2004-2005 Season Booklist
I Never Saw Another Butterfly and The Terezin Promise
Readings from Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Love Story
- Billingsly, Franny. Well
In a time of dire need, eleven-year-old Nuria tries to outwit the magical
wishing well in her mysterious mountain village.
- Brittain, Bill. The
Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree.
When a strange little man comes to the Coven Tree Church Social promising
he can give people exactly what they ask for, three young believers-in-magic
each make a wish that comes true in the most unexpected way.
- McGraw, Eloise. The
The child of a fairy folk mother and human father, Moql doesn't fit
into either of their worlds. First raised by the fairies, she's exchanged
for a human baby and starts life almost all over again, with a new name
and only the faintest knowledge of her origins. A 1997 Newbery Honor
- Rhee, Nami. Magic
An old man and his wife discover a fountain of youth and benefit from
its magic, but the water has a different effect on their greedy neighbor.
- Dahl, Roald. The
The Greggs are hunters who will shoot anything until an eight-year-old
girl, who can't stand hunting, uses her magic finger to change their
- Ginsburg, Mirra. Clay
Wanting a son, an old man and woman make a clay boy who comes to life
and begins eating everything in sight until he meets a clever goat.
- Marshak, Samuel. The
Month-Brothers: a Slavic tale
A retelling of the Slavic folktale in which the Month brothers' magic
helps Marushka fulfill seemingly impossible tasks which prove the undoing
of her greedy stepmother and stepsister
- Melmed, Laurar. The
When the moon gives twelve tiny babies to a childless couple, the new
parents take great care of their charges and eventually receive an unexpected
- Van Allsburg, Chris. The
The puzzling origins of the stranger Farmer Bailey hits with his truck
and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to
- Ziefert, Harriet. The
An elderly couple who long for a child build a snow child which comes
to life and makes them very happy--until the coming of spring when the
days become too warm for her to stay.
- Kushner, Tonyr and Sendak, Maurice. Brundibar
Based on a Czech opera for children that was performed 55 times by the
children of the Terezin Nazi concentration camp, this tale of two children
bullied by a bellowing hurdy-gurdy grinder is now told in this storybook.
- Laird, Christa. Shadow
of the Wall.
Living with his mother and two sisters in the Warsaw Ghetto, Misha is
befriended by the director of the orphanage, Dr. Korczak, and finds
a purpose to his life when he joins a resistance organization.
- McCann, Michelle. Luba,
the Angel of Bergen-Belsen
A biography of the Jewish heroine, Luba Tryszynska, who saved the lives of more than fifty Jewish children in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during the winter of 1944/45.
- Orlev, Uri. Island On Bird Street
During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a
ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks
of survival under constant life-threatening conditions.
- Rubin, Susan Goldman. Fireflies in the Dark
Covers the years during which Friedl Dicker, a Jewish woman from Czechoslovakia,
taught art to children at the Terezin Concentration Camp. Includes art
created by teacher and students, excerpts from diaries, and interviews
with camp survivors.
- Yolen, Jane. The
Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel
places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied
- Vande Velde, Vivian. A
During the German occupation of France in 1940, thirteen-year-old Lisette
meets a ghost while living with her aunt who harbors Jewish and Gypsy
children in the French countryside.
- Blumberg, Rhoda. Shipwrecked! : the true adventures of a Japanese boy
The true tale of a 14-year-old Japanese boy who, after being shipwrecked while fishing in 1841, was marooned for six months, rescued by an American whaling ship, educated in New England, and returned home to become an honored samurai.
- Brink, Carol Ryrie. Baby Island
Twelve-year-old Mary Wallace and her ten-year-old sister Jean survive
the wreck of an ocean liner on its way to Australia and manage to make
it to a seemingly deserted island in a lifeboat with four babies.
- Taylor, Theodore. Timothy of the Cay
Having survived being blinded and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island
with the old black man Timothy, twelve-year-old white Phillip is rescued
and hopes to regain his sight with an operation. Alternate chapters
follow the life of Timothy from his days as a young cabin boy.
Morpurgo, Michael. Kensuke's Kingdom
When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive--until he finds he is not alone
- Bat-Ami, Miriam Two Suns in the Sky
In 1944, an Upstate New York teenager named Christine meets and falls in love with Adam, a Yugoslavian Jew living in a refugee camp, despite their parents' conviction that they do not belong together.
- Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank's extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit.
- Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier
Sheltering an escaped prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a twelve-year-old girl in Arkansas.
- Orlev, Uri. Run, Boy, Run
Based on the true story of a nine-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and must survive throughout the war in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside.
- Serraillier, Ian. Escape from Warsaw
During the German occupation of Poland, three children who have been separated from their families unite to help and protect each other