The best books and movies for kids
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- A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
by Alice Childress
- The life of a thirteen-year-old Harlem youth on his way to becoming a
heroin addict is seen from his viewpoint and from that of several people
- A Separate Peace
by John Knowles
- Knowles' classic story of two friends at boarding school during World
War II has been a
consistent seller for more than 20 years.
- Bee and Jacky
by Carolyn Coman
- A moving story told with grace and courage of one family's deep wounds,
consuming impact of incest, and the ability to heal. A National Book
- Belle Prater's Boy
by Ruth White
- Gypsy and her cousin Woodrow become close friends after Woodrow's mother
disappears. White's words artfully describe the coal mining region of
Virginia and the
emotional journey her characters must take.
- Bless the Beasts & the Children
by Glendon Swarthout
- The neglected attendees of the Box Canyon Boys Camp find their lives
around by Cotton, who, in a hot-wired pickup, challenges them to join
save a herd of buffalo and rediscover themselves in the process.
- California Blue
by David Klass
- John must choose between an important cause and his own townspeople when
that a blue butterfly is unique in all the world and that the local mill
must be closed in
order to save it.
- Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul : 101 Stories of Life, Love and
Soup for the Soul Series)
by Jack Canfield (Editor), Kimberly Kirberger, Mark V. Hansen (Editor)
- A batch of short stories that guides teenagers through one of the most
difficult periods in
life. Contains important lessons on friendship and love, the importance
of belief in the
future, the value of respect for oneself and others, and more.
- Dangerous Angels : The Weetzie Bat Books
by Francesca Lia Block
- The many wild adventures of Weetzie and friends have finally been
compiled into one
- Go Ask Alice
by Anonymous, Beatrice M. Sparks (Editor)
- The pain of adolescence has is clearly dipicted in this classic diary by
addicted teen. Lonely, awkward, and under extreme pressure from her
she finally succumbs to drug use as a terrifying escape.
- I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
by Joanne Greenberg
- Chronicles the three-year battle of a mentally ill, but perceptive,
teenage girl against
a world of her own creation, emphasizing her relationship with the
doctor who gave
her the ammunition of self-understanding with which to help herself.
- Missing May
by Cynthia Rylant
- This simple and sweet story, which won the Newbery Medal in 1993, is
injected with just
the right touches of humor and mysticism.
- Lisa, Bright and Dark
by John Neufeld
- Lord of the Flies
by William Gerald Golding
- The classic tale of a group of English school boys who are left stranded
unpopulated island, and who must confront not only the defects of their
the defects of their own natures.
- Of Mice and Men
- An itinerant farmhand's loving protection of a slow-witted comrad has
implications for both characters, in Steinbeck's classic tale.
- Out of the Dust (Newbery Medal Book)
by Karen Hesse
- 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.
by Melvin Burgess
- This searing account of two young runaways' descent into heroin
their faltering climb back out. Won England's Carnegie Medal and
Guardian Prize for
- Summer of My German Soldier
by Bette Greene
- A poignant, tragic story of a mistreated Jewish girl who befriends an
German prisoner of war because he is kind to her.
- The Chosen
by Chaim Potok
- In 1940s Brooklyn, an accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny
Saunders together. Despite their differences the young men form a deep,
- The Face on the Milk Carton
by Caroline B. Cooney
- A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie Johnson on a
her real identity.
- The Giver
by Lois Lowry
- Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. But when he is
given his life
assignment as the Receiver, he begins to understand the dark secrets
this fragile community.
- The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
- A children's story at heart (originally written for Tolkien's own kids),
rightly holds its own as a classic, the sweet if simple predecessor to
epic in all of fantasy.
- The Island on Bird Street
by Uri Orlev, Hillel Halkin (Translator)
- During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a
ruined house in
the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under
- The Midwife's Apprentice
by Karen Cushman
- A homeless medieval waif who names herself Alyce is taken in by the
midwife, befriends a cat, learns about delivering babies, and confronts
an infant dies.
- The Night of the Twisters
by Ivy Ruckman
- A fictional account of the night freakish and devastating tornadoes hit
Nebraska, as experienced by a twelve-year-old, his family, and friends.
- Where the Lilies Bloom
by Vera Cleaver, Bill Cleaver
- Set in the Appalachian hills, the story, narrated by 14-year-old Mary
Call, tells of her
efforts to keep her family together and independent after their
dies. School Library Journal Best of the Best (1969); ALA Notable
New York Times Outstanding Children's Book of 1969.
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