Choosing books for a course is such a challenge. I have tried hard to balance many things – realistic and fantasy fiction, historical and modern-day settings, gender of the main character, cultural diversity – all while finding books with a high quality of writing. There are no tokens here.
What is here are three pieces of historical fiction (including one fictionalized biography) and one other realistic story; one nonfiction book; four works of pure fantasy; stories that give glimpses into Chinese, Native American, Chilean, and Malawian culture; seven boys, five girls, and a gorilla who share their worlds with us; two books written entirely in verse; and 11 exciting and moving tales.
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