J Section J AND Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever 1793
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
J AUC Auch, Mary Jane. Ashes of Roses
Sixteen-year-old Rose Nolan arrives on Ellis Island in 1911 in the hopes of starting a new life, but after most of her family is sent back to Ireland, she must find her own way in a new country and fend for herself and her younger sister.
J AVI Avi. The Fighting Ground
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.
J AVI Avi. Hard Gold
When his Uncle Jesse heads to the Pike's Peak region of the Rocky Mountains to look for gold, Early Wittcomb follows in hopes of raising enough money to save the family farm, but the journey west is full of hardships.
In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.
In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.
In 1777, having been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, fifteen-year-old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history.
J BOY Boyne, John. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
JUV BUR Burg, Shana. A Thousand Never Evers
As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963--and violence against African Americans intensifies the black residents, including
seventh grader Addie Ann Pickett, in thesmall town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi,
begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice.
J BYA Byars, Betsy. Keeper of the Doves
In the late 1800s in Kentucky, Amie McBee and her four sisters both fear and torment the reclusive and seemingly sinister Mr. Tominski, but their father continues to
provide for his needs.
J CAR Carbone, Elisa Lynn. Storm Warriors
In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he
hopes to join the allblack crew at thenearby lifesaving station, despite his father's
J COO Cooper, Susan. Victory
Alternating chapters follow the mysterious connection between a homesick English girl living in present day America and an eleven year old boy serving in the British Royal
Navy in 1803,aboard the H.M.S. Victory, commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson.
J COU Couloumbis, Audrey. War Games: a novel based on a true story
What were once just boys' games become matters of life and death as Petros and his olderbrother Zola each wonder if, like their resistance fighter cousin,
they too can make a difference in a Nazi-occupied Greece.
J CUL Cullen, Lynn. I am Rembrandt’s Daughter
In Amsterdam in the mid1600s, Cornelia's life as the illegitimate child of renowned
father's love, until shesees hope for a better future in the eyes of a weathy suitor.
J CUS Cushman, Karen. Alchemy and Meggy Swann
In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meetsher father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although
her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.
J CUS Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy
The thirteen-yearold daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which
she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond
the usual role of women andher efforts to avoid being married off.
J CUS Cushman, Karen. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who renames herself Lucy,
is distraughtwhen her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough
California mining town.
J DUB Duble, Kathleen Benner. The Sacrifice
Two sisters, aged ten and twelve, are accused of witchcraft in Andover,
Massachusetts, in 1692and await trial in a miserable prison while their mother
desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom.
J ERN Ernst, Kathleen. Retreat from Gettysburg
In 1863, during the tense week after the Battle of Gettysburg, a Maryland boy faces difficultchoices as he is forced to care for a wounded Confederate officer while
trying to decide if hehimself should leave his family to fight for the Union.
J FRI Friesner, Esther M. Sphinx’s Princess
Although she is a dutiful daughter, Nefertiti's dancing abilities, remarkable beauty, andintelligence garner attention near and far, so much so that her family is summoned to theEgyptian royal court, where Nefertiti becomes a pawn in the power play of her
scheming aunt, Queen Tiye.
J GLA Glatstein, Jacob. Emil and Karl
In Vienna, Austria, in 1940, two nine-year-old boys, one Jewish and
one Aryan, are classmates and best friends when events of the Nazi
occupation draw them even closer together as theyfight to survive and escape
J HES Hesse, Karen. Brooklyn Bridge: a novel
In 1903 Brooklyn, fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changes
for the worse when hisparents, Russian immigrants, invent the teddy bear and turn
their apartment into a factory, whilenearby the glitter of Coney Island contrasts with the dismal lives of children dwelling under theBrooklyn Bridge.
J HOL (Newbery Award) Holm, Jennifer L. Penny from Heaven
As she turns twelve during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself
and her family while also learning a secret about her father's death. It's 1953 and
11 year old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming,
and baseball. But nothing's that easy in Penny's family. For starters, she can't
go swimming because her mother's afraid she'llcatch polio at the pool. To make
matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny
cries every time her father's name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family
aren't speakingto each other! Inspired by Newbery Honor winner Jennifer Holm's
own Italian American family,
J HOU House, Silas. Eli the Good
In the summer of 1976, ten-year-old Eli Book's excitement over Bicentennial
celebrations istempered by his father's flashbacks to the Vietnam War and other
family problems, as well asconcern about his tough but troubled best friend, Edie.
J KAD (Newbery Award) Kadohata, Cynthia. Kira-Kira
Chronicles the close friendship between two JapaneseAmerican sisters growing up in
rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister
becomes terminally ill.
J KAD Kadohata, Cynthia. Weedflower
After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are
relocated from their flowerfarm in southern California to an internment camp on a
Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, shehelps her family and neighbors, becomes
friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on toher dream of owning a flower
J KEL (Newbery Award) Kelly, Jacqueline. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate learns about
love from the older three ofher six brothers and studies the natural world with her
grandfather which leads to an important discovery.
J KOC Kochenderfer, Lee. Victory Garden
Hoping to contribute to the war effort during World War II, eleven-year-old Teresa organizes her friends to care for an ill neighbor's victory garden.
J LAR Larson, Kirby. The Fences Between Us: Seattle, Washington, 1941
Thirteen-year-old Piper Davis records in her diary her experiences beginning in
December 1941when her brother joins the Navy, the United States goes to war, she attempts to document her life through photography, and her father the pastor for a
Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle follows his congregants to an Idaho internment
camp, taking her along with him. Includes historical notes.
J LAR (Newbery Award) Larson, Kirby. Hattie Big Sky
After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and
encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe.
Alone in the world, teenaged Hattie is drivento prove up on her uncle's homesteading
claim. For years, sixteen-year old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives.
Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa
to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana.
J LOW (Newbery Award) Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to bebrave and courageous when she helps shelter her
Jewish friend from the Nazis
J LYN Lynch, Chris. Vietnam (series)
Enlisting as a group when one of them is drafted into the Vietnam War, best friends
Morris, Rudi,Ivan, and Beck pledge their loyalty to one another before reporting to
different branches of service.
J MAH Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society
During the Japanese occupation of parts of China, twelve-year-old Ye Xian is thrown out of herfather's and stepmother's home, joins a martial arts
group, and tries to help her aunt and theAmericans in their struggle against the Japanese invaders. Includes historical notes.
J PBK PAU Paulsen, Gary. The Winter Room
A young boy growing up on a northern Minnesota farm describes the scenes around him and recounts his old Norwegian uncle's tales of an almost mythological logging past.
A young boy growing up on a northern Minnesota farm describes the scenes around him andrecounts his old Norwegian uncle's tales of an almost mythological logging past
J PHI Philbrick, W. R. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Twelve-yearold Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary
adventures after runningaway from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.
J SCH Schwabach, Karen. The Hope Chest
When eleven-yearold Violet runs away from home in 1918 and
takes the train to New York Cityto find her older sister who is a suffragist, she falls in with people her parents would call "thewrong sort," and ends up in Nashville, Tennessee, where "Suffs" and "Antis" are gathered, awaiting the crucial vote on the
J WOO Woodruff, Elvira. The Ravenmaster’s Secret
The eleven-year-old son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London
befriends a Jacobite rebel being held prisoner there.
YA AN An, Na. A Step from Heaven
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.
YA pbk BRU Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo marines of WorldWar TwoAfter being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to
become code talkers, sending messages in their native tongue during World War II.
YA DOG Dogar, Sharon. Annexed
The story of the boy who loved Anne Frank.
YA FRO Frost, Helen. Crossing Stones
In their own voices, four young people, Muriel, Frank, Emma, and Ollie, tell of their
experiences during the first World War, as the boys enlist and are sent overseas,
Emma finishes school, and Muriel fights for peace and women's suffrage.
YA GAR Gardner, Sally. The Red Necklace: a story of the French revolution
In the late eighteenth-century, Sido, the twelve-year-old daughter of a self-indulgent marquis, andYann, a fourteen-yearold Gypsy orphan raised to perform in a
magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution.
YA GRE Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier
YA PBK GRESheltering an escaped prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a twelve-year-old girl in Arkansas.
YA HES Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat
farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
YA HOF Hoffman, Alice. Incantation
During the Spanish Inquisition, sixteen-year-old Estrella, brought up a Catholic,
discovers herfamily's true Jewish identity, and when their secret is betrayed by
Estrella's best friend, the consequences are tragic.
YA PBK LAS Lasky, Kathryn. Beyond the Divide
In 1849, a fourteen-yearold Amish girl defies convention by leaving her secure home in
Pennsylvania to accompany her father across the continent by wagon train
YA LIS Lisle, Janet Taylor. Black Duck
Years afterwards, Ruben Hart tells the story of how, in 1929 Newport, Rhode Island, his familyand his best friend's family were caught up in the violent competition among groups trying to control the local rum-smuggling trade.
YA MYE Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels
YA PBK MYESeventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school,
enlists in the Army in thesummer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
YA PBK NAM Namioka, Lensey. Ties that Bind, Ties that Break
Ailin's life takes a different turn when she defies the traditions of upper class
Chinese society by refusing to have her feet bound.
YA PBK Napoli, Donna Jo. Bound In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild XingXing endures a lifeof neglect and servitude,
as her stepmother cruellymutilates her own child's feet so that she alone might
YA REE Rees, Celia. Witch Child
In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a
journal of her voyage from England to the NewWorld and her experiences living as a
witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.
YA SEP Sepetys, Ruta. Between Shades of Gray
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are
pulled from their Lithuanian home bySoviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her
father is sentenced to death in a prison camp whileshe fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story
in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.
YA SHA Sharenow, Robert. My Mother the Cheerleader
Thirteen-year-old Louise uncovers secrets about her family and her
neighborhood during theviolent protests over school desegregation in 1960