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Prime Stage Theatre
Booklist for 2005 - 2006 Season

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Gatherings in Graveyards

Hurston, Zora Neale. The Skull Talks Back and other Haunting Tales.
Adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas; illustrated by Leonard Jenkins.
These six renderings of spooky tales in the African-American oral tradition, were gathered in rural Florida and Alabama by novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Featured are "The Haunted House" and a story about a man's whose animals talk back to him.

Low, Alice. Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night.
Illustrated by Gahan Wilson.
A collection of more than fifteen traditional and original scary stories, including "Taily-po" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

McKissack, Patricia C. The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural.
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
A compilation of ghost stories with African American themes, designed to be told during the Dark Thirty--the half hour before sunset--when ghosts seem all too believable.

Olson, Arielle North, & Howard Schwartz. Ask the Bones: Scary stories from around the world.
Illustrated by David Linn.
An international anthology of scary folktales from around the world including China, Russia, Spain, and the United States.

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories.
Illustrated by James Prunier.
Seven of Poe's classics, these terrifying short works are accompanied with illustrations, archival pictures and photos, along with various historical and social facts relevant to each story.

Schwartz, Alvin. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Drawings by Stephen Gammell.
Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories collected from folklore.

The Little Princess

Doherty, Berlie. Street Child.
A novel based on the life of Jim Jarvis, a young orphan who escapes the workhouse in London in the 1860s and survives brutal treatment and desperate circumstances until he is taken by Dr. Barnardo, founder of a school for the city's "ragged" children.

Pullman, Philip. Spring-Heeled Jack.
Illustrated by David Mostyn.
Three children make their escape from a London orphanage and after a series of misadventures are reunited with their father through the efforts of the legendary Spring-Heeled Jack.

Great Expectations

Avi. Crispin: The Cross of Lead.
An orphaned 13 year old peasant boy, known as "Asta's son," escapes danger at every turn, makes friends with a juggler known as Bear, learns the truth about his mother and father, and that he can be the master of his life. This is a highly descriptive and engaging book about life in 14th century England.

Bunting, Eve. Train to Somewhere.
Illustrations by Ronald Himler
From 1854 until 1929, over 100,000 orphaned New York City children were sent by train to the rural Midwest to be placed with new families. This story set in 1874 is about one such trip, told through the voice of Marianne, the oldest child on the "orphan train."

Woodson, Jacqueline. Miracle's Boys.
The lives of Ty'ree, Lafayette and Charlie change upon the death of their mother and Charlie's coming home from a juvenile detention center. How the three brothers stay together as a family, in the face of poverty, their grief and the hard edged reality of city life are all part of this story.

The Giver

DuPrau, Jeanne. City of Ember
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden.
A government decree allows each family only two children. For Luke, a third child, this has meant a lifetime of hiding. But could a stray glimpse of a child hiding in the house across the way lead to freedom?

Lowery, 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.

Philbrick, Rodman. The Last Book in the Universe.
After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Love Story

Bat-Ami, Miriam. Two Suns in the Sky.
In 1944, a New York teenager named Christine 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 timeless classic.

Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier.
A twelve-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas shelters an escaped German prisoner of war, and has some surprising and life changing experiences.

Orlev, Uri. Run, Boy, Run.
This book is based upon the true story of a nine-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto, and survives throughout World War II in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside.

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