1998 Nov/Dec Junior Novels

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Nancy's picks for the best junior novels of November and December 1998 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 1998.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Bawden, Nina. OFF THE ROAD. Clarion Books, 1998. (Gr5-8)
In a future society Tom learns that life 'outside the wall' is dangerous but allows freedoms he has not known. Has the wall been meant to keep outsiders out..as he has always been told...or to keep insiders in?
 
Coleman, Michael. WEIRDO'S WAR. Orchard, 1998. (Gr 5-8)
Two boys, one labeled a weirdo by classmates, are trapped in an underground cavern.
 
Danziger, Paula. AMBER BROWN IS FEELING BLUE. Putnam's, 1998.
Between having to choose which parent to spend the holidays with and problems with the new girl at school, Amber Brown is feeling more than blue!
 
LaFaye, A. EDITH SHAY. Viking, 1998.(Gr 6-8)
In 1860 a young girl leaves the the woods where she grew up to make her way in the big city
 
.Lester, Alison. THE QUICKSAND PONY. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
Biddy must leave her pony trapped in the quicksand, but the next day she finds footprints in the sand and the paw marks of a dog. Who has rescued the pony? Who could be so small and alone on this remote beach?
 
Menick, Stephen, THE MUFFIN CHILD, Philomel 1998. (Gr 6-8)
A young Bosnian girl must run the farm alone when her parents are killed and faces many obstacles including gypsies who camp out in her fields.
 
Mikaelsen, Ben. PETEY. Hyperion, 1998 (Gr 6-8)
Petey, a baby boy with cerebral palsy, was diagnosed as an idiot and sent to live in a mental institution. In 1990 Petey is an old man, mistrustful of others until his meeting with Trevor, a teen age boy who gives Petey another chance in the world.
 
Morpugo, Michael. ESCAPE FROM SHANGRI-LA. Philomel, 1998. (Gr 4-6)
When Cessie's grandfather is sent to a home for the elderly she helps him escape...an escape that takes them on a dramatic nighttime trip across the English Channel to Dunkirk.
 
Prince, Maggie. THE HOUSE ON HOUND HILL. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Gr 5-8
Emily moves to a historic London neighborhood and finds herself traveling back in time with a mysterious young man, back to a different city where a terrible cart makes the rounds each night.
 
Pullman, Philip. CLOCKWORK. Scholastic, 1998. (Gr 4-6)
The tale of an apprentice clockmaker who has missed a deadline; Fritz, the writer, who has begun a story he can't control; and Gretl, the innkeeper's daughter whose courage will need to match her kindness.
 
Rupp, Rebecca. THE DRAGON OF LONELY ISLAND. Candlewick, 1998. (Gr 4-6)
Three children explore a cave and discover a three-headed dragon with a kind heart, an unpredictable temper, and a memory that spans 20,000 years.
 
Tomlinson, Theresa. CHILD OF THE MAY. Orchard, 1998. (Gr 4-6)
Magda wants to leave Sherwood Forest where she has been raised by Marian, the Forestwife. She sets off with Robin Hood to free two innocent women from prison.