||Nancy's picks for the best junior novels
of the 1990s and ideas for using
them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 1998.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Avi. Beyond
the Western Sea. Orchard, 96. (Gr 5-8) Book
Two: Lord Kirkle's Money. Orchard, 97
- A brother and sister have
to decide whether to leave their
work-worn mother to travel together to
America. Debate what they should do.
- Carlsruh, Dan. The
Cannibals of Sunset Drive. Macmillan, 94. ( Gr 5-7)
- A young boy finds himself
in a place where cannibals are thought to
- Use this pattern: ______
is scary but ______________is terrifying!
- Doherty, Bertie. Street
Orchard, 94. (Gr 4-6)
- An orphan must survive in
Dickens' London. Share the first three
paragraphs of the first three chapters.
Predict after each what will happen.
- Garden, Nancy. The
Dove and the Sword. Farrar
95. (Gr 6-8 )
- The story of Joan of Arc.
Use words from the novel to describe the
- Gilson, Jamie. Wagon
Train 911. Lothrop, 96.
- Choose five members of
your wagon train team from: a doctor, a
mother with a baby, a carpenter, a man
with five cows, a tall, very strong man,
a woman with two strong oxen, a
seamstress, a preacher, a school teacher.
- Myers, Walter Dean. The
Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner. HarperCollins, 92.
- A young African-American
hero sets out for Tombstone to avenge his
Uncle Ugly's death. Brainstorm the famous
and infamous connected with Tombstone.
Write an epitaph for one you choose,
- Paterson, Katherine.
Jip: His Story. Lodestar, 96. ( Gr 5-7)
- The slavers are after Jip
and he must run, but he can't leave his
friend, the lunatic, behind, or can he?
- Pfeffer, Susan. Justice
for Emily. Delacorte, 97. (Gr 5-7)
- Predict what will happen
when Emily, an orphan living on the
charity of the townspeople, accuses two
daughters of the town's richest families
of the death of her friend.
- Richler, Mordecai. Jacob
Two-Two's First Spy Case. Farrar, 97. ( Gr 3-5)
- When Mr. I. M. Greedyguts
takes over the headmaster's job at his
school and hires Loathsome Leo Louse to
prepare disgustingly dreadful school
lunches that must be eaten down to the
last crumb, Jacob Two-Two knows he needs
help.Complete the resume' for the new
headmaster than check with the real
qualifications on page 16.
- Mr. Greedyguts is the
author of____________. During his _____
years he was a _______ in the ________
and following that, he was a _______
__________. Leo Loathsome's mother has a
museum in her home that contains the whip
used to beat Black Beauty, the gun used
to shoot Bambi and the apple Snow White
ate. What else do you think might be in
- Robinson, Brbara. The
Best School Year Ever. HarperCollins, 96. (Gr 4-6)
- The Herdmans are back and
up to more tricks! Guess what they steal
- Ribalcaba, Jill. A
Place in the Sun. Clarion, 97. (Gr 5-7)
- Introduce with questions
about cobras. How long is a typical
cobra? How many inches around?How man
feet can a cobra spit its venom? How long
is a King Cobra? Can a cobra be charmed
- Spurr, Elizabeth. Mama's
Birthday Surprise. Hyperion, 96. (Gr 3-4)
- A Hispanic mother is not
believed when she tells of her childhood
until a visit to a museum. Debate: Is it
wrong to pretend that a benefactor for
your family exists when he really
- Stanley, Diane. Elena. Hyperion, 96. (Gr .4-6)
- A brave mother saves her
children during the Mexican Revolution.
- Complete the sentence:
- Wallace, Barbara. Twin
in the Tavern. Atheneum, 96. (Gr 4-6)
- Taddy seeks his twin in a
hostile Alexandria, VA..
Read the first paragraph leaving out
important words. Can the students tell
what words are missing?
'________, sharp and cruel howled down
the ________ and attacked the small
_______, rattling shutters and hurling
sheets of freezing _______ and _______
against the windows. Alone inside, Taddy
_______ behind the old pine rock ing
_________ cramped and __________ from
having been there the better part of the
_________. He curled his arms around his
_________ and tried to huddle more deeply
into the worn gray ______ wrapped around