My Booklist

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Realistic Fiction

  • Bridge to Terabithia

    by Katherine Paterson Year Published: Average
    Jess Aarons had to be the Fastest runner at Lark Creek Elementary School, the best, but when he was challenged by Leslie Burke, a girl, that was just the beginning of a new season in Jess's life. Leslie and her parents were new comers to the rural community where Jess Lived, and were thought to be a bit odd, for they didn't even own a TV, though their house was filled with books. Some-what to Jess's surprise, he and Leslie became friends, and the worlds of imagination and learning that she opened to him changed him for ever. It was Leslie's idea to create Terabithia, their secret Kingdom in the woods where they reigned supreme. There no enemy - not their teacher Monster Mouth Meyers, their schoolmates Gary Fulcher and Janice Avery, Jess's Four sisters, or even Jess's own fears and Leslie's imaginary foes - could defeat them. The Legacy that Leslie finally brought to Jess enabled him to cope with the unexpected tragedy that touched them all.

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  • Hatchet

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Average
    Stranded in the Canadian wilderness with only the clothes on his back and a hatchet, Brian Robeson must put his bitter thoughts of his parents' divorce behind and deal with trying to stay alive. "Plausible, taut, this (survival) story is spellbinding".--Kirkus Reviews.

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  • Julie of the Wolves

    by Jean Craighead George Year Published: Average
    To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her. Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, and she grows to love them as though they were a family. With their help, and drawing on her father's teachings, Miyax struggles day to day to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways and the new. Can she be both Miyax of the Eskimos and Julie of the Wolves? Winner of 1973 Newbery Medal
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  • Maniac Magee

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

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Historical Fiction

  • The Sign of the Beaver

    by Elizabeth George Speare Year Published: Average
    Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.
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Fantasy

  • Holes

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Average
    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 boys' juvenile detention center in the Texas desert. As punishment, the boys here must each dig a hole every day, five feet deep and five feet across. Ultimately, Stanley "digs up the truth" -- and through his experience, finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. Winner of the 1998 National Book Award for young people's literature, here is a wildly inventive, darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment -- and redemption. -- Barnes and Noble

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  • The BFG

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average

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  • Tuck Everlasting

    by Natalie Babbitt Year Published: Average
    Doomed to-or blessed with-eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. -- Barnes and Noble

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Mystery

  • Chasing Vermeer

    by Blue Balliett Year Published: Average
    f you like a good book filled with wacky characters you will enjoy Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. The book is illustrated by Brett Helquist who also illustrated A Series of Unfortunate Events. The illustrations hold clues to solving the mystery.

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  • The Westing Game

    by Ellen Raskin Year Published: Average
    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. --Barnes and Noble

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Classics

  • The Whipping Boy

    by Sid Fleischman Year Published: Average
    Jemmy, once a poor boy living on the streets, now lives in a castle. As the whipping boy, he bears the punishment when Prince Brat misbehaves, for it is forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like one another. But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other.
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  • Where the Red Fern Grows

    by Wilson Rowls Year Published: Challenging
    The book is about a boy who is poor and lives in the mountains. For two years, the boy saved his money to buy two coon hounds. This book is a realistic fiction book. If you enjoy adventure and thrillers, this is for you.
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Non-fiction