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Aiken, Joan. DANGEROUS GAMES. (1999) Her mission to bring an expert on games back to King James III in London takes Dido Twite to a tropical island, where she is caught up in the conflict between city dwellers and the native forest people. (jFICTION/AIKEN/J)

Almond, David. HEAVEN EYES. (2001) Having escaped from their orphanage on a raft, Erin, January, and Mouse, float into another world of abandoned warehouses, meeting a strange man and a girl with webbed fingers and little memory of her past.(jFICTION/ALMOND/D)

In wartime Brooklyn in 1943, eleven-year-old Howie Crispers mounts a campaign to save his favorite teacher from being fired. (jFICTION/AVI)

Bellairs, John. THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS. (1973) A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday. (jMYSTERY/BELLAIRS/J)

Creech, Sharon. THE WANDERER. (2000) Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot sailboat, which is en route to visit their grandfather in England. (jFICTION/CREECH, S)

Deedy, Carmen Agra. THE YELLOW STAR: THE LEGEND OF KING CHRISTIAN OF DENMARK. (2000) Denmark's King Christian X's acts resistance and courage served to protect and unite his people against the Nazis during World War II. (jPICTURE/DEE)

DeFelice, Cynthia C. THE GHOST OF FOSSIL GLEN. (1999) Allie knows it's not her imagination when she hears a voice and sees in her mind's eye the face of a girl who seems to be seeking Allie's help. (jFICTION/DEFELICE/C)/S)

Griffin, Peni R. THE GHOST SITTER. (2001) When she realizes that the ghost of a ten-year-old girl who used to live there haunts her new house, Charlotte tries to help her find peace. (jFICTION/GRIFFIN/P)

Mikaelsen, Ben. STRANDED. (1996) Koby, who has lost a foot in an accident, and sees a chance to prove her self-reliance to her parents when she tries to rescue two stranded pilot whales near her home in the Florida Keys. (jFICTION/MIKAELSEN/B)

Snicket, Lemony. THE BAD BEGINNING. (1999) The Baudelaire children must depend on each other to outwit the distant relative who is appointed their guardian. Part of the Series of Unfortunate Events Series. (jFICTION/SNICKET/L)

Yep, Laurence. CHILD OF THE OWL. (1977) A twelve-year-old girl who knows little about her Chinese heritage is sent to live with her grandmother in San Francisco's Chinatown. (jFICTION/YEP/L)

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Clements, Andrew. THE LANDRY NEWS. (1999) A fifth-grader starts a newspaper with an editorial that prompts her burnt-out classroom teacher to really begin teaching again, but he is later threatened with disciplinary action as a result. (jFICTION/CLEMENTS/A)

Dahl, Roald. THE BFG. (1998) Kid-snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. (jFICTION/DAHL/R)

Fitzgerald, John Dennis. THE GREAT BRAIN. (1967) The exploits of the Great Brain of Adenville Utah are described by his younger brother frequently, the victim of the Great Brain's schemes, for gaining prestige or money. (jFICTION/FITZGERALD/J)

Ives, David. MONSIEUR EEK. (2001) When a chimpanzee arrives in MacOongafoondsen he is put on trial for being a thief and a French spy, resulting in some changes to the tiny town that delight Emmaline Perth, his thirteen-year-old defender. (jFICTION/IVES/D)

Korman, Gordon. NO MORE DEAD DOGS. (2000) Football hero Wallace is sentenced to attending rehearsals of the school play where he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve both the play andt his lifel. (jFICTION/KORMAN/G)

Lowry, Lois. ANASTASIA KRUPNIK. (1979) Anastasia's 10th year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother. (jFICTION/LOWRY/L)

Maguire, Gregory. FOUR STUPID CUPIDS. (2000) The students' scheme to find a love match for their beloved teacher on Valentine's Day turns into a comedy of errors when four stupid cupids from Ancient Greece try to help. (jFICTION/MAGUIRE/G)

Mills, Claudia. YOU'RE A BRAVE MAN, JULIUS ZIMMERMAN. (2000) Julius has his hands full over the summer when his mother signs him up for a French class and getting him a job babysitting. (jFICTION/MILLS/C)

Rodgers, Mary. FREAKY FRIDAY. (1972) A thirteen-year-old girl gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother's body. (jFICTION/RODGERS/M)

Snicket, Lemony. THE AUSTERE ACADEMY. (2000) As their outrageous misfortune continues, the Baudelaire orphans are shipped off to a miserable boarding school, where they befriend the two Quagmire triplets. Series of Unfortunate Events Series. (jFICTION/SNICKET/L)

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Babbit, Natalie. TUCK EVERLASTING. (1975) The Tuck family discovers that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older. (jFICTION/BABBIT/N)

Curtis, Christopher Paul. THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM. (1995) Tthe ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. (jFICTION/CURTIS/C)

Danziger, Paula. THE CAT ATE MY GYMSUIT: A NOVEL. (1974) When theEnglish teacher who helped her conquer many of her feelings of insecurity is fired, a junior high student uses her newfound courage to campaign for the teacher's reinstatement. (jFICTION/DANZIGER/P)

DeFelice, Cynthia. NOWHERE TO CALL HOME. (1999) When her father kills himself after losing his money in the stock market crash of 1929, twelve-year-old Frances decides to hop aboard a freight train and live the life of a hobo. (jFICTION/DEFELICE/C)

Holt, Kimberly Willis. MY LOUISIANA SKY. (1998) Twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse. (jFICTION/HOLT/K)

Joseph, Lynn. THE COLOR OF MY WORDS. (2000) When life gets difficult for Ana Rosa she can depend on her older brother to make her feel better--until the life-changing events on her thirteenth birthday. (jFICTION/JOSEPH/L)

Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud). ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. (1935) Anne is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. (jFICTION/MONTGOMERY/L)

Paterson, Katherine. BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. (1977) 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. (NEWBERY/PATERSON/K)

Reeder, Carolyn. SHADES OF GRAY. (1999) At the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Will reluctantly leaves his city home to live in Virginia with his aunt and the uncle he considers a "traitor" because he refused to take part in the war. (jFICTION/READER/C)

Rylant, Cynthia. A FINE WHITE DUST. (1986) The visit of the traveling Preacher Man to his small North Carolina town gives new impetus to thirteen-yea-old Peter's struggle to reconcile his own deeply felt religious belief with the beliefs of his family and friends. (jFICTION/RYLANT/C)

Soto, Gary. BASEBALL IN APRIL AND OTHER STORIES. (1990) A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California. (jFICTION/SOTO/G)

Trueman, Terry. STUCK IN NEUTRAL. (2000) Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him. (jFICTION/TRUEMAN/T)

Walter, Mildred Pitts. SUITCASE. (1999) Despite his love of drawing and his feelings of inadequacy as an athlete, sixth-grader Xander "Suitcase" Bingham works to become a baseball player to win the approval of his father. (jFICTION/WALTER/M)

Yolen, Jane. THE WIZARD'S MAP. (1999) Three children visiting relatives in Scotland become involved in the plans of a diabolical wizard. (jFICTION/YOLEN/J

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Avi. THE CHRISTMAS RAT. (2000) Alone in his apartment during Christmas vacation, eleven-year-old Eric finds himself caught in a battle between a strange exterminator and the rat he wants to kill. (jFICTION/AVI)

DiCamillo, Kate. BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE. (2000) Ten-year-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. (jFICTION/DICAMILLO/K)

George, Jean. JULIE OF THE WOLVES. (1974) 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. (NEWBERY/GEORGE/J)

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. IF WISHES WERE HORSES. (2000) Lily is granted her two greatest wishes, to be far from the sister and to have a horse of her own, but she does not expectthe tragic events that bring this about or their consequences. (jFICTION/KINSEY-WARNOCK/N)

Kipling, Rudyard. THE JUNGLE BOOK. Presents the three adventures of the Mowgli, a young boy raised by the animals in an Indian jungle, as well as other animals. (jFICTION/KIPLING/R)

Moeri, Louise. THE DEVIL IN OL' ROSIE. (2001) Sent into the wilderness of eastern Oregon in 1907 to roundup the family's escaped horses, twelve-year-old Wart struggles against great dangers before gaining his father's respect. (jFICTION/MOERI/L)

Oppel, Kenneth. SILVERWING (1997) Shade is the runt of his Silverwing bat colony, determined to prove himself on the perilous migration to Hibernaculum. (jFICTION/OPPEL/K)

Paterson, Katherine. THE FIELD OF THE DOGS. (2001) Josh must deal with the bullying of a neighbor boy and discovers that his dog, whom he hears talking with other dogs, is also facing a bully of his own. (jFICTION/PATERSON/K)

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. GIB RIDES HOME. (1998) Ten-year-old Gib Whittaker manages to maintain his hopeful outlook when he is "farmed out" to help with the horses of a wealthy banker in 1908. (jFICTION/SNYDER/Z)

Wallace, Bill. COYOTE AUTUMN. (2000)
After moving to the country, thirteen-year-old Brad, who has always wanted a dog, adopts a motherless coyote. (jFICTION/WALLACE/B)

Wilson, Diane L. TO RIDE THE GODS' OWN STALLION. (2000) After being taken as a slave to Nineveh, Soulai finds his life intertwined with that of the son of King Ashurbanipal and a magnificent stallion and gets a chance to prove to himself and others that he is not a coward. (jFICTION/WILSON/D)

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Alcott, Louisa May. LITTLE WOMEN. (1868) Chronicles the humorous and sentimental four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England. (jFICTION/ALCOTT/L)

Avi. MIDNIGHT MAGIC. (1999) In Italy in 1491, Mangus the magician and his apprentice are summoned to the castle of Duke Claudio to determine if his daughter is indeed being haunted by a ghost. (jFICTION/AVI)

Barrett, Tracy. ANNA OF BYZANTIUM. (1999) In the elventh century the teenage princess Anna Comnena fights for her birthright, the throne to the Byzantine Empire, which she fears will be taken from her by her younger brother John because he is a boy. (jFICTION/BARRETT/ T)

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. THE SECRET GARDEN. Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. (jFICTION/BURNETT/F)

Collier, James Lincoln. MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD. (1974) Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town. (jFICTION/COLLIER/J)

Cooper. Susan. KING OF SHADOWS. (1999) Preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theatre, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself. (jFICTION/COOPER/S)

Cushman, Karen. MATILDA BONE. (2000 ) Fourteen-year-old Matilda, an apprentice bonesetter and practitioner of medicine in a village in medieval England, tries to reconcile the various aspects of her life, both spiritual and practical. (jFICTION/CUSHMAN/K)

Erdrich, Louise. THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE. (1999) Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. (jFICTION/ERDRICH/L)

Giff, Patricia Reilly. NORY RYAN'S SONG. (2000) When a terrible blight attacks Ireland's potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan's courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive. (jFICTION/GIFF/P)

Howard, Ellen. THE GATE IN THE WALL. (1999) In nineteenth-century England, ten-year-old Emma finds her life completely changed when she inadvertently gets a job on a canal boat carrying cargoes between several northern towns. (jFICTION/HOWARD/E)

Karr, Kathleen. THE GREAT TURKEY WALK. (1998) Set in 1860, this is a story of a somewhat simple-minded fifteen-year-old boy who attempts to herd one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, in hopes of seeling them at a profit. (jFICTION/KARR, K)

Morris, Gerald. PARSIFAL'S PAGE. (2001) In medieval England, eleven-year-old Piers' dream comes true when he becomes page to Parsifal, a peasant whose quest for knighthood reveals important secrets about both of their families. (jFICTION/MORRIS/G)

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Aaseng, Nathan. THE TITANIC. (1999) Discusses the design and building of the monster ship the Titanic, its maiden voyage, and what went wrong on the fateful night when it struck an iceberg and sank. (jNON FICTION/G/AAS)

Follows the life of the accomplished American who achieved greatness as a writer, scientist, inventor, and statesman. (jNON FICTION/CV/FRA)

Ammon, Richard. CONESTOGA WAGONS. (2000) This book explains how Conestoga wagons were built and driven, as well as their historical significance and importance to the early American economy. (jNON FICTION/HE/2/AMM)

Anderson, Dave. THE STORY OF THE OLYMPICS. (2000 ) Traces the history of the Olympics from its beginning in 776 B.C. to the present and relates stories of particular events such as track and field, gymnastics, and speed skating. (jNON FICTION/X/AND)

Blumberg, Rhoda. SHIPWRECKED! (2001) In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a shipwreck leaves him castaway on a island, Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. (jNON FICTION/DS/63/BLU)

Bredeson, Carmen. MOUNT ST. HELENS VOLCANO: VIOLENT ERUPTION. (2001)An account of how and why Mount St. Helens erupted in May 1980 and the destruction it caused, and a discussion of the return of life to that area. (jNON FICTION/QE/BRE)

Bridges, Ruby. THROUGH MY EYES. (1999) Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960. (jNON FICTION/CV/BRI)

Collier, Christopher. CREATING THE CONSTITUTION, 1787. (1999) Examines the events and personalities involved in creating the Constitution of the United States in 1787. (jNON FICTION/EN/COL)

Collier, Christopher. THE RISE OF INDUSTRY. (1999) Describes the period after the Civil War when the United States was becoming increasingly industrialized and technological, including the coming of the railroads. (jNON FICTION/EQ/COL)

Edwards, Judith. LEWIS AND CLARK'S JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY IN AMERICAN HISTORY. (2001) An account of the Lewis and Clark expedition describing its mishaps, adventures, and impact on western expansion. (jNON FICTION/EN/EDW)

Ferris, Jeri. WHAT ARE YOU FIGURING NOW?: A STORY ABOUT BENJAMIN BANNEKER. (1988)The biography of the African American farmer and self-taught mathematician, astronomer, and surveyor for the capital city of the United States in 1791. (jNON FICTION/CV/BAN)

Giblin, James. THE AMAZING LIFE OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. (2000) A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States. (jNON FICTION/CV/FRA)

Hurwitz, Johanna. ANNE FRANK : LIFE IN HIDING. (1993) This book chronicles the two years Anne and her family spent hiding from the Nazis. This is a sensitive and thoughtful biography about one of the best-known victims of the Holocaust. (jNON FICTION/CV/FRA)

Isler, Claudia. THE RIGHT TO VOTE. (2001) You and your right to vote -- African-American men and the right to vote -- Women and the right to vote -- Young people and the right to vote -- The continuing struggle over the right to vote. (jNON FICTION/JK/ISL)

Kalman, Bobbie. WOMEN OF THE WEST. (2000) The author describes the lives and experiences of women in the nineteenth-century American west, including immigrants, African Americans, and Native Americans. (jNON FICTION/EZ/KAL)

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Fletcher, Ralph J. RELATIVELY SPEAKING: POEMS ABOUT FAMILY. (1999) This is a collection of poems that describe the experiences and relationships in a close-knit family. (jNON FICTION/PP/FLE)

Hamilton, Virginia. THE PEOPLE COULD FLY: AMERICAN BLACK FOLKTALES. (1985) Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope. (jNON FICTION/PR 6/HAM)

A collection of poems arranged in such categories as "Mystery," "Animals," "Childhood," "War," and "Love." (jNON FICTION/PP/ONE)

Hatt, Christine. THE PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA BEFORE COLUMBUS. (1999) Examines the life styles, forms of government, and spiritual beliefs of the people who inhabited North America up to the sixteenth century. (jNON FICTION/EC/HAT)

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. MY AMERICA: A POETRY ATLAS OF THE UNITED STATES. (2000) This is a collection of poems evocative of seven geographical regions of the United States, including the Northeast, Southeast, Great Lakes, Plains, Mountains, Southwest, and Pacific Coast States. (jNON FICTION/PP/MYA)

Katz, Bobbi. WE THE PEOPLE : POEMS. (2000) A collection of sixty-five original poems that depict people and events throughout the history of the United States. (jNON FICTION/PP/KAT)

Paul, Ann Whitford. ALL BY HERSELF : 14 GIRLS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE : POEMS. (1999) These poems recount the stories of fourteen girls who performed acts of daring, determination, and heroic courage at a young age. (jNON FICTION/PP/PAU)

Prelutsky, Jack. THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK : POEMS. (1984)Humorous poems about such strange creatures and people as Baloney Belly Billy and the Gloopy Gloopers. (jNON FICTION/PP/PRE)

Prelutsky, Jack. THE 20th CENTURY CHILDREN'S POETRY TREASURY. (1999) A collection of more than 200 poems by such modern poets as Ted Hughes, e.e. cummings, Eve Merriam, Deborah Chandra, Arnold Adoff, and more than 100 others. (jNON FICTION/PP/TWE)

Walker, Paul Robert. BIG MEN, BIG COUNTRY: A COLLECTION OF AMERICAN TALL TALES. (2000) This is a collection of American tall tales featuring such legendary characters as Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, and Pecos Bill. (jNON FICTION/ PR/6/WAL)

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Almond, David. SKELLIG. (1999) Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel. (jFICTION/ALMOND/D)

Alexander, Lloyd. THE BOOK OF THREE. (1999) Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil. (jFICTION/ALEXANDER/L)

Billingsley, Franny. THE FOLK KEEPER. (1999) Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeperand discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea. (jFICTION/BILLINGSLEY/F)

Christopher, John. THE WHITE MOUNTAINS. (1970) The World of the future is ruled by huge and powerful machine-creatures, the Tripods, who control mankind by implanting metal caps in people's skulls when they turn 14 years old. (jSCIENCE FICTION/CHRISTOPHER/J)

Cooper, Susan. THE DARK IS RISING. (1999) On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark. (jFICTION/COOPER/S)

L'Engle, Madeline. A WRINKLE IN TIME. (1978) A brother and sister, together with friends, go in search of their scientist father who was lost while engaged in secret work for the government. (NEWBERY/L'ENGLE/M)

Nesbit, Edith. THE MAGIC CITY. (2000) An extremely unhappy ten-year-old magically escapes into a city he has built out of books, chessmen, candlesticks, and other household items. (jFICTION/NESBIT/E)

Tolkien, J.R.R. THE HOBBIT. (1984) Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return. (jFICTION/TOLKIEN/J.R.R.)

Turner, Megan Whalen. THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA. (2000) Forsaken by the gods and left to his own devices, Eugenides, Royal Thief of Eddis, summons all his wit and wiles in an attempt to conquer the rival Queen of Attolia. (jFICTION/TURNER/M)

Waugh, Sylvia. SPACE RACE. (2000) When he learns that he and his father must soon leave Earth, eleven-year old Thomas Derwent is upset. But a terrible accident that separates the two of them makes Thomas's situation much worse. (jSCIENCE FICTION/WAUGH/S)

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