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Nancy's picks for the best junior novels of Summer 2000 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2000.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Bond, Michael. Paddington Takes to TV. Houghton Mifflin, 2000
When Paddington enters a baking contest he quickly becomes the star of a children's television show. But there is a big surprise when it is time to cut the cake! Once again Padington is able to turn disaster into triumph.

Hanel, Wolfram. Rescue At Sea. Illustrated by Ulrike Heyne. North-South Books 2000 Gr 2-4
A fishing boat is threatening to break up at any moment when Paul spots a dog stranded on the wreck. It is up to Paul to try to save it. An exciting chapter book for younger readers.

Nixon, Joan Lowery. Nobody's There. Delacorte, 2000 Gr 4- 7
Abbie acts without thinking and is arrested for malicious mischief. The judge arranges for her to be part of a program that checks on senior citizens. Abby is assigned to cranky Edna Merkel who is always investigating someone she thinks is involved in senior citizen scams. When Edna is attacked and hospitalized, Abby knows she must find the assailant before the assailant finds her .

Pressler, Mirjam. Anne Frank, A Hidden Life. Dutton, 2000 Gr 6-8
Drawing on diary entries long withheld from the public and her own work editing the definitive edition of the Diary, the author shows us a more complicated girl than we have known before. An excellent companion volume to the Diary of Anne Frank.

Pullman, Philip. I Was A Rat! Knopf, 2000 Gr 4-6
Set against the backdrop of a Royal Wedding, this is the tale of a small boy alternately described as a terrifying monster, a fairground freak and a budding thief. The tale weaves humor and adventure in a near fairy tale setting.

Rubalcaba, Jill. The Wadjet Eye. Clarion Books, 2000
An exciting adventure story set in ancient Egypt. Damon must make his way from peaceful Alexandria to the war-torn battlefields of Spain to tell his father of his mother's death. Protected by the Wadjet Eye, a gift from Cleopatra, Damon faces one challenge after another.

Tamar, Erika. The Midnight Train Home. Knopf, 2000 Gr 4- 7
Deirdre, Jimmy and Sean are aboard the orphan train, taking children from the streets of New York City to be adopted by rural families. Deirdre soon discovers that the minister and his wife who adopted her have other motives for their generosity. She runs away taking a midnight train and joining a vaudeville troupe but never giving up her search for her brothers.

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary. Knopf, 2000. Gr 4-6
Moustache Mary has been dead for more than a hundred years but her spirit looms large influencing marriages, murders, fortunes lost and found and the weekend plans of Sammy Keyes.