The City Library: Library Journal's Library of the Year 2006
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a 19th-century Mississippi River town.
The Akhenaten Adventure
After twelve-year-old twins discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their uncle takes them to Cairo and teaches them about their extraordinary powers.
When twelve-year-old Eli becomes involved in his parents' time travel experiments, he travels to 5th-century Alexandria and meets an extraterrestrial saurian and a scholar accused of sorcery.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
A beloved classic since its initial publication in 1947, this vivid, insightful journal is a fitting memorial to the gifted Jewish teenager who died at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945. The diary chronicles 25 trying months spent hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.
Anne of Green Gables
An eleven-year-old orphan is sent by mistake to live with a lonely brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm, where she proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. First in a series.
In small town, post-WWII Oregon, 21 sixth-grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game during which one girl's bigotry surfaces.
The Colors of Freedom: Immigrant Stories
Newly arrived teenaged immigrants describe their experiences in America, recount traditions of their native countries, and present short stories, poems, recipes, and artwork. The book also features interviews with native-born American teenagers, who share their family histories.
Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town. One in a series.
A fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters. First in a trilogy.
The Giant Rat of Sumatra, or Pirates Galore
When the pirate ship Giant Rat of Sumatra drops anchor in 1846 San Diego, just as war breaks out between the United States and Mexico, the ship's cabin boy finds that his adventures are just beginning.
While learning his craft, a young dream-giver tries to save an eight-year-old boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds.
Gregor the Overlander
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic
battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders. First in a series.
Hattie Big Sky
In 1917, a sixteen-year-old orphan inherits her uncle's Montana homesteading claim and travels from Iowa to make a home for herself, but encounters some unexpected problems related to WWI.
Here Lies the Librarian
Fourteen-year-old Eleanor "Peewee" McGrath, a tomboy and automobile enthusiast, discovers new possibilities for her future after the arrival of four young librarians in her small Indiana town.
Heroes and She-roes: Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes
Twenty-one poems celebrate the actions of real-life people (and one dog)that have performed heroic acts.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
A respectable, well-to-do hobbit lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day a wandering wizard chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.
A newcomer in a small Florida community becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
The House of the Scorpion
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to
life after one of those characters abducts them both.
Journey to the River Sea
Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter family in exotic Brazil, Maia endures many hardships before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River.
The Kite Rider
In 13th-century China, a twelve-year-old has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.
The Lightning Thief
When twelve-year-old Percy learns that he is a demigod (the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea), he goes to demigod summer camp where he and his new friends try to prevent a war between the gods.
New Found Land: Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery
The letters and thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, members of the Corps of Discovery, the guide Sacagawea, and Captain Lewis's
Newfoundland dog tell the story of the historic exploratory expedition to seek a water route to the
Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel
A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.
Peter and the Starcatchers
Soon after the orphaned Peter sets sail on the ship Never Land, he befriends
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
While preparing for a role in the school play, twelve-year-old Leo finds an autobiography that his father wrote as a teenager, and ponders the ways people change as they grow up.
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
A black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination that the children don't
The Sea of Trolls
After Jack is apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister are captured and taken to the home of King Ivar and his half-troll queen, which compels Jack to undertake a quest to the home of the trolls.
A Single Shard
An orphan in medieval Korea lives under a bridge in a potters' village and longs to learn how to throw delicate celadon ceramics. A well-crafted novel with an unusual setting.
After the death of his guardian uncle, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced into continuing his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency.
Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy.
Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection
In this anthology of stories, the authors celebrate Hispanic culture and its roots through retellings of traditional tales, including different versions and information on origins.
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure that takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he attempts to steal a precious stone. First in a series.
Things Not Seen
When Bobby wakes up and finds that he is invisible, his family and his new blind friend try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.
Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp in Arizona. There Sumiko helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dreams.
A fourteen-year-old orphan possesses a magic lamp. The wishes granted by the genie inside it allow her to alter her life by choosing prosperity, purpose, and romance.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Spirited teenager Kit Tyler is filled with trepidation at joining her aunt and uncle's stern Puritan community. In the Connecticut colony of 1687, a girl who swims, wears satin gowns, and talks back to her elders is not only headstrong, she is in danger of being regarded as a witch. When Kit befriends an old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, it's more than the community can take and soon Kit is defending her life.
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