*You might enjoy reading other books written by authors whose names are marked
by an asterisk.
Avi* Blue Heron
When Maggie arrives at her father’s rented seaside cottage, she senses something isn’t right. As she tries to sort things out, the blue heron becomes a symbol of hope.
Birdsall, Jeanne The Penderwicks
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful
estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling
gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in
Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly
proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.
Bryant, Annie Beacon Street Girls: Worst Enemies/Best Friends (Series)
Charlotte Ramsey is the new girl. After causing the biggest cafeteria blunder in history, Charlotte's assigned lunch partners-the very stylish Katani, irrepressible Avery, and super-friendly Maeve-can't wait to dump her. Can the girls become true friends or will they remain worst enemies forever?
Burnford, Sheila Incredible Journey
Three animals undertake a long and hazardous trip through the Canadian wilderness.
Clements No Talking
The 5th grade girls and boys at Laketon Elementary spark a contest to see which team can say the
fewest words during two whole days! How do the teachers react to silence? Read it and find out!
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl(Series)
Artemis Fowl, a genius, a criminal mastermind, a millionaire, see how he plots to steal the timeless
treasure of the fairies!
Connor, Leslie Crunch
Dewey Marriss is stuck in a crunch. He never guessed that the gas pumps would run dry the same week he promised to manage the family's bicycle-repair business. Suddenly everyone needs a bike. And nobody wants to wait. Meanwhile, the crunch has stranded Dewey's parents far up north. It's up to Dewey and his older sister, Lil, to look after their younger siblings and run the bike shop all on their own.
Creech, Sharon Walk Two Moons
13 yr.old Salamanca Tree Hiddle travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric and elderly but
young at heart grandparents.
Dahl, Roald Danny The Champion of the World
The hilarious adventures of Danny and the best dad a boy ever had. But Dad has one surprise that
catches Danny completely off-guard, a secret passion that he’s hidden for years.
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie
Ten-yr.-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the
good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Draper, Sharon Out of My Mind
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory but she can’t talk, walk or write. Finally Melody
Discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time. At last Melody has a voice…but
Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. In Venice they meet a
mysterious 13 yr. old who calls himself the “Thief Lord.”
George, Jean Water Sky
In searching for his uncle in Alaska, Lincoln becomes part of an Eskimo whaling crew and learns about. a different way of life.
Grisham, John Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. He dreams of a life in the courtroom. But he finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much, maybe too much, he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. Book 2 is: “Theodore Boone: The Abduction”Show MoreShow Less
Gutman, Dan Million Dollar Shot
When 11 year old Eddie ball wins a poetry contest sponsored by a local candy factory, he also wins the opportunity to hit a million dollar shot at the NBA finals.
Hahn, Mary* Dead Man in Indian Creek
Two boys discover a body in the creek during a camping trip.
Holm, Jennifer The Trouble with May Amelia
May Amelia lives in pioneer Washingon State in 1900, and she just can't act the part of a proper young lady. Working a farm on the rainy Nasel River isn't easy - especially when you have seven brothers and a Pappa who proclaims that Girls Are Useless. May Amelia thinks she may have finally earned her father's respect when he asks her to translate for a gentleman who's interested in buying their land and making them rich. But when the deal turns out to be a scam, Pappa places all the blame on May. It's going to take a lot of sisu - that's Finnish for guts - to make things right. (Sequel to: “Our Only May Amelia”)Show More
Horvath, Polly Everything on a Waffle
Newbery Honor Book: Primrose Squart simply knows her parents did not perish at sea during a terrible storm, but try convincing the other residents of Coal Harbour on that score. For the time being, Primrose is an orphan, and the town council is able to locate a relative, Uncle Jack, who reluctantly takes Primrose into his care.
Hunter, Erin* Warriors: Into the Wild
For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. The ThunderClan cats are in danger, against the ShadowClan cats. An ordinary house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.
Korman, Gordon The Sixth Grade Nickname Game
Eleven year old Jeff and Wiley take pride in their ability to come up with funny nicknames for their classmates.
Levine, Gail Carson Dave at Night
During the day, Dave Caros is a resident of the Hebrew Home for Boys. But Dave at night is a free spirit, experiencing the magic of the Harlem Renaissance in 1920s New York. Dave is an eleven-year-old daredevil who, within days of being orphaned, is separated from his older brother and placed in the institution known as the "Hell Hole for Brats." Adjusting to a new life filled with buddies (fellow orphans), bullies (older boys who steal food from the younger students), and a brutal superintendent...
Lupica, Mike* Heat
Michael Arroyo is growing up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. He is the star pitcher of
his Little League team, dreaming of pitching them to the Little League World Series.
that didn't make it out of Cuba with the family can be produced to prove he is only 12 and
eligible to play. (Mrs. Davison’s favorite sports writer, especially for boys! Several titles)
McCaughrean, Geraldine Stop the Train!
This is a wild adventure set in Oklahoma at the time of the great land rush. Hardy souls come
west to better their lives, but the owner of the train vows never to let his train stop in their town.
Mikaelsen, Ben Countdown
While on the shuttle Endeavor, a 14 year old American makes contact with a boy from Kenya.
Mikaelsen, Ben Rescue: Josh McGuire
Josh runs away with a baby bear cub that is destined for laboratory testing. Their lives are
Mone, Gregory Fish
Fish--nicknamed for his incredible swimming abilities--is a twelve-year-old boy from a poor farming family. After taking a job as a courier for his uncle, Fish is waylaid by pirates, who steal the package he's carrying. He soon learns that it's the key to locating the Chain of Chuacar, a legendary treasure. As he works to earn the trust of Cobb, the fortune-hunting captain of the Scurvy Mistress, Fish learns of a mutiny headed by a nasty pirate called Scab. With time running out to find the Chain, Fish and some fellow shipmates still loyal to Cobb must thwart Scab's dastardly plan.
O'Hara, Mary* Green Grass of Wyoming
Classic Rocky Mountain adventure story about horses.
Paulsen, Gary* Hatchet
Thirteen year old Brian survives in the Canadian wilderness using his wits and a hatchet.
Palacio, R.J. Wonder
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that kept him home schooled until the fifth
grade when he enters Beecher Prep. Can he convince his new clasmmates that he’s just like them,
Paterson, Katherine Preacher’s Boy
A preacher’s son grabs at trouble in 1900, he and Tom Sawyer have a lot in common!
Peck, Richard A Long Way From Chicago
Grandma continually astounds her citified grandchildren by stretching the boundaries of truth. In eight hilarious episodes spanning the years 1929-1942, she plots outlandish schemes to even the score with various colorful members of her community, including a teenaged vandal, a drunken sheriff and a well-to-do banker. Like Grandma Dowdel's prize-winning gooseberry pie, this satire on small-town etiquette is fresh, warm and anything but ordinary. (This story should be read aloud to the family! It is Mrs. Davison’s favorite story!)
Peck, Richard Here Lies the Librarian
Peewee idolizes her big brother, Jake, who dreams of auto mechanic glory in 1914. A folksy
setting, classic cars and vintage Richard Peck humor make this a fun read!
Selznick, Brian The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. Hugo’s secrets are put in jeopardy by a girl and old man who runs a toy booth. Book 2 is “Wonder Struck”.
Snyder, Zilpha, Keatley The Egypt Game
Two girls get involved in an elaborate "Egypt game," a fantasy game that soon leads to strange, unexplainable happenings. PW said the characters in Snyder's Newbery winner “true originals”
Spinelli, Jerry* Crash
Super-jock 'Crash' Coogan discovers that he can’t always get his way.
In 1942, 11-year-old Phillip Enright lives with his parents on the Dutch island of Curaçao, but when the war moves too close for comfort, his mother decides to travel with him back to Virginia. When their boat is torpedoed, however, Phillip is blinded and finds himself adrift on a life raft with an old black man and a cat. They eventually land on a deserted island. The Cay has a clear message that friendship is colorblind.
Ullman, James Banner in the Sky
Rudi's secret ambition is to scale the mountain that had claimed his father's life
Van Draanen, Wendelin The Running Dream
Sixteen-year-old Jessica is a runner, it’s who she is. When a tragic accident causes her to lose one of
her legs, she is shattered—inside and out. While healing Jessica gets to know Rosa—a girl with
cerebal palsy who helps Jessica with her math. With a joint effort the girls wonder, will Jessica run
Yep, Laurence* Later, Gator
Teddy is in trouble when he buys his younger brother an alligator.
HISTORICAL FICTION Auch, Mary Jane Journey To Nowhere
In 1815, 11 yr. old Mem reluctantly journeys with her family to the wilderness of New York state.
Beauty, Patricia Charley Skedaddle
A 12 year old is a drummer for the Union Army.
Cushman, Karen * The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Lucy and her family move from Massachusetts during the California Gold Rush and Lucy helps
run a rough boarding house in a small mining town.
Fenner, Carol Yolanda’s Genius
Fifth grader Yolanda decides to prove that her younger brother is not retarded, but is a musical genius.
Fleischman, Sid* Bull Run
Exciting story about a Civil War battle.
Giff, Patricia Lily's Crossing
Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see World War II and her own world in a different light.
Kerr, Judith When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Recounts the adventures of a 9 yr. old Jewish girl as she travels from Germany to England in1930.
Morpurgo, Michael War Horse
Joey was a farm horse owned by a gentle boy named Albert. Then WWI came and Albert’s father
sells Joey to the Army where he is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery and carry
wounded soldiers off the battlefield.
Nelson, Kadir We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball. Using an “Everyman” player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.
O'Dell, Scott* Sing Down the Moon
A young Navaho girl tells the story of her people's march into captivity at the hands of the white man.
Orlev, Uri Island on Bird Street
Alex hides in an abandoned building while awaiting his father’s return to Warsaw in this
World War II story.
Paterson, Katherine* Of Nightingales That Weep
A twelfth-century Japanese girl goes to live at the royal court.
The story takes place in Holland in 1945. Henk is forced to leave the family that hid him from the
Germans during the War and return to his Jewish parents.
Smucker, Barbara Runawayto Freedom
Some of the incidents about Julilly and Liza's escape from slavery are based on facts.
Swanson, James L. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
The pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth which gives a day-by-day account of the wild chase to
find this killer and his accomplices. Original sources: letters, trail transcripts, newspapers and manuscripts.
Wisler, G. Clifton Red Cap
Ramson J. Powell joins the Union Army at age 13. When captured by Confederates and taken to
Andersonville Prison, he displays great courage.
Woodruff, Elvira Letters From the Overland Trail
Austin joins a wagon train heading for Oregon. Along the way, he writes letters that relate the
story of the challenging journey.
TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION
Aguiar, Nadia The Lost Island of Tamarind
Maya Nelson isn’t your typical thirteen-year-old. She’s spent her whole life living on the sea with her marine biologist parents, her younger brother, Simon, and baby sister, Penny. Maya used to love living on a sailboat, but lately, everything feels terribly claustrophobic. Maya longs to go to school on land. To make friends, to lead a normal life. But when a violent storm hits and Maya’s parents are washed overboard, life becomes anything but normal. The children manage to steer the boat toward a mysterious island, to a place that doesn’t exist on a map. Welcome to Tamarind, where fish can fly, pirates patrol the waters, jaguars lurk, the islanders are at war, and an evil, child-stealing enchantress rules the jungle.
Alexander, Lloyd* The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
Bearing six unusual gifts, young Prince Jen embarks on a perilous quest and emerges triumphantly.
Auxier, Jonathan Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher—a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Peter embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to discover his true destiny.
Avi * Perloo The Bold
Perloo, a peaceful scholar, who has been chosen to succeed Joliane as leader of the furry underground people called Montmers, finds himself in danger when Joliane dies and her evil son seizes control of the borrow.
Baker, E.D.* The Frog Princess
Princess Emeralda isn’t exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh sounds like a donkey’s bray, she trips
over her own feet, and she hates the young Prince Jorge whom her mother hopes she will marry.
Balliett, Blue The Calder Game
If you have read “Chasing Vermeer” and “The Wright 3” then you will enjoy Balliett’s latest mystery. Two Calders are missing. One is a sculpture. One is a boy. Calder’s friends Petra and
Tommy must fly to England to help is father find him.
Bellairs, John The Curse of the Blue Figurine
Johnny doesn’t believe in evil spirits—until he found an old blue figurine in the town church basement with a message that said, “Whoever removes these things from the church, does so at his own peril…” By accident Johnny takes the figurine home. At once he is plunged into a terrifying adventure.
Brooks,Walter, R.* Freddy the Pilot
Freddy the Pig, famous detective of the Bean farm, has his hands full. The comic book tycoon (and evil
master-mind) Watson P. Condiment is trying to steal the prize performer from Mr. Boomschmidt’s
Circus. Freddy and his partner, Mrs. Wiggins the Cow must save their friend.
Carman, Patrick The Dark Hills Divide
Elyon is a land of enchanted forests, and great walls that connect and encircle the cities of Lathbury, Turlock, Lunenburg, and Bridewell. On a trip to Bridewell with her father, the mayor of Lathbury, Alexa Daley dreams of escape. But, the walls are heavily guarded, and legends suggest that forests and hills are no place for a young girl. However, an unfortunate accident puts Alexa within reach of a way outside the wall.
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl (Book One)
Artemis Fowl, a genius, a criminal mastermind, a millionaire, see how he plots to steal the timeless
treasure of the fairies!
Colfer, Eoin* Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident (Book Two)
Part 2 of the series, Artemis has to save his father after he has been kidnapped! Book Three:
The Eternity Code, Artemis’ father has vowed to go straight after 5 years in jail, and Artemis has
promised to stop his life of crime, after one last sceme. Book Four: The Opal Deception.
Book Five: The Lost Colony Coville, Bruce * Song of the Wanderer
Sequel to Into the Land of The Unicorns. Cara continues her adventures in Luster.
Dicamillo, Katie The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
In The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane we are given a glimpse of arrogance gone wild. The china doll is made to feel special and is loved so much by his owner that he can't conceive he holds any other position than the center of the universe. Then, in an unexpected event, Edward Tulane is thrust into the depths of despair and only thru the kind acts of others is he taught the meaning of love. His various handlers and owners each contribute to Edward’s salvation in small ways. Great book!
D'Aulaire* Book of Greek Myths
Illustrated retellings of the myths surrounding the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece.
DuPrau, Jeanne The City of Ember (series)
It is always night in the city of Ember. But there is no moon, no stars. The only light during the regular twelve hours of "day" comes from floodlamps that cast a yellowish glow over the streets of the city. Beyond are the pitch-black Unknown Regions, which no one has ever explored because an understanding of fire and electricity has been lost, and with it the idea of a Moveable Light. For 250 years they have lived pleasantly, because there has been plenty of everything in the vast storerooms. But now there empty shelves--and times when the lights flicker and go out, leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes. What will happen when the generator finally fails?
Twelve-year-old Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet seem to be the only people who are worried. They use the advantages of their jobs to begin to puzzle out the frightening and dangerous way to the city of light of which Lina has dreamed. Book 2 “The People of Sparks”
Fang, Linda The Ch'i-lin Purse
This is an excellent collection of ancient Chinese stories.
Ferris, Jean Once Upon a Marigold
A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised
him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.
George, Jessica Day Dragon Flight
Young seamstress Creel finds herself strategizing with the dragon king Shardas once again when a renegade dragon in a distant country launches a war against their country.
Hahn, Mary D.* Time For Andrew
While visiting his great aunt, 11 year old Andrew exchanges places with his uncle who died many years before.
Hesse, Karen* The Music of Dolphins
Raised by dolphins, Mila is rescued by scientists who help her become more human.
Kaye, Mary Margaret The Ordinary Princess
At her christening a princess is given the gift of “ordinariness” by a fairy, and the consequences of that eventually take her to a nearby palace where, having run away to become a fourteenth assistant maid, she meets the prince for her.
Law, Ingrid Saavy
For Mibs Beaumont's family, the day of their thirteenth birthday could be an adventure or a disaster. It's when they get their savvy - an extra-special talent and know-how. Her brother Rocket is Mr Electric, he can send static shocks from the other side of the room, just for fun...But on Mibs' special day, their Poppa lies in a coma in hospital, and she has to reach him. The only way to get there is on the pink Bible bus, so, adventure or disaster, Mibs is getting on that bus. And who could guess what might happen then? Book 2 is Scumble
Levine, Gail * The Princess Test (series)
The author of Ella Enchanted retells the story of The Princess and The Pea. This is the second in this series of very funny stories.
Lindbergh, Anne Nick of Time
This is a funny and original time travel fantasy.
Lisle, Janet Afternoon of the Elves
As Hillary works in a village allegedly made by elves, she becomes concerned about her friend who lives in a big, gloomy house.
Lupica, Mike Hero
Zach Harriman knew that his dad was something of a hero, a man trusted by the president to solve international crises at a moment's notice. Suddenly people are telling him he has powers - people who know much more about his father than Zach ever did. But there are the Bads, who appear out of nowhere and attack him and his best friend. One thing is clear: he can do things ordinary people cannot. Like fend off grown men as though he possesses the strength of a hundred. Zach Harriman is his father's son. And he, too, is a hero.
McKinley, Robin Beauty
This full-length story is based on the familiar tale, Beauty and the Beast.
McMann, Lisa The Unwanteds
Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths. Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret--behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime. In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation. Show MoreShow Less
Nimmo, Jenny Midnight for Charlie Bone (series)
The mysterious and magical powers of the Red King have been passed down through his
descendants. These gifts, some evil and some good, turn up unexpectedly in someone who
has no idea where they came from. This is what happened to Charlie Bone…
Oppel, Kenneth* Airborn
Kenneth Oppel weaves a magical tale of adventure, treachery, friendship, and courage. Taking place in a future where airships and blimps travel across the Atlanticus and the Pacificus Oceans, cabin boy Matt Cruse, on board the Aurora, battles pirates and prehistoric cloudcats, accompanied by spirited heiress Kate DeVries.
Paolini, Christopher Eragon
Eragon, a young farm boy, finds a marvelous blue stone in a mystical mountain place. It hatches a beautiful sapphire-blue dragon, a race thought to be extinct. Eragon bonds with the dragon, and when his family is killed by the marauding Ra'zac, he discovers that he is the last of the Dragon Riders.
*Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
This will tie up all the lose ends to an awesome series!
Stroud, Jonathan The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand
Nathaniel has been apprenticed to Mr. Underwood for several years. At age 12, he has finally been Named and is on his way to becoming a real magician. However, the Amulet of Samarkand has been stolen from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace. Nathaniel’s 5000 yr. Old djinni, Bartimaeus, stole it for him! (Book 2 is: The Golem’s Eye Book 3: Ptolemy’s Gate)
Yolen, Jane Passager: Young Merlin Trilogy
An 8-yr. old boy is abandoned in the woods of Medieval England. A Falconer captures and tames the boy.
Woodruff, Elvira Magnificent Mummy Maker
A museum mummy helps transform Andy, a less than magnificent student, into the top student in the class.
Woodruff, Elvira The Orphan of Ellis Island
Dominic gets stranded at EIlis Island and is transported back to an Italian village in 1908.
Dorling Kindersley (DK Publishing) has several good biography books available such as, “Mother Teresa”,
“Gandhi”, “Amelia Earhart”, “Martin L. King, Jr.” etc.
Armstrong, Lance It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
For anyone who has ever overcome odds…It’s not about the bike, or about the sport. It’s about the soul.
Cerasini, Marc Diana Queen of Hearts
Diana was engaged at 19 years old to marry the heir to the British throne. Their romance and royal wedding were straight out of a fairy tale. Her marriage was sad, however, Diana found a way to use her position and privilege to give love and hope to millions of people in need.
Cobb, Vicki Harry Houdini
Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, left his home in Wisconsin at the age of 12 to seek his fortune. But the
factory work he found was dreary, and young Ehrich longed for excitement. He went from practicing coin
tricks to selling out the theaters of Europe and transformed himself into the greatest magician in the world.
Craig, Robert Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter’s childhood dream was to play for the N.Y. Yankees. In 1996, his hard work paid off when he
Helped the Yankees win the World Series and was named American League Rookie of the Year.
Ehrich, Amy Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
The destruction of an Indian tribe is told in this story.
Fendler, Don Don Fendler: Lost on a Mountain in Maine
A 12 year old describes his 9-day struggle to survive after being separated from friends in the
mountains of Maine.
Freedman, Russell* Abraham Lincoln
This beautifully written biography of a beloved American president includes captions from Lincoln's own writing and photographs.
Fritz, Jean* You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?
This book is about Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s fight for women’s right to vote in the 1800’s.
Hautiz, Esther The Endless Steppe: Growing up in Siberia
The author writes of the years she and her family spent in a Siberian village as prisoners of the Russians.
Krull, Kathleen Lives of the Writers
The author and illustrator have created biographical sketches featuring twenty of the world's most
famous literary figures.
Nelson, Marilyn Carver: A Life in Poems
George W. Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1896 he started the agricultural department at Tuskegee Institute. He was a botanist, inventor, painter, musician and teacher.
Nicholson, Lois Cal Ripken. The QuietHero
A biography of the Baltimore Orioles player who has the longest running streak of unbroken games in professional athletics.
Nobleman, Marc Tyler Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
Nobleman portrays teenaged Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster as outcasts, their peers did not understand their fascination with tales of musclemen and detectives with gadgets, and their teachers deemed the stories that they loved to write and illustrate "trash." Despite these obstacles, the two friends continued writing and illustrating, and in 1934, Siegel had an avalanche of ideas about a new type of hero that he then shared with Shuster, who drew the first concept illustrations of Superman. It took another four years, however, before the superhero would make his public debut in Action Comics #1.
Paulsen, Gary * Woodsong
This book might have been called, “My Dog Teams: How They Changed My Life."
Ray, Delia A Nation Torn
The story of how the Civil War began, told through letters, diaries, eyewitness accounts and photographs.
Rappaport, Doreen Escape From Slavery
Five accounts of black slaves who managed to escape to freedom before the Civil War.
St. George Sacagawea
The story of the Indian girl who served as a guide to Lewis and Clark in 1805. She was chosen to be on the new dollar coin.
Steger, Will Over the Topof the World
This is the story of explorers and their dog teams as they cross the top of the world on dog sleds.
Stevenson, Augusta Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross
Learn about this famous American woman whose home is right down the street from St. Barts in Glen
Blumberg, Rhoda Shipwrecked!
The true tale of a 14-year-old Japanese boy who, after being shipwrecked while fishing in 1841, was
marooned for six months, rescued by an American whaling ship, educated in New England, and
returned home to become an honored samurai.
Castaldo, Nancy Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and their noses) Saved the World
This book describes the many jobs sniffer dogs do, including detecting drugs and explosives,
searching for survivors after disasters, and tracking animals. The author discusses: Sunny, a Doberman,
who searched for survivors after September 11; Tucker, a black lab, looks for orcas through the scent of
their scat; and Alan, a Labrador, can detect his 14-year-old owner's blood sugar levels and warn him
if they slip dangerously low.
Montgomery, Sy The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal
Readers join Pati Medici and her team in their quest to study tapirs in the world's largest wetland,
the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil. Medici has dubbed the tapir “the gardener of the forest” for its
critical role in maintaining foliage by ingesting fruits and excreting the seeds elsewhere, but little
else is known about this vanishing species. By observing and trapping the animals to outfit them
with radio collars or microchips and collect samples including blood and ticks from infestations,
Medici's team hopes to better understand their lifestyles to enhance conservation efforts.
Sandler, Martin Trapped in Ice
In the late summer of 1871, thirty-nine whaling ships traveled to the frigid Arctic waters in search
of the prized bowhead whale. Despite warnings from local Inuit tribes about impending inclement
weather, thirty-two of the whaling ships--carrying 1,219 officers, crewmen, women, and children
--decided to journey ahead. When a succession of icy storms ensued, the ships' captains realized
that they were, literally, trapped in ice. What followed was a desperate race toward rescue--and against
certain death. And, in an extraordinary testament to human courage and perseverance, all survived.