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Ages 10-13 J ANGLE Angle, Kimberly Green. Hummingbird: In spite of a busy life on the family pumpkin and watermelon farm in Jubilee, Georgia, twelve-year-old March Anne Tanner feels that something is missing, and when Grenna, the grandmother who has helped raise her since her mother died when she was three, also passes on, March Anne finds that she must act on her feelings of loss. J ARMSTRO Armstrong, William Howard. Sounder: Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relationship with his devoted dog Sounder. J BAUER Baur Marion. A Taste of Smoke: Thirteen-year-old Caitlan looks forward to the camping trip with her older sister in the woods of northern Minnesota, but she doesn't count on the intrusion of her sister's boyfriend or the ghost of a boy who died in the fire that destroyed the forest a century before. J BIRDSEY Birdseye, Tom. A Tough Nut to Crack: Raised in Portland, Oregon, Cassie adapts quickly when an emergency brings her family to her grandfather's Kentucky farm, where she feels the spirits of her mother and grandmother as she tries to heal the rift between her father and grandfather. J COTTREL Boyce, Frank Cottrell. Millions: After their mother dies, two brothers find a huge amount of money which they must spend quickly before England switches to the new European currency, but they disagree on what to do with it. J CHAN Chan, Gillian. The Carved Box: Fifteen-year-old Callum, recently arrived from Scotland, finds comfort in the friendship of a half-starved dog and gains the courage to face life in the New World. J CLARK Clark, Clara Gillow. Hill Hawk Hattie: Angry and lonely after her mother dies, eleven-year-old Hattie pretends to be a boy and joins her father on an adventure-filled rafting trip down the Delaware River in the late 1800s to transport logs from New York to Philadelphia. (Sequel to Hattie on Her Way)
J CLEMENTS Clements, Andrew. Room One: A Mystery or Two: Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in his small Nebraska town's one-room schoolhouse, searches for clues to the disappearance of a homeless family. J CREECH Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler: Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler. J DICAMIL DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie: 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. J FRAZIER Frazier, Neta Lohnes. The Stout-Hearted Seven: Orphaned on the Oregon Trail: In 1844 the Sager family journeyed west; after their parents died on the Oregon Trail, the children had to fend for themselves. J GAIMAN Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book: Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery residents, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? J HAHN Hahn, Mary Downing. Time for Andrew: When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle who is dying of diphtheria. YA HOBBS Hobbs, Will. Far North: After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old Gabe and his friend, Raymond, struggle to survive a winter in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories. (If you liked Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, try other books by Will Hobbs.) J KUIJER Kuijer, Guus. The Book of Everything: Nine-year-old Thomas receives encouragement from many sources, including candid talks with Jesus, to help him tolerate the strict family life dictated by his deeply-religious father. J MEEHL Meehl, Brian. Out of Patience: Twelve-year-old Jake Waters cannot wait to escape the small town of Patience, Kansas, until the arrival of a cursed toilet plunger causes him to reevaluate his feelings toward his family and its history. J921 MOODY Moody, Ralph. Little Britches: Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the twentieth century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms give authentic color to Little Britches.
J ODELL O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins: The story of an Indian girl who lived alone for 18 years. on an island. J PARRY Parry, Rosanne. Heart of a Shepherd. Ignatius "Brother" Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family's Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be. J PAULSEN Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet: After a plane crash, 13-year-old Brian spends 54 days in the Canadian wilderness, surviving with only the aid of a hatchet, and learning also to deal with his parents' divorce. (Sequels: Brian’s Winter & The River) J RAWLING Rawlings, Marjorie. The Yearling: A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet. YA SACHAR Sachar, Louis. Holes: 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 correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.