2007 Resources

Red Kayak

2007RedRed Kayak (6-8)
 by Priscilla Cummings 
 Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of the Penguin Group, 2004

Living near the water on Maryland's Eastern Shore, thirteen-year-old Brady and his best friends J.T. and Digger become entangled in a tragedy which tests their friendship and their ideas about right and wrong.

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine

2007SecretsSecrets of a Civil War Submarine (6-8)
 by Sally M. Walker 
 Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 2005

An account of the history, exhumation, recovery, and conservation of the submarine, Hunley, with maps, primary sources, and photos; includes reconstructions by a forensic artist of the entire crew based upon the skulls recovered from the vessel.

Thin Wood Walls

2007ThinThin Wood Walls (5-8)
 by David Patneaude
 Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004

As Japanese Americans Joe Hanada and his family encounter prejudice when Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. Eventually, they are torn away from their home and sent to interment camps. Joe’s older brother joins the United States Army hoping to prove their loyalty, but that doesn’t reduce the prejudice and the family’s hardship.

Chasing Vermeer

2007ChasingChasing Vermeer (5-7)
 by Blue Balliett 
 Scholastic Press, 2004

When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

Becoming Naomi Léon

2007BecomingBecoming Naomi Léon (4-7)
 by Pam Muñoz Ryan 
 Scholastic Press, 2004

When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

2007LastLast Shot: A Final Four Mystery (6-8)
 by John Feinstein
 Alfred A. Knopf, in imprint of Random House, 2005

After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

Locomotion

2007LocomotionLocomotion (4-8)
 by Jaqueline Woodson 
 G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003

Having lost his parents in a fire and been placed in a foster home away from his little sister, Lili, Lonnie is forced to adjust to new surroundings while coping with his loss on his own. With the encouragement and help of a special teacher, he discovers his poetic voice to express his feelings and make sense of it all.

Hana's Suitcase

2007HanaHana's Suitcase (4-8)
 by Karen Levine 
 Albert Whitman & Company, 2002

An artifact sent to a Japanese Holocaust Museum sets the curator on an adventure to research the life of the original owner Hana. Chapters alternate between the curator’s pursuit of the suitcase’s history and the biography of its owner, a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust.

Ida B: and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World

2007IdaIda B: and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World (4-8)
 by Katherine Hannigan 
 Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2004

Fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.

The Sea of Trolls

2007TheSeaThe Sea of Trolls (6-8)
 by Nancy Farmer 
 Atheneum Books for Young Readers, A Richard Jackson Book, 2004

In 793 A.D., Jack, a bard's apprentice, and Lucy, his little sister, are kidnapped by Vikings, and become the property of Olaf One-Brow and his companion, Thorgil. When Jack accidentally casts a spell on the half-troll Queen Frith, he must face a dangerous quest for a remedy if he is to save his sister from being sacrificed.

Peter and the Starcatchers

2007PeterPeter and the Starcatchers (5-8)
 by David Berry and Ridley Pearson 
 Hyperion Books for Children, 2004

Peter, an orphan, and his friend Molly fight off thieves and pirates in order to keep the secret safe away from the diabolical Black Stache and his evil associate Mister Grin.

Heartbeat

2007HeatbeatHeartbeat (4-7)
 by Sharon Creech 
 Joanna Cotler Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2004

Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.

The Star of Kazan

2007TheStarThe Star of Kazan (5-8)
 by Eva Ibbotson 
 Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of the Penguin Group, 2004

After twelve-year-old Annika, a foundling living in late nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry, a woman claiming to be her aristocratic mother arrives and takes her to live in a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.

Once Upon a Marigold

2007OnceOnce Upon a Marigold (5-8)
 by Jean Ferris 
 Harcourt, Inc, 2002

A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.

Hachiko Waits

2007HachikoHachiko Waits (4-6)
 by Lesléa Newman 
 Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2004

Professor Ueno's loyal Akita, Hachiko, waits for him at the train station every afternoon, and even after the professor unexpectedly dies while at work, Hachiko faithfully continues to await his return until the day the dog dies. Based on a true story.

Airborn

2007AirbornAirborn (6-8)
 by Kenneth Oppel
 Eos, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2004

One night, Matt, a young airship cabin boy meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies and living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface. After Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter, Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling aboard the airship Aurora, he realizes that the man's ravings may have been true.

 

Shackleton's Stowaway

2007ShackShackleton's Stowaway (5-8)
 by Victoria McKernan
 Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House, 2005

A fictionalized account of eighteen-year-old Perce Blackborow, who stowed away for the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition. During the nearly two year journey across the sea, the ship Endurance was trapped and ultimately crushed by ice. A true story of hardship and incredible survival.

Each Little Bird That Sings

2007eachEach Little Bird That Sings (4-6)
 by Deborah Wiles 
 Scholastic Press, 2004

Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto.

So B. It: A Novel

2007SoSo B. It: A Novel (6-8)
 by Sarah Weeks
 Laura Geringer Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2004

After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.

Gregor the Overlander

2007GregorGregor the Overlander (4-8)
 by Suzanne Collins 
 Scholastic Press, 2003

When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.