Books of Interest to Independent Readers
Fifteen-year-old Sam Gribley has decided to run away from his crowded apartment home, but unlike most kids who rarely get beyond their block, Sam goes from New York City all the way to the ruined farm of Great-grandfather Gribley in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.
Paul and Maureen live with their grandparents on the Chesapeake island of Chincoteague. On the nearby island of Assateague lives a band of wild ponies, whose ancestors came to the New World on Spanish galleons centuries before.
What a mess! The kids in Ms. Frizzle's class have been studying animals' homes. There's a beehive, a wasp's nest, an ant farm — even a beaver lodge right in the classroom. It's a relief when the Friz announces, "Today we start something new." They are going to study earth science.
To millions of people, Jackie Robinson was a sports and civil rights hero. To Sharon Robinson, he was all that — and Dad. From the unique perspective that only a daughter could have, she serves as a personal tour guide through the nine heart-felt, hard-won values that helped Jackie achieve his goals.
When Omri's big brother has no birthday present for him, he gives Omri an old wooden medicine cabinet he's found. The cabinet doesn't seem like much of a present to nine-year-old Omri, until he deposits inside it another present he receives for his birthday: a miniature plastic Indian.
Gilly Hopkins has been in one foster home after another. The only thing she has learned is that you have to be tough to survive. Make life difficult for everyone else, is Gilly's philosophy. But then she is housed with Bible-bashing Maime Trotter, and Maime is a large lady in every way.
Lois and Wilma's father has a brand-new gold Cadillac, and they are looking forward to driving all the way from Ohio to Mississippi. But in the rural South there are no admiring glances for the shiny new car, only suspicion and anger for the black man behind the wheel.
Enter the world of Geronimo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner. Each book is a fast-paced adventure with lively art and a unique format that kids will love.
Intrepid ghosthunter-in-training Tom has battled Incredibly Revolting Ghosts, Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghosts, and a Totally Moldy Baroness. But, as it turns out, nothing — nothing — is more frightening than...final exams.
Since the early days of American aviation, racist attitudes have forced African Americans to go to extreme lengths to earn their wings. This engrossing account shares their historic history from the first days of flight to the space program.
Louis, a romantic swan, is in love with the angelic Serena, but he can't tell her how he feels; he has no voice. When he meets eleven-year-old Sam Beaver, a human friend, he goes to school with him to learn how to read and write. Louis' father also helps out; he steals a brass trumpet for his son.