Family Values

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women.
Four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, face hardships, illness, and poverty growing up in the late 1800s.

Bunyan, John. Pilgrim’s Progress.
The pilgrim Christian undertakes the dangerous journey to the Celestial City, experiencing physical and spiritual obstacles along the way.

Coman, Carolyn. Tell Me Everything.
After her mother dies in a rescue mission on a snowy mountain, twelve-year-old Roz wonders if talking to God, and to the boy for whom her mother died, can help her understand what happened.

DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie.
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

Finley, Martha. Elsie Dinsmore.
A pious young girl has difficulty establishing a relationship with her worldly father who seems indifferent to her religious principles.

Fleishman, Paul. Whirligig.
While traveling to each corner of the country to build a whirligig in memory of the girl whose death he causes, sixteen-year-old Brian finds forgiveness and atonement.

Fletcher, Susan. Walk Across the Sea.
In late nineteenth-century California, when Chinese immigrants are being driven out or even killed for fear they will take jobs from whites, fifteen-year-old Eliza Jane McCully defies the townspeople and her lighthouse-keeper father to help a Chinese boy who has been kind to her.

Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox.
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.

Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
An exuberant, sensitive young girl transforms the world of her two maiden aunts.

Gilson, Jamie. Stink Alley.
Living in Holland in 1614 with the harsh Puritan leader, William Brewster, and working for the family of a mischievous Dutch boy named Rembrandt, a spirited twelve-year-old orphan girl struggles to do what is right.

Holt, Kimberly Willis. My Louisiana Sky.
Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950s, twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.

King-Smith, Dick. Babe : the Gallant Pig.
A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

Lenski, Lois. Strawberry Girl.
A young Cracker girl dreams of becoming the best strawberry girl in the Florida backwoods.

Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
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.

MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall.
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

Montgomery, Lucy Maud. Anne of Green Gables.
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Nolan, Han. Send Me Down a Miracle.
A sleepy, God-fearing southern town erupts in chaos when a flamboyant artist from New York City returns to her birthplace for an artistic experiment.

O’Dell, Scott. The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day.
Amid political turmoil and threats of plague, young Tom Barton accepts the risks of helping William Tyndale publish and smuggle into England the Bible he has translated into English.

Paterson, Katherine. Preacher’s Boy.
In 1899, ten-year-old Robbie, son of a preacher in a small Vermont town, gets himself into all kinds of trouble when he decides to give up being Christian in order to make the most of his life before the end of the world.

Paterson, Katherin. Jacob Have I Loved.
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.

Peretti, Frank E. Hangman’s Curse.
When several students at Baker High School are stricken by an alleged curse of the school’s ghost, Elijah and Elisha Springfield and their parents, undercover investigators, are sent to uncover the truth behind the events.

Porter, Eleanor H. Pollyanna.
When orphaned eleven-year-old Pollyanna comes to live with austere and wealthy Aunt Polly, her philosophy of gladness brings happiness to her aunt and other unhappy members of the community.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising.
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Sign of the Beaver.
Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

Tolan, Stephanie S. Ordinary Miracles.
Tired of being a twin, Mark tries to spend more time away from his twin brother and meets a scientist who challenges some of Mark’s long-held Christian beliefs about heaven, God, prayer, and death.

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web.
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner unitl his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods.
A year in the life on two young people growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father’s stories and singing, and share special occasions with relatives or neighbors.

Williams, Carol Lynch. Christmas in Heaven.
When a self-centered famous movie star builds a mansion near her family’s diner in an isolated part of Florida, twelve-year-old Honey develops a friendship with the younger daughter that helps Honey realize how special her own family is.

Nonfiction

Canfield, Jack. Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul: 101 Stories of Courage, Hope, and Laughter and Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids Ages 9 – 13.
A collection of short stories, anecdotes, poems and cartoons which present a positive outlook on life.

The Children’s Book of Faith.
Offers young readers an inspirational compilation of poems, tales, Bible stories, scripture passages, and other selections

Absolutely Angels : Poems for Children and Other Believers.
A collection of poems by writers such as Emily Dickinson, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Eileen Spinelli, and the compiler celebrates the heavenly presence of angels.

Paperback Series

Golden Filly (Juvenile paperbacks G)

Cul de sac Kids (Fast & Fun and Juvenile paperbacks C)

Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle (Juvenile paperbacks M)

 
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