Posts Tagged ‘Ages 9-12.’

Song of the Gargoyle

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The son of an honored court jester, Tymmon has led a comfortable, though humble existance. But that life is suddenly snatched from him when mysterious knights storm his home and drag awat his beloved father. In fear of his life, Tymmon flees into an enchanted forest where he meets a huge dog-like gargoyle. With his new friend, Tymmon sets off on an adventure of self-discovery and unlikely heroism. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Bridge to Terabithia

Thursday, November 20th, 2008
by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Donna Diamond
A masterpiece among juvenile fiction, the story invites us into the life of young Jess Aarons as he discovers a new friend in Leslie Burke. Together, he and Leslie transform a secret place in the woods behind their homes into the enchanted land of Terabithia, where they reign as king and queen. As the story unfolds, Leslie helps Jess discover not only the magic of friendship, but also the magic within himself. Winner of the Newbery Medal, 1978. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Bud, Not Buddy

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud is 10-year-old African-American orphan in Depression-era Michigan. Fed up with the cruel treatment he receives as a foster child, he decides to run away and find his long lost father, or at least, the man he believes is his father –the famous jazz musician Herman E. Calloway. Join Bud on his adventure to freedom, fortune, and family! Curtis’ writing is both hilarious and touching. Winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award, this book deserves all the praise it has received. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The People Could Fly

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
This is a fabulous collection of American black folktales. Beyond Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, Hamilton captures a unique ensemble of tales told in authentic dialects reflecting the diversity of the black American experience. Funny, grotesque, and inspiring, these stories will resonate with people of all cultures. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Caddie Woodlawn

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
by Carol Ryrie Brink
Caddie is tomboy living with her family in rural Wisconsin in 1864. Sharp and adventurous, she and her siblings romp from one adventure to another, including a midnight journey to warn her American Indian friends of a planned attack. Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, it is reminiscent of the “Little House” books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and is just as captivating. Winner of the 1936 Newbery Medal. Recommended for ages 9-12.