||Nancy's picks for the best junior novels
of Spring 1999 and ideas for using
them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 1999.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Aiken, Joan. Dangerous
1999 Gr 4-8
- In this adventure Dido
Twite encounters deadly snakes, 30 ft.
crocodiles and sting monkeys as she
searches the globe for a nobleman who is
needed by the ailing king in London.A
- Clark, Clara. Willie
and the Rattlesnake King. Boyds Mill Press, 1999 Gr 4-6
- Willie joins a medicine
show, fascinated by the starring act, a
man who can handle rattlers. But Willie
discovers that he has run from one trap
- DeFelice, Cynthia. Nowhere
To Call Home. Farrar, 1999 (Gr 5-7)
- Twelve-year-old Frances, a
penniless orphan, decides to become a
hobo rather than being sent to live with
an aunt in Chicago. She meets Stewpot,
who shows her the ropes but finds that
being 'free' extracts a price.
- Dickinson, Peter. The Kin:
Putnam's 1999. (Gr 5-7)
- 200,000 years ago The Kin
are following a dying river struggling to
reach a new land where they will have
enough food and water. Young Po sets out
alone to find a way across and discovers
that the marsh hold dangerous secrets
that can mean life or death to the boy.
- Griffith, Helen. Cougar. Greenwillow, 1999. (Gr 5-7)
- It takes the ghost of a
horse named Cougar and a mysterious
bibyble with a mind of its own to free
young Nickel from a violent past.
- Propp, Vera. When the
Soldiers Were Gone. Putnam, 1999
- Henk has been hidden from
the Nazis throughout the war. When his
real parents arrive to claim him, he does
not know them and clings to the family
who cared for him.
- Russell, Ching Yeung. Child
Boyds Mills, 1999. ( Gr 5-8)
- Eleven-year-old Ying goes
on what she believes is a visit to her
ill grandmother only to discover that a
marriage has been arranged for her. She
rebels against a fate she has not chosen.
- Sachar, Lewis. Holes. Farrar, 1998 Gr 5-8
- Stanley is sent to a
detention camp for a crime he did not
commit. The boys in the camp must dig a
5x5 foot hole every day. The warden says
it is to build character but Stanley
suspects there is another reason.