Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

newAlice Ramsey's Grand Adventure
by Don Brown
Houghton 1997 (32p)
Twenty-two- year-old Alice Ramsey drove her Maxwell touring car from New York to San Francisco in fifty-nine days, becoming the first woman to drive across America.
The First Air Voyage in the United States: The Story of Jean-Pierre Blanchard
by Alexandra Wallner
(Social Studies)
Holiday 1996 (32p)
On his hot-air balloon voyage from Philadelphia to Woodbury, New Jersey, in 1793, balloonist Blanchard carried a letter from President Washington, the first air mail letter in America.
Nelly Bly's Monkey: His Remarkable Story in His Own Words
by Joan W. Blos
(Social Studies)
Morrow 1996 (40p)
On Nelly Bly's famous trip around the world in 1889, the daredevil reporter acquired a monkey named McGinty, who tells his version of their trip.
Aloha, Salty!
by Gloria Rand
Holt 1996 (32p)
The adventures of Zack and his dog Salty continue when the two run into a severe storm while sailing to Hawaii.

EASY

newAkiak: A Tale from the Iditarod
by Robert Blake
Philomel 1997 (32p)
The Iditarod is seen from the point of view of Akiak, a lead dog who must be left behind when the snow freezes her paw, but who is determined to rejoin her team and finish the race.
Kayuktuk: An Arctic Quest
by Brian Heinz
(Multicultural)
Chronicle 1996 (40p)
A young Inupiat boy must cross the icy tundra to prove himself a brave and successful trapper.
Mae Jemison: Space Scientist
by Gail Sakurai
(Multicultural)
Childrens 1995 (32p)
Aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992, astronaut Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space.
In Search of the Grand Canyon: Down the Colorado with John Wesley Powell
by Mary Ann Fraser
(Social Studies)
Holt 1995 (70p)
In 1896, Major John Wesley Powell and his nine-man crew set out to explore the previously uncharted Colorado River, a dangerous journey on which they encountered rapids, whirlpools, and falls.
Across the Wide Dark Sea: The Mayflower Journey
by Jean Van Leeuwen
(Social Studies)
Dial 1995 (32p)
Based on records of one the Mayflower's passengers, this story tells of a boy and his father who sailed from England in 1620 for nine storm-filled weeks before arriving at their new home.

AVERAGE

newWhite Water
by P. J. Petersen
Simon 1997 (107p)
Greg, reluctantly on a rafting trip with his father, must summon strength he didn't know he had when his father is bitten by a rattlesnake and it's up to Greg to save him.
newThe Healing of Texas Jake
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Atheneum 1997 (128p)
Marco and Polo, the cats from Naylor's The Grand Escape, are back with more adventures.
newErie Canal: Canoeing America's Great Waterway
by Peter Lourie
Boyds Mills 1997 (48p)
The author describes his 363-mile canoe trip and relates the history of the canal, called the first great technological achievement in the United States when it opened in 1825.
Over the Top of the World: Explorer Will Steger's Trek Across the Arctic
by Will Steger and Jon Bowermaster
Scholastic 1997 (64p)
In 1994, Stegner was one of a six-member team who made a rigorous journey by dogsled and canoe-sled across the Arctic Ocean, from Siberia to the northern edge of Canada.
Braving the Frozen Frontier: Women Working in Antarctica
by Rebecca L. Johnson
Lerner 1996 (112p)
The author focuseson women who work in the dangerous Antarctic, including two seal researchers, a biologist working with penguins, and a school teacher who collects air samples at the edge of an active volcano.
Dashing Through the Snow: The Story of the Jr. Iditarod
by Sherry Shahan
Millbrook 1997 (48p)
The author discusses the history and background of the Jr. Iditarod, which trains young mushers in distance racing.
Up in the Air: The Story of Bessie Coleman
by Philip S. Hart
(Multicultural)
Carolrhoda 1996 (80p)
Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman pilot, trained in France because no American instructor would teach her, became a famous barnstorming pilot of the 1920s.
Ships in the Air
by Lynn Curlee
(Science)
Houghton 1996 (32p)
From its beginnings in 1783 when the Montgolfier brothers launched their hot air balloon, these ships of the air evolved into the zeppelins of World War I and present-day blimps seen at many sporting events.
Racing a Ghost Ship: The Incredible Journey of Great American 11
by Rich Wilson
(Social Studies)
Walker 1996 (48p)
When the author and his friend, Bill Biewenga, sailed their trimaran from San Francisco around Cape Horn to Boston in an effort to break the record set in 1853, their adventure was shared via an on-line service with school children around the country.
The U. S. Space Camp® Book of Astronauts
by Anne Baird
(Science)
Morrow 1996 (48p)
Featured in the latest of the U. S. Space Camp® books are the American astronauts and the international astronauts who enjoy a new era of cooperation in space exploration.
Coast to Coast with Alice
by Patricia Rusch Hyatt
(Social Studies)
Carolrhoda 1995 (72p)
In 1901, Alice Ramsey, determined to be the first woman to drive across the country, sets out in her Maxwell touring car accompanied by her sixteen-year-old friend Minna, who tells their true story.
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.

CHALLENGING

newThe Pearls of Lutra
by Brian Jacques
Philomel 1997 (408p)
In the latest adventures of Martin the Warrior, the answers to six riddles reveal where the six pink pearls of Lutra are hidden in Redwall Abbey, and Martin must find them before the villain Ublaz does.
Countdown
by Ben Mikaelsen
Hyperion 1996 (256p)
In this action adventure, a young junior astronaut and a yound Masai herder, who become reluctant friends during radio communications, come face to face in Senegal when a space mission attempts to end an African drought.
Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
(Multicultural)
Walker 1995 (136p)
Recounts the true story of the Red-Tail Angels, African American pilots trained in the Tuskegee experiment and who won the respect and admiration of their peers, as well as a hundred and fifty Distinguished Flying Crosses and Legions of Merit.
Science on the Ice: An Antarctic Journal
by Rebecca L. Johnson
(Science)
Lerner 1995 (128p)
The author journeys to Antarctica to join biologists, who study penguins and seals, and scientists, who seek to discover more about global temperature changes.

Now Out of Print

Salty Takes Off
by Gloria Rand
Fly! A Brief History of Flight Illustrated
by Barry Moser
The Bell Reef
by Sarita Kendall
Amelia Earhart Takes Off
by Fern G. Brown

Now Available in Paperback

newRuth Law Thrills a Nation
by Don Brown
Houghton
Jocasta Carr, Movie Star
by Roy Gerrard
Farrar
Black Stars in Orbit: NASA's African American Astronauts
by Kephra Burns and William Miles
Harcourt
Crazy Weekend
by Gary Soto
Scholastic

Now Available in Spanish

The Midnight Horse (Caballa de medianoche)
by Sid Fleischman