||Nancy's picks for the best junior novels
of winter 1999-2000 and ideas for
using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette ©
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Crossley-Holland, Kevin. THE
WORLD OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS COURT. Illustrated by Peter Malone.
- Did King Arthur and his
kingdom actually exist? This mixture of
legend, anecdote, fact and speculation
frames the answers to such questions.
- Curtis, Christopher Paul. BUD, NOT
Delacorte Press, 1999.
- In 1936 ten-year-old Bud
is a homeless boy on the run and
determined to find his father. His only
clue to his father's identity is a flyer
his mother had left of Herman E. Calloway
and his famous band. Here is a laugh
aloud book that "hits the high notes
of jazz and sounds the deeper notes of
the Great Depression".
- Pinkney, Andrea Davis. SILENT
THUNDER, A CIVIL WAR STORY. Hyperion, 1999.
- In 1862 Rosco and Summer
are slaves on the Parnell Plantation. He
longs to fight for freedom. She longs to
learn to read, both impossible dreams.
When tragedy strikes the Parnell family,
Rosco and summer have difficult and
painful choices to make. These decisions
portray the triumph of the spirit in the
most inhumane circumstances.
- Danziger, Paula. I, AMBER
- Amber loves the holidays
but doesn't like the shared custody
arrangement her parents have. She feels
like half of her belongs to her mom and
half to her dad. Her dad doesn't know
that mom has said she can't get her ears
pierced. Then Amber makes a decision.
Something has to belong to her, so why
shouldn't it be her ears.
- George, Jean Craighead. FRIGHTFUL'S
- When Sam Gribley learns it
is illegal to harbor an endangered bird
of prey, he very reluctantly lets
Frightful, his trained falcon, fly free.
But Frightful has never learned the ways
of the wild and longs for her home with
Sam. Can she survive the many dangers
that await her in the wild?
- Rowland, J. K. HARRY
POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN. Scholastic, 1999
- Come with Harry to
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and
Wizardry where evil forces are afoot.Can
Harry save the school even though he is
not yet a full fledged wizard? Here is
imagination at its best, sure to
stimulate the imagination of every
- Strickland, Brad. THE
WRATH OF THE GRINNING GHOST. Dial, 1999.
- Doctors can find no
earthly reason why Johnny's father lies
unconscious. Could it be that Johnny's
own tangles with an unearthly creature
have caused his father to be its latest
victim? Can Johnny rescue his father? Or
will they all die, leaving the earth in
peril from the demon's rage?
- Wise, William. NELL OF
BRANFORD HALL. Dial, 1999
- "I must tell the
story of the Great London Plague while I
still have the chance...how the Circle of
Death was later drawn around our own
village and the extraordinary things the
villagers did in those desperate
times." Meet Nell Bullen, a country
squire's daughter, and live with her a
fascinating time of history and horror.
- Woodruff, Elvira. THE
GHOST OF LIZARD LIGHT. Knopf, 1999.
- At midnight, Lizard Light
cottage reveals an unearthly surprise: a
ghost boy has been wandering its halls
for more than a century. To young Jack's
horror, the ghost materializes at the
foot of his bed and announces,
"You're exactly the kind of boy I