Charlotte takes over the command of a ship on a transatlantic voyage, when she learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
Blos, Joan Brothers of the Heart
Fourteen-year-old Shem spends six months in a native village in Michigan with a dying Indian woman. She teaches him to survive and to return to his family and to the difficulties of being a cripple in a frontier village.
Brooks, Bruce The Moves Make the Man
An African-American boy and an emotionally troubled white boy in North Carolina form a precarious friendship.
Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript, which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail.
Curtis, Christopher Paul Bud, not Buddy
A boy escapes a foster home in Flint MI to find the man he believes to be his father, the famous bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Cushman, Karen The Midwife’s Apprentice
In medieval England, a homeless girl is befriended by a sharp-tongued midwife and eventually gains the three things she wants most.
Dickinson, Peter Eva
When Eva is desperately injured in an auto accident, her brain is placed in the body of a chimpanzee.
Farmer, Nancy The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
In 2194 in Zimbabwe, three mutant detectives use their special powers to find three kidnapped children.
Fleischman, Pau Whirligig
Sixteen-year-old Brian finds forgiveness and atonement as he travels to each corner of the country to build a whirligig in memory of a girl whose death he caused.
Hamilton, Virginia The Planet of Junior Brown
Buddy Clarke takes on the responsibility of protecting his emotionally disturbed over- weight friend with whom he has been playing hooky all semester.
Hesse, Karen Out of the Dust
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates what it is like to live on an Oklahoma farm during the dust bowl years of the thirties.
Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils
Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he must care for his family farm during the years of the Civil War.
Konigsburg, E.L. The View from Saturday
Four students win the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses to represent their sixth grade in an academic bowl competition.
Ged, an apprentice wizard, pursues an evil being he released during a frivolous contest and during his arduous journey grows from a conceited boy to a mature wizard.
Lowry, Lois The Giver
When Jonas becomes the receiver of memories for his community, he realizes the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
McKinley, Robin The Blue Sword
Harry discovers magic within her when a native king kidnaps her. Read "The Hero and The Crown" when you are done with this one!
An orphan comes to live with an elderly couple on Prince Edward Island and finds love, acceptance and adventure.
Myers, Walter Dean Somewhere in the Darkness
A teenage boy accompanies his father on a trip, which turns out to have painful revelations for them both.
Napoli, Donna Jo The Magic Circle
After learning sorcery to become a healer, a good-hearted woman resists evil forces within her until she meets Hansel and Gretel.
Alice tries to confront her fears, among which is her fear of deep water.
Paterson, Katherine Lyddie
Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in the 1840’s.
After a plane crash, Brian spends 54 days in the Wilderness learning to survive, and trying to understand his parent’s divorce.
Peck, Richard A Long Way from Chicago
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to his larger-than-life grandmother.
A servant girl must chose whether to destroy her vampire master for the evil he does or try to save him because of the spark of goodness and beauty she sees in him.
Raskin, Ellen The Westing Game
The mysterious death of a multi-millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can inherit his money.
Sachar, Louis Holes
Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert, where he meets his first real friend. Read "Small Steps" when you are done with this book!
Speare, Elizabeth George The Witch of Blackbird Pond
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler befriends an old woman and finds herself on trial for witchcraft.
Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Shabanu, daughter of a nomad in Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to a man who will bring prestige to the family.
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island
Jim Hawkins and his mother find a treasure map, which leads them to a pirate fortune and great danger.
Frodo Baggins and his companions set out on a quest to find and destroy a ring, which could destroy the world.
Abandoned by their mother, four children set off to find their grandmother and start a new life.
Yolen, Jane and Bruce Coville Armageddon Summer
Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents to a mountaintop to await the end of the world.