Books to Know for November 29
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Dead End in Norvelt
JACK GANTOS 2012
Hell's Angels, Miss Volker, obituaries, murder, Eleanor Roosevelt.
ALSO: Joey Pigza, Rotten Ralph
Moon Over Manifest
CLARE VANDERPOOL 2011
Abilene Tucker, Rattler, Jinx, Ned, Miss Sadie, healing spring, compass, railroad.
ALSO: Navigating Early
When You Reach Me
REBECCA STEAD 2010
Miranda, Sal, Laughing Man, Annemarie, Colin, Jimmy, book bag pocket shoe, two dollar bills, $20,000 Pyramid.
ALSO: First Light, Liar & Spy
The Graveyard Book
NEIL GAIMAN 2009
Jack, Nobody Owens, Silas, Scarlett, fading, haunting, dream walking.
ALSO: Coraline, Wolves in the Wall.
The Higher Power of Lucky
SUSAN PATRON 2007
Lincoln, Miles, Brigitte, "Are You My Mother", Hard Pan, HMS Beagle
ALSO: Lucky Breaks
LYNNE RAE PERKINS 2006
Debbie, Hector, Lennie, Phil, guitar lessons, necklace, rasio, rhododendron.
ALSO: All Alone in the Universe
CYNTHIA KADOHATA 2005
Katie Lynn, Silly Kilgore, Samson, Lymphoma, Japan, animal trap, union
ALSO: The Thing About Luck
The Tale of Desperaux
KATE DICAMILLO 2004
Roscuro, Miggery Sow, Princess Pea, clouts ears, thread and spool, soup and spoons.
ALSO: Because of Winn Dixie, Edward Tulane, Tiger Rising, Flora and Ulysses
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Asta, Lord Furnival, Lord Douglas, Bear, Wolf's Head, Great Wexly, Asta's Son
ALSO: Nothing But the Truth, Poppy, Charlotte Doyle
A Single Shard
LINDA SUE PARK 2002
Tree Ear, Crane Man, Potter Man, master Min, Ch'ulp'o, Songdo, collects for nine days
ALSO: A Long Walk to Water, Project Mulberry
A Year Down Yonder
RICHARD PECK 2001
Mary Alice, Grandma Dowdel, Mildred Burdick, Christmas pageant, fools Ina Ray's valentine.
ALSO: A Long Way From Chicago, The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail
Bud, Not Buddy
CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS 2000
Todd Amos, Herman E.Calloway, Bugs, Angela, Dusky Devastators of the Depression, bag of rocks, blanket.
ALSO: The Watsons Go to Birmingham, The Mighty Miss Malone, Elijah of Buxton.
LOUIS SACHAR 1999
Caveman, Zero, Sweet Feet, Kate Barlow, X-Ray, Sam, yellow spotted lizard, weigh piglet, onions, God's thumb
ALSO: Wayside School, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
Out of the Dust
KAREN HESSE 1998
Billy Jo Kelby, Franklin, Louise, kerosene, baby named after president, piano player
ALSO: The Music of the Dolphins
The View From Saturday
E.L. KONIGSBURG 1997
Noah, Mrs. Olinski, Nadia, Ethan, Julian, Bed and Breakfast, the Souls, Academic Bowl, tea party, paraplegic, sea turtles
ALSO: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Jennifer Hecate Macbeth William McKinley and Me
The Midwife's Apprentice
KAREN CUSHMAN 1996
Brat, Beetle, Jane, Purr, Grommet, Alyce, devil's footprints, stomach worm, chicken, mistaken for reading.
ALSO: Catherine Called Birdy, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Walk Two Moons
SHARON CREECH 1995
Salamanca Tree Hiddle, Gram, Gramps, Phoebe, Ben, Mrs. Winterbottom, Mrs. Cadaver, poems, mental hospital.
ALSO: Love That Dog, Ruby Holler, Chasing Redbird
LOIS LOWRY 1994
Jonas, Gabriel, Receiver of Memory, Sameness, see beyond, comfort object, climate control, Release
ALSO: Number the Stars, Gossamer, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son
CYNTHIA RYLANT 1993
Summer, Uncle Ob, Cletus, spirit medium, Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia
ALSO: A Fine White Dust, The Relatives Came
PHYLLIS RENOLDS NAYLOR 1992
Marty Preston, Judd Travers, David Howard, friendly West Virginia, attacked by German Shepard.
ALSO: Alice series, Boys Against Girls
JERRY SPINELLI 1991
Jeffrey Lionel Magee, Amanda Beale, Mars Bars Thompson, suitcase of books, east/West End, buffalo pen, Cobble's Knot.
ALSO: Stargirl, Milkweed, Loser, Wringer
Number the Stars
LOIS LOWRY 1990
Annemarie Johansen, Ellen Rosen, Lise, Danish Resistance, typhus, Psalm 197, Star of David
ALSO: The Giver, Gossamer, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son
The Whipping Boy
SID FLEISCHMAN 1987
Jemmy, Prince Horace/Brat, Hold Your Nose Billy, Cutwater, Betsy, Captain Nips, Johnathan, Ol' Johnny Tosher, Smudge, Petunia, Milk Lady.
ALSO: Escape, By the Great Horn Spoon!
Sarah, Plain and Tall
PATRICIA MACLACHLAN 1986
Jacob Witting, Anna, Caleb, mail-order wife from Maine
ALSO: Skylark, Caleb, Snowflakes Fall
The Hero and the Crown
ROBIN MCKINLEY 1985
Aerin, Luthe, Tor, Galanna, King Aribeth, eat Surka plant, kenet recipe, mountain cats, wild dogs.
ALSO: The Blue Sword, Spindle's End, Deerskin Water
Dear Mr. Henshaw
BEVERLY CLEARY 1984
Leigh Botts, Bandit, Mom and Dad, Ways to Amuse Your Dog, truck driver, fourth place in Young Writer's Yearbook
ALSO: Ramona the Pest, Ribsy, the Mouse and the Motorcycle
CYNTHIA VOIGT 1983
Tillermans, Maybeth, James, Sammy, paper mulberry tree, piano, guitar, Provincetown.
ALSO: Homecoming, Solitary Blue, Izzy Willy-Nilly
The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, 2013.
The story is placed at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. Told in first person point of view from a silverback gorilla who has lived in captivity at the Big Top Mall for 9,855 days by his own tally.
Flora and Ulysses
Kate DiCamillo, 2014. A young girl spends her time reading comic books and struggling to understand her parents' recent divorce. She is jolted into action when the neighbour runs over a squirrel with a vacuum cleaner. The squirrel's brush with death causes him to develop so called superpowers.
Kwame Alexander, 2015. The book, which is told entirely through verse, follows two African-American twin brothers that share a love for basketball but find themselves drifting apart as they head into their junior high school years. They also run into many obstacles that they must overcome.
Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Pena, 2016. The book follows a young boy named CJ as he learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things during a bus ride.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Kelly Barnhill, 2017. Once a year in the Protectorate there is a Day of Sacrifice. The youngest baby is taken by the Elders and left in the forest to die, thus appeasing the witch who threatens to destroy the village if not obeyed. Unbeknownst to the people, Xan, the witch of the forest, is kind and compassionate. When she discovers the first baby left as a sacrifice, she has no idea why it has been abandoned. She rescues the infants, feeds each one starlight, and delivers the shining infants to parents in the Outside Cities who love and care for them.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Washington Irving. The story is set in 1790 in the countryside around the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town in a tiny village renowned for its ghosts. Characters: Ichabod Crane, Katrina Von Tassel, the Headless Horseman
Rip Van Winkle
Washington Irving. Title character drinks some water and sleeps for 20 years, awakening to find the world has changed dramatically
The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper. Second in the Leatherstocking Tales series, features Natty Bumpo. The novel is primarily set in the upper New York wilderness, detailing the transport of the two daughters of Colonel Munro, Alice and Cora, to a safe destination at Fort William Henry.
The House of Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne. A portrait of Colonel Pyncheon looms over his family in their home, an ominous reminder of the curse he left behind over a century ago. The shadow still falls over the New England mansion's current residents, siblings Clifford and Hepzibah—unless they can expose the one secret that offers an escape from the hex.
The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter (Pearl) through an affair with Reverend Dimsdale and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriett Beecher Stowe. Best selling novel of the 19th century, featured a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve. Anti-slavery message.
Herman Melville. The plot follows a seaman impressed into service aboard HMS Bellipotent in the year 1797, when the British Royal Navy was reeling from two major mutinies and was threatened by the Revolutionary French Republic's military ambitions. He is impressed to this large warship from another, smaller, merchant ship, The Rights of Man
Herman Melville. Sailor Ishmael tells the story of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on the white whale that on the previous whaling voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee.
Louisa May Alcott. The novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters.
Henry David Thoreau. This non-fiction text is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain. The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Set in a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist about 20 years before the work was published, some consider it a scathing satire on entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain. The title character lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother Sid. He skips school to swim and is made to whitewash the fence the next day as punishment. He cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work. He watches his own funeral.
The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane. Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer, who carries a flag.
Kate Chopin. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Mark Twain. The novel is a comedy that sees 6th-Century England and its medieval culture through Hank Morgan's view; he is a 19th-century resident of Hartford, Connecticut, who, after a blow to the head, awakens to find himself inexplicably transported back in time to early medieval England where he meets King Arthur himself.