Books for Independent Reading


A Picture Book of Anne Frank
by David A. Adler
(Social Studies)
Holiday l993 (32p)
Introduces readers to the well-known World War II heroine.

A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North
by Peter Sis
Knopf l993 (34p)
The story of a folk hero's dangerous journey to the Arctic.

The Courage of Sarah Noble
by Alice Dalgliesh
Scribners l987 (64p); also paper
In this classic, Sarah and her father build a home in the wilderness.
Available in Spanish as El valor de Sarah Noble.

Survive! Could You?
by Judy Donnelly and Sydelle Kramer
(Social Studies)
Random 1993 (96p); also paper
How to survive earthquakes, quicksand, tidal waves, and other disasters.

Terror in the Towers
by Adrian Kerson
(Social Studies)
Random 1993 (96p); also paper
How people trapped in the World Trade Center survived the bombing.


The Night Crossing
by Karen Ackerman
(Social Studies)
Knopf 1994 (58p)
A simply told tale of how a Jewish family escaped from Austria to Switzerland in 1938.

Stranded at Plimoth Plantation, 1626
by Gary Bowen
(Social Studies)
Harper 1994 (88p)
The diary of a fictional Plimoth settler relates the trials and tribulations experienced in 1626.

Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words
edited by Michael McCurdy
Knopf 1994 (80p)
Douglass tells in his own words how he survived his years as a slave.

The Titanic
by Deborah Kent
(Social Studies)
Childrens l993 (32p)
A gripping account of the sinking of the Titanic.

The Wave of the Sea-Wolf
by David Wisniewski
Clarion l994 (32p)
A Tlingit princess is rescued from drowning by the Sea-Wolf and in turn saves her people.

Baseball Saved Us
by Ken Mochizuki
Lee & Low 1993 (32p)
Playing baseball helps Japanese Americans endure internment during World War II.


La isla de los delfines azules (Island of the Blue Dolphins)
by Scott O'Dell
Text in Spanish.

A Prairie Boy's Winter
by William Kurelek
(Social Studies)
Houghton 1984 (48p); also paper
Winters on a Manitoba farm were both pleasant and rigorous.

My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
Dutton l988 (176p); Puffin 1991 paper
Sam chooses to spend a solitary winter on his family's land in the Catskills.

by Will Hobbs
Atheneum l993 (192p)
In this sequel to Bearstone, Cloyd risks everything to save two bear cubs.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert O'Brien
Macmillan l971 (240p); Aladdin l986 paper
Mrs. Frisby must find a way to save her children from the farmer's plow.
Available in Spanish as La Señora Frisby y las ratas de NIMH.

The Terrible Wave: Memorial Edition
by Marden Dahlstedt
(Social Studies)
R. R. Dahlstedt 1988 (125p); also paper
During the Johnstown flood, Megan is swept along in the current on a swiftly sinking mattress.

The Haymeadow
by Gary Paulsen
Delacorte 1992 (195p); Dell l994 paper
A fourteen-year-old boy tends sheep alone in the Wyoming mountains.

by Allan Baillie
Puffin l994 (119p); also paper
A boy, his sister, and her cat accidentally drift out to sea on a raft.

Julie of the Wolves
by Jean Craighead George
Harper l972; also paper
A lost Eskimo girl is taken in and befriended by a wolf pack. Available in Spanish as Julie y los lobos.

by Jean Craighead George
Harper 1994 (176p)
In this sequel to Julie of the Wolves, Julie returns to her father.

Letters from Rifka
by Karen Hesse
(Social Studies)
Holt 1992 (160p); Puffin 1993 paper
Rifka's letters to her cousin in Russia tell of her journey to America.

Toughboy and Sister
by Kirkpatrick Hill
McElderry l990 (121p); Puffin 1992 paper
An Athabascan brother and sister must fend for themselves after their father dies.

Winter Camp
by Kirkpatrick Hill
McElderry l993 (192p)
In the sequel to Toughboy and Sister, the siblings struggle to stay alive after an accident at a trapping camp.

Hugh Glass, Mountain Man
by Robert McClung
(Social Studies)
Morrow l990 (224p); also paper
A fictionalized account of a legendary Wild West character who survived an attack by a grizzly.

The Black Pearl
by Scott O'Dell
Houghton l967 (160p); also paper
Ramon's dangerous adventures as a pearl diver.
Available in Spanish as La perla negra.

Abel's Island
by William Steig
Farrar 1976 (128p); Farrar 1985 paper
A gentleman mouse must learn quickly to survive in the wild.
Available in Spanish as La isla de Abel.

Climb or Die
by Edward Myers
Hyperion l994 (180p)
Two teenagers try to get help after a car accident in the Rockies.

On the Long Trail Home
by Elisabeth J. Stewart
Clarion l994 (128p)
A Cherokee girl and her brother try to find their way home.

Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo
by Zlata Filipovic
(Social Studies)
Viking l994 (128p)
Thirteen-year-old Zlata recounts how her life changes when war breaks out.

Lost on a Mountain in Maine
by Donn Fendler
(Social Studies)
Morrow l992 (128p); also paper
The true story of a boy's nine-day struggle, lost with no supplies.

Call It Courage
by Armstrong Sperry
Macmillan l968 (96p); also paper
Mafatu, son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, must prove that he is not a coward.
Available in Spanish as Esto en coraje.

Frozen Fire: A Tale of Courage
by James Houston
Macmillan 1977 (160p); Aladdin 1992 paper
Matthew sets out to rescue his father, who is lost in the Canadian Arctic.

Ratas de Río, S. A. (River Rats, Inc.)
by Jean Craighead George
Friends take a dangerous raft trip down the Colorado River. Text in Spanish.


by Scott O'Dell
Houghton 1976 (224p); Dell 1978 paper
Sequel to Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Available in Spanish as Zia.

I Am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment
by Jerry Stanley
(Social Studies)
Crown 1994 (112p)
The Nomuras were one of several Japanese American families sent to Manzanar.

A Passion for Danger: Nansen's Arctic Adventures
by Francine Jacobs
(Social Studies)
Putnam 1994 (132p)
A biography of the Norwegian explorer of the North Pole.

The Upstairs Room
by Johanna Reiss
Harper 1987 (196p); also paper
Two Jewish sisters hide in a farmhouse in Holland.
Available in Spanish as La habitación de arriba.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

On the Far Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
Dutton 1990 (170p)
Sam searches for his sister and his stolen falcon in this sequel to My Side of the Mountain.

The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
Macmillan 1994 (128p); other editions
A classic survival story of a man and a dog in the Yukon.

The Hidden Children
by Howard Greenfield
Ticknor 1993 (118p)
Relates the experiences of Jewish children forced into hiding during the Holocaust.

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