Books for Independent Reading


Eagle Boy
retold by Gerald Hausman
Harper 1996 (32p)
In this retelling of a Navajo legend, a young boy must prove himself clever and brave before he can receive a special gift.
Fire on the Mountain
by Jane Kurtz
Simon 1994 (40p)
Alemayu, a shepherd boy, is challenged to spend a bitter-cold night alone on a mountain in exchange for a bag of money in this well-known Ethiopian folktale.


newA Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall
by David A. Adler
Holiday 1997 (32p)
This simple biography chronicles the life of Marshall, from his years as a boy getting into trouble with teachers, to his appointment as the first African American Supreme Court justice.
Allie's Basketball Dream
by Barbara E. Barber
Lee & Low 1996 (32p)
When Allie receives a basketball from her father, she is determined to become a good player despite the discouragement of the neighborhood boys.
Brave as a Mountain Lion
by Ann Herbert Scott
Holiday 1997 (32p)
The author tells the story of Louis Braille, who, blinded by an accident at age three, developed a code for letters in his teens that eventually became the system known as Braille used now throughout the world. A page of letters and numbers in Braille is included.
Wilma Unlimited
by Kathleen Krull
Harcourt 1996 (40p)
When she is stricken with polio at age five, Wilma Rudolph is told she will never walk again, but years later in the Olympics she became the first woman to win three gold medals in track.
The Cloudmakers
by James Rumford
Houghton 1996 (32p)
When a Chinese grandfather and his grandson are captured in the year 751, they win their release by teaching their captors the art of making
Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope
by Martha Cooper
Clarion 1996 (32p)
A Mexican American boy wants to learn to rope and ride in the Mexican Rodeo style handed down through many generations.


newPassage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
by Ken Mochizuki
Lee & Low 1996 (32p)
Against his government's orders but encouraged by his young son, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara hand-wrote visas that allowed thousands of Lithuanian Jews to escape the holocaust.
newGrace the Pirate
by Kathryn Lasky
Hyperion 1997 (64p)
The author relates the true story of a young Irish girl who dreamed of becoming a pirate like her dad, Black Oak.
newThe Divide
by Michael Bedard
Doubleday 1997 (32p)
As a young girl, Willa Cather was sorry when her family left their home in Virginia for the plains of Nebraska but soon grew to love her new home.
newTrapped by the Ice: Shackleton's Amazing Antarctic Adventure
by Michael McCurdy
Walker 1997 (40p)
When Sir Ernest Shackelton sets out to be the first to cross the Southern Polar Cap and his ship and crew are stranded miles from nowhere in a sea of ice, it takes years to get back to civilization.
Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth
by Rosa Parks with Gregory J. Reed
Lee & Low 1996 (128p)
Rosa Parks, known as the Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement, answers questions from young people and offers them encouragment in facing life's challenges.
Girlhood Journeys: Shannon: A Chinatown Adventure
by Kathleen Kudlinski
Simon 1996 (72p) also paper
In this book from the new Girlhood Journeys series, Shannon O'Brien, newly arrived in San Francisco from Ireland, rescues a Chinese girl from a life of servitude.
A World of Knowing: A Story About Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
by Andy Russell Bowen
(Social Studies)
Carolrhoda 1995 (56p)
Facing the challenge of his own ill health inspired Thomas Gallaudet to found the Hartford Shool for the Deaf, the first school of its kind in the country.
Tanya's Reunion
by Valerie Flournoy
Dial 1995 (56p)
In this sequel toThe Patchwork Quilt, Tanya is initially disappointed by her visit to the Virginia farm where her grandmother grew up.
Iditarod Dream
by Ted Wood
Walker 1996 (48p)
Fifteen-year-old Dusty Whittemore and his dogs need intense preparation to race the grueling 158 miles of Alaska's Jr. Iditarod.
Animals Who Have Won Our Hearts
by Jean Craighead George
Harper 1994 (64p)
The author relates the stories of ten outstanding animals, including Balto the dog and Koko the gorilla, who have endeared themselves through acts of bravery or perseverance.


newOut of the Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille
by Russell Freedman
Clarion 1997 (80p)
Determined to communicate by the written word, a blind boy develops a system of raised dots known as the Braille alphabet, opening the doors of learning to blind people everywhere.
Girls to the Rescue, Book # 3
edited by Bruce Lansky
Meadowbrook 1997 (108p)
In his latest collection, Lansky offers ten more stories about resourceful, courageous girls from around the world.
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio
by Peg Kehret
Whitman 1996 (184p)
Children's author Kehret, stricken with polio when she was twelve, recounts her struggle to survive and then to walk again.
Girls to the Rescue, Book #2
by Bruce Lasky
Simon 1995 (103p)
Lasky has collected ten more stories about clever, courageous girls from around the world.
Girls to the Rescue: Tales of Clever, Courageous Girls From Around the World
by Bruce Lasky
Simon 1995 (100p)
In this collection of amusing multicultural stories, resourceful young women reverse the folktale tradition of helpless heroines.

Now Out of Print

Ride the Red Cycle
by Harriet Gillam Robinet
How It Feels to Fight for Your Life
by Jill Krementz

Now Available in Paperback

Pearl Paints
by Abigail Thomas
Holt Owlet
Hattie and the Wild Waves
by Barbara Cooney
by Frances Ward Weller
The Shiniest Rock of All
by Nancy Ruth Patterson
The Losers Fight Back: A Wild Willy Mystery
by Barbara M. Joosse

Now Available in Spanish

Amazing Grace (Asombrosa Graciela)
by Mary Hoffman