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High School- Grades 8-12
Armstrong, Jennifer. Steal Away.
Orchard, 1992. Gr. 6-9.
In 1855, two thirteen-year-old girls, one white and one black,
run away from a southern farm and make the difficult journey
north to freedom, living to recount their story forty-one
years later to two similar young girls.
Bacon, Katharine Jay. Shadow and Light.
McElderry, 1987. Gr. 6-9.
Fifteen-year-old Emma looks forward to spending the summer
on her beloved grandmother's Vermont farm, but is devastated
to learn that her grandmother is fatally ill and wants Emma
to help her live her last months in peace and dignity.
Conly, Jane. The Rudest Alien on Earth.
Holt, 2002. Gr. 5-8.
Having landed on a dairy farm in Vermont, an alien from another
galaxy befriends two human children and uses her ability to
change into animals to learn about Earth society.
Cooney, Caroline B. Family Reunion.
Bantam, 1989. Gr. 6 up.
At a family reunion, Shelley comes to terms with her parents'
divorce, her mother's absence, her new stepmother, and being
the "stable" member of her colorful family.
Crompton, Anne Eliot. The Ice Trail.
Methuen, 1980. Gr. 6 up.
Persistent memories of his earlier life compel 15-year-old
Tanial to flee from his Abenaki Indian captors and journey
during the winter from the northern shores of Lake Champlain
to the English settlements.
Doyle, Eugenie. Stray Voltage.
Front St., 2002. Gr. 6 up.
After his mother leaves to start a new life elsewhere, eleven-year-old
Ian sees changes in his father and in their failing Vermont
farm, changes that cannot be ignored.
Gauthier, Gail. Saving the Planet and Stuff.
Penguin, 2003. Gr. 7 up.
After losing his summer job with his uncle, sixteen-year-old
Michael agrees to work for an environmentalist magazine in
Vermont run by his grandparents' friends.
Graff, Nancy Price. The Long Way Home.
Clarion, 2001. Gr. 6-8.
After moving to his mother's hometown in Vermont, twelve-year-old
Riley must reconsider his feelings about war and heroes after
he meets a man who refused to fight in Vietnam and makes a
discovery about one of his own relatives.
Haas, Jessie. A Horse Like Barney.
Greenwillow, 1993. Gr. 4-8.
Finally given permission to have a horse of her own, Sarah
looks at a series of Morgans and finds herself being scared,
being bored, and falling in love with too many horses.
Haas, Jessie. Keeping Barney.
Greenwillow, 1982. Gr. 4-8.
When Sarah moves to a small Vermont farm, all she wants is
a horse of her own.
Haas, Jessie. Shaper.
Greenwillow, 2002. Gr. 6 up.
While recovering from the loss of his dog, fourteen-year-old
Chad tries to learn how to control the family dog Queenie
with the help of a friendly new neighbor, an animal trainer.
Haas, Jessie. The Sixth Sense and Other Stories.
Greenwillow, 1988. Gr. 7 up.
An interwoven collection of short stories focusing on the
relationship between humans and animals. One set of stories
features James, who first appeared in Working Trot.
Haas, Jessie. Skipping School.
Greenwillow, 1992. Gr. 7-10.
Fifteen-year-old Philip feels isolated and confused as he
tries to cope with his father's terminal illness and his family's
recent move from their farm to a home in the suburbs.
Haas, Jessie. Unbroken.
Greenwillow, 1999. Gr. 5-8.
Following her mother's death in the early 1900's, thirteen-year-old
Harry lives on aunt Sarah's farm where an accident with her
spirited colt leaves her a changed young woman.
Haas, Jessie. Westminster West.
Greenwillow, 1997. Gr. 5-8.
Two sisters struggle with their roles as women within the
family and within society as an arsonist threatens their post-Civil
War Vermont community.
Haas, Jessie. Will You, Won't You.
Greenwillow, 2001. Gr. 5-9.
Spending the summer with her strong-willed political grandmother,
fourteen-year-old Mad achieves breakthroughs in both her horseback
riding and her Scottish dancing and begins to develop the
self-confidence she has always lacked.
Haas, Jessie. Working Trot.
Greenwillow, 1983. Gr. 5-8.
Instead of going to college as his parents wish, James goes
to his uncle's horse farm to study dressage.
Hayes, Sheila. Tinker's Daughter.
Lodestar, 1995. Gr. 5-8.
Holly wishes that she had a "normal" mother instead
of a fugitive from the Sixties who runs an antique shop filled
with what most people think is junk.
Hayford, James. Gridley Firing.
New England Press, 1987. Gr. 4-8.
Martin Patch, with the help of a pet skunk and his music teacher
helps his family fight off the bank foreclosure on their Vermont
Henry, Marguerite. Justin Morgan had a Horse.
Macmillan, 1954. Gr. 4-8.
Authentic story of the first Morgan horse, with background
of early Vermont.
Hesse, Karen. Phoenix Rising.
Holt, 1994. Gr. 6-9.
Thirteen-year-old Nyle learns about relationships and death
when fifteen-year-old Ezra, who was exposed to radiation leaked
from a nearby nuclear plant, comes to stay at her grandmother's
Hesse, Karen. Time of Angels.
Hyperion, 1995. Gr. 6-9.
Sick with influenza during the 1918 epidemic and separated
from her two sisters, a young Jewish girl living in Boston
relies on the help of an old German man, and her visions of
angels, to get better and to reunite herself with her family.
Hesse, Karen. Witness.
Scholastic, 2001. Gr. 6 up.
A series of poems express the views of various people in a
small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young
Jewish girl, during the 1920's when the Ku Klux Klan is trying
to infiltrate the town.
Hilgartner, Beth. Colors in the Dreamweaver's Loom.
Houghton, 1989. Gr. 5-9.
Distraught over her father's death, Zan wanders into the forest
and into a fantasy world where she becomes involved in the
Orathi's fight to save their homeland from invaders.
Hilgartner, Beth. The Feast of the Trickster.
Houghton, 1991. Gr. 6 up.
Five companions from another world visit earth on a mission
to return a woman, earlier woven into their world, back to
Hill, Ralph Nading. The Voyages of Brian Seaworthy,
an Historical Adventure on Lake Champlain.
Vermont Life & Vermont Historical Society, 1971. Gr.
With his father's death, fifteen-year-old Brian becomes owner
of a steam boat company suddenly beset with problems.
Hurwitz, Johanna. Dear Emma.
HarperCollins, 2002. Gr. 5-8
In letters to a Vermont friend, Dossi, a Russian, Jewish immigrant
living in the Lower East Side of New York City in 1910 shares
her thoughts about her new brother-in-law, the diptheria epidemic,
and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Sequel to Faraway
Jackson, Edgar N. Green Mountain Hero.
Lantern, 1961. New England Press, 1988. Gr. 5-8.
Based on the lives of Ann Story, "The Mother of the Green
Mountain Boys," and her son Solomon, this describes the
Storys' settling in Vermont and their involvement with the
Green Mountain Boys.
Keizer, Garret. God of Beer.
HarperCollins, 2002. Gr. 8 up.
To complete a class assignment at his high school in rural
Vermont, Kyle and his friends Quake and Diana do a social
protest project involving alcohol.
Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. In the Language of Loons.
Cobblehill, 1998. Gr. 5-8.
During the summer that Arlis spends with his grandparents
in Vermont, his grandfather teaches him about loons, cross-country
running, and responsibility, and when he returns home everyone
finds out how much he has changed.
Klass, Sheila Solomon. Next Stop, Nowhere.
Scholastic, 1995. Gr. 6-9.
When her mother remarries, fourteen-year-old Beth has to leave
her familiar life in New York City and her new friend Josef
to go live with her artisan father in Vermont.
Littlefield, Bill. Circus in the Woods.
Houghton, 2001. Gr. 6-9.
Molly, her parents and her sister, spend most summer vacations
at a camp in the Vermont mountains, and as the years pass,
Molly is led to find a mysterious circus within the woods
Murphy, Rita. Night Flying.
Delacorte, 2000. Gr. 7 up.
As the time for her solo flight on the sixteenth birthday
approaches, Georgia begins to question the course of her life
and her relationship with the other women in her unusual family.
Murrow, Liza Ketchum. Fire in the Heart.
Holiday, 1989. Gr. 6-9.
Fourteen-year-old Vermonter Molly O'Connor tries to uncover
the mystery surrounding her mother's death ten years before
Murrow, Liza Ketchum. Twelve Days in August.
Holiday, 1993. Gr. 7 up.
Twelve days in August change a sixteen-year-old soccer player's
perceptions of himself, his family, girls, and gays.
Paterson, Katherine. Jip.
Lodestar, 1996. Gr. 5-9.
While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856,
Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes to
understand how he arrived at this place.
Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie.
Dutton, 1991. Gr. 6-9.
Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined
to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell,
Massachusetts, in the 1840's.
Paterson, Katherine. Preacher's Boy.
Clarion, 1999. Gr. 5-8.
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, Katherine. The Same Stuff as Stars.
Clarion, 2002. Gr. 6 up.
When Angel's self-absorbed mother leaves her and her younger
brother with their poor great-grandmother, the eleven-year-old
girl worries not only about her mother and brother, her imprisoned
father, the frail old woman, but also about a mysterious man
who begins sharing with her the wonder of the stars.
Peck, Robert Newton. A Day No Pigs Would Die.
Knopf, 1972. Gr. 6 up.
A young Shaker boy learns what manhood is all about through
observing birth and slaughter on a Vermont farm.
Peck, Robert Newton. A Part of the Sky.
Random, 1997. Gr. 6 up.
Sequel to A Day No Pigs Would Die.
Peck, Robert Newton. Justice Lion.
Little, Brown, 1981. Gr. 7 up.
Fifteen-year-old Muncie Bolt thinks he's lost Hem Lion's friendship
forever when his father prosecutes Hem's father for operating
a still in Liberty, Vermont during the days of prohibition.
Peck, Robert Newton. Kirk's Law.
Doubleday, 1981. Gr. 8 up
A rugged life-style in Vermont woods with a feisty old hunter
called Wishbone Kirk develops the character of a 15-year-old
Peck, Robert Newton. Millie's Boy.
Knopf, 1973. Gr. 8 up.
Hair-raising experiences of a boy who travels from Cornwall,
Vermont to Ticonderoga to learn the identity of his father
whom he suspects of murdering his mother.
Peck, Robert Newton. Rabbits & Redcoats.
Walker, 1976. Gr. 3-5.
Two young boys secretly mix in with the Green Mountain boys
to fight at Ticonderoga.
Thompson, Julian F. Ghost Story.
Holt, 1997. Gr. 7 up.
Fourteen-year-old Anna's friendship with ghostly Roxy, who
died in 1818, helps her discover the truth behind a handsome
New York photographer staying at her parents' inn in Vermont
and using her as a model.
Thompson, Julian F. Shepherd.
Holt, 1993. Gr. 8 up.
Thinking that he is destined to save her life, literally or
figuratively, seventeen-year-old Shep starts an exciting relationship
with fourteen-year-old Mary and finds his faith in people
Thompson, Julian F. Trials of Molly Sheldon.
Holt, 1995. Gr. 7-10.
When sixteen-year-old Molly Sheldon of Saphouse Junction,
Vermont, discovers she has psychic healing powers and befriends
newcomer Eben Wheeler, she finds her father's general store
being picketed and herself suspected of witchcraft.
Wilson, Nancy Hope. Mountain Pose.
FSG, 2001. Gr. 5 up.
When twelve-year-old Ellie inherits an old Vermont farm from
her cruel and heartless grandmother Aurelia, she reads a set
of diaries written by an ancestor and discovers secrets from
Wright, Nancy Means. Down the Strings.
Lodestar, 1982. Gr. 6 up.
After her mother goes off to Europe with her lover, Drusie
copes with life in her puppeteer father's haphazard household
and later at the New Hampshire boarding school her mother
and grandmother attended before her.
Zindel, Paul. Loch.
HarperCollins, 1994. Gr. 6 up.
Fifteen-year-old Loch and his younger sister join their father
on a scientific expedition searching for enormous prehistoric
creatures sighted in a Vermont lake, but it soon becomes obvious
that the expedition's leaders aren't interested in preserving