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KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; JF = 5th Grade and Up

1990's


Picture Books

West, Jim THE DOG WHO SANG AT THE OPERA
Pasha, a dog who believes herself to be beautiful and perfect, joins the company of "Manon" at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, but on opening night she cannot resist singing along with the diva. 1997 New York Times article included.
2004 unpaged


Beginning-to-Read Books

Driscoll, Laura THE BRAVEST CAT!
The True Story of Scarlett


The true story of a mother cat that becomes a celebrity when she rescues her kittens from a burning building in New York in 1996.
1997 32 p.


3rd - 4th Grade Books

Calhoun, Mary FLOOD!
One fictional Midwest family is forced to leave their home during the flooding of the Mississippi River in 1993.
1997 unpaged

Sisulu, Elinor THE DAY GOGO WENT TO VOTE: SOUTH AFRICA APRIL, 1994
Thembi and her beloved great-grandmother, who has not left the house for many years, go together to vote on the momentous day when black South Africans are allowed to vote for the first time.
1996 unpaged


5th Grade and Up

Banks, Lynne Reid BROKEN BRIDGE
sequel to ONE MORE RIVER
The murder of 14-year-old Glen Shelby, soon after his arrival in Israel to visit his father's family, has a dramatic effect on the lives of his relatives, the other members of their kibbutz, and the Arabs responsible for his death. 1992 Jerusalem.
1993 317 p.

Banks, Lynne Reid ONE MORE RIVER
The murder of 14-year-old Glen Shelby, soon after his arrival in Israel to visit his father's family, has a dramatic effect on the lives of his relatives, the other members of their kibbutz, and the Arabs responsible for his death. 1992 Jerusalem.
1993 317 p.

Griffin, Peni SWITCHING WELL
Two 12-year-old girls in San Antonio, Texas, Ada in 1891 and Amber in 1991, switch places through a magic well and try desperately to return to their own times.
1993 280 p.

Hicyilmaz, Gaye SMILING FOR STRANGERS
During the war, 14-year-old Nina flees from her village in Yugoslavia, armed only with some letters and a photograph, to search for an old friend of her mother's in England.
2000 152 P.

Hoobler, Dorothy and Tom FAMILIES
The 1900's
The Aldrich, Vivanti, and Dixon families gather to celebrate Nell and Rocco's one hundredth birthdays as the new century dawns and the specter of the Y2K bug threatens.
2002 148 p.

Kehert, Peg THE BLIZZARD DISASTER
Warren Spalding and Betsy Tyler have teleported themselves back to Minnesota to learn about the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940. But their interest in the storm of the century turns to horror. The Instant Commuter is frozen! Minnesota.
1998 137 P.

Lorbiecki, Marybeth MY PALACE OF LEAVES IN SARAJEVO
In 1991, 10-year-old Nadja begins writing to her cousin in Minnesota, and over the next four years her letters reveal the horrors of war in this former republic of Yugoslavia, while her cousin's letters give Nadja and her family some hope.
1997 45 p.

Mead, Alice ADEM'S CROSS
Seeing his sister being shot to death for reading a poem at a demonstration against Serbian control of largely Albanian Kosovo changes the life forever of the 13-year-old Adem.
1996 131 p.

Paulsen, Gary THE RIFLE
A priceless, handcrafted rifle, fired throughout the American Revolution, is passed down through the years until it fires on a fateful Christmas Eve of 1994.
1999 105 p.

Ruby, Lois STEAL AWAY HOME
In two parallel stories, a Quaker family in Kansas in the late 1850s operates a station on the Underground Railroad, while almost 150 years later twelve-year-old Dana moves into the same house and finds the skeleton of a black woman who helped the Quakers.
1994 192 P.

Temple, Frances TONIGHT, BY SEA
1993. As governmental brutality and poverty become unbearable, Paulie joins with others in her small Haitian village to help her uncle secretly build a boat they will use to try to escape to the United States.
1995 143 P.

Westall, Robert GULF
Tom Higgins, a British schoolboy during the Persian Gulf War, narrates his younger brother's struggle with an apparent mental illness or a mystery of nature which drives the child to assume the role of an Iraqi.
1992 98 p.