Young Hoosier Book
6th - 8th Grades
1993 - 1999
Summer by Wilo Davis Roberts YA AWARD Roberts, W.
When Cici and her family
arrive at Crystal Lake, where they have spent every summer except the
previous one, they hear terrible news. Brody is in prison for the murder
of Zoe, a flirt and tease. His younger brother, Jack, his mother and Cici
don't believe Brody could have murdered Zoe. Cici decides to do some
investigating on her own. She learns more about her family and friends
than she'd like to know. This keeps you turning the pages, until the truth
and real killer are exposed.
Stone by Paul Zindel
mysterious and murderous is going on at ancient Stonehenge, and even the
army has no clue. Fifteen-year-old Jackson and his new friend Alma have to
solve this seemingly endless stone puzzle before it is too late.
by Gary Paulsen YA AWARD Paulsen, G. & YA PLAYAWAY PAU
An escaped slave, Nightjohn
returns to the South to teach other slaves how to read. This is against
the law, but Nightjohn does not care. Even after he is caught and made a
slave again, he continues to teach his fellow slaves. At the Waller
plantation he meets Sarny, a young slave girl, and begins teaching her the
letters of the alphabet. When Master Waller sees Sarny tracing some
letters in the dirt, Nightjohn is beaten and taken away. Sarny is left
behind to carry on his legacy.
Me by Gary Paulsen YA AWARD Paulsen, G.
Sent to spend the summer
with some distant relatives on their farm, the eleven year old narrator
meets his cousin Harris. Life on the farm is anything but boring. Together
the two cause a lot of mischief, mostly caused by Harris’s outrageous
From the Dead by Joan Lowery Nixon YA AWARD Nixon, J.
Sarah, after nearly
drowning and a near death experience, has contact with the spirit world.
She then moves with her parents to Houston to a house where a murder has
been committed. After receiving otherworldly messages, she helps to solve
by Beverly Cleary YA AWARD Cleary, B. & J CLE
Leigh Botts is fourteen
years old and feels like everything in his life is changing. He is still
adjusting to his parents divorce, to his new high school and to his
feelings about girls. His life begins to change for the better when he and
his best friend, Barry, find a dog on the beach. They both adopt him,
working out a joint custody arrangement, and the adventures begin.
The Face on
the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney YA AWARD Cooney, C. & LARGE PRINT COO &
YA PLAYAWAY COO
Sitting in the cafeteria
one day, Janie glanced at a picture of a missing child on a milk carton
and recognized the face as her own. Janie knew it was impossible that her
wonderful, loving parents had kidnapped her, but she remembers wearing
that dress and having her hair braided like the girl in the picture. The
conviction that something was terribly wrong started Janie on a confusing,
frightening search for her real identity.
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