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Children's Literature

Books in BU's Juvenile Collection

Books for Ages 9-12

Artemis Fowl / Eoin Colfer.  2001.  Fic C695a.    When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.  Lexile:  600L   

Becoming Naomi León / Pam Muñoz Ryan.  2004.  Fic R9893b. Schneider Family Book Award.   When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.  Lexile: 830L 

Bud, not Buddy / Christopher Paul Curtis.  1999.  Fic C9783bu.  Newbery Award Winner.  Coretta Scott King Award.     Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.  Lexile: 950L   

Bunnicula: a rabbit tale of mystery / Deborah & James How.  1979.  Fic H855b.   Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.  Lexile: 700L

Case of the deadly desperados / Caroline Lawrence.  2012.  Fic L4194c.    In 1862 Nevada Territory, after finding his foster parents murdered and scalped, twelve-year-old Pinky Pinkerton, son of a railroad detective and a Sioux Indian, inherits a valuable deed and must hide from dangerous Whittlin Walt and his gang of desperados.  Lexile: 750L

Charlotte’s web.
/ E.B. White.  1952. Fic W5839c.   Wilbur the pig is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.  Lexile: 680L 

Chocolate war: a novel / Robert Cormier.  1974.  Fic C8115c.  A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school’s annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.  Lexile:  820L  

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs / Judi Barrett.  1978.  Fic B274c.  Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.  Lexile:  730L

Copper sun / Sharon M. Draper.  2006.  Fic D766c.  Coretta Scott Award.  Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.  Lexile:  820L  

Dead end in Norvelt / Jack Gantos.   2011.   Fic G2113d.   Newbery Award Winner.   In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.  Lexile: 920L

Drinking gourd: a story of the Underground Railroad / F.N. Monjo.  1993.  Fic M744d.   When he is sent home alone for misbehaving in church, Tommy discovers that his house is a station on the Underground Railroad.  Lexile: 370L 

Fallen angels / Walter Dean Myers.  1988.  Fic M9969fal.  Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.  Lexile: 650L

Flat Stanley / Jeff Brown.  2006.  OVERSIZE   Fic B8782f.   A picture book version of the story in which a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, and he finds that being flat has its advantages. Lexile: 640L   

From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler / E. L. Konigsburg.  1967.  Fic K823fr.   Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.  Lexile: 700L   

Giver / Lois Lowry.  2003. Fic L9216gi. Newbery Award Winner.   Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.  Lexile: 760L  

Glory be / Augusta Scattergood.  2012.  Fic S287g.  In the summer of 1964 as she is about to turn twelve, Glory’s town of Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is beset by racial tension when town leaders close her beloved public pool rather than desegregating it.  Lexile: 680L

Graveyard book / Neil Gaiman.  2008.  Fic G141g. Newbery Award Winner.  After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.  Lexile: 820L  

Great and only Barnum: the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum / Candace Fleming.  2009.  920.71 B263f.   Biography of P.T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.  Lexile: 980L

Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone / J.K. Rowling.  1997. Fic R8835ha.   Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.   Lexile: 880L   

Harry, the dirty dog / Gene Zion.  1956.  Fic Z796ht.  When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn’t recognize him as a black dog with white spots.  Lexile: 700L  

Hatchet / Gary Paulsen.  1987.  Fic P332hat.   After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce. Lexile: 1020L  

 Heart and soul: the story of America and African Americans / Kadir Nelson.  2011.  OVERSIZE   973.0496073 N4276h.  Coretta Scott King Award Winner.   A simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.   Lexile:  1050L 

Hokey Pokey / Jerry Spinelli.  2013.  Fic S7575h.  Ever since they were Snotsippers, Jack and the girl have fought, until one day she steals his bike and as he and the Amigos try to recover it, Jack realizes that he is growing up and must eventually leave the "goodlands and badlands of Hokey Pokey." 
Lexile:  HL600L

Holes / Louis Sachar. 1998.  Fic S1208h.  Newbery Award Winner.  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.  Lexile:  660L   

Hunger games / Suzanne Collins.  2008.  Fic C7132h.   In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.  Lexile: 810L  

If you lived with the Sioux Indians / Ann McGovern.  1992. 970.00497 D135m.   Describes the daily life of the Sioux Indians, their clothing, food, games, and customs before and after the coming of the white man.  Lexile: 690L

In the time of the drums / Kim L. Siegelson.  1999.  Fic S5717i.  Coretta Scott King Award.  Mentu, an American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship.  Lexile:  570L  

Invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in words and pictures / Brian Selznick. 2008. Fic S4696i. Caldecott Award Winner.   When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.   Lexile: 820L  

Island of the Blue Dolphins / Scott O’Dell.  1961.  Fic O23i.  Newbery Award Winner.  The gripping story of young Karana, who survives by herself for eighteen years on a deserted island off the California coast.  Lexile:  1000L   

Jasper Jones: a novel / by Craig Silvey.  2009.  Fic S5879j 2011.  Printz Honor Book.   In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.  Lexile: 590L 

Justin Case: school, drool, and other daily disasters / Rachel Vail.  2010.  Fic V129j.     Justin didn’t get the teacher he wanted, he’s not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn’t seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade.  Lexile:  790L 

King of the Wind / Marguerite Henry.  1948. Fic H523k.  Newbery Award Winner.    Traces the abuses and triumphs of the Arabian stallion who became a founding sire of the Thoroughbred breed, and of the mute Arabian boy who tended him as long as he lived.  Lexile:  830L 

Knuffle Bunny too: a case of mistaken identity
/ Mo Willems.  2007.  Fic W699knt.   Her daddy in tow, Trixie hurries to school to show off her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny. But an awful surprise awaits her: someone else has the exact same bunny!   Lexile: 690L

Little house on the prairie
/ Laura Ingalls Wilder.  1953.  Fic W6735ℓho.   A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.  Lexile:  760L   

Madeline / Ludwig Bemelmans.  1939, 1954.  Fic B455m.   Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.  Lexile: 540L  

Magician’s elephant / Kate DiCamillo.  2009.  Fic D5451ma.   When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.  Lexile: 730L

M.C. Higgins, the great / Virginia Hamilton.  1974.  Fic H2217m.  Newbery Award Winner.   As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M.C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.  Lexile: 620L

Moon over Manifest / Clare Vanderpool.  2010.  Fic V239m.  Newbery Medal Winner.   Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to learn some things about his past.  Lexile:  800L  

Ninth Ward / Jewell Parker Rhodes.  2010.  Fic R4764n.   In New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them. Lexile: HL470L

Number the stars
/ Lois Lowry.  1989.  Fic L9216n.  Newbery Award Winner.    In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.  Lexile: 670L  

One and only Ivan / Katherine Applegate.  2012.  Fic A6488o.  Newbery Award Winner.   When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.  Lexile: Not Available

One crazy summer / Rita Williams-Garcia.  2010.  Fic W7232o.   In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.  Lexile: 750L

Out of my mind / Sharon M. Draper.  2010.  Fic D766o.  Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.  Lexile: 700L  

The phantom tollbooth / Norton Juster.  1961.  Fic J96p.    A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.  Lexile:  1000L  

Ramona Quimby, age 8 / Beverly Cleary.  1981.  Fic C623raq.   Ramona Quimby, one of the most loved characters in children's fiction, has now reached third grade.  Lexile:  860  

Roll of thunder, hear my cry / Mildred D. Taylor.  1976.  Fic T2443ro.  Newbery Award Winner.   A black family living in the South during the 1930’s are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don’t understand.  Lexile:  920L 

Sarah, plain and tall / Patricia MacLachlan.  1985.  Fic M1612s.  Newbery Award Winner.  When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.  Lexile: 560L   

Splendors and glooms / Laura Amy Schlitz.  2012.  Fic S344s.  When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.  Lexile: 670L

Strange case of Origami Yoda / Tom Angleberger.  2010.  Fic A5892s.  Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.  Lexile: 760L   

Strawberry girl / Lois Lenski. 1945.  Fic L573st.  Newbery Award Winner.  In 1945, in Florida, ten-year-old Birdie Boyer and her family struggle to make their new farm prosper despite heat, droughts, cold snaps, and rowdy neighbors.  Lexile: 650L  

Tales of a fourth grade nothing
/ Judy Blume.  1972.  Fic B6589t.   Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.  Lexile: 470L  

Three times lucky / by Sheila Turnage.  2012.  Fic T942t.    Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.  Lexile: 560L

When you reach me / Rebecca Stead.  2009.  Fic S7992w.  Newbery Award Winner.  As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.  Lexile:  750L  

Where the red fern grows / Wilson Rawls.  1961.  Fic R261w.   A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.  Lexile:  700L  

Where the wild things are / Maurice Sendak.  1963.  Fic S474w.  Caldecott Medal Winner.  A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.  Lexile: 740L  

A wrinkle in time / Madeleine L’Engle.  1962. Fic L566wr.  Newbery Award Winner.  Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.  Lexile: 740L

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