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Ages 9-12

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Alone by  Megan E Freeman
Perfect for fans of Hatchet and the I Survived series, this debut novel-in-verse tells the story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town. With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottweiler named George and all the books she can read. After a rough start, Maddie learns to trust her own ingenuity and invents clever ways to survive in a place that has been deserted and forgotten. As months pass, she escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But Maddie's most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie's stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?
Brave Bird at Wounded Knee : A Story of Protest on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by  Rachel Bithell
During the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a Lakota girl reconnects with her heritage, grapples with clashing views on the conflict, and determines who she wants to be.
Different Days by  Vicki Berger Erwin
Twelve-year-old Rosie and her brother face homelessness in Honolulu when their parents, Americans of German descent, are interrogated and imprisoned as suspected spies after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Includes historical notes.
Doomsday in Pompeii by Marianne Hering
When Patrick takes a trip alone in the Imagination Station for science project research, things get a little explosive. First, his cousin Beth gets angry that she was left behind. Second, Eugene Meltsner sees red when he realizes that Patrick went to Pompeii in 79 A.D. a day before Mount Vesuvius erupts! It doesn't help that the Imagination Station is on the blink and Whit has gone missing. As Beth and Eugene frantically try to find a way fix the machine, Patrick learns a few things about volcanoes: it's not the lava that comes first, it's poisonous gas. Will Eugene be able to reprogram the Imagination Station and send Beth to help Patrick? And what will happen to Patrick's new friends--a preacher, a looter, and a stray dog?
Escape From the Twin Towers by Kate Messner
Ranger, the time-travelling Golden retriever, was trained for search-and-rescue and even though he did not pass the tests, he has used his training on his many trips to help people caught up in disasters. Now he has arrived at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001 just as the first plane hits, and he must rescue fifth-graders Risha and Max who are trapped in the wreckage, guide them to safety, and hopefully reunite them with Risha's mother who works on the ninety-first floor. Includes bibliographical references.
It Rained Warm Bread : Moishe Moskowitz's Story of Hope by  Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet
A fictionalized account of the experiences of a Polish Jew, Moishe, who with his parents, brother, and sister, struggles to survive the Nazi invasion and Holocaust.
Maria and the Plague : A Black Death Survival Story by Natasha Deen
The people of fourteenth-century Florence, Italy, starving after years of bad weather and natural disasters, now face the Black Plague, but twelve-year-old Maria is determined to survive. Includes historical note, glossary, and discussion questions.
Overboard! by  Terry Lynn Johnson
Eleven-year-old Travis and twelve-year-old Stacey, separated from their families after being thrown into the Pacific off the coast of Washington, battle hypothermia as they struggle to survive. Includes Coast Guard-approved cold-water survival tips.
Sunny by Kate Klimo
Sunny, a pampered Pekingese dog, narrates the tale of the voyage and sinking of the Titanic.
Voyage with the Vikings by Marianne Hering
Beth and her cousin Patrick travel in Mr. Whittaker's invention, the Imagination station, to 1000 A.D. Greenland, where they meet Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson and witness the spread of Christianity in that country.
What Was the Alamo? by  Pam Pollack
Remember the Alamo! is still a rallying cry more than 175 years after the siege in Texas, where a small band of men held off about two thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army for twelve days. The Alamo was a crucial turning point in the Texas Revolution, and led to the creation of the Republic of Texas. With 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout and a sixteen-page black-and-white photo insert, young readers will relive this famous moment in Texas history. Includes bibliographical references.
When the Earth Dragon Trembled : A Story of Chinatown During the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire by  Judy Dodge Cummings
Han Liu rejects his father's attempts to teach him traditional Chinese values, but when an earthquake and fire strike Chinatown, separating Han from his father, a book of family proverbs is all Han has left to guide him.
Updated 06/08/2023