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2014 DiCamillo, Kate - Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
JUV PZ7.D5455 F5 2013
2013 Applegate, Katherine - The One and Only Ivan
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
JUV PZ7.A6483 O5 2012
2012 Gantos, Jack - Dead End in Norvelt
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
YA: PZ7.G15334 D3 2011
2011 Vanderpool, Clare - Moon over Manifest
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.
Available in URSUS
2010 Stead, Rebecca - When You Reach Me
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
YA: PZ7.S80857 W44 2009
2009 Gaiman, Neil - The Graveyard Book
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard
YA: PZ7.G1273 G73 2008
2008 Schlitz, Laura Amy - Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor
YA PS3619.C43 C55 2008
2007 Patron, Susan - The Higher Power of Lucky
Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life
YA PZ7.P27565 H54 2006
2006 Perkins, Lynne Rae - Criss Cross
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love
YA PZ7.P4313 C75 2005
2005 Kadohata, Cynthia - Kira-Kira
Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.
YA PZ7.K1166 K5 2004
2004 DiCamillo, Kate - The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin
YA PZ8.D525 T55 2003
2003 Avi - Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret
YA PZ7.A953 C75 2002
2002 Park, Linda Sue - A Single Shard
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself
YA PZ7.P22115 S5 2001
2001 Peck, Richard - A Year Down Yonderd
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman
YA PZ7. P338 Y4 2000
2000 Curtis, Christopher Paul - Bud, Not Buddy
Ten-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
YA PZ7.C94137 B8 2000
1999 Sachar, Louis - Holes
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself
YA PZ7.S1185 H6 1998
1998 Hesse, Karen - Out of the Dust
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression
YA PZ7.H4364 O9 1998
1997 Konigsburg, E.L. - The View from Saturday
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition
YA PZ7.K8352 V5 1996
1996 Cushman, Karen - The Midwife's Apprentice
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world
YA PZ7.C962 M5 1995
1995 Creech, Sharon - Walk Two Moons
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left
YA PZ7.C8615 W3 1994
1994 Lowry, Lois - The Giver
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives
YA PS3562.09256 G5 1999
1993 Ryland, Cynthia - Missing May
After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living
YA PZ7.R982 M5 1992
1992 Naylor, Phyllis R. - Shiloh
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs
YA P7.N24 S4 1991
1991 Spinelli, Jerry - Maniac Magee
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries
YA PZ7.S75663 M3 1992
1990 Lowry, Lois - Number the Stars
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis
YA PZ7.L9673 N8 1989
1989 Fleischman, Paul - Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.
YA PS3556.L42268 J69 1988
1988 Freedman, Russell - Lincoln: A Photobiography
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
YA E457.905.F73 1987
1987 Fleischman, Sid - The Whipping Boy
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
YA PZ7.F5992 W4 1987
1986 MacLachlan, Patricia - Sarah, Plain and Tall
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
YA PZ7. M225 S2 1987
1985 McKinley, Robin - The Hero and the Crown
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
YA PZ7. M1988 H4 1987
1984 Clearly, Beverly - Dear Mr. Henshaw
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
JUV PZ7.C5792 D4 2000
1983 Voigt, Cynthia - Dicey's Song
Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.
YA PZ7.V874 D5 1983
1982 Willard, Nancy - A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn.
YA PS3573. I444 V5 1981
1981 Paterson, Katherine - Jacob Have I Loved
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.
YA PZ7.P273 J3 1980
1980 Blos, Joan - A Gathering of Days
The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.
YA PZ7. B6237 G3 1979
1979 Raskin, Ellen - The Westing Game
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
YA PZ7. R1817W4 1978
1978 Paterson, Katerine - Bridge to Terabithia
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
YA PZ7.P273 B7 1977
1977 Taylor, Mildred D. - Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.
YAPZ7.T21723 R6 1976
1976 Cooper, Susan - Grey King
In this fourth book of The Dark Is Rising sequence, Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.
YA PZ7.C7878 G74 1999
1975 Hamilton, Virginia - M.C. Higgins the Greatd
As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.
YA PZ7.H1828 M3 1974
1974 Fox, Paula - The Slave Dancerd
Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.
YA PZ7.F838 S5 1973
1973 George, Jean - Julie of the Wolves
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
YA PZ7.G2933 J8 1972
1972 O'Brien, Robert C. - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.
YA PZ10.3.O19M51972
1971 Byars, Betsy - The Summer of the Swans<
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.
YA PZ7.B98396 S81970
1970 Armstrong, William H. - Sounder
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.
YA PZ7.A73394 S61969
1969 Alexander, Lloyd - The High King
In this fifth and final chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in ultimate confrontation.
YA PZ7.A3774 H5 1968
1968 Koingsburg, E.L. - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere--to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem she invites him along. (Description from Amazon prod. info.)
YA PZ7.K8352 F7 1967
1967 Hunt, Irene - Up a Road Slowly
After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen. (Description from Amazon prod. info.)
YA PZ7.H9156 U6 1966
1966 Borton de Trevino, Elizabeth - I, Juan de Pareja YA PZ7.T7327 I38 1965
1965 Woyciechowska, Maja - Shadow of a Bull
Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor.
YA PZ7.R617 S5 1964
1964 Neville, Emily Cheney - It's Like This, Cat
Dave Mitchell is fourteen and growing up in the midst of the variety and excitement of New York City. (Description from Amazon Prod. Info.)
YA PZ7.N462 I8 1963
1963 L'Engle, Madeleine - A Wrinkle in Time YA PS3523.E55 W7 1962
1962 Speare, Elizabeth George - The Bronze Bow YA PZ7.S7376 B7 1961
1961 O'Dell, Scott - Island of the Blue Dolphins
This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.O237 I8 1978
1960 Krumgold, Joseph - Onion John
His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.
YA PZ7.K946 O5 1959
1959 Speare, Elizabeth George - The Witch of Blackbird Pond
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft. (MaineCat description)
YA PZ7.S7376 W5 1958
1958 Keith, Harold - Rifles for Watie YA PS3561.E342 R5 1957
1957 Sorensen, Virginia - Miracles on Maple Hill
Marly and her family share many adventures when they move from the city to a farmhouse on Maple Hill. (MaineCat description)
YAPZ7.S72 M5 1956
1956 Latham, Jean Lee - Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.
YA PZ7.L348 C3 1955
1955 DeJong, Meindert - The Wheel on the School
Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.D3675 W4 1972
1954 Krumgold, Joseph - ...And Now Miguel
This is the story of a twelve-year-old Miguel Chavez, who yearns in his heart to go with the men of his family on a long and hard sheep drive to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains--until his prayer is finally answered, with a disturbing and dangerous exchange. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.K946 A5 1953
1953 Clark, Ann Nolan - Secret of the Andes
An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.
YA PZ7.C5296 S4 1952
1952 Estes, Eleanor - Ginger Pye YA PZ7.E749 G5 1951
1951 Yates, Elizabeth - Amos Fortune, Free Man YA E185.97.F73 Y3 1950
1950 Angeli, Marguerite - The Door in the Wall
Set in the fourteenth century, the classic story of one boy's personal heroism when he loses the use of his legs. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.D35 D6 1949
1949 Henry, Marguerite - King of the Wind
Follows the adventures of the Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.
YA PZ10.3.H43 K5 1948
1948 Du Bois, William Pene - Twenty-One Balloons
Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.D8527 T8 1947
1947 Bailey, Carolyn S. - Miss Hickory
Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head. (MaineCat description)
JUV PZ8.9.B16 M5 1946
1946 Lenski, Lois - Strawberry Girl
Birdie Boyer was a Florida Cracker. She belonged to a large "strawberry family," who lived on a flatwoods farm in the lake section of the state. They raised strawberries for a living. Through all the hazards of the uncertain crop -- battling against dry weather and grass fires, the roving hogs and cattle of their neighbors -- Birdie dreamed of an education that would include playing the organ. In the end she won not only the title of "strawberry girl," but book learning as well. (Amazon description)
JUV PZ7.L54 S7 1945
1945 Lawson, Robert - Rabbit Hill
New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good.
YA PZ10.3.L39 R3 1945
1944 Forbes, Ester - Johnny Tremain
Johnny, a young apprentice, is caught up in the dramatic events involving the leaders of the American Revolution. As Johnny is forced into an adult role in the face of his new country's independence, he finds that relations with those he loves improve as well. (Amazon description)
YA PS3511.O3495 J6 1946
1943 Gray, Elizabeth Janet - Adam of the Road
Eleven-year-old Adam loved to travel throughout thirteenthcentury England with his father, a wandering minstrel, and his dog, Nick. But when Nick is stolen and his father disappears, Adam suddenly finds himself alone. He searches the same roads he traveled with his father, meeting various people along the way. But will Adam ever find his father and dog and end his desperate search? (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.V746 A3 1942
1942 Edmonds, Walter D. - The Matchlock Gun
Ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his family and home with an ancient and very heavy, Spanish gun that his father gave him when he left for the war.
YA PZ9.E515 M3 1941
1941 Speery, Armstrong - Call it Courage
Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.
YA PZ8.1.S75 C3 1940
1940 Daughterty, James - Daniel Boone JUV F454 B733 1939
1939 Enright, Elizabeth - Thimble Summer
A few hours after nine-year-old Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed, the rains come and end the long drought on the farm. The rains bring safety for the crops and the livestock, and money for Garnet's father. Garnet can't help feeling that the thimble is a magic talisman, for the summer proves to be interesting and exciting in so many different ways. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.E724 T4 1938
1938 Seredy, Kate - The White Stag
Retells the legendary story of the Huns and Magyars' long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.
YA PZ8.1.S457 W4 1937
1937 Sawyer, Ruth - Roller Skates
The discoveries and adventures of ten-year-old Lucinda, who spends a wonderful year exploring the New York City of the 1890's. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.S269 R6 1956
1936 Brink, Carol Ryrie - Caddie Woodlawn
Caddie Woodlawn is a real adventurer. She'd rather hunt than sew and plow than bake, and tries to beat her brother's dares every chance she gets. Caddie is friends with Indians, who scare most of the neighbors -- neighbors who, like her mother and sisters, don't understand her at all. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.B78 C3 1935
1935 Shannon, Monica - Dobry
A Bulgarian peasant boy must convince his mother that he is destined to be a sculptor, not a farmer. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.S529 D6 1934
1934 Meigs, Cornelis Lynde - Invincible Louisa
Biography tracing the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as Little women. (Amazon description)
YA PS1018.M4 1933
1933 Lewis, Elizabeth Foreman - Young Fu of the Upper Yangtzed
In the 1920s a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.
YA PZ7.L5849 Y6 1990
1932 Armer, Laura Adams - Waterless Mountaind
A poignant story of a young Navajo boy's spiritual odyssey and coming of age as a medicine man provides a vivid portrait of the beliefs, traditions, and lifestyle of the Navajo people. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.A715 W3 1931
1931 Coatsworth, Elizabeth - The Cat Who Went to Heaven
In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. But when the village's head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum, the artist softens toward the animal he believes has brought him luck. (Amazon descritpion)
YA PZ10.3.C629 C3 1958
1930 Field, Rachel - Hitty, Her First Hundred YearsWhen Phoebe Preble brings her special doll, Hitty, with her everywhere she goes, Hitty experiences wonderful adventures and makes a lot of new friends. (Amazon description) YA PZ8.9.F442 H5 1957
1929 Kelly, Eric P. - The Trumpeter of Krakow YA PZ7.K294 T7 1928
1928 Mukerji, Dhan Gopal - Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon YA QL795.B57 M8 1927
1927 James, Will - Smoky, the Cowhorse YA PZ10.3 J33 S6 1957
1926 Chrisman, Arthur Bowie - Shen of the Sea
A series of fascinating Chinese stories, strong in humor and rich in Chinese wisdom, in which the author has caught admirably the spirit of Chinese life and thought. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.C45 S5 1925
1925 Finger, Charles Joseph - Tales from Silver Lands YA PZ8.R494 T3 1924
1924 Hawes, Charles Boardman - The Dark Frigate
Wherein is told the story of Philip Marsham who lived in the time of King Charles and was bred a sailor but came home to England after many hazards by sea and land and fought for the King at Newbury and lost a great inheritance and departed for Barbados in the same ship, by curious chance, in which he had long before adventured with the pirates. (Amazon description)
YA PS3515.A889 D3 1934
1923 Lofting, Hugh - The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
Doctor Dolittle is a very special vet—because he knows how to talk to the animals! So when he hears that there's a terrible sickness hurting all the monkeys in Africa, the good doctor knows he must go and help them. (Amazon description)
YA PZ7.L827 V6 1922
1922 Van Loon, Hendrik Willem - The Story of Mankind
Relates the story of western civilization from earliest times through the beginning of the twentieth century, with special emphasis on the people and events that changed the course of history. (Amazon description)
YA D21.V3 1951

All descriptions, unless otherwise noted, are those used in URSUS, the University Maine System library catalog.

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