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United States, 1900 - 1938     View List as Printable PDF

Chapter Books (J Fiction) -- Grades 3-8

A DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE

A DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE
by Peck, Robert Newton
J FICTION PEC
To a 13-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce a litter.

A DOCTOR LIKE PAPA

A DOCTOR LIKE PAPA
by Kinsey-Wamock, Natalie
J FICTION KIN
When the influenza epidemic of 1918 comes to Vermont, 11-year-old Margaret, who has always wanted to be a physician, finds out what doctoring is like.

A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR: A MELODRAMA

A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR: A MELODRAMA
by Schlitz, Laura
J FICTION SCH
At the Barbary Asylum for Female Orphans, 11-year-old Maud is adopted by three spinster sisters moonlighting as mediums who take her home and reveal to her the role she will play in their seances.

AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE

AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE
by Choldenko, Gennifer
J FICTION CHO
Moose has his hands full during the summer of 1936 watching his autistic sister, Natalie, and the warden's daughter, Piper, and trying to get on a baseball team by proving he knows Al Capone.

ANNA'S FIGHT FOR HOPE: THE GREAT DEPRESSION

ANNA'S FIGHT FOR HOPE: THE GREAT DEPRESSION
Series Title: Sisters in Time
by Grote, JoAnn
J FICTION GRO
During the Great Depression, twelve-year-old Anna and her cousin Fred witness much hunger, poverty and despair, and decide to help those in need.

BECK

BECK
by Peet, Mal
J FICTION PEE
Orphaned as a child and sent to live among religious caretakers in Canada, Beck endures harsh labor and searches for over while traveling back and forth across the American border during the height of the Great Depression.

BERCHICK

BERCHICK
by Blanc, Esther Silverstein
J FICTION BLA
Homesteading in Wyoming in the early 1900's, a Jewish mother develops an unusual relationship with a colt she adopts named Berchick.

BETSY-TACY

BETSY-TACY
Series Title: Betsy-Tacy
by Lovelace, Maud Hart
J FICTION LOV
The adventures of 3 inseparable girls in a Minnesota town in the early 1900's. Starting when the girls are eight, the books chronicle their lives as they grow up and discover the world in and beyond their neighborhood.
1. Betsy-Tacy
2. Betsy-Tacy and Tib
3. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
4. Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
5. Heaven to Betsy
6. Betsy and Joe

BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA

BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA
by Wolk, Lauren
J FICTION WOL
Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn't until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

BREAD AND ROSES, TOO

BREAD AND ROSES, TOO
by Paterson, Katherine
J FICTION PAT
Jake and Rosa, two children, form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

BUD, NOT BUDDY

BUD, NOT BUDDY
by Curtis, Christopher Paul
J FIC CUR
10-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

CAT RUNNING

CAT RUNNING
by Snyder, Zilpha Keatley
J FICTION SNY
When 11-year-old Cat Kinsey builds a secret hideout to escape her unhappy homelife, she slowly gets to know a poor family who have come to California after losing their Texas home to the dust storms of the 1930s.

COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS

COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS
by Sandin, Joan
J FICTION SAN
In 1938-1939, 4th-grader Monchi Ramirez and the other students at Coyote School enjoy their new teacher, have a special Christmas celebration, participate in the Tucson Rodeo Parade, and produce their own school newspaper.

DANGEROUS WATERS: AN ADVENTURE ON TITANIC

DANGEROUS WATERS: AN ADVENTURE ON TITANIC
by Mone, Gregory
J FICTION MON
Determined to focus on work rather than books, as his father had, 12-year-old Patrick Waters leaves Belfast as a steward on the Titanic, but the very wealthy Harry Widener arranges to tutor him, drawing Patrick into association with thieves seeking Harry's very rare edition of Francis Bacon's Essays.

DAVE AT NIGHT

DAVE AT NIGHT
by Levine, Gail Carson
J FICTION LEV
When orphaned Dave is sent to the Hebrew Home for Boys where he is treated cruelly, he sneaks out at night and is welcomed into the music- and culture-filled world of the Harlem Renaissance.

DOVEY COE

DOVEY COE
by Dowell, Frances O'Roark
J FICTION DOW
When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a stronged-willed 12-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.

DRAGONWINGS

DRAGONWINGS
by Yep, Laurence
J FICTION YEP
In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.

DREAMS IN THE GOLDEN COUNTRY: THE DIARY OF ZIPPORAH FELDMAN, A JEWISH IMMIGRANT GIRL, NEW YORK CITY, 1903

DREAMS IN THE GOLDEN COUNTRY: THE DIARY OF ZIPPORAH FELDMAN, A JEWISH IMMIGRANT GIRL, NEW YORK CITY, 1903
Series Title: Dear America
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
12-year-old Zippy, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, keeps a diary account of the first eighteen months of her family's life on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1903-1904.

FULL OF BEANS

FULL OF BEANS
by Holm, Jennifer
J FICTION HOL
Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.

GHOST GIRL: A BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN STORY

GHOST GIRL: A BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN STORY
by Ray, Delia
J FICTION RAY
11-year-old April is delighted when President and Mrs. Hoover build a school near her Madison County, Virginia, home, but her family's poverty, grief over the accidental death of her brother, and other problems may mean that April can never learn to read from the wonderful teacher, Miss Vest.

GIB RIDES HOME

GIB RIDES HOME
by Snyder, Zilpha Keatley
J FICTION SNY
Despite the harsh treatment he has endured at the Lovell House orphanage, 10-year-old Gib Whittaker manages to maintain his hopeful outlook when he is "farmed out" to help with the horses of a wealthy banker in 1908. (Based on the experiences of the author's father.)

HANNAH'S JOURNAL: THE STORY OF AN IMMIGRANT GIRL

HANNAH'S JOURNAL: THE STORY OF AN IMMIGRANT GIRL
Series Title: Young American Voices
by Moss, Marissa
J FICTION MOS
In the Russian shtetl where she and her family livein the early 1900's, Hannah is given a diary for her tenth birthday, and in it she records the dramatic story of her journey to America.

HEAR MY SORROW: THE DIARY OF ANGELA DENOTO, A SHIRTWAIST WORKER, NEW YORK CITY, 1909

HEAR MY SORROW: THE DIARY OF ANGELA DENOTO, A SHIRTWAIST WORKER, NEW YORK CITY, 1909
Series Title: Dear America
by Hopkinson, Deborah
J FICTION HOP
Forced to drop out of school at the age of 14 to help support her family, Angela, an Italian immigrant, works long hours for low wages in a garment factory, and becomes a participant in the shirtwaist worker strikes of 1909.

HOME TO MEDICINE MOUNTAIN

HOME TO MEDICINE MOUNTAIN
by Santiago, Chiori
J FICTION SAN
Two young Maidu Indian brothers sent to live at a government-run Indian residential school in California in the 1930's find a way to escape & return home for the summer. Story is based on the author's father and uncle's experiences.

HOPE IN MY HEART

HOPE IN MY HEART
Series Title: My America
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
After her family immigrates to America from Italy in 1903, 10-year-old Sofia is quarantined at the Ellis Island Immigration Station, where she makes a good friend but endures nightmarish conditions.
1. HOPE IN MY HEART
2. HOME AT LAST

I AM LAVINA CUMMING

I AM LAVINA CUMMING
by Lowell, Susan
J FICTION LOW
In the early 1900's, while staying with relatives in California after the death of her mother, 10-year-old Lavina sees the arrival of the automobile & experiences the great San Francisco earthquake.

JAR OF DREAMS

JAR OF DREAMS
by Uchida, Yoshiko
J FICTION UCH
A young girl grows up in a closely-knit Japanese American family in California during the 1930's, a time of great prejudice.

LET THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN

LET THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
by Taylor, Mildred D.
J FICTION TAY
Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive.

LIKE THE WILLOW TREE: THE DIARY OF LYDIA AMELIA PIERCE

LIKE THE WILLOW TREE: THE DIARY OF LYDIA AMELIA PIERCE
by Lowry, Lois
J FICTION LOW
After being orphaned during the influenza epidemic of 1918 in Portland, Maine, 11-year-old Lydia Pierce and her 14-year-old brother are taken by their grieving uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Includes author's note about the Shakers.

LITTLE HOUSE ON ROCKY RIDGE

LITTLE HOUSE ON ROCKY RIDGE
Series Title: Rose Years
by MacBride, Roger
J FICTION MAC
This series takes place in the late 1800's and early 1900's and follows the childhood of Rose, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, from her early years in Missouri, then to Louisiana, and finally to San Francisco.
1. Little House on Rocky Ridge
2. Little Farm in the Ozarks
3. In the Land of the Big Red Apple
4. On the Other Side of the Hill
5. Little Town in the Ozarks
6. New Dawn on Rocky Ridge
7. On the Banks of the Bayou
8. Bachelor Girl

LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE  BUCKMINSTER BOY

LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY
by Schmidt, Gary D.
J FICTION SCH
In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's--want to change into a tourist spot.

LUCKY STRIKES

LUCKY STRIKES
by Bayard, Louis
J FICTION BAY
Set in Depression Era Virginia, this is the story of orphaned Amelia and her struggle to keep her siblings together.

LUDIE'S LIFE

LUDIE'S LIFE
by Rylant, Cynthia
YA 811.54 RYL
A collection of poems that tell the story of Ludie, a poor woman in a coal-mining town in West Virginia, from her childhood to her adolescent years and then through her married life into her old age.

MAKE A WISH, MOLLY

MAKE A WISH, MOLLY
by Cohen, Barbara
J FICTION COH
Molly, who recently emigrated with her family from Russia to New Jersey, learns about birthday parties & who her real friends are. (sequel to MOLLY'S PILGRIM)

MAN O' WAR

MAN O' WAR
by Farley, Walter
J FICTION FAR
A fictionalized biography of the American race horse who won twenty of twenty-one races, told by a stable boy who grew up with the great horse.

MEET KIT

MEET KIT
Series Title: American Girls
by Tripp, Valerie
J FICTION TRI
In 1934, when her father's business closes because of the Great Depression forcing Kit to make changes in her life, the nine-year-old responds with resourcefulness.
1. Meet Kit
2. Kit Learns a Lesson
3. Kit's Surprise
4. Happy Birthday, Kit
5. Kit Saves the Day
6. Changes for Kit

MEET SAMANTHA

MEET SAMANTHA
Series Title: American Girls
by various authors
J FICTION ADL
In 1904, 9-year-old Samantha, an orphan living with her wealthy grandmother, & her servant friend Nellie have a midnight adventure when they try to find out what has happened to the seamstress who suddenly left her job.
1. Meet Samantha, by Susan Adler
2. Samantha Learns a Lesson, by Susan Adler
3. Samantha's Surprise, by Maxine Schur
4. Happy Birthday, Samantha, by Valerie Tripp
5. Samantha Saves the Day, by Valerie Tripp
6. Changes for Samantha, by Valerie Tripp

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL: THE DIARY OF BESS BRENNAN, THE PERKINS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND, 1932

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL: THE DIARY OF BESS BRENNAN, THE PERKINS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND, 1932
Series Title: Dear America
by Denenberg, Barry
J FICTION DEN
In 1932, a twelve-year-old girl who lost her sight in an accident keeps a diary, recorded by her twin sister, in which she describes life at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.

MISSISSIPPI BRIDGE

MISSISSIPPI BRIDGE
by Taylor, Mildred D.
J FICTION TAY
During a heavy rainstorm in 1930's rural Mississippi, a 10-year-old white boy sees a bus driver order all the black passengers off a crowded bus to make room for late-arriving white passengers & then set off across the raging Rosa Lee River.

MOLLY'S PILGRIM

MOLLY'S PILGRIM
by Cohen, Barbara
J FICTION COH
Told to make a doll like a Pilgrim for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly's Jewish mother dresses the doll as she herself dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom--much to Molly's embarrassment.

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
by Taylor, Mildred D.
J FICTION TAY
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

ROSE'S JOURNAL: THE STORY OF A GIRL IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION

ROSE'S JOURNAL: THE STORY OF A GIRL IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION
Series Title: Young American Voices
by Moss, Marissa
J FICTION MOS
Rose keeps a journal of her family's difficult times on their farm during the days of the Dust Bowl in 1935.

SOUP

SOUP
Series Title: SOUP
by Peck, Robert Newton
J FICTION PEC
The adventures and misadventures of two boys growing up in a small Vermont town in the 1930's. Soup and Rob are always getting into mischievous trouble that usually ends up involving their entire community.
1. Soup
2. Soup and me
3. Soup for President
4. Soup on Fire
5. Soup's Hoop
6. Soup in Love

SURVIVAL IN THE STORM: THE DUST BOWL DIARY OF GRACE EDWARDS, DALHART, TEXAS, 1935

SURVIVAL IN THE STORM: THE DUST BOWL DIARY OF GRACE EDWARDS, DALHART, TEXAS, 1935
Series Title: Dear America
by Janke, Katelan
J FICTION JAN
A 12-year-old girl keeps a journal of her family's and friends' difficult experiences in the Texas panhandle, part of the "Dust Bowl," during the Great Depression.

TEACHER'S FUNERAL: A COMEDY IN  THREE PARTS

TEACHER'S FUNERAL: A COMEDY IN THREE PARTS
by Peck, Richard
J FICTION PEC
In rural Indiana in 1904, 15-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies."

THE ABERNATHY BOYS

THE ABERNATHY BOYS
by Hunt, Laura
J FICTION HUN
A fictionalized account of the adventurous 1909 journey of 9-year-old Bud Abernathy and his 5-year-old brother, Temp, who traveled alone, mostly on horseback, from their home in Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and back again, crossing the vast, desertlike no-man's-land in the Texas Panhandle known as the caprock.

THE BEST BAD THING

THE BEST BAD THING
by Uchida, Yoshiko
J FICTION UCH
At first dismayed at having to spend the last of her summer vacation helping out in the household of recently widowed Mrs. Hata, Rinko discovers there are pleasant surprises for her, but then bad things start to happen. Sequel to "A Jar of Dreams."

THE DRAGON'S CHILD: A STORY OF ANGEL ISLAND

THE DRAGON'S CHILD: A STORY OF ANGEL ISLAND
by Yep, Laurence
J FICTION YEP
In 1922, ten-year-old Gim Lew reluctantly leaves his village in China to accompany his father to America, but before they go he must prepare for a grueling test that he must pass--without stuttering--at California's Angel Island, where strict officials strive to keep out unwanted immigrants. Includes facts about immigration from China and the experiences of the author's family.

THE GALLERY

THE GALLERY
by Fitzgerald, Laura Marz
J FICTION FIT
In 1929 New York City, twelve-year-old housemaid Martha O'Doyle suspects that a wealthy recluse may be trying to communicate with the outside world through the paintings on her gallery walls.

THE GAWGON AND THE BOY

THE GAWGON AND THE BOY
by Alexander, Lloyd
J FICTION ALE
In Depression-era Philadelphia, when 11-year-old David is too ill to attend school, he is tutored by the unique & adventurous Aunt Annie, whose teaching combines with his imagination to greatly enrich his life.

THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE

THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE
by Curtis, Christopher Paul
J FIC CUR
With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," 12-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.

THE MINSTREL'S MELODY

THE MINSTREL'S MELODY
by Tate, Eleanora E.
J FICTION TAT
In 1904, 12-year-old Orphelia follows her dream by running away from home to join an all-black minstrel show headed for the Saint Louis World's Fair, & learns about her family's troubled past in the process.
"American Girl History Mysteries"

THE RAG COAT

THE RAG COAT
by Mills, Lauren
J FICTION MIL
Minna proudly wears her new coat made of clothing scraps to school, where the other children laugh at her until she tells them the stories behind the scraps.

THE SECRET SCHOOL

THE SECRET SCHOOL
by Avi
J FICTION AVI
In 1925, 14-year-old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as the teacher when the one-room schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes unexpectedly.

THE SILENT BOY

THE SILENT BOY
by Lowry, Lois
J FICTION LOW
Katy, the precocious 10-year-old daughter of the town doctor, befriends a retarded boy.

THE SUMMER OF THE DANCING HORSE

THE SUMMER OF THE DANCING HORSE
by Clifford, Eth
J FICTION CLI
The summer of 1923, when Bessie is 8 & her brother & friend 12, is a special one of sacrifices, fulfilled desires, & heartbreak too.

THE WONDER OF CHARLIE ANNE

THE WONDER OF CHARLIE ANNE
by Fusco, Kimberly Newton
J FICTION FUS
In a 1930's Massachusetts farm town torn by the Depression, racial tension, and other hardships, Charlie Anne and her black next-door neighbor Phoebe form a friendship that begins to transform their community.

THIMBLE SUMMER

THIMBLE SUMMER
by Enright, Elizabeth
J FICTION ENR
A few hours after Garnet Linden found a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed, the rains came to end the long drought on her family's Wisconsin farm.
Newbery Medal, 1939

TIME FOR COURAGE: THE SUFFRAGETTE DIARY OF KATHLEEN BOWEN. WASHINGTON. D.C., 1917

TIME FOR COURAGE: THE SUFFRAGETTE DIARY OF KATHLEEN BOWEN. WASHINGTON. D.C., 1917
Series Title: Dear America
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
A diary account of 13-year-old Kathleen Bowen's life in Washington, D.C. in 1917, as she juggles concerns about the national battle for women's suffrage, the war in Europe, and her own school work and family.

TIMOTHY OF THE CAY

TIMOTHY OF THE CAY
by Taylor, Theodore
J FICTION TAY
Having survived being blinded and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island with the old black man Timothy, 12-year-old white Phillip is rescued and hopes to regain his sight with an operation. Alternate chapters follow the life of Timothy from his days as a young cabin boy in the early 1900's.
Prequel/Sequel to THE CAY

TO RACE A DREAM

TO RACE A DREAM
by Savage, Deborah
J FICTION SAV
In 1906, 15-year-old Theodora disguises herself as a boy to pursue her dream of becoming a race horse driver.

VIVA, ROSE!

VIVA, ROSE!
by Krawitz, Susan
J FICTION KRA
In El Paso, Texas, in 1915, fourteen-year-old Rose Solomon seeks her missing brother's return and inadvertently ends up running with Pancho Villa and his revolutionary army.

VOYAGE ON THE GREAT TITANIC: THE DIARY OF MARGARET ANN BRADY

VOYAGE ON THE GREAT TITANIC: THE DIARY OF MARGARET ANN BRADY
Series Title: Dear America
by White, Ellen Emerson
J FICTION WHI
In her diary in 1912, 13-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.

WELL: DAVID'S STORY

WELL: DAVID'S STORY
by Taylor, Mildred D.
J FICTION TAY
In Mississippi in the early 1900s ten-year-old David Logan's family generously shares their well water with both white & black neighbors in an atmosphere of potential racial violence. Part of the Logan family saga.

WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AGAIN: THE WORLD WAR I DIARY OF SIMONE SPENCER

WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AGAIN: THE WORLD WAR I DIARY OF SIMONE SPENCER
Series Title: Dear America
by Levine, Beth
J FICTION LEV
Teenage Simone's diaries for 1917 and 1918 reveal her experiences as a carefree member of New York society, then as a "Hello girl," a volunteer switchboard operator for the Army Signal Corps in France.

WHITE STAR: A DOG ON THE TITANIC

WHITE STAR: A DOG ON THE TITANIC
by Crisp, Marty
J FICTION CRI
12-year-old Sam, a passenger on the Titanic's maiden sea voyage, volunteers to help care for the dogs in the ocean liner's kennel and becomes fast friends with the Irish setter of J. Bruce Ismay, the ship's owner.

WINGWALKER

WINGWALKER
by Wells, Rosemary
J FICTION WEL
During the Depression, Reuben & his out-of-work parents move from Oklahoma to Minnesota, where his father gets a job as a carnival wingwalker and Reuben has a chance to overcome his terror of flying.

 

Books for Teens (YA Fiction)

CODE NAME VERITY

CODE NAME VERITY
by Wein, Elizabeth
YA FICTION WEI
In 1943, a British fight plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive what keeping secret all that she can.

ESPERANZA RISING

ESPERANZA RISING
by Ryan, Pamela Munoz
J FICTION RYA
Esperanza & her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth & privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. Based on the experiences of the author's grandmother.
Also in Spanish: ESPERANZA RENACE

HATTIE BIG SKY

HATTIE BIG SKY
by Larson, Kirby
J FICTION LAR
After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, 16-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1918 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe.
Newbery Honor Book

MAPPING THE BONES

MAPPING THE BONES
by Yolen, Jane
YA FICTION YOL
In Poland in the 1940s, the lives of twins Chaim and Gittel feel like a fairy tale torn apart as they must rely on each other to endure life in a ghetto and the horrors of a concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.

OUT OF THE DUST

OUT OF THE DUST
by Hesse, Karen
J FICTION HES
A novel in a series of poems, 15-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dustbowl years of the Depression.
Newbery Award Winner, 1998.

THE BERLIN BOXING CLUB

THE BERLIN BOXING CLUB
by Sharenow, Rob
YA FICTION SHA
In 1936 Berlin, 14 year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE

THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE
by Platt, Randall
YA FICTION PLA
It's 1939 Poland, and Arab knows that standing up for anyone--especially her Jewish family--only paints a target on her back. So she plans to survive the Nazi occupation the way she always has: disguise herself as an Aryan boy, lead her street gang, and sell whatever she can steal. But though Arab starts the war with one goal of staying alive, others have different ideas for her. When a stranger asks for her to help with a cover rescue mission, Arab has to make a choice. Trying to be a hero is a surefire way to get killed. But if she doesn't do it, who will?