American (Grades 4-7)
†††††††††††††††††††† The following titles are found in the J Fiction area.
Armstrong, J STEAL AWAY (1992)† In 1855, two 13 yr. old
girls, one White and one Black, run away from a southern farm and make the
difficult journey north to freedom.†
Beatty, P††††††††† EIGHT MULES FROM MONTEREY (1982)† Fayette joins her widowed mother on a mule
trip in the
Brink, C†††††††††† CADDIE WOODLAWN (1962)† The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy
growing up on the
Burch, R†††††††††† IDA EARLY COMES OVER THE MOUNTAIN
(1980) Tough times in rural
DeFelice, C††††† NOWHERE TO CALL HOME (1999) Frances is
jolted from a sheltered life by the suicide of her father during Depression-era
Duffy, J††††††††††† RADICAL RED (1993) The life of an Irish girl
Enright, E†††††††† THE SATURDAYS (1941)† Four children decide to combine their allowance to allow one child to do something extra special each Saturday.†
Erdrich, L†††††††† THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE (1999) Omakayas, a seven-year-old Ojibwe girl lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.
Fisher, L†††††††††† JETTY CHRONICLES (1997)† A boy describes growing up in the 1930s in a
Fitzgerald, J††††† THE GREAT BRAIN (1967)† A young boy in turn-of-the-century
Gregory, K†††††† ORPHAN RUNAWAYS (1998)† Danny and his younger brother run away from
Jones, S†††††††††† FRANKIE (1997)† Luke faces unrest in his
Karr, K††††††††††† GREAT TURKEY WALK (1998)† In 1860, a simple-minded boy attempts to
herd 1,000 turkeys from
Marvin, I††††††††† SHIPWRECKED ON PADRE ISLAND (1993)† A 13-year-old survivor of a 1554 shipwreck loses a treasured gold bracelet which links her to present-day visitors of the island.†††††††
Paterson, K††††† JIP:†
HIS STORY (1996)† While living on
Pearsall, S††††††† CROOKED RIVER (2005) When Rebeccaís father brings
a Native American accused of murder into their 1812
Pfitsch, P††††††††† KEEPER OF THE LIGHT (1997)† Faith takes over as a lighthouse keeper after her fatherís death..
Rabe, B††††††††††† GIRL WHO HAD NO NAME (1977)† After her motherís death, a girl travels from sister to sister in search of a home, and discovers many things about herself.
Ritter, J††††††††††† CHOOSING UP SIDES (1998)† In 1921, Luke is torn between accepting his left-handedness or conforming to the belief of his preacher father that it is a sign of evil which must be overcome.††††
Robinet, H††††††† FORTY ACRES AND MAYBE A MULE (1998)† A 12-year-old former slave with a withered arm and leg, joins others in a search for a farm and the freedom it promises.†††††††
Speare, E†††††††† SIGN OF THE BEAVER (1983)† A boy struggles to survive alone in his familyís wilderness home until local Indians teach him their skills.††††††††
Speare, E†††††††† WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND (1958)† In 1687, an lonely young girl befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and finds herself on trial for witchcraft.
Smith, R†††††††††† THE CAPTAINíS DOG (1999) Captain Lewis's dog Seaman describes his experiences as he accompanies his master on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore the u western wilderness.
Tal, E†††††††††††††† DOUBLE CROSSING (2005) In 1905, as life becomes
increasingly difficult for Jews in
Taylor, M†††††††† ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY (1976)† A black family living in the 1930ís are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children donít understand.††††††††
VanLeeuwen, J BOUND FOR OREGON (1994)† Nine-year-old Mary Ellen and her family
travel westward from
Wilkes, M††††††† LITTLE HOUSE IN BROOKFIELD (1996)† The first in the series about Caroline Quiner, who would grow up to be Laura Ingalls Wilderís mother.†††
Williams, B†††††† TITANIC CROSSING (1995)† Thirteen-year-old Albert travels with his mother, uncle and sister on the ill-fated Titanic.
Wyatt, L†††††††††† POOR IS JUST A STARTING PLACE (2005) During the Great Depression Artie Wilson IS determined to escape the life on her family's farm and her life of poverty.
Yep, L†††††††††††† THE STAR FISHER (1992) Fifteen-year-old Chinese-American Joan Lee and her family find the adjustment hard when they move from Ohio to West Virginia in the 1920s.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
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