2003-2004 Season Booklist
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
A Wrinkle in Time
- Hobbs, Will. The Maze.
Rick, a fourteen-year-old foster child, escapes from a juvenile detention facility near Las Vegas and
travels to Canyonlands National Park in Utah where he meets a bird biologist working on a project to
reintroduce condors to the wild.
- Holt, Kimberly Willis. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal
meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.
- Konigsburg, E.L. Silent to the Bone.
When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell
loses his power of speech and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth
about what really happened.
- Myers, Walter Dean. Monster.
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences
in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the
course his life has taken.
- Nelson, Theresa. The Empress of Elsewhere.
When he and his younger sister agree to help their wealthy, elderly neighbor care for the
capuchin monkey that keeps getting away from her, Jimmy also helps the woman's troublesome
granddaughter deal with secrets from her family's past.
- Woodson, Jacqueline. Miracle's Boys.
Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after
Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.
- Jane, Pamela. Noelle of the Nutcracker.
Two little girls want the same dancing ballerina doll for Christmas, and their rivalry seeps
into the class play rehearsals.
- McKenna, Colleen O’Shaunessy. Merry Christmas, Miss McConnell.
A fifth grade girl with a tough new teacher and problems at home expects a terrible Christmas,
only to have it turn out to be one of the best. Set in Pittsburgh.
- Robinson, Barbara. The (Worst) Best School Year Ever.
In this sequel to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,
the six horrible Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, cause mayhem throughout
the school year.
- Schulz, Charles M. A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Surrounded by other kids with extremely commercial ideas about Christmas, Charlie Brown struggles
to understand the true spirit of the holiday.
- Tolan, Stephanie. Surviving the Applewhites.
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric
Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never
knew he had.
- Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden.
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children,
Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another
"third" convinces him that the government is wrong. Luke's quest for survival continues in
Among the Impostors.
- L'Engle, Madeleine. A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
The youngest of the Murry children must travel through time and space in a battle against an evil
dictator who would destroy the entire universe. Sequels in this series about the Murry family
are A Wind in the Door
and Many Waters.
- Lowry, Lois. The Giver.
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories
shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society
in which he lives.
- Lowry, Lois. Gathering Blue.
Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in
the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the
bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.
- Pierce, Tamora. Alanna: The First Adventure.
Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself
as a boy to become a royal page, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.
Other titles in the Song of the Lioness Series are
In the Hand of the Goddess,
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man,
and Lioness Rampant.
- Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass.
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped
children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
The other titles in the His Dark Materials Series are
The Subtle Knife and
The Amber Spyglass.