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  1. YA LITERATURE English & U.S. History Paper 11th Grade 2011

  2. LAURIE HALSE ANDERSONFEVER 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. 251 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Z Biography Today

  3. LAURIE HALSE ANDERSONCHAINS: SEEDS OF AMERICA “As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion.” 316 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Z Biography Today

  4. WILLIAM ARMSTRONGSOUNDER Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relationship with his devoted dog Sounder. 116 Pages, Guided Reading Level: T Biography Today

  5. AVIDON’T YOU KNOW THERE‘S A WAR ON? “The 16-year-old narrator juggles everything from failing math grades and air raid blackouts to a crush on his teacher and worries about his merchant marine father crossing the North Atlantic, in this "poignant, funny coming of age tale set in Brooklyn during WWII.” 200 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  6. JOSEPH BRUCHACCODE TALKER: A NOVEL ABOUT THE NAVAJO MARINES OF WORLD WAR II “Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan,Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the Heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years.” 231 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  7. JOSEPH BRUCHAC GERONIMO "He held up his right hand to show how his third finger was bent back from being struck by a bullet. Then he thumped his palm against his chest, his shoulder, his thigh, touching places where bullets and knives had pierced his flesh...where scars showed how hard it was to kill Geronimo...“ After years of standing against the U.S. government, the great warrior and spiritual leader Geronimo's life is coming to an end, as his grandson visits him where he is imprisoned, in Fort Sill, OK in 1908.” 360 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Y Biography Today

  8. GENNIFER CHOLDENKOAL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS " Twelve-year-old Moose moves to Alcatraz in 1935 so his father can work as a prison guard and his younger, autistic sister, Natalie, can attend a special school in San Francisco. It is a time when the federal prison is home to notorious criminals like gangster Al Capone. Depressed about having to leave his friends and winning baseball team behind, Moose finds little to be happy about on Alcatraz.” 225 Pages, Guided Reading Level: X Biography Today

  9. JAMES LINCOLN COLLIERMY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD “The Revolutionary War was a war with no clearcut loyalties - dividing families, friends, and towns. Young Tim Meeker watches his 16-year-old brother go off to fight with the Patriots while his father remains a reluctant British Loyalist in the Tory town of Redding Ridge, CT.” 216 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Y No Biography Today

  10. ROBERT CORMIERHEROES “In Heroes,Robert Cormier explores the nature of heroism through a young and tragic life. Francis Cassavant returns from World War II to seek revenge on his childhood hero.  He lost his face in France when he fell on a grenade, earning the Silver Star for Bravery.  His hero also holds the Silver Star for Bravery--but do either deserve it?” 135 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  11. CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTISELIJAH OF BUXTON ”The gripping tale of eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman. The first child born into freedom in Buxton, Ontario, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit, Elijah is best known in his hometown as the boy who threw up on Frederick Douglass. Not on purpose, of course he was just a baby then! But things change when a former slave calling himself the Right Reverend Zephariah W. Connerly the Third steals money from Elijah's friend Mr. Leroy, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South.” 341 Pages, Guided Reading Level: W Biography Today

  12. CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTISTHE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM - 1963 “Narrated by a 10-year-old boy, describes an eccentric family's unwitting trip South to visit Grandma during one of the stormiest times of the Civil Rights movement.” 210 Pages, Guided Reading Level: U Biography Today

  13. SHARON DRAPERCOPPER SUN “Chronicles a 15-year-old girl kidnapped from her African village in 1738 and sold into sexual slavery in the Carolinas. 314 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  14. LOUISE ERDRICHTHE PORCUPINE YEAR “In the third book of her captivating series, Erdrich continues the story of Omakayas, a young Ojibwe girl living in the mid 1800s. Omakayas and her family are now on the move as white settlers force them further into the West.” 193 Pages, Guided Reading Level: T No Biography Today

  15. MARGARET PETERSON HADDIXUPRISING “Newly arrived in New York City, Bella is desperate to send money home to her family in Italy, and becomes one of the hundreds of workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. But one fateful March night in 1911, a spark ignites some cloth in the factory, resulting in a fire that will become one of the worst workplace disasters in history.” 346 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  16. KAREN HESSEWITNESS A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town. 161 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Z Biography Today

  17. KAREN HESSEALEUTIAN SPARROW “In June, 1942, Japanese forces attacked the Aleutian Islands. Within days of the attack, the U.S. military removed the Native people of these islands to relocation centers in Alaska's southwest, supposedly for their own protection. Conditions in these camps were deplorable. The Aleuts were held for approximately three years, and many of them died. In a series of short, unrhymed verses, Hesse tells this moving story through the eyes and voice of a girl of Aleut and Caucasian heritage.” 156 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  18. S.E. HINTONTHE OUTSIDERS “Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.” 188 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Z Biography Today

  19. WILL HOBBSJASON’S GOLD “Set during the Alaska Gold Rush of the 1890s. Jason Hawthorn, 15, heads north in search of riches and his older brothers who left Seattle as soon as news of the strike hit the newspapers. Along the way, he meets a feisty girl, a young Jack London, and many other colorful characters. The novel is filled with fascinating details about the period, from the excitement and high spirits of the first Klondikers to the extreme hardships and great disappointments suffered by so many.” 221 Pages, Guided Reading Level: T Biography Today

  20. DEAN HUGHESSEARCH & DESTROY “Rick, a recent high school graduate, has no direction. He and his girlfriend break up as she prepares to start college, and an argument with his boss leads Rick to quit his job. After a fight with his father, he decides to join the army, realizing that he needs some discipline. He is selected to join the Special Forces and attend jump school in preparation for going to Vietnam.” 216 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A No Biography Today

  21. DEAN HUGHESMISSING IN ACTION “Dirty. Lazy. Good-for-nothing. Jay Thacker is used to being called names because his dad is half Navajo. But things are different after he and his mother move to a small town in Utah to stay with his grandparents during WWII. Jay makes friends and earns money working the fields for his well-respected grandfather—but he encounters a problem in Ken, a fellow worker who’s from the nearby Japanese internment camp. Ken’s a Jap. And Jay’s dad, who’s been fighting for the navy out in the Pacific, is missing in action.” 228 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A No Biography Today

  22. CYNTHIA KADOHATACRACKER: THE BEST DOG IN VIETNAM “Cracker, a large German shepherd, is given up by Willie, her young owner, because the landlord says she's too big to live in the family's apartment. She is given to the Army as part of the military canine program to be trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy during the Vietnam War. Rick Hanski, 17, is headed to Vietnam to "whip the world." Cracker and Rick are paired up, and the two learn to work together finding traps and saving men's lives. ” 312 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  23. JULIUS LESTERDAY OF TEARS: A NOVEL IN DIALOGUE “Since their mother Fanny left, Emma has taken care of the Butler children, Sarah and Frances. She wants to raise them to have good hearts, as a rift in morals has ripped the Butler household apart: Sarah and their mother oppose the inhumanity of slavery while Frances and their father Pierce believe in the Southern lifestyle and treatment of blacks. Now, to pay off mounting gambling debts, Pierce decides to cash in on his " assets" and host the biggest slave auction in American history, at the price of his humanity.“ 177 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  24. ELLEN LEVINECATCH A TIGER BY THE TOE “Living in a Communist household during the 1950s McCarthy witch hunts was confusing for 13-year-old Jamie Morse. Jamie enjoyed normal teenage activities -- hanging out with friends, going to the movies and learning new yo-yo tricks -- but she lived with the secret that her parents were Communists. When the secret is revealed, her parents lose their jobs, and her daily life now includes worrying about if her father will go to prison. Jamie must learn to deal with a range of emotions, including shame, fear and anger, in this historical novel about the meaning of patriotism.” 199 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A No Biography Today

  25. HARRY MAZERA BOY AT WAR: A NOVEL OF PEARL HARBOR “In the chaos of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a boy searches for his father whowas on a ship that was bombed.” 104 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A No Biography Today

  26. HARRY MAZERHEROES DON’T RUN: A NOVEL OF THE PACIFIC WAR “To honor his father who died during the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor, seventeen-year-old Adam eagerly enlists in the Marines in 1944, survives boot camp, and faces combat on the tiny island of Okinawa.” 113 Pages, Guided Reading Level: No Biography Today

  27. WALTER DEAN MYERSFALLEN ANGELS “Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.” 309 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Z+ Biography Today

  28. WALTER DEAN MYERSHARLEM SUMMER “It's 1925 and Mark Purvis is a 16-yr-old with a summer to kill. He'd rather jam with his jazz band (they need the practice), but is urged by his parents to get a job. As an assistant at The Crisis, a magazine for the "new Negro," Mark rubs shoulders with Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. He's invited to a party at Alfred Knopf's place. He's making money, but not enough, and when piano player Fats Waller entices him and his buddies to make some fast cash, Mark finds himself crossing the gangster Dutch Schultz.” 165 Pages, Guided Reading Level: X Biography Today

  29. WALTER DEAN MYERSSUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH Robin "Birdy" Perry, a young African-American soldier who enlists in the Army instead of attending college. Part of the Civil Affairs unit in Iraq, Robin and his fellow soldiers are sent on a variety of missions, which mostly focus on forming relationships and building trust with Iraqi citizens. As the war progresses, reasons for occupying the Middle Eastern country become increasingly blurry for Robin, but he remains optimistic about his service despite all the tragedies surrounding him. 290 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Z+ Biography Today

  30. GARY PAULSENSOLDIER’S HEART Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat. 106 Pages, Guided Reading Level: V Biography Today

  31. GARY PAULSENWOODS RUNNER “Set during the American Revolution, Paulsen's (Hatchet) slim novel candidly and credibly exposes the underbelly of that war. Sam is a skilled hunter with an instinctive knowledge of the western Pennsylvania forest-a "woods runner." When word of fighting between the British and the colonists reaches his family, the 13-year-old realizes that his life will change.” 164 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  32. RICHARD PECKA LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO “Grandma Dowdel is not a good influence--and that's one good reason why Joey likes visiting her. Each August, from 1929 (when Joey is nine) to 1935, he and his younger sister travel by train from Al Capone's Chicago to spend a week with Grandma in her scrappy small Illinois town.” 148 Pages, Guided Reading Level: V Biography Today

  33. RICHARD PECKON THE WINGS OF HEROES “World War II has invaded Davy’s homefront boyhood. There’s an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad’s heart. It’s an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry.” 148 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Biography Today

  34. ANN RINALDIGIRL IN BLUE “Inspired by the war fever of 1861, and tired of her father's mistreatment, 15-year-old Sarah Wheelock determines to run away and join the Union forces to fight the Confederacy. The last straw comes when her father promises her hand in marriage to a man who is twice her age and has the manners of a bear. After she cuts her hair, changes clothes, and lowers her voice, Sarah has few problems passing as a boy: years of hard farm labor have toughened her physically, and she has a natural talent for impersonation.” 310 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A Biography Today

  35. MILDRED TAYLORROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY “Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, it is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice.” 276 Pages, Guided Reading Level: W Biography Today

  36. RICH WALLACEWAR & WATERMELON “It's the summer of 1969. We've just landed on the moon, the Vietnam War is heating up, the Mets are beginning their famous World Series run, and Woodstock is rocking upstate New York. Down in New Jersey, twelve-year-old Brody is mostly concerned with the top ten hits on the radio and how much playing time he'll get on the football team. But when he goes along for the ride to Woodstock with his older brother and sees the mass of humanity there, he starts to wake up to the world around him-a world that could take away the brother he loves.” 184 Pages, Guided Reading Level: N/A No Biography Today

  37. VIRGINIA EUWER WOLFFBAT 6 “In a powerful book set in post-World War II Oregon, sixth graders from rival towns prepare for the 50th annual softball game. Two of the players--a Japanese American who spent the war in an internment camp and a girl whose father was killed at Pearl Harbor--collide with tragic results on the day of the big game.” 230 Pages, Guided Reading Level: Z Biography Today