2006 - 2007 Winter Junior Novels

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Nancy's picks for the best junior novels of Winter 2006 - 2007. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2006.

Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Bruchac, Joseph. GERONIMO: A NOVEL. Scholastic, 2006. Gr 5-9
More fact than fiction, Geronimo, the great warrior recounts his life to his grandson.

Coombs, Kate. THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS. Farrar, 2006. Gr 5-7
The king offers his daughter’s hand to the one who can rid the kingdom of dragons, witches and bandits but the princess has other ideas.

DeFelice, Cynthia. BRINGING EZRA BACK. Farrar, 2006. Gr 5-7
12 year old Nathan sets out in 1840 to rescue his friend Ezra, the man with no tongue, who helped Nathan’s family survive a terrible encounter with a renegade named Weasel. Exciting reading!

Ferris, Jean. MUCH ADO ABOUT GRUBSTAKE. Harcourt, 2006. Gr 4-6
When a city slicker starts flashing cash in a run down mining town sixteen year old Arley is suspicious, and rightly so. She sets off to “dig up” the truth.

Fine, Anne. FROZEN BILLY. Farrar, 2006. Gr 3-6
Suppose a wooden stage dummy came to life with the power to destroy those around it?

Giff, Patricia Reilly. WATER STREET. Wendy Lamb Books, 2006. Gr 4-8
In 1875 in Brooklyn, Bird wants to be a healer like her mother. Then a new boy with a secret moves into the upstairs apartment and becomes Bird’s best friend.

Gilson, Jamie. GOTCHA! Illustrated by Amy Wummer. Clarion, 2006. Gr 2-4
Richard is constantly zapped, powed and bonked by Patrick, the pest, until he decides to get even. But events intervene.

Harley, Bill. THE AMAZING FLIGHT OF DARIUS FROBISHER. Peachtree, 2006. Gr 5-7
Darius is sent to live with nasty Aunt Inga when his father disappears. A local bully makes life worse until Darius finds and repairs an old bicycle and sets off on an adventure of his own.

Harvey, Gill. ORPHAN OF THE SUN. Bloomsbury, 2006. Gr 5-8
A tale of enchantment and intrigue in ancient Egypt. An excellent choice to bring history alive!

Helgerson, Joseph. HORNS AND WRINKLES. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Gr 5-7
A truly original tale of the Mississippi River under a spell and a young girl whose cousin takes a swim and sprouts a horn. How can she break the spell?

Holm, Jennifer L. PENNY FROM HEAVEN. Random House, 2006. Gr 5-8
In some families everything goes wrong at the same time, especially when both sides of the family aren’t speaking to each other. Eleven year old Penny’s dreams of a perfect summer don’t turn out quite the way she expected.

Hopkinson, Deborah. INTO THE FIRESTORM. Knopf, 2006. Gr 4-8
Homeless Nick must make a choice. When the 1906 San Francisco earthquake strikes should he escape to safety or, at deadly risk to himself, or help others?

Joose, Barbara. DEAD GUYS TALK. Illustrated by Abby Carter. Clarion, 2006. Gr 2-4
A map, a note and a cemetery lead the Scarface Detectives off on another adventure.

Kuyper, Sjoerd. THE SWAN’S CHILD. Holiday House, 2006. Gr 3-6
A swan sails into animal town with a baby girl on its back. Sanders, the pig, names her Josie and brings her up with love and care.

Lowry, Lois. GOSSAMER. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Gr 7-9
In a haunting story, part reality and part imagination, a lonely woman and a damaged, angry boy discover what they can be to each other.

Mackall, Dandi Daley. LARGER THAN LIFE LARA. Dutton, 2006. Gr 4-6
Lara is confident, happy and positive and very, very fat but as the new girl in school she transforms the entire class.

Morpugo, Michael. THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS. Scholastic, 2006. GR 4-7
World War II preparations for D-Day, a young girl and a missing cat make for an exciting tale.

Patterson, Nancy. THE WINNER’S WALK. Farrar, 2006. Gr 2-4
Case thinks he has no talent until he meets up with a stray dog and discovers his talent as an animal trainer.

Platt, Chris. MOON SHADOW. Peachtree, 2006. Gr 5-7
Callie dreams of having a horse of her own as she watches the wild herds in the Nevada desert. When her favorite mare dies giving birth, Callie works to save the colt, but will it ever be really hers?

Shimko, Bonnie. KAT’S PROMISE. Harcourt, 2006. Gr 5-8
12 year old Kat must live with cruel aunt Paulina- the person Kat believes caused her mother’s death. Wealthy Paulina’s family home is filled with secrets and mysteries.

Smith, Alexander. AKIMBO AND THE CROCODILE MAN. Bloomsbury, 2006. Gr 2-4.
Akimbo joins a visiting crocodile expert on a research outing in Africa. The man is attacked by a crocodile and Akimbo must cross a crocodile- infested river to get help.

Weatherill, Car. BARKBELLY. Knopf, 2006. Gr 5-8
A Middle Earth tale of honest peasants, skillful circus performers, ruthless factory owners, dashing pirates and a lively wooden hero.

Wulf, Linda. THE NIGHT OF THE BURNING. Farrar, 2006. Gr 5-8
Devorah must flee from raiders in her post war Polish village and begins a long journey to South Africa with 200 other orphans. A touching story of courage and hardship.

Wooderson, Philip. THE PLAGUE. Kingfisher Books, 2006.
The London plague of 1665 is experienced by two children with very different viewpoints.

Woods, Brenda. MY NAME IS SALLY LITTLE SONG. Putnam, 2006 Gr 5-8
When they hear their family is to be torn apart, some sent to other plantations, Sally’s family escapes to find refuge in an Indian village. But are they really safe from the slave hunters?