Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Creativity
by John Steptoe
(Multicultural)
Clarion 1997 (32p)
When Charles befriends Hector, a new kid from Puerto Rico, he learns that despite their differences, they share much in common, including their ethnic ancestry.
I Spy a Lion: Animals in Art
by Lucy Mickelthwait
(art)
Greenwillow 1994 (48p)
Animals and birds in some of the world's great works of art are visible, if the viewer looks closely enough.
I Spy Mystery: A Book of Picture Riddles
by Jean Marzollo
Scholastic 1993 (40p)
The rhyming riddles and the photographs help the reader to solve the mysteries in this engaging book.

EASY

Living with My Stepfather Is Like Living with a Moose
by Lynea Bowdish
Farrar 1997 (64p)
In this amusing story, Matt is embarrassed when his stepfather turns out to be a klutz in most activities, but when they go birdwatching, Matt sees him in a new way.
Dinner at Magritte's
by Michael Garland
(Art)
Dutton 1995 (32p)
When Pierre visits his high-spirited neighbors, René Magritte, his wife Georgette, and their friend Salvador Dalí, he enjoys a very unusual dinner of Flying Fish Soup and Partridge Pie.

AVERAGE

newZucchini Out West
by Barbara Dana
Harper 1997 (192p)
Billy, who loves animals, is dismayed to learn that he may have to give up his pet, Zucchini, if it turns out that Zucchini is indeed a rare black-footed ferret.
newHer Blue Straw Hat
by C. S. Adler
Harcourt 1997 (112p)
Rachel is looking forward to summer vacation, but starts to have doubts when her stepsister Tina shows up, with an unexpected friend.
Children of the Longhouse
by Joseph Bruchac
(Multicultural)
Dial 1996 (154p)
Two boys living in a fifteenth-century Mohawk village settle a dispute through playing tekwaarathon, a game now known as lacrosse.
Frindle
by Andrew Clements
Simon 1996 (105p)
Nick and his teacher engage in a year-long battle when Nick, with the aid of his friends, insists that a pen should henceforth be called a frindle.
Eliza's Dog
by Betsy Hearne
McElderry 1996 (160p)
Ten-year-old Eliza is finally allowed to have a puppy, but she finds taking care of Panda, her sheepdog, is sometimes more than she bargained for.
The Kid Who Ran For President
by Dan Gutman
Scholastic 1996 (144p)
Judd allows a friend to talk him into running as a third-party candidate for president, becoming the first child to run for that office.
Artistic Trickery: The Tradition of Tromp L'Oeil Art
by Michael Capek
(art)
Lerner 1995 (64p)
Tromp l'oeil, art work meant to “fool the eye,” can be found in works from the ancient Greeks through contemporary artists and designers.
Understood Betsy
by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Troll 1993 (176p) paper (other editions available)
In this perennial favorite, Betsy, a sickly, overprotected city girl, learns to view life differently when she is sent to a relative's farm in Vermont.

CHALLENGING

newLittlejim's Dreams
by Gloria Houston
Harcourt 1997 (240p)
Littlejim wants more than anything to become a teacher like his Aunt Zony, but with his mother's illness and the timber company eyeing their property, his dream may not come true.
newThe Flight of Red Bird
by Doreen Rappaport
(Multicultural)
Dial 1997 (208p)
When Native American Zitkala-Sa is taken from her family in South Dakota and sent to school in Indiana, she is forced to give up her Yankton Sioux language and customs.
newWolf Shadows
by Mary Casanova
Hyperion 1997 (192p) Seth's neighbors are worried that the wolves prowling their woods will destroy other wildlife, and when his friend illegally kills a wolf, Seth must decide whether or not to keep the crime a secret.
The View from Saturday
by E. L. Konigsburg
(Multicultural)
Atheneum 1996 (164p)
In her Newbery-winning novel, the author tells the stories of four sixth-graders and how Mrs. Olinski, their homeroom teacher, chose them for the school's Academic Bowl team.
Even Stephen
by Johanna Hurwitz
Morrow 1996 (112p)
Allison idolizes her older brother Stephen, even though she is sometimes jealous, but when tragedy strikes and Stephen encounters failure, it is Allison's turn to help him.
Ribbons
by Laurence Yep
(multicultural)
Putrnam 1996 (192p)
Robin Lee thinks it is unfair that she should have to give up her ballet lessons because the family needs the money to bring her grandmother from China.

Now Out of Print

The Plum Tree War
by Bonnie Pryor
Available in paperback only.
After Fifth Grade, the World
by Claudia Mills
Available in paperback only.
The Stone-Faced Boy
by Paula Fox
Available in Spanish only.
Chasing After Annie
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Now Available in Paperback

Fig Pudding
by Ralph Fletcher
Yearling
Red-Dirt Jessie
by Anna Myers
Walker
Cat Running
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Dell/Yearling

Now Available in Spanish

Morning Girl (Tainos)
by Michael Dorros