||Nancy's picks for the best junior novels
of November and December 1998 and
ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy
Polette © 1998.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Bawden, Nina. OFF
THE ROAD. Clarion Books, 1998. (Gr5-8)
- In a future society Tom
learns that life 'outside the wall' is
dangerous but allows freedoms he has not
known. Has the wall been meant to keep
outsiders out..as he has always been
told...or to keep insiders in?
- Coleman, Michael. WEIRDO'S
Orchard, 1998. (Gr 5-8)
- Two boys, one labeled a
weirdo by classmates, are trapped in an
- Danziger, Paula. AMBER
BROWN IS FEELING BLUE. Putnam's, 1998.
- Between having to choose
which parent to spend the holidays with
and problems with the new girl at school,
Amber Brown is feeling more than blue!
- LaFaye, A. EDITH
Viking, 1998.(Gr 6-8)
- In 1860 a young girl
leaves the the woods where she grew up to
make her way in the big city
- .Lester, Alison. THE
QUICKSAND PONY. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
- Biddy must leave her pony
trapped in the quicksand, but the next
day she finds footprints in the sand and
the paw marks of a dog. Who has rescued
the pony? Who could be so small and alone
on this remote beach?
- Menick, Stephen, THE
MUFFIN CHILD, Philomel 1998. (Gr 6-8)
- A young Bosnian girl must
run the farm alone when her parents are
killed and faces many obstacles including
gypsies who camp out in her fields.
- Mikaelsen, Ben. PETEY. Hyperion, 1998 (Gr 6-8)
- Petey, a baby boy with
cerebral palsy, was diagnosed as an idiot
and sent to live in a mental institution.
In 1990 Petey is an old man, mistrustful
of others until his meeting with Trevor,
a teen age boy who gives Petey another
chance in the world.
- Morpugo, Michael.
ESCAPE FROM SHANGRI-LA. Philomel, 1998. (Gr 4-6)
- When Cessie's grandfather
is sent to a home for the elderly she
helps him escape...an escape that takes
them on a dramatic nighttime trip across
the English Channel to Dunkirk.
- Prince, Maggie. THE
HOUSE ON HOUND HILL. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Gr 5-8
- Emily moves to a historic
London neighborhood and finds herself
traveling back in time with a mysterious
young man, back to a different city where
a terrible cart makes the rounds each
- Pullman, Philip. CLOCKWORK. Scholastic, 1998. (Gr 4-6)
- The tale of an apprentice
clockmaker who has missed a deadline;
Fritz, the writer, who has begun a story
he can't control; and Gretl, the
innkeeper's daughter whose courage will
need to match her kindness.
- Rupp, Rebecca. THE
DRAGON OF LONELY ISLAND. Candlewick, 1998. (Gr 4-6)
- Three children explore a
cave and discover a three-headed dragon
with a kind heart, an unpredictable
temper, and a memory that spans 20,000
- Tomlinson, Theresa. CHILD
OF THE MAY. Orchard, 1998. (Gr 4-6)
- Magda wants to leave
Sherwood Forest where she has been raised
by Marian, the Forestwife. She sets off
with Robin Hood to free two innocent
women from prison.