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Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 49 Available: 49

Synopsis: With parallels to the enlightenment of the Buddha, Hesse's Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin's quest for the ultimate reality. Steeped in the tenets of both psychoanalysis and Eastern mysticism, Siddhartha presents an original view of man and culture, and the arduous process of self-discovery that leads to reconciliation, harmony, and peace.
33. Title: Four Classic American Novels: The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, Billy Budd (2001—Signet Classic) Author: An Introduction by William Thorp Genre: Fiction Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 61 Available: 61

Synopsis: These shining examples of American literature at its best capture the timeless themes that still fascinate us today—sex, adventure, war, morality, and combine them with compelling plots. From a community pariah and a runaway boy to a terrified soldier and a maltreated sailor, the unforgettable characters in these classic stories have become a part of popular culture.
34. Title: The Red Badge of Courage (1895) Author: Stephen Craine Genre: Psychological Realism Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: The Red Badge of Courage Audio: The Badge of Courage performed by Frank Muller (4 CDs) Total: 48 Available: 48

Synopsis: The Red Badge of Courage is a short novel with elements of the bildungsroman. The book focuses on the character development of a young soldier after he enlists in the Union Army in 1863, during the American Civil War. The novel presents a realistic portrait of the youth and the battle he fights with the enemy and with himself.
35. Title: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Short Fiction (1986—Bantam Classic) Author: Stephen Crane Genre: Fiction Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 38 Available: 38

Synopsis: Stephen Crane's first novel is the tale of a pretty young slum girl driven to brutal excesses by poverty and loneliness. It was considered so sexually frank and realistic, that the book had to be privately printed at first.

36. Title: Homecoming (1973) Author: Cynthia Voigt Genre: Realistic Fiction



Target Grade: 6-9 DVD: CD: Total: 21 Available: 21

Synopsis: Have you ever been deserted and left on your own? What would you do if you were deserted and left for dead somewhere by a person you thought you could trust? In the story The Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt, these kids had to go through with this when there mother left them in the middle of nowhere. This survival story is set in Connecticut but later moves on to Massachusetts. It is an amazing tale about four kids who were deserted but soon find support in the cold hard world they had been left in.
37. Title: Homecoming *and Related Readings Author: Cynthia Voigt Genre: Fiction

Target Grade: 6-9 DVD: CD: Total: 77 Available: 77

Synopsis: *A textbook reader for young adults, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension.
Homecoming: Four abandoned children in search of a home. Novel by Cynthia Voigt. Shells: A boy and his aunt thrown together by fate. Short story by Cynthia Rylant. Little Sister: A sister's love and protection. Poem by Nikki Grimes. A Christmas Tree for Lydia: Times are hard for Eddy's family, but he has a plan... Short story by Elizabeth Enright. The Journey: A long journey and a "faded dream". Poem by Hu Feng. from The Resillent Child: How do some kids find the strength to overcome obstacles? Essay by Kevin Bushwelter. Train Time: A Native American boy and a man who wants to help. Short story by D'Arcy McNickle. A Celebration of Grandfathers: A Grandfather's "wise path of life". Nonfiction by Rudolfo Anays.
38. Title: Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Genre: Gothic/ Romance/Historical

  • The Scarlet Letter (Nextext) Total: 269 Available: 269

  • The Scarlet Letter (2004—Perma Bound) Total: 35 Available: 35

  • The Scarlet Letter and Related Readings ( 1997) Total: 56 Available: 56

Teacher Resources:

  • Cliffs Notes—“The Scarlet Letter” Available: 1

  • Elements of Literature—Elements of the Novel: A Study Guide to “The Scarlet Letter” Available: 1

  • Literature Connections/SourceBook—“The Scarlet Letter” Available: 10


Target Grade: 6-10 DVD: Audio: The Scarlet Letter (8 CDs)

Synopsis: *A textbook reader for young adults, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension.

For nearly a century and a half, Hawthorne's masterpiece has mesmerized readers and critics alike. One of the greatest American novels, its themes of sin, guilt, and redemption, woven through a story of adultery in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, are revealed with remarkable psychological penetration and understanding of the human heart.


39. Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Nextext) Author: Mark Twain Genre: Historical Fiction Target Grade: 6-12 CD: Total: 85 Available: 85

DVDs:

  1. Mark Twain by PBS

  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Understanding a Classic



Synopsis: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follow on Mark Twain's earlier novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This book inspired controversy with its rich local color and often scathing examinations of racism. The story of Huckleberry Finn abounds with enduring lessons and images and is one of Mark Twain's greatest novels.

40. Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn *and Related Readings (1997) Author: Mark Twain



Genre: Fiction Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 170 Available: 170

Synopsis: *A textbook reader for young adults, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follow on Mark Twain's earlier novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This book inspired controversy with its rich local color and often scathing examinations of racism. The story of Huckleberry Finn abounds with enduring lessons and images and is one of Mark Twain's greatest novels.


41. Title: Jane Eyre (1847) Author: Charlotte Bronte Genre: Romance/Gothic Fiction

Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 17 Available: 17

Synopsis: Jane Eyre hardly seems the stuff from which revolutions are made. But the story is very much about the nature of human freedom and equality, and if Jane was seen as something of a renegade in nineteenth-century England, it is because her story is that of a woman who struggles for self-definition and determination in a society that too often denies her that right. But self-determination does not mean untrammeled freedom for men or women. Rochester, that thorny masculine beast whom Jane eventually falls for, is a man who sets his own laws and manipulates the lives of those around him; before he can enter into a marriage of equals with Jane he must undergo a spiritual transformation. Should the lesson sound dry, it's not. Jane Eyre is full of drama: fires, storms, attempted murder, and a mad wife conveniently stashed away in the attic. This is very sexy stuff - another reason Victorian critics weren't quite sure what to make of it.

42. Title: Jane Eyre *and Related Readings (2009) Author: Charlotte Bronte Genre: Fiction



Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 55 Available: 55

Teacher Resources: Cliff’s Notes for Jane Eyre Available: 1

Synopsis: *A textbook reader for young adults, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension.

Set in 19th-century England, Jane Eyre tells a story of spirit and passion. Jane, an orphan, a teacher, and a governess claims her right to feel strong emotions and to act on her own convictions.


43. Title: The Call of the Wild: Classic Retelling (Nextext) Author: Jack London

Genre: Adventure Target Grade: 7-9 DVD: CD: Total: 64 Available: 64

Synopsis: The Call of the Wild tells the story of a dog named Buck. He is stolen from his home in the Santa Clara Valley of California, and taken to the Alaskan gold fields to be a sled dog. This story tells the life of Buck as he is passed from owner to owner. He eventually finds a kind master, John Thornton. Read The Call of the Wild to discover what Buck does when the master he loves is killed.
44. Title: Speak (1999) Author: Laurie Halsen Anderson Genre: Realistic Fiction

Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 309 Available: 309

Synopsis: A few weeks before her freshman year of high school, Melinda Sordino and her friend Rachel are invited to a high school party. There, Melinda gets drunk and meets a senior, Andy Evans, who takes her to a secluded part of the woods and rapes her. She calls 911 and the police break up the party for underage drinking, arresting some of the kids. Numb and alone, Melinda walks miles home to an empty house. In the following weeks she tells no one what happened, and as a result, no one realizes she was raped. She becomes depressed.
45. Title: The Bell Jar (1963) Author: Silvia Plath Genre: Semi-Autobiography

Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 40 Available: 40

Synopsis: A vulnerable young girl wins a dream assignment on a big-time New York fashion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. An autobiographical account of Sylvia Plath's own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, The Bell Jar is more than a confessional novel, it is a comic but painful statement of what happens to a woman's aspirations in a society that refuses to take them seriously... a society that expects electroshock to cure the despair of a sensitive, questioning young artist whose search for identity becomes a terrifying descent toward madness.

46. Title: Lord of the Flies (1954) Author: William Golding Genre: Allegory/Adventure Story



Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 117 (-37 to Ms. Brown) Available: 80

Synopsis: William Golding sets his novel Lord of the Flies at a time when Europe is in the midst of nuclear destruction. A group of boys, being evacuated from England to Australia, crash lands on a tropical island. No adults survive the crash, and the novel is the story of the boys' descent into chaos, disorder, and evil.

47. Title: Girl, Interrupted (1994) Author: Susanna Keysen Genre: Memoir/Autobiography



Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 38 Available: 38

Synopsis: In April 1967, 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen is admitted to McLean Hospital, in Belmont, Massachusetts, after attempting suicide. She denies that it was a suicide attempt to a psychiatrist, who suggests she take time to regroup in McLean, a private mental hospital. Susanna is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, and her stay extends to 18 months.

Susanna reflects on the nature of her illness, including difficulty making sense of visual patterns, and suggests that sanity is a falsehood constructed to help the "healthy" feel "normal." She also questions how doctors treat mental illness, and whether they are treating the brain or the mind.

48. Title: Party Girl (1999) Author: Lynne Ewing Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 161 Available: 161

Synopsis: The room smells of sweat, smoke, beer, and longing. The music pulses, the lights flash, and Kata and Ana dance. For a moment the raucous crowd is tamed, and together the two girls soar above their lives—but then the deafening applause sends the dancers crashing down to earth, back to the gang wars, the gunfire, and the only way of life they know.
In a neighborhood consumed by violence, every day may be a gang member's last. And sometimes the only life you can hope to save is your own.

49. Title: Carlota (1977) Author: Scott O’Dell Genre: Fiction



Target Grade: 5-12 DVD: CD: Total: 13 Available: 13

Synopsis: Raised to take the place of her dead brother, Carlota de Zubaran can do anything that Carlos could have done. She races her stallion through the California lowlands, dives into shark-infested waters searching for gold, and fights in the battles that rage between the Mexicans and the Americans. At sixteen, she is fearless—and that pleases her father very much.

Yet while Carlota thoroughly enjoys her freedom, she wants to be more than her father's "son." She wants to be herself, brave and courageous but free to show feelings of tenderness and compassion as well. Her father thinks such feelings are shameful, so Carlota must defy him. That will be the most difficult battle of all.

50. Title: Ashes of Roses (2004) Author: Mary Jane Auch Genre: Historical Fiction

Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 35 Available: 35

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died.

Sixteen-year-old Rose Nolan and her family are grateful to have finally reached America, the great land of opportunity. Their happiness is shattered when part of their family is forced to return to Ireland. Rose wants to succeed and stays in New York with her younger sister Maureen. The sisters struggle to survive and barely do so by working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Then, just as Rose is forming friendships and settling in, a devastating fire forces her, Maureen, and their friends to fight for their lives. Surrounded by pain, tragedy, and ashes, Rose wonders if there’s anything left for her in this great land of America.

51. Title: All the Pretty Horses (1992) Author: Cormac McCarthy

Genre: Self-reflexive Western Novel Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 46 Available: 46

Synopsis: Cormac McCarthy's acclaimed Border trilogy is now complete. The first and most admired book of the series is McCarthy's National Book Award-winning All The Pretty Horses. In highly evocative prose that puts the reader firmly in the saddle, All The Pretty Horses follows the progress of laconic 16-year-old Texan John Grady Cole, his pal Lacey Rawlins, and the mysterious young sharp shooter Jimmy Blevins as they ride across the border into Mexico in search of adventure.

52. Title: Ceremony (1977) Author: Leslie Marmon Silko Genre: Storytelling



Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 43 Available: 43

Synopsis: The novel tells the story of Tayo, a veteran of mixed ancestry returning from fighting against Japan in World War II. Returning to the poverty-stricken reservation at Laguna, Tayo is recovering from shell-shock and is haunted with memories of his cousin, who died in the conflict. Seeking an escape from his pain, Tayo initially takes refuge in alcoholism. Gradually, helped by the mixed-blood shaman Betonie, he comes to a greater understanding of the world and his own place within it.

53. Title: Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust (1975) Author: Nathaniel West Genre: Short Story/Novella Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: The Day of the Locust



Total: 67 Available: 67

Synopsis: "Somehow or other I seem to have slipped in between all the 'schools,'" observed Nathanael West the year before his untimely death in 1940. "My books meet no needs except my own, their circulation is practically private and I'm lucky to be published." Yet today, West is widely recognized as a prophetic writer whose dark and comic vision of a society obsessed with mass-produced fantasies foretold much of what was to come in American life. Miss Lonelyhearts (1933), which West envisioned as "a novel in the form of a comic strip," tells of an advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist who becomes tragically embroiled in the desperate lives of his readers. The Day of the Locust (1939) is West's great dystopian Hollywood novel based on his experiences at the seedy fringes of the movie industry.

54. Title: A Lesson Before Dying (1997) Author: Ernest J. Gaines Genre: Historical Fiction



Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: A Lesson Before Dying Audio: A Lesson Before Dying (7 CDs)

Total: 33 Available: 33

Synopsis: A great book combines enlightenment with enchantment. It awakens our imagination and enlarges our humanity. It can even offer harrowing insights that somehow console and comfort us. Fiction has the signal ability to embody social ideas in a compelling narrative that possesses both emotional and intellectual power. Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying offers a painful yet inspirational tale of institutional injustice and personal redemption. It addresses the biggest theme possible—how one affirms life in the face of death.
55. Title: Love Medicine (1984) Author: Louise Erdrich Genre: Fiction

Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 35 Available: 35

Synopsis: Love Medicine is made up of a disjointed but interconnected series of short narratives, each told from the perspective of a different character, and moving backwards and forward in time through every decade between the 1930s and the present day, the book told the stories of several families living near each other on a North Dakota Ojibwe reservation.

56. Title: The Stranger (1942) Author: Albert Camus Genre: Absurdity/Fiction



Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 63 Available: 63

Synopsis: The Stranger poses one poignant, implicit (sometimes not too subtle) question: what if life has no greater meaning than the stream of one’s experiences? What would life look like if you made no appeal to a higher power, greater order, or eternal values? Albert Camus provides the answer through the eyes of his protagonist, Mr. Meursault right from the first paragraph, “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know. I had a telegram from home: ‘mother passed away. Funeral tomorrow. Yours sincerely.’ That doesn’t mean anything. It may have been yesterday.”

57. Title: Phoenix Rising (1994) Author: Karen Hesse Genre: Realistic Fiction



Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 12 Available: 12

Synopsis: Nyle's life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advances rhythmically through the seasons until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear power plant. Without warning, Nyle's modest world fills with protective masks, evacuations, contaminated food, disruptions, and mistrust. Karen Hesse's voice and vision are grounded in truth; she takes on a difficult subject, contains it, and makes it resonate with honesty. Part love story, part coming of age, this is a tour de force by a gifted writer.
58. Title: Born on the Fourth of July (1976) Author: Ron Kovic Genre: Drama/Autobiography

Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 20 Available: 20

Synopsis: "I wrote all night long, seven days a week, single space, no paragraphs, front and back of the pages, pounding the keys so hard the tips of my fingers would hurt. I couldn't stop writing, and I remember feeling more alive than I had ever felt. Convinced that I was destined to die young, I struggled to leave something of meaning behind, to rise above the darkness and despair. I wanted people to understand. I wanted to share with them as nakedly and openly and intimately as possible what I had gone through, what I had endured. I wanted them to know what it really meant to be in a war — to be shot and wounded, to be fighting for my life on the intensive care ward — not the myth we had grown up believing. I wanted people to know about the hospitals and the enema room, about why I had become opposed to the war, why I had grown more and more committed to peace and nonviolence."

59. Title: All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) Author: Erich Maria Remarque



Genre: Historical Fiction Target Grade: 8-12 Total: 18 Available: 18

Synopsis: Considered one of the greatest war stories ever written -- and one of the classics of antiwar literature--this masterpiece tells the story of young Paul Baumer, who enlists in the German Army in World War I and takes place with his comrades in the trenches.
60. Title: Frankenstein (Bantam Classic—1984) Author: Mary Shelley Genre: Science Fiction

Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 14 Available: 14

Synopsis: Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley shortly after her baby died. It is said to be the first Gothic English novel. It examines the nature of humanity - what defines us as human. It is also about men having the power to 'give birth' and how monstrous that would be! Also, Shelley wrote the novel while England was undergoing its industrial revolution. The world shifted into the age of reason which sparked a serious dialogue in most writings of the time. Writers generally follow a more "spiritual (for lack of a better word)" path, quite opposite that of the scientific world. Shelley created a world in which the two very obviously collide and raised an amazing question "Just because we can or have the ability to do something, does it mean we should."

61. Title: The Giver * and Related Readings (1993) Author: Lois Lowry Genre: Soft Science Fiction/Dystopian Fiction Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD:



Total: 4 Available: 4
Teacher Resource Book: Literature Connections/SourceBook Available: 8

Synopsis: *A textbook reader for young adults, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension.

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his Utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newberry Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

62. Title: Hearts of Darkness and The Secret Sharer (1899) Author: Joseph Conrad

Genre: Fiction Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 18 Available: 18

Synopsis: Heart of Darkness—The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul. The Secret Sharer—The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor who killed a man in self-defense. As he faces his first moral test the skipper discovers a terrifying truth—and comes face to face with the secret itself. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer draw on actual events and people that Conrad met or heard about during his many far-flung travels. In portraying men whose incredible journeys on land and at sea are also symbolic voyages into their own mysterious depths, these two masterful works give credence to Conrad's acclaim as a major psychological writer.
63. Title: Catch-22 (1961) Author: Joseph Heller Genre: War Novel

Target Grade: 10-12 DVD: CD: Total: 73 Available: 73

Synopsis: Catch-22 is a military term that is confusing and difficult to describe. In short, its basic meaning is that if there was a rule, no matter what the rule is, there is always an exception to it. It is a mysterious regulation that is in essence a circular argument. In Catch-22 this catch keeps Yossarian in the war because a concern for one's own life proved that he is not really crazy, and to get out of combat you have to be crazy. The catch is used by the superior powers to uphold and increase their power, and yet it is harmful to those who do not have power in the first place. It creates situations where, when you think everything is perfect, Catch-22 pops up and makes your plans impossible.

64. Title: Holes (1998) Author: Louis Sachar Genre: Fantasy/ Fiction



Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 10 Available: 10

Synopsis: Stanley Yelnats was given a choice. The judge said, “You may go to jail, or you may go to Camp Green Lake.” Stanley was from a poor family. He had never been to camp before.

And so, Stanley Yelnats seems set to serve an easy sentence, which is only fair because he is as innocent as you or me. But Stanley is not going where he thinks he is. Camp Green Lake is like no other camp anywhere. It is a bizarre, almost otherworldly place that has no lake and nothing that is green. Nor is it a camp, at least not the kind of camp kids look forward to in the summertime. It is a place that once held "the largest lake in Texas," but today it is only a scorching desert wasteland, dotted with countless holes dug by the boys who live at the camp.

65. Title: The Metamorphosis (Perma Bound—1915) Author: Franz Kafka Genre: Allegorical

Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 46 Available: 46

Synopsis: The story begins with Gregor waking up in bed and finding out that he’s just turned into a vermin, probably a roach.  Despite his state, Gregor feels that he can still go to work.  However, he proves unable to do this when he finds he has so much trouble getting out of bed and opening the door.  Furthermore, no one can understand him. Gregor’s employer who had come to Gregor’s house to fetch him to work, leaves in a very nervous state and Gregor worries about losing his job.  His family, however, cannot believe that the bug is Gregor and shoves him back into his room when Gregor tries to step out badly bruising Gregor.  Gregor returns to his room and goes to sleep.  The family is now faced with the problem of the lack of money since Gregor was the only member of the family that worked.

66. Title: The Metamorphosis (Bantam Classics—1915) Author: Franz Kafka Genre: Allegorical



Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 39 Available: 39

Synopsis: The story begins with Gregor waking up in bed and finding out that he’s just turned into a vermin, probably a roach.  Despite his state, Gregor feels that he can still go to work.  However, he proves unable to do this when he finds he has so much trouble getting out of bed and opening the door.  Furthermore, no one can understand him. Gregor’s employer who had come to Gregor’s house to fetch him to work, leaves in a very nervous state and Gregor worries about losing his job.  His family, however, cannot believe that the bug is Gregor and shoves him back into his room when Gregor tries to step out badly bruising Gregor.  Gregor returns to his room and goes to sleep.  The family is now faced with the problem of the lack of money since Gregor was the only member of the family that worked.
67. Title: The Jungle (1906) Author: Upton Sinclair Genre: Political Fiction

Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 115 Available: 115

Synopsis: Sinclair's book reeked with the stink of the Chicago stockyards. He told how dead rats were shoveled into sausage-grinding machines; how bribed inspectors looked the other way when diseased cows were slaughtered for beef, and how filth and guts were swept off the floor and packaged as "potted ham." In short, "The Jungle" did as much as any animal-rights activist of today to turn Americans into vegetarians.

But it did more than that. Within months, the aroused—and gagging—public demanded sweeping reforms in the meat industry.

68. Title: The Maltese Falcon (1930) Author: Dashiell Hammett Genre: Detective Novel

Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 67 Available: 67

Synopsis: Spade's partner is murdered on a stakeout; the cops blame him for the killing; a beautiful redhead with a heartbreaking story appears and disappears; grotesque villains demand a payoff he can't provide; and everyone wants a fabulously valuable gold statuette of a falcon, created as tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Who has it? And what will it take to get it back? Spade's solution is as complicated as the motives of the seekers assembled in his hotel room, but the truth can be a cold comfort indeed.

69. Title: Candy Freak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America



Author: Steve Almond Genre: Creative Non-fiction Target Grade: 7-12

DVD: CD: Total: 39 Available: 39

Synopsis: Almond loves candy like no other man in America. To wit: the author has "three to seven pounds" of candy in his house at all times. And then there's the Kit Kat Darks incident; Almond has a case of the short-lived confection squirreled away in an undisclosed warehouse. "I had decided to write about candy because I assumed it would be fun and frivolous and distracting," confesses Almond. "It would allow me to reconnect to the single, untarnished pleasure of my childhood. But, of course, there are no untarnished pleasures. That is only something the admen of our time would like us to believe." Almond's bittersweet nostalgia is balanced by a fiercely independent spirit—the same underdog quality on display by the small candy makers whose entire existence (and livelihood) is forever shadowed by the Big Three: Hershey's, Mars, and Nestle.
70. Title: The Chocolate War *and Related Readings (1997) Author: Robert Cormier Genre: Realistic Fiction Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 146 Available: 146

Synopsis: *A textbook reader for young adults, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension.

Watching someone take a stand is easy; doing it yourself can be absolutely terrifying. That's what Jerry Renault learns when he refuses to participate in his school's annual candy drive and incurs the wrath of the ruling clique of students— a wrath egged on by the school's administration. The ending—which takes place in a boxing ring— is brutal, frightening, and completely mesmerizing.


71. Title: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997) Author: Jared Diamond Genre: Documentary Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: Guns, Germs, and Steel /National Geographic

Total: 37 Available: 37

Synopsis: Diamond's thesis sheds light on why Western civilization became hegemonic: "History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples' environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves." Those who domesticated plants and animals early got a head start on developing writing, government, technology, weapons of war, and immunity to deadly germs.

72. Title: Billy Bud (1924) Author: Herman Hansen Genre: Drama



Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 42 Available: 42

Synopsis: Billy Budd is a lot of things. It is a tragedy and a drama, a piece of historical fiction, a literary and philosophical work. At the center of the novel, though, is a moral dilemma. It's so clear that it's easy to put into a couple of questions: what happens when human law go exactly contrary to what seems right and good? How can intention be incorporated into a law that deals only with actions, with what happens? The narrator focuses all of his energy upon these questions, and the details of the story that he chooses to give us are supposed to shed some light on what is right in this situation and what is wrong. This can be clearly seen because the characters only emerge insofar as they are linked to the moral quandary at the heart of the story.

73. Title: Never Cry Wolf (1983) Author: Farley Mowat Genre: Drama/Adventure



Target Grade: 8-12 DVD: CD: Total: 5 Available: 5

Synopsis: More than a half-century ago the Canadian Wildlife Service assigned the naturalist Farley Mowat to investigate why wolves were killing arctic caribou. Mowat's account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone-studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for the wolves (who were of no threat to caribou or man) and for a friendly Inuit tribe known as the Ihalmiut ("People of the Deer") is a work that has become cherished by generations of readers, an indelible record of the myths and magic of wild wolves.

74. Title: Slaughter House-Five (1969) Author: Kurt Vonnegut Genre: Fiction/Anti-war



Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 61 Available: 61

Synopsis: Slaughter House- Five deserves its reputation of being a piece of great American literature. The book follows a young man, Billy Pilgrim through his life. Billy believes aliens, tralfamadorians to be exact, have abducted him. We assume that it's through these aliens that he learns to time travel, a skill he frequently uses. In the book Pilgrim bounces around time to all the various portions of his life, many times returning to World War II where he was captured, taken prisoner, and held in slaughterhouse five in Dresden, Germany. He seems to be defined by this moment in his life as he frequently returns there.

75. Title: Angela’s Ashes (1999) Author: Frank McCourt Genre: Memoir



Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 65 Available: 65

Synopsis: So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story.   Perhaps it is a story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.
76. Title: Green Angel (2003) Author: Alice Hoffman Genre: Fiction

Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 120 Available: 120

Synopsis: Left on her own when her family is lost in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by her present and her past. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. When she destroys her feelings, she also destroys herself, erasing the girl she’d once been as she inks ravens and bats onto her skin. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters with a white dog and a mute boy that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her story.
77. Title: Across Five Aprils (1964) Author: Irene Hunt Genre: Historical Fiction

Target Grade: 6-9 DVD: CD: Total: 55 Available: 55

Synopsis: Irene Hunt has drawn from stories told by her grandfather, family letters, and historical research to create a novel that vividly depicts the grand scope of the Civil War, while also showing its intimate impact on the lives of ordinary families. In an eloquent but often folksy style, Hunt draws the reader into the farming life of southern Illinois, where young men see a chance to prove their manhood and speak of the war as being fun. Through the four long years of war, Jethro discovers the truth, with the death of one brother and the virtual loss of another when he chooses to fight for the Confederacy.

78. Title: A Separate Peace (1959) Author: John Knowles Genre: Drama



Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 24 Available: 24

Synopsis: Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.
79. Title: The Pigman (1968) Author: Paul Zindel Genre: Realistic Fiction

Target Grade: 6-8 DVD: CD: Total: 140 Available: 140

Synopsis: For sophomores John and Lorraine, the world feels meaningless; nothing is important. They certainly can never please their parents, and school is a chore. To pass the time, they play pranks on unsuspecting people. It's during one of these pranks that they meet the "Pigman"--a fat, balding old man with a zany smile plastered on his face. In spite of themselves, John and Lorraine soon find that they're caught up in Mr. Pignati's zest for life. In fact, they become so involved that they begin to destroy the only corner of the world that's ever mattered to them. This novel still sings with sharp emotion as John and Lorraine come to realize that "Our life would be what we made of it—nothing more, nothing less."
80. Title: I Heard An Owl Call My Name (1967) Author: Margaret Craven Genre: Thriller Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD:

Total: 49 Available: 49

Synopsis: It tells of a young vicar named Mark, sent to a remote Kwakiutl village not knowing he has less than three years to live. In the village, Mark comes to understand the Kwakiutl Indians around him and sees how their traditions are being destroyed through the influence of white men. He watches the "English woman anthropologist" who comes to study the natives and insists upon calling the villagers "Quackadoodles;" he experiences the impact when the government declares it legal for Indians to buy liquor and when traders cheat the villagers out of their cultural treasures; he sees the children lose their ties with their families and heritage while living in residential schools among whites. In striking contrast to the avarice and arrogance of most whites is the selflessness of the Kwakiutls and the beauty of running salmon, tall trees, and tribal festivals.

81. Title: The Tuskegee Airmen: Cornerstones of Freedom (2001) Author: Linda and Charles George Genre: Historical Drama Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 37 Available: 37



Synopsis: Although a rigid pattern of racial segregation prevailed in the United States during World War II, nearly 1,000 Black military aviators were trained at an isolated complex near the town of Tuskegee, Alabama, and at Tuskegee Institute. As a result of this “Tuskegee Experiment” 450 Black fighter pilots under the command of Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Fought in the aerial war over North Africa, Sicily, and Europe, flying, in succession, P-40, P-39, P-47, and P-51 type aircraft. These gallant men flew 15,553 sorties completing 1,578 missions with the 12th Tactical, and the 15th Strategic, U.S. Army Air Force. Col. Davis later became the first Black general in the U.S. Air Force and rose to the rank of Lt. General.
82. Title: The Riverside Reader (Sixth Edition) Author: Trimmer Hairston Genre: Anthology

Target Grade: AP 8-12 Total: 40 Available: 40

Synopsis: Top reader compiled by two leaders in the field of composition features works by distinguished essayists. This rhetorically arranged reader contains 71 selections representing diverse voices and views from some of the most respected professional essayists working in the English language, along with short stories and student examples. Carefully developed apparatus, including headnotes and post-reading material, analyzes each reading in a context that helps students better understand the craft of writing and then apply what they learn to their own writing.

83. Title: The Elements of Style (3rd ed.) Author: William Strunk Genre: Grammar and Style



Target Grade: 6-12 Total: 36 Available: 36

Synopsis: The book begins with eleven "Elementary Rules of Usage," and then continues with eleven more "Elementary Rules of Composition," and eleven "Matters of Form." Each is presented as a brief statement followed by another sentence or two of explanation and a few clarifying examples. This amazing compilation fills only thirty-eight pages, yet covers ninety percent of good writing fundamentals.
84. Title: Literature: Reading and Writing the Human Experience (2005—Seventh Edition) Author: Richard Abcarian and Marvin Klotz Genre: Anthology Target Grade: 7-12

Total: 17 Available: 17

Synopsis: A proven classroom favorite for more than three decades, this anthology continues to appeal to students and instructors with its broad range of enticing stories, poems, plays, and essays and its flexible structure. The arrangement by both theme and genre encourages students to think deeply about crucial topics while they learn about the four main genres of literature. The new edition provides a broader selection of works — including many from non-Western traditions — and more help for reading literature.
85. Title: A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You (2003) Author: Ralph Fletcher Target Grade: 7-12 Total: 49 Available: 49

Synopsis: Writers are like other people, except for at least one important difference. Other people have daily thoughts and feelings, notice this sky or that smell, but they don't do much about it. Not writers. Writers react. And writers need a place to record those reactions. That's what a writer's notebook is for. It gives you a place to write down what makes you angry or sad or amazed, to write down what you noticed and don't want to forget.

86. Title: Chinese Handcuffs (1989) Author: Chris Crutcher Genre: Realistic Fiction



Target Grade: DVD: CD: Total: 32 Available: 32

Synopsis: Dillon is living with the painful memory of his brother's suicide—and the role he played in it. To keep his mind and body occupied, he trains intensely for the Ironman triathlon. But outside of practice, his life seems to be falling apart. Then Dillon finds a confidante in Jennifer, a star high school basketball player who's hiding her own set of destructive secrets. Together, they must find the courage to confront their demons—before it's too late.
87. Title: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes (1993) Author: Chris Crutcher Genre: Young Adult

Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 32 Available: 32

Synopsis: Calhoune found a kindred spirit in Sarah Byrnes, whose face and hands were hideously disfigured in a childhood accident. Now a senior and considerably slimmed down through competitive swimming (though still aptly called "Moby"), Eric remains fiercely devoted to his friend, whose caustic tongue is her only protection from life's inequities. When Sarah abruptly stops talking and is committed to a mental ward, Eric is compelled to take action to help her, but quickly finds that he is in over his head. He risks their friendship by breaking his vow of secrecy and enlisting others' aid—help that comes from such unlikely quarters as a former bully, Eric's swim coach and, most surprisingly, his mother's seemingly wimpy boyfriend. A subplot centering on a self-righteous teammate drives home the point that nothing is as it appears on the surface, and leads to Eric being caught between his menacing vice-principal and the even more malevolent Mr. Byrnes—with spine-tingling results.
Latin American Novels

1. Title: The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution (Signet Classic, 1996 


First published in 1924 as a newspaper serial.) Author: Mariano Azuela Genre: Cyclical Narrative

Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 9 Available: 9

Synopsis: The historic background, of course, is that in 1911, Emiliano Zapata, a peasant, rose up against the Madero government demanding agrarian reform with the shout: "Land and Liberty." His men were mostly Indians, poor, badly fed and poorly armed. As one character explains: "The revolution benefits the poor, the ignorant, all those who have been slaves all their lives, all the unhappy people who do not even suspect they are poor because the rich who stand above them, the rich who rule them, change their sweat and blood and tears into gold…" But in the end, it would seem all they won was a new bunch of corrupt dictators to rule over their lives.
2. Title: The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution *and Related Readings (1997)

Author: Mariano Azuela Genre: Cyclical Narrative Target Grade: 9-12

DVD: CD: Total: 38 Available: 38

Teacher Resource Book: Literature Connections/SourceBook Available: 3

Synopsis: *A textbook reader for young adults, plus short stories, poems, and essays designed to build reading comprehension.

The historic background, of course, is that in 1911, Emiliano Zapata, a peasant, rose up against the Madero government demanding agrarian reform with the shout: "Land and Liberty." His men were mostly Indians, poor, badly fed and poorly armed. As one character explains: "The revolution benefits the poor, the ignorant, all those who have been slaves all their lives, all the unhappy people who do not even suspect they are poor because the rich who stand above them, the rich who rule them, change their sweat and blood and tears into gold…" But in the end, it would seem all they won was a new bunch of corrupt dictators to rule over their lives.


3. Title: Whistle Me Home (1997) Author: Barbara Wersba Genre: Fiction

Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 35 Available: 35

Synopsis: Young adult fiction with gay or lesbian characters most often focuses on the emotional or social aspects of coming out. In a world in which gay teens have little support of visibility this focus is a good thing. But Whistle Me Home deals with gayness from another perspective. Noli, a smart, boyish teenage girl has fallen in love with T. J., the new boy at school. Cute, sensitive, and attentive, T. J. appears to be her soul mate, but much to Noli's dismay their intense relationship never becomes sexual. When T. J. finally confesses his homosexuality to her, Noli is both furious and crushed. Whistle Me Home deals carefully with people's secrets as well as with the pain that can be caused by unfulfilled sexual longing.

4. Title: Jesse (1994) Author: Gary Soto Genre: Realistic Fiction



Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 38 Available: 38

Synopsis: In this new edition of his first young adult novel, Gary Soto paints a moving portrait of seventeen-year-old Jesse, who has left his parents' home to live with his older brother. These Mexican American brothers hope junior college will help them escape their heritage of tedious physical labor. Their struggles are humorous, true to life, and deeply affecting. Young adults will sympathize with the brothers as they come to terms with what is possible for each of them in an imperfect world.
5. Title: Living Up the Street (1992) Author: Gary Soto Genre: Non-Fiction/Autobiography

Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 14 Available: 14

Synopsis: In a prose that is so beautiful it is poetry, we see the world of growing up and going somewhere through the dust and heat of Fresno's industrial side and beyond: It is a boy's coming of age in the barrio, parochial school, attending church, public summer school, and trying to fall out of love so he can join in a Little League baseball team.  His is a clarity that rings constantly through the warmth and wry reality of these sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, always human remembrances.
6. Title: The Alchemist (1988) Author: Paulo Coelho Genre: Allegorical

Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 57 Available: 57

Synopsis: Dreams, symbols, signs, and adventure follow the reader like echoes of ancient wise voices in "The Alchemist", a novel that combines an atmosphere of Medieval mysticism with the song of the desert. With this symbolic masterpiece Coelho states that we should not avoid our destinies, and urges people to follow their dreams, because to find our "Personal Myth" and our mission on Earth is the way to find "God", meaning happiness, fulfillment, and the ultimate purpose of creation.
7. Title: The Crossing (1987) Author: Gary Paulsen Genre: Fiction

Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: Audio: The Crossing (3 CDs)

Total: 226 (-45 to Ms. Brown) Available: 181

Synopsis: The Crossing features a young, male protagonist who forms an unlikely bond with an adult male deeply and adversely affected by war. Highlighting their interdependence, this relationship finally helps both characters to be physically or emotionally free. Other recurring themes in Paulsen's fiction are physical survival, respect for the natural world, humanity, individuality, and acceptance of death.

8. Title: Nightjohn (1995) Author: Gary Paulsen Genre: Historical Fiction



Target Grade: 5-12 DVD: CD: Total: 193 Available: 193

Synopsis: Nightjohn is a story that is set in the south during the time of slavery.  Based on an actual incident, Gary Paulsen tells about a young slave girl, Sarny, who it taught to read by another slave, Nightjohn.  The book is very well written, complete with dialect that makes the book even more interesting to read.  Nightjohn has escaped to the North where he was taught to read, but he keeps coming back to the south to further educate the slaves of the plantations.  Nightjohn meets Sarny and convinces her that she should learn to read.  Knowing the consequences, each night after the others are asleep.  Nightjohn teaches Sarny one letter.  Nightjohn makes Sarny promise that she will never say or write the letters that he is teaching her.  He tells Sarny, “To know things, for us to know things, is bad for them.  We get to wanting and when we get to wanting it's bad for them.  They thinks we want what they got. . . That's why they don't want us reading.”

9. Title: Latin American Writers by *Nextext (1987)



Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 78 Available: 78

Synopsis: Latin American Writers offers students a broad overview of the body of published work by Latin American authors from the mid-seventeenth century to the present time. This collection includes: poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, historical overview of Latin America, photographs, portraits, and maps.
10. Title: Mexican Ghost Tales of the Southwest (1994) Author: Alfred Avila Genre: Parables

Target Grade: 5-12 DVD: CD: Total: 32 Available: 32

Synopsis: Specters that haunt the rivers and woods, hidden treasure, headless goblins, a wild phantasmagoria of gore and grizzle...all here for the first time in English to delight audiences of all ages, but particularly young adult readers. Alfred Avila's collection of deliciously gory tales is founded in oral lore and the Hispanic tradition native to the American Southwest. He has salvaged these stories from disappearing forever for future generations to enjoy in the darkness, where the devils, demons and spirits of the night become living, breathing entities to entertain, frighten and teach.
11. Title: Like Water for Chocolate (1989) Author: Laura Esquivel Genre: Fiction

Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: Like Water for Chocolate Total: 62 Available: 62

Synopsis: The narrator chronicles the life of her great-aunt, Tita De la Garza, who lives in northern Mexico during the early 1900s. The novel's twelve chapters, written one per month in diary/installment form, relate details from over two decades of Tita's life, beginning in 1910, when she is fifteen years old, and ending with her death at thirty-nine. Each chapter also includes a recipe that Tita prepares for her family during this period. After her mother refuses to allow her to marry the man she loves, Tita channels her frustrated desires into the creation of delicious meals that often have strange effects on her family. Through the expression of her culinary art, Tita learns to cope with and ultimately break free from her mother's domination.

12. Title: Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida (1996) Author: Victor Martinez Genre: Contemporary Fiction Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 32 Available: 32



Synopsis: Dad believed people were like money. You could be a thousand-dollar person or a hundred-dollar person—even a ten-, five-, or one-dollar person. Below that, everybody was just nickels and dimes. To my dad, we were pennies. Fourteen-year-old Manny Hernandez wants to be more than just a penny. He wants to be a vato firme, the kind of guy people respect. But that′s not easy when your father is abusive, your brother can′t hold a job, and your mother scrubs the house as if she can wash her troubles away. In Manny′s neighborhood, the way to get respect is to be in a gang. But Manny′s not sure that joining a gang is the solution. Because, after all, it′s his life—and he wants to be the one to decide what happens to it.
13. Title: Famous All Over Town (1988) Author: Danny Santiago Genre: Immigrant Experience

Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 39 Available: 39

Synopsis: A Mexican-American boy has a rough time on the Los Angeles streets, but is determined to make a better life for himself.

14. Title: Lives of Girls and Women (1971) Author: Alice Munro Genre: Narrative of female experience Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD:



Total: 21 Available: 21

Synopsis: The cycle serves as a coming of age story for Del Jordan growing up first on the outskirts, and later in the centre, of the small, southern Ontario town of Jubilee. Del is portrayed as something of an outsider, unsatisfied with small town life though unwilling to acknowledge the similarities between herself and her mother who also seeks to expand her mind beyond the limited experiences of Jubilee.

The cycle is often cited as concerning many feminist ideas and it is worth noting in this context that the text deals primarily with female characters, with only a few male figures playing important roles.


15. Title: The Song of the Bird (1996) Author: Graciela Limon Genre: Fiction

Target Grade: 7-12 DVD: CD: Total: 40 Available: 40

Synopsis: On her death bed, Huitzitzilin, an old woman of royal Mexican heritage, tells young Father Benito of her life, what the Aztec culture was like before the arrival of the Spanish, and how an initial alliance between the two cultures resulted in the annihilation of a proud race.

16. Title: When I Was Puerto Rican (1994) Author: Esmeralda Santiago Genre: Memoir



Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 40 Available: 40

Synopsis: Through a series of stories about her family and her childhood, Santiago gives readers a glimpse into her life in Puerto Rico. In an upbeat and self assured tone, Santiago tackles heavy issues such as poverty, familial dysfunction, sexuality and immigration. Her stories capture the scope of her life and also provide a poignant take on American cultural misconceptions.

17. Title: The House of the Spirits (1986) Author: Isabel Allende Genre: Fiction



Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 34 Available: 34

Synopsis: The House of the Spirits is a prime example of magical realism. Primarily a Latin American tradition, magical realism is characterized by the simple, straightforward presentation of strange, magical events. For example, characteristics such as Clara's clairvoyance are compared to her brother's lameness. The characters in magical realist fiction experience and accept the unbelievable with calm rationality. When Clara dreams that her mother's severed head is missing, for example, she borrows a car and goes to find it, and then she puts it in a hatbox and forgets about it. Magical realist novels are often long family sagas, told with little respect for clear temporal succession. They often employ strategies of foreshadowing and repetition which are prevalent in The House of the Spirits, especially in Clara's predictions of future events and in the recurrence of the names Pedro and Esteban.

18. Title: The House on Mango Street (1991) Author: Sandra Cisneros Genre: A series of vignettes Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 149 Available: 149



Synopsis: Esperanza Cordero, a girl coming of age in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about her oppressive environment.

19. Title: The Tortilla Curtain (1996) Author: T.C. Boyle Genre: Fiction



Target Grade: 9-12 DVD: CD: Total: 86 Available: 86

Synopsis: In The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, the realization that life is perpetually unfair and disappointing is the common thread that connects an illegal immigrant couple named Cándido and América Rincón and an upscale, yuppie couple named Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher. Both couples have their own version of the American Dream, and both find their dreams to be merely illusions, even though one couple has reached its goals and the other is still fantasizing about them.

20. Title: Esperanza Rising (2003) Author: Pam Munoz Ryan Genre: Fiction



Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 36 Available: 36

Synopsis: When Esperanza and Mama are forced to flee to the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico, to a Mexican farm labor camp in California, they must adjust to a life without fancy dresses and servants they were accustomed to on Rancho de Las Rosas. Now they must confront the challenges of hard work, acceptance by their own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. When Mama falls ill and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must relinquish her hold on the past learn to embrace a future ripe with the riches of family and community.

21. Title: Author: Rudolfo Anaya Genre: Fiction Target Grade: 6-12




  • Bless Me, Ultima (Warner Books 1994 ) Total: 145 Available: 145

  • Bless Me, Ultima (Perma-Bound 1994) Total: 27 Available: 27

Synopsis: In Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, set in New Mexico in the 1940s, young Antonio becomes obsessed with questions about destiny, life and death, and good and evil. When elderly folk healer Ultima moves in with Antonio's family to live out her last days, Antonio turns to her for guidance when he loses confidence in parental viewpoints and Catholicism. Bless Me, Ultima is the first of a trilogy in which author Rudolpho Anaya skillfully sets up dialogue between Antonio and Ultima.

22. Title: Barrio Boy (1971) Author: Ernesto Galarza Genre: Fiction



Target Grade: 6-12 DVD: CD: Total: 57 Available: 57

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