Avi has written so many books that he has his own shelf in our library - he is willing to write about almost anything in any style. Some of the titles we have at Gunston include Nothing But the Truth, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Who Was That Masked Man?and Poppy. Other books include Midnight Magic, Ragweedand Abigail Takes the Wheel and Crispin, the winner of the 2003 Newbery Award.
This is a great look at an author popular with middle and high school students. Everything from recipes to essays can be found on this site. Joan Bauer's work has a special quality of wry humor. I particularly love Squashed, Hope Was Here, Thwonk!and Rules of the Road. Her essay/poem on this site entitled Why I read? is wonderful.
| Judy Blume|
Judy Blume's first novel was published in 1969 and she just recently published her first adult novel. Her books include Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Blubber, Iggie's House, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great andTiger Eyes..
This site about Susan Cooper, the author of the Dark is Rising series. This site includes both a biography and bibliography, information about Wales and a place for students to post their reviews. If you like "high fantasy" with elements of Arthurian Legend, I highly recommend the Dark is Rising series: Over Sea, Over Stone, The Dark is Rising, The Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree.
Suspense writer Lois Duncan is one of the most popular authors at Gunston - writing scary tense novels such as KIlling Mr. Griffin, Don't Look Behind You, Gallows Hill, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and the non-fiction title - Who Killed My Daughter, the eerie true story of her daughter's murder.
|Jean Craighead George |
Nature is always a central element of Jean Craighead George's writings, whether she is writing fiction or non-fiction. She has written many novels and won the Newbery Award forJulie of the Wolves. Other books includeMy Side of the Mountain, Julie, On the Far Side of the Mountain, Evergladesand The Tarantula in My Purse.
Virginia Hamilton wrote for children for over 25 years. Her novels beautifully depict the African American experience and her books have won many awards including the Newbery Medal for M.C. Higgins, the Great.Like Avi,she has published so many books that her books fill a whole shelf at Gunston. Some of her most popular titles are: The Mystery of Dies Drear, The People Could Fly, Cousins, Plain City, Sweet Whispers, Brother Rushand Zeely.
One of the funniest authors out there, Korman's books are especially appealing to boys. Excerpts, short fiction works and a bibliography are available as well as the standard biography. No More Dead Dogs and the MacDonald Hallbooks are particularly funny.
Lois Lowry provides personal information about her life as well as information about her writing process. The FAQ section answers e-mail questions she often receives. Lois Lowry has written many books but is particularly well known for The Giver, Number the Stars and her Anastasia series. Her latest book is Messenger, which we have at Gunston both in print and on CD as well.
John Marsden, an exceptional Australian author, has written a series beginning with Tomorrow When the War Began that has proven very popular with Gunston students, though the events of September 11 now give this book an eerie twist. Gunston owns or has on order all seven books in the series Another of his chilling books is Letters from the Inside. If you like a challenging read -you should try Marsden's books.
Canadian author Perry Nodelman has written fantasy novel The Same Place But Differentand has collaborated with Carol Matas on Of Two Mindsand More Minds,all of which are owned by Gunston.
Elizabeth Partridge has won many awards for her non-fiction biographies, Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange and This Land Was Made for You and Me. Check out these books from the Gunston Library.
No recommended list of authors for middle school would be complete without mentioning Gary Paulsen! His books are quite popular, especially the Brian's Saga series which includes Hatchet, Brian's Return, Brian's Winter, The River and Brian's Hunt. In addition to fiction, there are some autobiographical books and some books about the outdoors in the non-fiction section.
Lady Night is the most recent title in the Protector of the Small series.
Tamora Pierce visited Arlington Middle Schools as part of the Middle School Literature Shelf Project on December 12 & 13, 2002.
Many of her titles are available at Gunston.
J.K. Rowling's interactive website has all the latest news and tidbits from the author herself
- find out about all things Harry here!
Graham Salisbury's books are set in Hawaii and he is outstanding at giving the reader a real appreciation for the setting of his novels and short stories. Salisbury writes about the friendships of boys in a diverse community. One of his best is Under a Blood Red Sun set near Pearl Harbor during World War II. I really enjoyed this book even though historical fiction is not my favorite genre. Other titles at Gunston include The Blue Skin of the Sea, Shark Bait, Jungle Dogs, Lord of the Deep and Island Boyz.
| Jon Sciezska|
guysread.com - This web page by Jon Sciezska has a great bibliography of books that boys in particular like as well as other cool features.
Fractured Fairy Tales and Fables with Jon Sciezska - Explore Fractured Fairy Tales with Jon Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! and Squids Will Be Squids. You can write your own fractured fairy tale and publish it online.
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for links to many more author web sites as well as information about your favorite authors.
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