2000-2001 Winter Junior Novels

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Nancy's picks for the best junior novels of winter 2000-2001. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2001.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Aiken, Joan. THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE. Delacorte Press reissue 2000. Dr 4-6.
An old house, a cruel governess, innocent children and howling wolves make a fast paced read, a gothic for the ore teen crowd.
Arkin, Alan. CASSIE LOVES BEETHOVEN. Hyperion 2000. Gr 4-6
Cassie the cow not only speaks but she loves music and won't rest until she becomes a concert pianist.
Ayers, Katheine. SILVER DOLLAR GIRL. Delacorte, 2000 Gr 4-6
Armed with a haircut, and a big dose of courage, Valerie sets off on a journey to Colorado to find her father in 1885.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. WEAVER'S DAUGHTER. Delacorte, 2000 Gr 4-6 
A vivid picture of the hardships and simple pleasures of pioneer life in the Southwest Territory, present day Tennessee.
Cousins, Steven. FRAKENBUG. Holiday House, 2000.Gr 4-6 
Adam, who loves to collect and experiment with bugs, has to face the school bully, Jeb. To protect himself he decides to take nature into his own hands and create a monster bug: Frakenbug.
Greene, Stephanie. OWEN FOOTE, MONEY MAN. Clarion Books, 2000. Gr 4-6 
Owen wants to buy lots of great stuff from the catalog, Junk You Never Knew About, and comes up with one disastrous money-making scheme after another.
Jennings, Richard. ORWELL'S LUCK. Houghton Mifflin, 2000. Gr. 4-6 
When a boy adopts a wounded wild rabbit and names him Orwell, it soon appears that the rabbit has the power to tell the future including the final score of the Super bowl and tomorrow's wining lottery number.
Pullman, Philip. THE AMBER SPYGLASS. Knopf, 2000 Gr 7-9 
The third book in this series finds Will and Lyra in unspeakable danger. They must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. The fate of the living and the dead depends on these two children.
Ibbotson, Eva. ISLAND OF THE AUNTS. Dutton, 2000. Gr 4-6 
The aunts who are caretakers of the island, kidnap children to help them take care of the creatures, not only seals, fish and gulls, but mermaids, selkies and ghosts.
Scieszka, Jon. SEE YOU LATER, GLADIATOR. Viking, 2000 Gr 3-6 
The Time Warp Trio is transported to ancient Rome where they fake their way through gladiator school fight a match at the Coliseums and race through the golden streets.