Y = books recommended for younger readers; O = books recommended for older readers
Connor, Leslie     (Y)
Miss Bridie chose a shovel
Miss Bridie emigrates to America in 1856 and chooses to bring a shovel, which proves to be a useful tool throughout her life.


Erdrich, Louise     (O)
The birchbark house
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.


Houston, Gloria     (Y)
My great-aunt Arizona
An Appalachian girl, Arizona Houston Hughes, grows up to become a teacher who influences generations of schoolchildren.


Larson, Kirby     (O)
The Friendship Doll
Miss Kanagawa is one of 57 friendship dolls sent from Japan to the United States in 1927. The doll's travels introduce her to children in different regions of America-and span more than 70 years.


Lemna, Don     (O)
When the sergeant came marching home
In 1946 when his father returns from the war, a ten year old boy and his family move from the Montana town where they had been living to an old, run-down farm in the middle of nowhere, where they work hard trying to make ends meet.


McKissack, Pat     (Y)
Goin' someplace special
In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.


McLean, Jill     (O)
The nine lives of Travis Keating
Travis and his widowed father move to a coastal town in Newfoundland. Lonely, sad, and bullied at middle school, Travis begins to take care of some feral cats.


Porter, Pamela Paige     (O)
The crazy man
After Dad leaves, 12-year-old Emaline and Mom have no-one to help run their Saskatchewan farm. Mom hires Angus, a patient at the local mental hospital, despite their neighbors' disapproval.


Renaud, Anne     (Y)
Missuk's snow geese
Missuk's father promises her he will teach her to carve soapstone snow geese when her returns from his hunting trip but a great storm arises, and Missuk and her mother worry that her father will not be able to find his way home to their cozy igloo.


Soto, Gary     (Y)
Snapshots from the wedding
Maya, the flower girl, describes a Mexican American wedding through snapshots of the day's events, beginning with the procession to the altar and ending with her sleeping after the dance.


Thayer, Ernest Lawrence     (Y)
Casey at the bat : a ballad of the republic sung in the year 1888
The classic American poem, written more than one hundred years ago, is brought to life through a collection of color illustrations and enhanced with biographical and historical notes.


Uegaki, Chieri     (Y)
Suki's kimono
Suki delights in the traditional Japanese kimono her grandmother gave her-even when her American classmates disapprove.


Williams, Garcia Rita     (O)
One crazy summer
In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.


Wolfe, Art     (Y)
O is for orca : a Pacific Northwest alphabet book


  Summer 2011