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Recommended for Grades 4-6

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Juvenile Paperback section by author’s last name.
* This book is part of a series of trilogy.

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CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD
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.

Book Cover Barrett, Tracy
ANNA OF BYZANTIUM
In the eleventh 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.

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Burg, Shana
A THOUSAND NEVER EVERS
In 1963, as the civil rights movement gains momentum and violence against African Americans increases, the black residents of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, including young Addie Ann Pickett, begin their own struggle for racial justice.


Book Cover Collier, James
MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD
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.

Book Cover Curtis, Christopher Paul
THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM –- 1963
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Book Cover Cushman, Karen
THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE
In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who renames herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town.

Book Cover DeFelice, Cynthia
THE APPRENTICESHIP OF LUCAS WHITAKER
After his family dies of consumption in 1849, twelve-year-old Lucas becomes a doctor's apprentice and learns the difference between superstition and scientific reasoning.

Book Cover Erdrich, Louise
THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE
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.

Book Cover Fleischman, Sid
BY THE GREAT HORN SPOON!
In order to help his aunt pay off her debt to keep her home, Jack and the butler stow away on a side-wheeler bound for California where they join the Gold Rush of 1849.

Book Cover Giff, Patricia Reilly
NORY RYAN’S SONG
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.

Book Cover Hesse, Karen
OUT OF THE DUST
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.

Book Cover Lowry, Lois
NUMBER THE STARS
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.

Book Cover Park, Linda Sue
THE KITE FIGHTERS
In Korea in 1473, 11 year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.

Book Cover Peck, Richard
A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

Book Cover Ryan, Pam Muñoz
RIDING FREEDOM
A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance.

Book Cover Salisbury, Graham
UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Book Cover Smith, Roland
THE CAPTAIN’S DOG: MY JOURNEY WITH THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRIBE
Captain Meriwether Lewis's dog Seaman describes his experiences as he accompanies his master on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore the uncharted western wilderness.

Book Cover Speare, Elizabeth
THE SIGN OF THE BEAVER
In the late-eighteenth century, eleven-year-old Matt befriends an Indian boy of the Beaver clan who helps him survive alone in the wilderness.

Book Cover Speare, Elizabeth
THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
A young girl rebels against the bigotry of her Puritan surroundings in the 17th century colony of Connecticut.

Book Cover Spinelli, Jerry
MILKWEED
Captures the hardships and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II, through the eyes of a Jewish orphan who must use all his wits and courage to survive unimaginable events and circumstances.

Book Cover Taylor, Mildred
ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
The story of one African American family fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s.

Book Cover Uchida, Yoshiko
JOURNEY HOME
After their release from an American concentration camp, a Japanese-American girl and her family try to reconstruct their lives amidst strong anti-Japanese feelings which breed fear, distrust, and violence.

Book Cover Wilder, Laura Ingalls
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.

Book Cover Yep, Laurence
DRAGONWINGS
In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.

Don’t forget to check out these series':
AMERICAN GIRL
DEAR AMERICA
MY NAME IS AMERICA
ROYAL DIARIES

Youth Services Librarians, 2010

Last updated: 5/18/2010 9:56:11 AM