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Literature Circle   I-L - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsPagan's Crusade
by Catherine Jinks

In twelth-century Jerusalem, orphaned sixteen-year-old Pagan is assigned to work for Lord Roland, a Templar knight, as Saladin's armies close in on the Holy City.

Awards won by Pagan's Crusade
  • 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up (2009, Ages 12↑)

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsEvil Genius
by Catherine Jinks

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

Awards won by Evil Genius
  • Books with Bite: Teen Read Week 2008
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • Davitt Award (Best Young Adult Novel, 2006)
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2007)
  • Book Sense Summer Pick Teen Readers (2007)

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsHero of Lesser Causes
by Julie Johnston

In 1946 twelve-year-old Keely is devastated when her older brother Patrick is paralyzed by polio, and she starts a campaign to reawaken his waning interest in life.

Awards won by Hero of Lesser Causes
  • Governor General's Literary Award (1992)

Literature  Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsCracker the Best Dog in Vietnam
by Cynthia Kadohata

A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing German shepherd.


Awards won by Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam
  • Cybils Finalist (Middle Grade Novels, 2007)
  • South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee (2008-2009)

Literature  Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsCages

by
Peg Kehret

After losing an acting role and fighting with her alcoholic stepfather, Kit is arrested for shoplifting and ordered to work, as part of her sentence, at an animal shelter.


Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsAlabama Moon
by Watt Key

After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon Blake is removed from the Alabama forest where he was raised and sent to a boy's home, where, for the first time, he has contact with the outside world and learns about friendship, love, and humanity.

Awards won by Alabama Moon
  • Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2008)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (2008-2009)
  • E.B. White Read Aloud Award by the Association of Booksellers for Children (Older readers, 2007)

dear joe, kilbourneDear Jo
by Christina Kilbourne

A series of journal entries in which Maxine shares the story of losing her best friend Leah, discusses her feelings of fear, guilt, and betrayal, and describes her attempts to help the police find the Internet predator who abducted Leah.


Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsDiary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.


Awards won by Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Teens Top Ten Nominated Titles for 2008
  • Borders Original Voices (2008)
  • Book Sense Book of the Year (2008)

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsSon of the Mob
by Gordon Korman

Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

Awards won by Son of the Mob
  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee (2004-2005)
  • Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice (2005)
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2003)
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (2005.02|Own Your Freak, 2005)
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers - Top Ten (2003)
  • Iowa Teen Award Nominee (2006-2007)
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2003)
  • Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Nominee (2005)

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsEverest

by Gordon Korman

Four climbers, winners of an American Junior Alpine Association contest, vie to become the youngest person ever to reach the peak of Mount Everest.


Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsJake, Reinvented

by Gordon Korman

Rick becomes friends with the popular new boy, Jake Garrett, football player and host of superlative parties, and in the process discovers the true nature of his schoolmates and uncovers the mystery of Jake's past.

Awards won by Jake Reinvented
  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee (2006-2007)
  • Stellar Book Award Nominee
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2004)
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (2010)

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsThe Garbage King

by Elizabeth Laird

When disaster strikes their family, Mamo and Dani are forced to live as street urchins in the slums of an Ethiopian city, where they are taken into a gang led by a tough but likable boy named Million.

Awards won by The Garbage King
  • Scottish Arts Council Children's Book of the Year Award
  • Stockport Schools Book Award.
  • Carnegie Medal nominee
  • Blue Peter Book Awards nominee
  • Salford Children's Book Award nominee
  • Calderdale Children's Book Award nominee
  • Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award nominee
  • Stockton Children's Book of the Year nominee
  • West Sussex Children's Book Award nominee
  • Portsmouth Book Award nominee
  • Sheffield Children's Book Award nominee.

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsSkulduggery Pleasant

(Sceptre of the Ancients)

by Derek Landy

When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

Awards won by Skulduggery Pleasant
  • Red House Children's Book Award in 2007

ashes, laskyAshes
by Katherine Lasky


Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsLord of the Nutcracker Men

by Iain Lawrence

Ten-year-old Johnny eagerly plays at war with the army of nutcracker soldiers his toymaker father whittles for him. But in 1914, Germany looms as the real enemy of Europe, and Johnny's father proudly enlists to fight at the front in France. Johnny misses his dad but believes he will return in a few months. It is not to be.

Awards won by Lord of the Nutcracker Men
  • NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (2002)

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsThe Thieves of Ostia

by Caroline Lawrence

In Rome in the year 79 A.D., a group of children from very different backgrounds work together to discover who beheaded a pet dog -- and why.




Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsKing of the Lost and Found

by John Lekich

With the help of a popular - but troubled - grade 12 student, Raymond begins the transformation from lonely nerd to the only guy who can get you into the hottest club in town - but how long will it last?


Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsA Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Awards won by A Wrinkle in Time
  • Newbery Medal (1963)
  • Sequoyah Children's Book Award (1963)
  • Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1965)
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (1963)
  • ALA 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000
  • 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up (2009)
  • 100 Greatest Science Fiction/ Fantasy Novels of All Time
  • All-Time Best Fantasy Novel Before 1990

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsSpy X The Code

by Peter Lerangis

Eleven-year-old twins Andrew and Evie's mother suddenly disappears on their birthday leaving only a cryptic note, and one year later they receive a mysterious package that will lead them on an incredible journey to finding their mother.


Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsElla Enchanted
by Gail Carson Levine

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.


Awards won by Ella Enchanted
  • Newbery Honor (1998)
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (2000)
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults (1998)
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (2000)
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (1998)
  • Iowa Teen Award Nominee (1999-2000)
  • Iowa Teen Award Winner (1999-2000)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (1999-2000)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Winner (1999-2000)
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee
  • ALA Notable Children's Book (1998)

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis

Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Awards won by The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Waterstones Books of the Century (1997)
  • Waterstones The Nation's Favourite Children's Books (1997)
  • Time's All-Time 100 Novels selection
  • BBC's Big Read (Best loved novel, 2003)
  • Whitcoulls top 100, 2008
  • The Telegraph's 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (2008)
  • Newsweek's Top 100 Books: The Meta-List (2009)
  • 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up (2009)
  • New York Public Library's Books of the Century

wondrous strangeWondrous Strange
by Lesley Livingston

Seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, an understudy for a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," meets Sonny Flannery, who guards the Samhain Gate that connects the mortal realm with the Otherworld and is determined to protect Kelley as she learns about her own magical fate.

The disreputable history of Frankie Landau BanksThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks

by E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks attempts to take over a secret, all-male society at her exclusive prep school, and her antics with the group soon draw some unlikely attention and have unexpected consequences that could change her life forever.

Awards won by Frankie Landau-Banks
2009 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee


Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsThe Call of the Wild

Jack London

A dog of the Klondike reverts to the wild and becomes the leader of a pack of wolves.




the undrowned child, lovricThe Undrowned Child
by Michelle Louric

In 1899, eleven-year-old Teodora goes with her scientist parents from Naples to Venice, Italy, which is falling victim to a series of violent natural disasters, and once there she is drawn into a web of mysterious adventures involving mermaids, an ancient prophecy, and the possible destruction of the city itself.

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsNumber the Stars
by Lois Lowry

Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think about life bfore the war. But it's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town.

Awards won by Number the Stars
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award (1989)
  • National Jewish Book Award (1990)
  • Newbery Medal (1990)
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (1992)
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (1990)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (1991-1992)
  • 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up (2009)
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"
  • An American Library Association Notable Book

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsGathering Blue
Lois Lowry

Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can carry out. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes that she is surrounded by mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world - and to find out what exists beyond.

Awards won by Gathering Blue
  • Iowa Teen Award Nominee (2002-2003)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (2002-2003)

Literature Circle I-L - Mrs. Klassen  RecommendsThe Hollow Tree
Janet Lunn

It is 1775 and Phoebe Olcott is plungecd into the horrors of war when her cousin Gideon is hanged for being a British spy. When she finds the secret message he left behind, Phoebe knows she must deliver it...

Awards won by The Hollow Tree
  • Governor General's Literary Award (Children's Literature-Text, 1998)

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