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Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O'Dell

Scott O’Dell won the Newbery Medal in 1961 for his unforgettable novel Island of the Blue Dolphins, based on the true story of a Nicoleño Indian girl living in solitude between 1835 and 1853 on San Nicolas...


The Sign of the Beaver

by Elizabeth George Speare

Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until the Beaver clan teaches him their skills in this Newbery Honor book.


The Big Wander

by Will Hobbs

A Summer To Remember

Fourteen-year-old Clay Lancaster has been dreaming for years of the adventure he calls The Big Wander -- a summer in the Southwest with his older brother, Mike, searching for their uncle...


American Born Chinese

Asian American Literary Award 2007

by Gene Luen Yang

A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover...


Zia

by Scott O'Dell

A young Indian girl, caught between the traditional world of her mother and the present world of the mission, is helped by her Aunt Karana, whose story was told in Island of the Blue Dolphins.


More Stories Julian Tells

by Ann Cameron & Ann Strugnell

"Reflecting incidents true to children (making a bet with a friend, sending a message in a bottle, attempting to be brave), these stories are the sort that will make children ask for more."--School Library Journal...


Girl Overboard

by Justina Chen Headley

Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng, billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire: a waterfront mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards....


A Gift of Gracias

by Julia Alvarez & Beatriz Vidal

After their olive crop fails, Maria fears that her family will have to abandon their farm on the new island colony. Then, one night she dreams of a mysterious beautiful lady shrouded by trees with branches hung...


How Tia Lola Saved the Summer

by Julia Alvarez

Miguel Guzman isn't exactly looking forward to the summer now that his mother has agreed to let the Sword family—a father, his three daughters, and their dog—live with them while they decide whether or not...


Harriet Tubman

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Robert Brown

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...


Sacagawea: American Pathfinder

by Flora Warren Seymour & Robert Doremus

Learn about the childhood of Sacagawea, one of the first female all-stars in American history—and honored in US currency on the dollar coin.

Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and...


Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Dharathula H. Millender & Al Fiorentino

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...


Rosa Parks

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Meryl Henderson

Learn about the childhood of Rosa Parks, who grew up to be a legendary Civil Rights activist and an all-star in American history.

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama....


The Merry Shipwreck

by Georges Duplaix & Tibor Gergely

On peaceful days on his barge in New York Harbor, Captain Barnacle loves to spin salty yarns about his life on the Seven Seas and the shipwrecks he's been in. But his animal friends are sure there's no such...


Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

by Lensey Namioka

Third Sister in the Tao family, Ailin has watched her two older sisters go through the painful process of having their feet bound. In China in 1911, all the women of good families follow this ancient tradition....


Hollywood and Maine

by Allison Whittenberg

With a new boyfriend, her own room (finally!), and a modeling agency trying to convince her to sign with them, Charmaine Upshaw’s life is just about perfect. But a surprising face appears at the dinner table:...


Skateboard Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Two

by Karen English & Laura Freeman

Richard can't wait to show off his skills at a friend's skateboard birthday party, but a note home from his teacher threatens to ruin his plans. This charming second book in a new series about third grade...


Kawoni's Journey Across the Mountain: A Cherokee Little Red Riding Hood

by Cordellya Smith

In this story, Kawoni faces her fears and journeys across the mountain alone. On the journey, she meets legendary Cherokee animals that help guide her on the path. The story of Little Red Riding Hood can be...


Zoe Sophia in New York: The Mystery of the Pink Phoenix Papers

by Claudia Mauner & Elisa Smalley

When Zoe Sophia's favorite person in the world, her great aunt Dorothy Pomander, comes to New York, she and Zoe Sophia quickly become embroiled in a mystery as they do research for Dorothy Pomander's new book....


The Perfect Place

by Teresa E. Harris

When Treasure's dad disappears and Mom sets out to track him down, twelve-year-old Treasure and her little sister Tiffany are stuck with their Great-Aunt Grace, whose many rules make for a miserable living...