- The Summer of My German Soldier. Greene, Bette.
- Sheltering an escaped German prisoner-of-war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a 12 year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.
- The Chocolate War. Cormier, Robert.
- High-school freshman Jerry Renault risks ostracism and attack in refusing to join the student body of his exclusive private school in their annual chocolate sale fundraiser.
- The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy In Vietnam. Huynh, Quang Nhuong.
- Recollections of the author’s youth in a hamlet in the central highlands of Vietnam.
- Interstellar Pig. Sleator, William.
- Barney’s boring seaside vacation takes on an interesting dimension when three unusual
strangers take the neighboring cabin and spend their days absorbed in a game called “Interstellar Pig.”
- Tiger Eyes. Blume, Judy.
- Resettled in the “Bomb City” with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father’s death during a hold-up of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City.
- Diary of a Young Girl. Frank, Anne.
- A poignant account of the Jewish Frank family’s hiding out in an Amsterdam warehouse from the Nazis, told from the diary pages of teenage daughter Anne.
- Anne of Green Gables. Montgomery, L.M.
- Anne, an eleven year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on
all she encounters.
- Wizard of Earthsea (also Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore). LeGuin, Ursula.
- An awkward, reckless boy named Sparrowhawk becomes a wizard’s apprentice after the wizard reveals Sparrowhawk’s true name.
- Nothing But the Truth. Avi.
- A ninth-grader’s suspension for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during homeroom becomes a national news story.
- Somewhere In the Darkness. Myers, Walter Dean.
- A teenage boy accompanies his father, recently escaped from prison, on a trip that turns out to be a time of discovery, often painful, for them both.