1999 Fall Junior Novels

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Nancy's picks for the best junior novels of fall 1999 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 1999.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Bauer, Joan. BACKWATER. Putnam's, 1999 (Gr 5-8)
A young girl makes a journey through the Adironcacks with an outrageous mountain guide to find the truth about a mysterious hermit aunt who broke the family mode.
Bond, Michael. PADDINGTON HELPS OUT. Houghton Mifflin, 1999 (Gr 2-4)
The adventures of a lovable bear who is chased by something so nasty that only his friend can rescue him and who gets away with sawing his neighbor's kitchen table in two and flooding the launderette.
Crist-Evans, Craig. MOON OVER TENNESSEE. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. (Gr 5-8)
A powerful poem that tells of one boy's journey into war and the horrible climax at Gettysburg.
Duffey, Betsy. ALIEN FOR RENT. Delacorte, 1999. Gr. 2-4
The creature napping in Leslie's lunch box is not from Earth! A fun beginning chapter book.
Hahn, Mary Downing. ANNA ALL YEAR ROUND. Clarion Books, Gr 4-6
Set in Baltimore just before World War One, young Anna who meets a year of changes, both good and bad.
Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas, THE GHOST IN THE TOKAIDO INN. Philomel, 1999. Gr 5-8
When a priceless ruby is stolen by a ghost, young Seikei finds himself having to display all of the courage of a Samurai.
Johnson, Scott. SAFE AT SECOND. Philomel, 19999. Gr 5-8
Todd is set to pitch for the major leagues when a line drive hits him in the face and he loses an eye. Can he find the determination to pitch again?
Lisle, Janet Taylor. THE LOST FLOWER CHILDREN. Philomel, 1999. Gr 4-6
Can an elderly woman really take care of nine-year-old Olivia and her young sister?
When Olivia finds lost children turned into flowers in the old woman's garden, she is determined to break the spell and bring them back.
Rowling, J. K. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS. Scholastic, 1999. Gr. 5-8
The second book in this successful series is about a boy wizard who meets new setbacks and horrors in his second year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatkey. THE RUNAWAYS Delacorte, 1999 Gr 4-7
A tale of three unhappy kids from very different families who join up to run away from home.
Yep, Laurence. THE AMAH. Putnam, 1999
When Amy's mother becomes an amah to a wealthy child, Amy is afraid her mother's affections are no longer on her own family.