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following novel sets are available for loan from the Saskatoon Public School
Materials Centre. Many have internet links to activities and lesson
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Will Be Wolves
by Karleen Bradford - Ursula is the motherless daughter of an apothecary.
When she begins to treat people with the herbal knowledge she has acquired
from her father, she is accused of being a witch and agrees to join a crusade
to the Holy Land in order to escape punishment. The characters in this novel
illustrate many of the motives that led people in the Holy Roman Empire to
embark on their journey, their difficulties en route, and the tragic results
of their crusades to the Holy Land. The crusaders represent the altruism,
greed, poverty, misguided religious fervor, and superstition of European crusaders.
Ursula and her faithful friend Bruno are well-rounded characters in a credible
the Steel River
by Ted Stenhouse - In a 1952 prairie town, two teenage boys discover an Indian
war hero badly beaten and left for dead. When the local police turn a blind
eye, they take it upon themselves to break the case
by Robert O'Brien - After living alone for a year, believing herself to be
the only survivor of a nuclear holocaust, sixteen-year-old Ann makes a startling
discovery--a scientist named John Loomis has also survived--but this pleasant
surprise very quickly turns sinister.
Alternative Plots for Robert C. O’Brien's Z for Zachariah
- The science fiction novel, Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O’Brien is
full of moral dilemmas. As a culminating activity for this novel, students
write alternative endings for the novel based around the important decisions
made by Ann Burden, the main character.
Quimby Age 8 by
Beverly Cleary - The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona enters
the third grade.
Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
by Judith Kerr - Recounts the adventures of a nine-year-old Jewish girl
and her family in the early 1930s as they travel from Germany to England.
by Christopher Paul Curtis - Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in
Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and
sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader,
H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
of the Eagles
by Eric Walters - 14-year-old Jed is a proud Canadian, the son of a British
fighter pilot and a Tsimshian Indian, he has every reason to be proud of his
heritage. But when World War 2 comes about, and his best friend Tadashi, a
Japanese Canadian, is interned, Jed begins to question his heritage and his
Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Eric Walters
- The Dream Keeper is a collection of poems just for kids.
by David Klass - When seventeen-year-old John Rodgers discovers a new sub-species
of butterfly which may necessitate closing the mill where his dying father
works, they find themselves on opposite sides of the environmental conflict.
by Joan Clark - Thrand, a Norse boy in the 11th century, is captured by the
Beothuk, the red ochre people of the new-found land (Newfoundland).
by James Barry - This collection of articles and poems illustrates the varied
ways in which concerned world citizens are working to help the environment.
Included are a table of contents and and eight-page photograph insert.
by Sharon Creech - After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old
Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along
the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
by William Bell - Ten years after last seeing his father, Wick receives a
postcard stamped with only the word DAD. Although Wick feels that the impersonal
stamp symbolizes his father’s indifference, its appearance precipitates
a search for a father whom Wick barely remembers. Wick is shocked to discover
that his father’s continued attempts to maintain contact have been thwarted
by his mother. Wick also learns that, although his father has obviously cultured
musical tastes, his inability to read has cost him his marriage and access
to his son, and has required his father to find ingenious strategies for surviving
in a literate world. And when Wick’s homosexual friend commits suicide,
it is Wick’s father who provides the wisdom and support to comfort the
by Felice Holman - Left behind when his whole family is arrested by soldiers
during the dark days following the Bolshevik Revolution, twelve-year-old Alex
falls in with a gang of other desperate homeless children, but never loses
his hope for a better life.
by Gary Paulsen - The story begins where Hatchet might have ended--Brian is
not rescued, but must rely on his survival skills to face his deadliest enemy--a
by Karen Cushman - The daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal
in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for
adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married
by Katherine Paterson - Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined
to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts,
in the 1840s.
by William Bell - Originally entitled The Cripples' Club, this is the story
of four friends who form a club to support each other and to find ways to
cope with their disabilities. A challenging trip to a wilderness area of Algonquin
Park cements their friendship. Note: This novel contains derogatory terms
and realistic conversation that may be considered offensive.
Age 8 by Beverly Cleary - The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona
enters the third grade.
Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula LeGuin - A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil
he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
by Mary-Ellen L. Collura - A collection of resource-based units designed for
study by kindergarten to grade 12 students, this manual provides excellent
models of collaboration between teachers and teacher-librarians. It also presents
over 30 units in several subject areas that illustrate the link between literature
and learning. Included are a table of contents, samples of organizers, and
suggestions for assessment.
Was Then, This Is Now
by S. E. Hinton - Sixteen-year-old Mark and Bryon have been like brothers
since childhood, but now, as their involvement with girls, gangs, and drugs
increases, their relationship seems to gradually disintegrate.
Young to Die by Candice F. Ransom - The true story of Hannah
Senesh, who at the age of 18 left her home in Budapest and went to Palestine.
There she joined in the struggle for a Jewish homeland. Then, in 1943, she
parachuted back into enemy territory to rescue Allied pilots and Jews, including
by S. E. Hinton - Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents'
death, as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of their
adolescent society in which they find themselves "outsiders."
Going to Buy You a Mockingbird
by Jean Little - A young boy struggles to cope with his father's death.
for the Singing
by Jean Little - Anna Solden is 14 year old German girl living in Canada in
the 1940s. She begins her first year at a normal high school after years of
special classes at a special school due to her very poor eyesight. She experiences
predjudice from one of her teachers because of her German background, but
makes several new friends regardless. Her brother Rudi, oldest of the 5 Solden
children, goes off to fight in the war, but returns blind. Anna helps him
cope with his dramatically altered lifestyle, and the two of them become close
friends despite Rudi's cruelty towards Anna in earlier years.
by Marilyn Halvorson - Red's best friend Lance is a "cool" guy,
the kind who hides his feelings and never seems to let anything bother him.
But one day Lance's life is shattered by someone he has been trying to forget
- someone who threatens to ruin his life. Should Red stand by and let his
best friend destroy himself?
by Diana J. Wieler - A troubled twelve-year-old with a history of running
away from foster homes is given a last chance when he is sent to a farm where
other "tough kids," who can make or break each other, are looked
after by a caring Englishman.
Keeper of the Isis Light
by Monica Hughes - Olwen Pendennis is the Keeper of the Isis Light. She and
her companion, Guardian, have lived alone on the remote planet Isis since
the death of her parents. Now colonists from overcrowded, polluted Earth have
landed and are settling in the valleys. Olwen fears these new inhabitants
may ruin her world forever, and it seems she may be right.
by Solomon Cleaver - This re-issue of Solomon Cleaver’s popular adaptation
of Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo includes the original black and white movie
stills. This novel is useful, not only for its view of the poverty and injustice
facing ordinary citizens during the French Revolution, but also for its affirmation
of the values of forgiveness and love. The teacher’s guide, written
by James A. MacNeill, contains suggestions for introductory discussion, and
response or extension activities. Included are historical notes regarding
the people, events, and technology of the era.
of Lesser Causes
by Julie Johnston - Twelve-year-old Keely and her older brother Patrick enjoy
a very close friendship. When Patrick falls victim to polio and loses the
will to live, Keely decides that her role as a hero will now need to be focused,
not on heroism on a grand scale, but on the lesser causes such as improving
Patrick’s life. While carrying out her heroic mission, Keely and her
girlfriend develop a first tentative friendship with a neighboring boy. This
novel is a Governor-General’s Literary Award winner
by Robert Lipsyte - After a successful start in a boxing career, a Harlem
high school dropout decides that competing in the ring isn't enough of life
and resolves to aim for different goals.
Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - An orphan grows up
on the Mississippi River.