, E. L.
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

 
1996
The midwife's apprentice
Cushman, Karen.
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.

 
1995 Walk two moons
Creech, Sharon.
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

 
1994
The giver
Lowry, Lois.
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

 
1993
Missing May
Rylant, Cynthia.
After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.

 
1992
Shiloh
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

 
1991
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.
Spinelli, Jerry.
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

 
1990
Number the stars
Lowry, Lois.
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

 
1989
Joyful noise : poems for two voices
Fleischman, Paul.
A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.

 
1988
Lincoln : a photobiography
Freedman, Russell.
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.

 
1987
The whipping boy
Fleischman, Sid, 1920-
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

 
1986
Sarah, plain and tall
MacLachlan, Patricia.
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

 
1985
The hero and the crown
McKinley, Robin.
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

 
1984
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Cleary, Beverly.
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

 
1983
Dicey's song
Voigt, Cynthia.
Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.

 
1982
A visit to William Blake's inn : poems for innocent and experienced travelers
Willard, Nancy.
A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn.

 
1981
Jacob have I loved
Paterson, Katherine.
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.

 
1980
A gathering of days : a New England girl's journal, 1830-32 : a novel
Blos, Joan W.
The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.

 
1979
The Westing game
Raskin, Ellen.
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

 
1978
Bridge to Terabithia
Paterson, Katherine.
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

 
1977 Roll of thunder, hear my cry
Taylor, Mildred D.
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

 
1976
The grey king
Cooper, Susan, 1935-
In this fourth book of The Dark Is Rising sequence, Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.

 
1975
M. C. Higgins, the great.
Hamilton, Virginia.
As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.

 
1974
The slave dancer The slave dancer
Fox, Paula.
Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.

 
1973
Julie of the wolves
George, Jean Craighead, 1919-
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

 
1972
Mrs. Frisby and the rats of NIMH
O'Brien, Robert C.
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

 
1971
The summer of the swans [by] Betsy Byars. Illustrated by Ted CoConis.
Byars, Betsy Cromer.
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.

 
1970
Sounder Sounder
Armstrong, William Howard, 1914-
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.

 
1969
The high king
Alexander, Lloyd.
In this final part of the chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in an ultimate confrontation, which determines the fate of Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper who wanted to be a hero.

 
1968
From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Konigsburg, E. L.
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run "from" somewhere, she wants to run "to" somewhere -- to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn't it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

 
1967 Up a road slowly
Hunt, Irene.
After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a school teacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.

 
1966
I, Juan de Pareja
Treviño, Elizabeth Borton de, 1904-
The slave of the 17th century Spanish painter Velazquez becomes a painter in his own right.

 
1965Shadow of a bull Shadow of a bull
Wojciechowska, Maia, 1927-
Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor.

 
1964
It's like this, Cat, by Emily Neville. Pictures by Emil Weiss.
Neville, Emily Cheney.
Story of a fourteen-year-old New York boy and his relationships with a stray tomcat, an eccentric old woman, a troubled older boy, the first girl with whom he has been friends, and his father.

 
1963
A wrinkle in time.
L'Engle, Madeleine.
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.

 
1962
The Bronze bow
Speare, Elizabeth George.
When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin's father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love may be a more powerful weapon than hate.

 
1961
Island of the Blue Dolphins
O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989.
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

 
1960
Onion John
Krumgold, Joseph, 1908-
His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.

 
1959
The witch of Blackbird Pond
Speare, Elizabeth George.
Kit Tyler must leave behind shimmering Caribbean islands to join the stern Puritan community of her relatives. She soon feels caged, until she meets the old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. But when their friendship is discovered, Kit herself is accused of witchcraft!

 
1958 Rifles for Watie.
Keith, Harold, 1903-
Kansas sixteen-year-old Jeff Bussey is thrilled to join the Union army so he can fight against the Confederates, but he faces a difficult decision when he is sent to infiltrate enemy forces as a spy.

 
1957 Miracles on Maple Hill
Sorensen, Virginia Eggertsen, 1912-
Marly and her family share many adventures when they move from the city to a farmhouse on Maple Hill.

 
1956
Carry on, Mr. Bowditch
Latham, Jean Lee.
A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.

 
1955
The wheel on the school
De Jong, Meindert, 1910-
Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true.

 
1954
... and now Miguel ... and now Miguel. illustrated by Jean Charlot.
Krumgold, Joseph, 1908-
This is Miguel--Miguel Chavez who held in his heart a secret wish and yearned to go with the men of his family to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. He lves near Taos, New Mexico, where the members of the Chavez family have lived on a sheep-raising farm for many generations.

 
1953
Secret of the Andes
Clark, Ann Nolan, 1898-
An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.

 
1952 Ginger Pye
Estes, Eleanor, 1906-
The disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow hat bring excitement into the lives of the Pye children.

 
1951
Amos Fortune : free man
Yates, Elizabeth, 1905-
John Newbery medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 1951.

 
1950
The door in the wall
De Angeli, Marguerite, 1889-
A crippled boy in fourteenth-century England proves his courage and earns recognition from the King.

 
1949
King of the wind
Henry, Marguerite, 1902-
Follows the adventures of an Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed, and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.

 
1948
The twenty-one balloons
Du Bois, William Pene, 1916-
The adventures of a disillusioned schoolteacher who sails across the Pacific Ocean in a giant balloon, and witnesses the explosion of the island of Krakatoa.

 
1947
Miss Hickory
Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin, 1875-1961.
Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.

 
1946
Strawberry girl
Lenski, Lois, 1893-
Set in a little-known backwoods region of Florida, Strawberry Girl is the first of the Lenski regional books and the winner of the Newbery award.

 
1945
Rabbit Hill
Lawson, Robert, 1892-1957.
When new folks come to live in the Big House, the animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden, so food will be more plentiful.

 
1944
Johnny Tremain
Forbes, Esther.
The great events of Revolutionary Boston as seen through the shrewd eyes of an observant fourteen-year-old boy.

 
1943
Adam of the road
Vining, Elizabeth Gray, 1902-
"A road's a kind of holy thing," said Roger the Minstrel to his son, Adam. "That's why it's a good work to keep a road in repair, like giving alms to the poor or tending the sick. It's open to the sun and wind and rain. It brings all kinds of people and all parts of England together. And it's home to a minstrel, even though he may happen to be sleeping in a castle." And Adam, though only eleven, was to remember his father's words when his beloved dog, Nick, was stolen and Roger had disappeared and he found himself traveling alone along these same great roads, searching the fairs and market towns for his father and his dog.

 
1942
The matchlock gun
Edmonds, Walter Dumaux, 1903-
In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.

 
1941
Call it courage
Sperry, Armstrong, 1897-
Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people.

 
1940
Daniel Boone
Daugherty, James

 
1939 Thimble summer
Enright, Elizabeth, 1909-1968.
A few hours after nine-year-old Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed, the rains come and end the long drought on the farm. The rains bring safety for the crops and the livestock, and money for Garnet’s father. Garnet can’t help feeling that the thimble is a magic talisman, for the summer proves to be interesting and exciting in so many different ways. There is the arrival of Eric, an orphan who becomes a member of the Linden family; the building of a new barn; and the county fair at which Garnet’s carefully tended pig, Timmy, wins a blue ribbon. Every day brings adventure of some kind to Garnet and her best friend, Citronella. As far as Garnet is concerned, the thimble is responsible for each good thing that happens during this magic summer—her thimble summer.

 
1938
The white stag
Seredy, Kate.
Retells the legendary story of the Huns' and Magyars' long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.

 
1937
Roller skates
Sawyer, Ruth, 1880-1970.
The discoveries and adventures of ten-year-old Lucinda, who spends a wonderful year exploring the New York City of the 1890's.

 
1936
Caddie Woodlawn Caddie Woodlawn
Brink, Carol Ryrie, 1895-
Chronicles the adventures of eleven-year-old Caddie growing up with her six brothers and sisters on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.

 
1935
Dobry
Shannon, Monica

 
1934
Invincible Louisa : the story of the author of Little Women
Meigs, Cornelia, 1884-1973.
Biography tracing the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as Little women.

 
1933 Young Fu of the upper Yangtze
Lewis, Elizabeth Foreman.
In the 1920's a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.

 
1932 Waterless mountain
Armer, Laura Adams, 1874-1963.

 
1931
The cat who went to heaven
Coatsworth, Elizabeth Jane, 1893-
A little cat and a compassionate Japanese artist bring about a miracle.

 
1930
Hitty, her first hundred years
Field, Rachel, 1894-1942.
When Phoebe Preble brings her special doll, Hitty, with her everywhere she goes, Hitty experiences wonderful adventures and makes a lot of new friends.

 
1929
The trumpeter of Krakow [by] Eric P. Kelly. Decorations by Janina Domanska. Foreword by Louis Seaman Bechtel.
Kelly, Eric Philbrook, 1884-1960.
A Polish family in the Middle Ages guards a great secret treasure and a boy's memory of an earlier trumpeter of Krakow makes it possible for him to save his father.

 
1928
Gay-Neck : the story of a pigeon
Mukerji, Dhan Gopal, 1890-1936.
The story of the training of a carrier pigeon and its service during the First World War, revealing the bird's courageous and spirited adventures over the housetops of an Indian village, in the Himalayan Mountains, and on the French battlefield.

 
1927
Smoky, the cowhorse
James, Will, 1892-1942.
Describes the experiences of Smoky, the mouse-colored horse, from his birth on the range, his capture by humans, through his work in the rodeo and on the ranch, and his eventual old age.

 
1926 Shen of the sea; Chinese stories for children
Chrisman, Arthur Bowie, 1889-1953.
Sixteen original stories reflecting the spirit of Chinese life and thought.

 
1925 Tales from silver lands
Finger, Charles Joseph, 1869-1941.

 
1924The dark frigate The dark frigate : wherein is told the story of Philip Marsham who lived in the time of King Charles and was bred a sailor but came home to England after many hazards by sea and land and fought for the King at Newbury and lost a great inheritance and departed for Barbados in the same ship, by curious chance, in which he had long before adventured with the pirates
Hawes, Charles Boardman, 1889-1923.
A young man dares not return to England after his ship is taken over by pirates and he becomes a member of their crew.

 
1923
The voyages of Doctor Dolittle
Lofting, Hugh, 1886-1947.
When his colleague Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island.

 
1922
The story of mankind
Van Loon, Hendrik Willem, 1882-1944.

 




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