Thursday, May 17, 2012

CBW Roundup: Middle Fiction

The Borrowers, by Mary Norton, Beth Krush, and Joe Krush  
The Clock family lives under the kitchen floor, borrowing everything they need from the Big People above.  But when fourteen year old Arrietty is seen by a Big Person, their very different worlds come together.
Catherine, Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman
Karen Cushman's whip-smart medieval maiden is one of our favorite heroines.  
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
A perennial classic.
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
Orphaned Anne Shirley is accidentally sent to live with the Cuthberts, but ends up becoming a part of the family. 
Feathers, by Jacqueline Woodson 
This Newbery honor award winner confronts issues of race, disability, and belief among young people during the 1970s.
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
Five year old Heidi learns to love life in the mountains when she is sent to live with her reclusive grandfather in the Alps.
Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling
Travel from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean in this beautifully illustrated book.  We like Holling's Seabird as well.
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Jules Feiffer and Norton Juster
Finding a tollbooth in his bedroom is just the start of Milo's fabulous adventures through the Kingdom of Wisdom.  While on a quest to restore the princesses Rhyme and Reason to the throne, he jumps to Conclusions, gets lost in the Doldrums, meets a Spelling Bee, and more.
Rapunzel's Revenge, by Dean, Shannon, and Nathan (no relation) Hale
A re-imagined fairy tale in which Rapunzel is more wild western hero than damsel in distress.
The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber
Thurber's whimsical tale has a new introduction by Neil Gaiman!
Toning the Sweep, by Angela Johnson
This Coretta Scott King Award winning novel follows three generations of African American women.
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
After drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family becomes immortal.  A simple but harrowing tale about love in many forms.
The Story of Dr. Doolittle and The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle, by Hugh Lofting
Lofting's books about the adventures of a doctor who can talk to animals are lots of fun.
Zora & Me, by Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon
"Racial duplicity threatens an idyllic African American community in the turn-of-the-century South in a dazzling debut inspired by the early life of Zora Neale Hurston."

Kim Prosise

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