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The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tasha Tudor

When orphaned Mary Lennox, lonely and sad, comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire moors, she finds it full of secrets. At night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. Outside, she meets Dickon, a magical boy who can charm and talk to animals. Then, one day, with the help of a friendly robin, Mary discovers the most mysterious wonder of all -- a secret garden, walled and locked, which has been completely forgotten for years and years. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?

Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The Secret Garden's portrayal of reawakening spirits will thrill and rejuvenate. Frances Hodgson Burnett creates characters so strong and distinct, young readers continue to identify with them even 85 years after they were conceived. (Ages 9 to 12)

The Book Thief (Definitions)
The Book Thief (Definitions)
by Markus Zusak
Paperback from Definitions
ISBN: 186230291X
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Naxos Junior Classics)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Naxos Junior Classics)
by Mark Twain
Audio CD from Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN: 9626340800

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the story of a boy's adventures growing up in a small town on the banks of the Mississippi river over a hundred years ago. The cheerful, adventurous hero plays truant to form a pirate band and, together with his best friend, Huckleberry Finn, finds fun and excitement, and buried treasure, along the shores of the great river.
Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea s Moccasins
Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea's Moccasins
by Bonnie Turner
Paperback from
ISBN: 1847289096

When America was young, many individuals left their footprints in the sands of time as they explored the unknown from east to west. In 1805, a young Shoshone woman named Sacajawea joined the Lewis and Clark expedition as an interpreter, and with a papoose on her back, helped explore America's northwest while searching for a route to the Pacific Ocean. This time-honored true story of the hardships of the expedition, in particular that of Sacajawea and her baby son, Jean-Baptist (Pomp), is now retold in a different format for young readers.
War Horse
War Horse
by Michael Morpurgo
Paperback from Scholastic Press
ISBN: 0439796644
In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
Japanese Fairy Tales (Tuttle Classics)
Japanese Fairy Tales (Tuttle Classics)

Paperback from Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 4805308818
The rich world of Japanese fantasy is very apparent in Japanese Fairy Tales, a compilation of twenty-two favorite stories from the land of the rising sun. A fantastic selection of ghouls, goblins and ogres; sea serpents and sea kings; kindly animals and magic birds; demons and dragons; princes and princesses hide within these pages.
Included are such favorites as "Momotaro, or the Story of the Son of a Peach", "The Jellyfish and the Monkey", "The Mirror of Matsuyama" and "The Bamboo Cutter and the Moon Child", along with several lesser-known stories like "The Stones of Five Colors and the Empress Jokwa."

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Harriet Jacobs, Linda Brent
Kindle Edition from
Media Published: 2008-08-01

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"Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813 - March 7, 1897) was an American abolitionist and writer. She is best-known as the writer of the 1861 book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published under the pseudonym Linda Brent. Jacobs began composing Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl while living and working at Idlewild, Willis's home on the Hudson River. Jacobs's autobiographical accounts started being published in serial form in the New York Tribune, owned and edited by Horace Greeley. Her reports of sexual abuse were considered too shocking to the average newspaper reader of the day, and publication ceased before the completion of the narrative." -Wikipedia.

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"Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813 - March 7, 1897) was an American abolitionist and writer. She is best-known as the writer of the 1861 book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published under the pseudonym Linda Brent. Jacobs began composing Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl while living and working at Idlewild, Willis's home on the Hudson River. Jacobs's autobiographical accounts started being published in serial form in the New York Tribune, owned and edited by Horace Greeley. Her reports of sexual abuse were considered too shocking to the average newspaper reader of the day, and publication ceased before the completion of the narrative." -Wikipedia.

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Paperback from Waking Lion Press
ISBN: 1600960812

David Balfour, a young Scotsman orphaned by the death of his father, is betrayed by his uncle, shanghaied, and carried to the New World for a life in bondage--until a swashbuckling highlander, Alan Breck Stewart, comes to his rescue. Balfour escapes to the Highlands with the help of his friend but encounters further danger and intrigue as he tries to clear his name and regain his rightful property.
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
Hardcover from Perfection Learning
ISBN: 1606860941
 My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.
"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"
"Because there is a war."
"You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"
"Yes, all the time."
I smile a little.
"You should tell us about it sometime."
"Yes, sometime."
 This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.
What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.
In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Great Reads)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Great Reads)
by Barroness Emmuska Orczy
Hardcover from Dalmatian Press
ISBN: 1403709882

ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP In 1792, during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, an English aristocrat known to be an ineffectual fop is actually a master of disguises who, with a small band of dedicated friends, undertakes dangerous missions to save members of the French nobility from the guillotine. EACH ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: ,Ä¢ A concise introduction that gives readers important background information ,Ä¢ A chronology of the author's life and work ,Ä¢ A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context ,Ä¢ An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations ,Ä¢ Detailed explanatory notes ,Ä¢ Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work ,Ä¢ Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction ,Ä¢ A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. SERIES EDITED BY CYNTHIA BRANTLEY JOHNSON

America: A Patriotic Primer
by Lynne V. Cheney, et al
Written by Lynne Cheney, author and wife of Vice President Richard Cheney, to honor this "beautiful land made more beautiful still by our commitment to freedom," America: A Patriotic Primer is a proud celebration of the individuals, milestones, and principles of this nation. Each busy spread features elaborately decorated letters of the alphabet, with one or two kids draped over its bars and loops, along with the highlighted concept or person: "N is for Native Americans, who came here first," "T is for Tolerance." Surrounding every letter is a veritable circus of entertaining and useful related information, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move). "J is for Jefferson," for example, is bordered with biographical details and quotations from Thomas Jefferson, while mini images depict the third president's famous home (Monticello), some of his inventions, and a description of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This compelling picture book will work best as a supplement for children who are already immersed in basic American history at school. Teachers and parents will enjoy exploring with their kids every inch of the detailed, hand-drawn and illustrated U.S. map found in "U is for United States," explaining and elaborating on the historical lessons as appropriate. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter -
Hardcover: 40 pages
Simon & Schuster (Juv); ISBN: 0689851928; (May 21, )

The Sign of the Beaver
by Elizabeth George Speare
(Paperback -- July 1, )

The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Diary, Book Two, Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 (My America)
by Patricia Hermes
Hardcover: 109 pages
Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0439199980; 1st edition (May )

Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston
(Paperback -- March 1983)

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
Forced to leave her sunny Caribbean home for the bleak Connecticut Colony, Kit Tyler is filled with trepidation. As they sail up the river to Kit's new home, the teasing and moodiness of a young sailor named Nat doesn't help. Still, her unsinkable spirit soon bobs back up. What this spirited teenager doesn't count on, however, is how her aunt and uncle's stern Puritan community will view her. In the colonies of 1687, a girl who swims, wears silk and satin gowns, and talks back to her elders is not only headstrong, she is in grave danger of being regarded as a witch. When Kit befriends an old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, it is more than the ascetics can take: soon Kit is defending her life. Who can she count on as she confronts these angry and suspicious townspeople? 

A thoroughly exciting and rewarding Newbery Medal winner and ALA Notable Children's Book, Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond brings this frightening period of witch hysteria to life. Readers will wonder at the power of the mob mentality, and the need for communities in desperate times--even current times--to find a scapegoat. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter -
Paperback: 223 pages
Laurel Leaf; ISBN: 0440995779; Reissue edition (June 1, 1978)

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey
by Maira Kalman
(Hardcover -- August )

Johnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes, Lynn Ward (Illustrator)
(Paperback -- May 1, 1987)

The Golden Goblet (Puffin Newbery Library)
by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
(Paperback -- October 1990)

Bud, Not Buddy (Newbery Medal Winner, )
by Christopher Paul Curtis
"It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." So figures scrappy 10-year-old philosopher Bud--"not Buddy"--Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes and Hoovervilles in 1930s Michigan. And the idea that's planted itself in his head is that Herman E. Calloway, standup-bass player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, is his father. 

Guided only by a flier for one of Calloway's shows--a small, blue poster that had mysteriously upset his mother shortly before she died--Bud sets off to track down his supposed dad, a man he's never laid eyes on. And, being 10, Bud-not-Buddy gets into all sorts of trouble along the way, barely escaping a monster-infested woodshed, stealing a vampire's car, and even getting tricked into "busting slob with a real live girl." Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, once again exhibits his skill for capturing the language and feel of an era and creates an authentic, touching, often hilarious voice in little Bud. (Ages 8 to 12) --Paul Hughes -
Paperback: 256 pages
Yearling Books; ISBN: 0440413281; Reprint edition (January 8, )

Before We Were Free
by Julia Alvarez
(Hardcover -- August 13, )

Shades of Gray
by Carolyn Reeder
Mass Market Paperback: 152 pages
Aladdin Paperbacks; ISBN: 0689826966;

Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse
Like the Oklahoma dust bowl from which she came, 14-year-old narrator Billie Jo writes in sparse, free-floating verse. In this compelling, immediate journal, Billie Jo reveals the grim domestic realities of living during the years of constant dust storms: That hopes--like the crops--blow away in the night like skittering tumbleweeds. That trucks, tractors, even Billie Jo's beloved piano, can suddenly be buried beneath drifts of dust. Perhaps swallowing all that grit is what gives Billie Jo--our strong, endearing, rough-cut heroine--the stoic courage to face the death of her mother after a hideous accident that also leaves her piano-playing hands in pain and permanently scarred. Meanwhile, Billie Jo's silent, windblown father is literally decaying with grief and skin cancer before her very eyes. When she decides to flee the lingering ghosts and dust of her homestead and jump a train west, she discovers a simple but profound truth about herself and her plight. There are no tight, sentimental endings here--just a steady ember of hope that brightens Karen Hesse's exquisitely written and mournful tale. Hesse won the 1998 Newbery Award for this elegantly crafted, gut-wrenching novel, and her fans won't want to miss The Music of Dolphins or Letters from Rifka. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail Hudson -
Paperback: 227 pages
Scholastic Paperbacks; ISBN: 0590371258; Reprint edition

The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
(Hardcover -- September )

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
by Ji-Li Jiang, David Henry Hwang
(Paperback -- October )

Magic Tree House Boxed Set (Volumes 1-4)
by Mary Pope Osborne
Listed under Magic Tree House

The Door in the Wall
by Marguerite De Angeli, Ted de Angeli (Introduction)
(Paperback -- August 1, 1990)

by Lynne Jonell
(Hardcover -- August )

From Colonies to Country ( History of U.S., Book 3)
by Joy Hakim
(Paperback -- March )

The Riddle of Penncroft Farm (Great Episodes)
by Dorothea Jensen
(Paperback -- August )

Little House (9 Books, Boxed Set)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
Listed under Little House Books

A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories
by Richard Peck
Paperback: 148 pages
Puffin; ISBN: 0141303522; Reprint edition

The Bronze Bow
by Elizabeth George Speare
Paperback: 254 pages
Houghton Mifflin Co; ISBN: 0395137195; (September 1, )

Fever 1793
by Laurie Halse Anderson
(Mass Market Paperback -- March )

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
by Ji-Li Jiang, David Henry Hwang
(Paperback -- October )

by Holling C. Holling
Regarded by many as a classic for young readers 9-12.
Book Description: The history of America at sea is presented through the travels of Seabird, a carved ivory gull.
Paperback from Houghton Mifflin Co

Delaware (America the Beautiful: Second Series)
by Jean F. Blashfield
(School & Library Binding -- September )

Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country.
Listed under Ages 9 - 12

Minn of the Mississippi
Holling C. Holling 
Reading level: Ages 9-12
The history of the Mississippi River Valley is told in text and pictures through the adventures of Minn, a snapping turtle, as she travels downstream.
School & Library Binding (March 15, 1951)
Houghton Mifflin Co (Juv); ISBN: 039517578X

The 1940s : From World War II to Jackie Robinson (Decades of the 20th Century)
by Stephen Feinstein 
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Library Binding - 64 pages (November )
Enslow Publishers, Inc.; ISBN: 0766014282

Daily Life in a Victorian House
by Laura Wilson
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Book Description Daily Life in a Victorian House A child's "Upstairs, Downstairs," this thrilling journey back in time into the heart of a Victorian home uses a unique visual approach, with photographs of real objects from the past in close-up color to bring the period fully alive. Discover how a wealthy family and their servants really lived: how they dressed, what they ate, how they entertained. Daily Life in a Victorian House chronicles a day in the life of the Smith family, from the moment when the housemaid struggles wearily out of bed to light the fires, to the moment when the last candle is snuffed out and the house is once more at rest. Daily Life in a Victorian House looks in close detail at a typical upper-middle-class household and its social and historical background, combining original artifacts, clothes, and interiors with informative text to present an intimate portrait of a Victorian home.
(Hardcover -- September 1993)
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History of Ancient Greece

Eyewitness: Ancient Greece
by Anne Pearson, Nick Nicholls (Photographer)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Ancient Greek culture, which reached its peak in Athens in the 5th century B.C., produced some of the most glorious and fascinating relics of Western civilization. This terrific Eyewitness Book traces ancient Greek achievements from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period using evidence found by archaeologists. Greek myths are introduced by way of statues, carvings, and illustrations. Like all the books of this series, Ancient Greece is incredibly rich in vivid, colorful photographs, which bring the subject to life. Kids and adults can learn about power and politics in Athens, the legendary Herakles (not quite like the Disney version), temples, and home life. Archaeological evidence shows what life was like for women and children of ancient Greece, what people did for fun, and what their standards of beauty and accomplishment were. It's easy to see how influential this ancient culture has been on modern life, from science and medicine to the Olympic games. Extremely informative, intriguing, and entertaining.
Hardcover: 64 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.42 x 11.32 x 8.80 
Publisher: DK Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, )
ISBN: 0789457504 

Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy
by Padraic Colum, Willy Pogany (Illustrator)
Reading level: Young Adult

A Fair Wind for Troy
by Doris Gates, Charles Mikolayack (Illustrator)

Ancient Greeks
by Daisy Kerr
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 40 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.15 x 7.90 x 7.91
Publisher: Franklin Watts, Incorporated; Reprint edition
ISBN: 053115310X

Tales of the Trojan War
by Kamini Khanduri
young adult readers

Coloring Book of the Trojan War
by Harry Knill.

The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War
by Emily Little
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 48 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.17 x 8.95 x 5.96 
Publisher: Random House (Merchandising); (November 1988)
ISBN: 0394896742

How Would You Survive as an Ancient Greek?
by Fiona MacDonald and David Salariya
Reading level: Ages 9-12

Inside the Walls of Troy: A Novel of the Women Who Lived the Trojan War
by Clemence McLaren, Joel P. Johnson (Illustrator)
Reading level: Young Adult

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad
by Rosemary Sutcliff, illustrated by Lee Alan. 
A novel based on the Iliad
Reading level: Ages 9-12

The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey
by Rosemary Sutcliff, illustrated by Alan Lee

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