Annotated Book List The following books will be used throughout the unit.
They have been selected because characters have to adapt to new environments or situations.

something-to-hold.jpgSchlick Noe, Katherine (2011) Something to Hold. New York, N.Y: Clarion Books.

This middle grades novel is about Kitty, a young girl who moves with her family to an Indian reservation in Oregon. Inspired by her own childhood experience, the author brings us into the life of sixth grade Kitty as she struggles to find a place for herself in a new situation, overcome new challenges, make new friends, and learn what it means to be a white government worker's daughter on the reservation. This book will be read aloud throughout the unit.

The following books will be options for students to read in the book club groups. Each student will be reading one of these books with about 4 of their peers. They will have a chance to discuss the books as they read, find similarities between what the characters do to adapt in their respective books, and learn from each other.

DiCamillo, Kate (2000). Because of Winn Dixie. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

A young girl, India Opal, moves to a new town with her father. Her mother left when she was just a baby, so she is lonely when her father, a preacher, is too busy to spend much time with her. India tells a story of how she came to be friends with many interesting people, all because of a big dog that falls into her lap one summer day shortly after moving to her new Florida town.

Ada, Alma Flor. (1993) My Name is Maria Isabel. New York, N.Y: Antheneum Books for Young Readers.

Maria is a new girl in the United States, who has just moved from Puerto Rico. Her teacher insists on calling her Mary, but she wants badly to be called by her real name, which tells a lot about her family and her past.

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Banerjee, Anjali (2010) Seaglass Summer. New York, N.Y: Windy Lamb Books.

Poppy Ray wants to be a veteranarian. She gets to go spend the summer with her uncle on an island in Washington, which tells her a lot about what it is really like to be an animal doctor. Through this experience, she starts to reconsider if this is what she wants to do with her life.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. (2000). Esperanza rising. New York, N.Y: Scholastic, Inc.

Young Esperanza has lived a good life, born into a wealthy family in Mexico. But when things change all of a sudden, Esperanza has to move to California with her mother, and they no longer have the wealth they have always known. Esperanza realizes quickly that her life might never be the same.

Himalblau, Linda (2005). The Trouble begins. USA: Delacorte Press.

A young Vietnamese boy immigrates to the USA with his grandmother to meet up with the rest of the family. He has a lot of catching up to do to adapt to a new life, a new language, and a new school.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. (1998). Riding Freedom. New York, N.Y: Scholastic, Inc.

Charlotte, a young orphan in New Hampshire, wants to run away from the orphanage and ride horses. She is a very good rider, but since she is a girl, she is not allowed to in the 19th century. She disguises herself as a boy in order to be able to ride.


Whelan, Gloria. (1993). Night of the full moon. New York, N.Y: Random House, Inc.

In 1840, Libby, a young Michigan girl, finds herself accidentally caught up in the forced evacuation of a group of Potawatomi Indians being forced off their land.

Maclachlan, Patricia. (1985) Sarah, plain and tall. New York, N.Y: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Caleb and Anna are excited when their father gets a mail-order bride to come live with them. They really love her and hope she will stay, but she is not so sure about the prairie life.

Cushman, Karen. (1996). The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. New York, N. Y: Clarion Books.

A young girl, Lucy, is disappointed when her mom decides to move the family from Massachusetts to a small town in California. She struggles as she tries to find a new home far from the only one she knew.