||Nancy's picks for the best junior novels
of fall 1999 and ideas for using
them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 1999.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Bauer, Joan. BACKWATER. Putnam's, 1999 (Gr 5-8)
- A young girl makes a
journey through the Adironcacks with an
outrageous mountain guide to find the
truth about a mysterious hermit aunt who
broke the family mode.
- Bond, Michael. PADDINGTON
HELPS OUT. Houghton Mifflin, 1999 (Gr
- The adventures of a
lovable bear who is chased by something
so nasty that only his friend can rescue
him and who gets away with sawing his
neighbor's kitchen table in two and
flooding the launderette.
- Crist-Evans, Craig. MOON
OVER TENNESSEE. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. (Gr
- A powerful poem that tells
of one boy's journey into war and the
horrible climax at Gettysburg.
- Duffey, Betsy. ALIEN
FOR RENT. Delacorte, 1999. Gr. 2-4
- The creature napping in
Leslie's lunch box is not from Earth! A
fun beginning chapter book.
- Hahn, Mary Downing. ANNA
ALL YEAR ROUND. Clarion Books, Gr 4-6
- Set in Baltimore just
before World War One, young Anna who
meets a year of changes, both good and
- Hoobler, Dorothy and
Thomas, THE GHOST IN THE
TOKAIDO INN. Philomel, 1999. Gr 5-8
- When a priceless ruby is
stolen by a ghost, young Seikei finds
himself having to display all of the
courage of a Samurai.
- Johnson, Scott. SAFE
AT SECOND. Philomel, 19999. Gr 5-8
- Todd is set to pitch for
the major leagues when a line drive hits
him in the face and he loses an eye. Can
he find the determination to pitch again?
- Lisle, Janet Taylor. THE
LOST FLOWER CHILDREN. Philomel, 1999. Gr 4-6
- Can an elderly woman
really take care of nine-year-old Olivia
and her young sister?
- When Olivia finds lost
children turned into flowers in the old
woman's garden, she is determined to
break the spell and bring them back.
- Rowling, J. K. HARRY
POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS. Scholastic, 1999. Gr. 5-8
- The second book in this
successful series is about a boy wizard
who meets new setbacks and horrors in his
second year at Hogwarts School for
Witchcraft and Wizardry.
- Snyder, Zilpha Keatkey. THE
RUNAWAYS Delacorte, 1999 Gr 4-7
- A tale of three unhappy
kids from very different families who
join up to run away from home.
- Yep, Laurence. THE
- When Amy's mother becomes
an amah to a wealthy child, Amy is afraid
her mother's affections are no longer on
her own family.