This tree is directed towards students ages 12 to 13, in grades 7 and 8. The aim of this tree is to get student engaged in reading, to being conversations about the books around then and to promote critical thinking about what they are reading.
We are all Made of Molecules, Susin Nielsen. 13 year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. 14 year-old Ashley is the undisputed It Girl in her class, but her grades stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart & his dad move in with Ashley & her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it, but Ashley is 110% not happy, & wobbling at the top of the social ladder. The only thing they have in common it they are made of molecules.
Young Man with Camera, Emil Sher. This is what T--- does with his camera: he makes the world larger, deeper, more beautiful & complex. Against this, the evil he confronts can only make the world smaller & uglier. And Young Man with Camera does the same; it reminds us that Art always confronts, & sometimes confounds, Darkness. This is a novel about the beauty that lies within, the darkness that comes from without, & the grace & nobility of a boy who sees through his lens.
The Dogs, Allan Stratton. Mom and I have been on the run for years. every time he catches up with us, we move to a new place and start over. This place is full of secrets. And they won't leave me alone.
The Truth Commission, Susan Juby Or: How three intrepid Art Students Got to the Bottom of One Unexpectedly Dark Secret. Open secrets are the heart of gossip-the things that no one is brave enough to ask. That is except for Normandy Pale & her friends Dusk & Neil. They are juniors at Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applies Design, & they have no fear. They are the Truth Commission. But the truth can be dangerous. A Novel, with footnotes & illustrations.
Walking Home, Eric Walters. 13 year-old Muchoki & his sister Jatam can not believe what has become of their lives. They went from living in a Kenyan village, going to school & playing with friends to living in a refugee camp. They fend of hunger & boredom while trying to keep their fears away. Until the worst happens, their mother dies. Now they deiced to walk over 100 miles across Kenya to try and find what is left of their family. Includes links to on-line resources.
Uncertain Soldier, Karen Bass. Sabotage. That's the real word for the "accidents" plaguing the logging camp. Erich is a 17 year-old German prisoner of war, cutting tress in the Alberta wilderness. Max is 12 and the son of German immigrants, making him an easy target for his classmates grief and anger over the war. His escape is the logging camp. When he befriends the enemy at the camp he could be done for. Both boys know to keep their heads down & mouths shut, until they can't.
The Cat at the Wall, Deborah Ellis. On Israel's West bank, a cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house that has just been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. The house seems empty, until the cat realizes that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards. Should she help him? After all, she's just a cat. Or is she?
Prison Boy, Sharon E. McKay. From the moment Kai arrives at the orphanage, Pax is his devoted protector. When the orphanage is shut down, the two boys are on their own. They meet thieves, ruthless policemen & worse. Pax finds a job delivering packages & life starts to look better, until one day Pax delivers something very heavy. This story brings light to the plight of children that are systematically imprisoned & subjected to cruel punishment, but it is also a story of selfless love.