The Sign of the Beaver

Now with an introduction by Joseph Bruchac. When matt meets attean, a boy in the beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier. Elizabeth george speare’s newbery honor-winning survival story is filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s.

When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. Amazon editors recommend this book for readers who want books with more complexity and length with content suitable for a pre-teen audience. Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond

But kit’s friendship with hannah tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty. Elizabeth george speare won the 1959 newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.

Sixteen-year-old kit tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met.

Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place.


When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. At first consumed by despair and self-pity, brian slowly learns survival skills—how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire—and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite.

Hatchet has also been nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Thirteen-year-old brian robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.

Newberry Honor Book. When brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.

Number the Stars 25th Anniversary

As the german troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Ellen Rosen, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, and conceals her as part of the family. Through the eyes of ten-year-old annemarie, nearly seven thousand people, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, across the sea to Sweden.

Newberry Honor Book. Harcourt Brace and Company. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war. Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.

Where the Red Fern Grows

Praise for where the red fern grows a top 100 children’s novel, school library journala must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPRA Great American Read's Selection PBSWinner of Multiple State AwardsOver 14 million copies in print! “A rewarding book. For fans of old yeller and shiloh, where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend.

. Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two dogs. It’s true that times are tough, but together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. Soon billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. This special edition includes new material, original jacket artwork, a letter from Wilson Rawls to aspiring writers, including a note to readers from Newbery Medal winner and Printz Honor winner Clare Vanderpool, and more.

Random house USA Inc. I can’t even go on without getting a little misty. The huffington post “We tear up just thinking about it. Time on the film adaptation Newberry Honor Book.

The Cay

Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Harcourt Brace and Company. For fans of hatchet and island of the blue Dolphins comes Theodore Taylor’s classic bestseller and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner, The Cay. Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand–until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.

When phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Random house USA Inc. Taylor has provided an exciting story…the idea that all humanity would benefit from this special form of color blindness permeates the whole book…The result is a story with a high ethical purpose but no sermon.

New york times book review   “a taut tightly compressed story of endurance and revelation…At once barbed and tender, tense and fragile—as Timothy would say, ‘outrageous good. Kirkus reviews   * “fully realized setting…artful, unobtrusive use of dialect…the representation of a hauntingly deep love, the poignancy of which is rarely achieved in children’s literature.

School library journal, Starred   “Starkly dramatic, believable and compelling. Saturday review   “A tense and moving experience in reading. Publishers weekly   “Eloquently underscores the intrinsic brotherhood of man. Booklist  "this is one of the best survival stories since Robinson Crusoe.

Johnny Tremain

Joseph Warren. Newberry Honor Book. Soon johnny is involved in the pivotal events shaping the American Revolution from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington. Powerful illustrations by american artist Michael McCurdy bring to life Esther Forbes's quintessential novel of the American Revolution.

Johnny tremain, winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal, is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Random house USA Inc. Fourteen-year-old johnny tremain, injures his hand in a tragic accident, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, forcing him to look for other work.

Harcourt Brace and Company. Houghton Mifflin. As compelling today as it was seventy years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. In his new job as a horse-boy, and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, The Boston Observer, riding for the patriotic newspaper, and Dr.


The Indian in the Cupboard

Little does omri know that by turning the key, he will transform his ordinary plastic Indian into a real live man from an altogether different time and place! Omri and the tiny warrior called Little Bear could hardly be more different, yet soon the two forge a very special friendship. Trying to hide his disappointment, Omri puts the Indian in a metal cupboard and locks the door with a mysterious skeleton key that once belonged to his great-grandmother.

. Houghton Mifflin. Random house USA Inc. Will omri be able to keep little Bear without anyone finding out and taking his precious Indian from him? Newberry Honor Book. Full of magic and appealing characters, this classic novel takes readers on a remarkable adventure. It's omri's birthday, but all he gets from his best friend, Patrick, is a little plastic Indian toy.

Harcourt Brace and Company. Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Newbery Honor Book

Random house USA Inc. The newbery and coretta scott king honoree about the weird watsons of Flint, author of Bud, Not Buddy, Michigan—from Christopher Paul Curtis, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner. Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan.

Houghton Mifflin. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. African American race relations. Harcourt Brace and Company. There's momma, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, Dad, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent. When byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up.

That happened in the mid-'90s when christopher Paul Curtis released his first book,  The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963. Npr newberry Honor Book. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up. An ala top ten best bookan ala notable children's bookan ira young adult's choicea new york times book review best booknamed to multiple state award lists"every so often a book becomes a modern classic almost as soon as it arrives on bookshelves.


Esperanza Rising

Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Houghton Mifflin. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it. African American race relations. Amazon editors recommend this book for readers who have recently discovered middle grade novels with more intricate story lines.

Pura belpré award winnerira notable book for a global societynew york Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and SharingEsperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. Harcourt Brace and Company. Newberry Honor Book.

Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. Random house USA Inc. But a sudden tragedy forces esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers.

The One and Only Ivan

Instead, ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. Houghton Mifflin. The one and only ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, and Amazon, School Library Journal, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him.

Delacorte Books for Young Readers. African American race relations. Winner of the newbery medal and a #1 new york Times bestseller! This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. But when he meets ruby, he is forced to see their home, and his art, a baby elephant taken from the wild, through new eyes.

Random house USA Inc. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events. In the tradition of timeless stories like charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Harcourt Brace and Company.