3rd Quarter Literature

(Ebk- refers to E-book
with Follet), (oop- refers
to out of print book,oos
refers to out of stock,
TB- refers to Tumblebook)
Some oops books may be listed in this document because some of the MISD libraries currently have them on
their and would provide a good resources. Other books that are similiar based on content and skill
are listed as well and may be used as substitutes.
A Line in the Sand: The
Alamo in Blood and History
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In late February and early March of 1836, a Mexican army led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna lay siege to a mission known as the Alamo, held by a small band of rebels that included Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Travis. In the dark early morning of March 6, all inside the fort were dead -- and one of America's most enduring legends was born. Randy Roberts and James S. Olson retell the story of the Alamo from both the Mexican and the American perspectives, delving into the historical accuracy of such myths as Bowie's famous line in the sand, Crockett's celebrated fight to the death, and the common portrayal of the Mexicans as ruthless killers. Separating fact from fiction, they trace how and why those fictions grew, from the rapid spread of the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" to the "patriotic" depictions of battle in American films and television to the potency of the Alamo as a symbol in Texas politics and American culture today.
Johnny Texas (OOP)
johnny texas
Johnny's story is one of adventure and excitement woven with threads of early Texas history. Carol Hoff's Texas classic is an authentic and unforgettable picture of a pioneer German family and young Johnny, whose life is full of wonder as he explores the woods and streams near his farm home.
A Line in the Sand:
The Alamo Diary of
Lucinda Lawrence (oop)
alamo diary of lucinda
In the journal she receives for her twelfth birthday in 1835, Lucinda Lawrence describes the hardships her family and other residents of the "Texas colonies" endure when they decide to face the Mexicans in a fight for their freedom.
Ratzo (OOP)
After discovering a shed full of abandoned greyhounds, 13-year-old Josh becomes attached to a blue-eyed canine named Ratzo. Josh dreams of turning his rescued greyhound into a champion, but witnesses the cruelty of dog racing, and realizes that Ratzo's companionship is prize enough.
Fox In A Trap (oop)
Fox in a Trap
In this sequel to Thomas' The Comeback Dog (Houghton, 1981), Daniel is attracted by Uncle Pete's far-flung wildlife adventures that make his routine farm existence appear dull by comparison. Angered when his father says that he will not like trapping, Daniel asks his Uncle Pete to help him set up a trapline. To Daniel, trapping seems to be a more glamorous method of making a living than picking barrels of peaches and milking cows. He develops and matures as he confronts the realities of having to kill the animals trapped by his snares, then reevaluates his relationships with his father and his uncle. Thomas' sound knowledge of farm life coupled with her emotionally charged writing style and Howell's dramatic illustrations makes this an interesting and satisfying book. His stark pencil drawings enhance the dramatic tension created by the text, creating a true marriage between text and illustration.
I Know Here
i know here
Story based on the author's own experiences of leaving behind a place one loves, learning to cope with change and having the courage to embrace the new experiences that life brings while cherishing the world that was familiar and precious.
C is for City
c is for city
307.76 GRI
Story based on the author's own experiences of leaving behind a place one loves, learning to cope with change and having the courage to embrace the new experiences that life brings while cherishing the world that was familiar and precious.
A hill covered with rocks and wooden boxes becomes an imaginary town for Marian, her sisters, and their friends.
Two Bad Ants
two bad ants
Superb illustrations complement a text concerning two naughty ants and a kitchen adventure.
True Story of the
Three Little Pigs
true story of 3 pigs
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
Dear Mrs. LaRue
dear mrs larue
Gertrude LaRue receives typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home.
Voices of the Alamo
voices of the alamo
976.4 GAR
Through poetry and art, this picture book captures the many voices--Spanish, Tejano, Texan, Mexican, and American--of the people who lived on the land that is now Texas.
Every Living Thing
(A Bad Road for Cats)
every living thing
"Every Living Thing," by Cynthia Rylant, is a collection of 12 short stories. Although different characters appear in each tale, the collection as a whole is unified by style and by theme. Each story deals with an encounter or ongoing relationship between a human being and one or more non-human animals. Since the book is only 81 pages long, each tale is quite brief.This is a gentle, moving book. Rylant has a gift for capturing resonant details. She also writes with great compassion for both her human and non-human characters. Her non-human characters come in many different species: a turtle, dogs, a parrot, squirrels, and more. Her human characters are also diverse: both adults and children, both male and female.
Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food, and drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life.
Don't Need Friends
don't need friends
After his best friend moves away, Rat rudely rebuffs the efforts of the other residents of the junkyard to be friendly, until he and a grouchy old dog decide that they need each other.
Courage to Fly (oop)
courage to fly
When Meg's family moves from the Caribbean to a big city (it could be New York), everything seems to intimidate Meg. One day she stops to watch an old Asian man glide through his martial arts exercises. Later, she rescues and nurses a swallow, which she wants to keep in a box until spring. The man, whom she meets again in the park, tells her that the bird needs to be free. With the help of another girl, Jenny, Meg lets the bird go, finding courage and making a friend of Jenny in the process. Attractive, realistic watercolors, reminiscent of E. B. Lewis' work, enliven the story, which carries an encouraging message for children who feel lost and afraid.
The Boy Who Held
Back the Sea
the boy who held back the sea
By blocking a leaking hole in the dike, a young boy saves his town from destruction.
Suki's Kimono (TB)
Suki's Kimono
Suki wears her favorite thing, a kimono received from her grandmother on a day at a festival, despite what the other kids will say and, after demonstrating a dance, the others are won over.

Available also in Tumblebooks!
My Rotten Redheaded
Older Brother
my rotten redheaded
Patricia shows her brother that there's one thing she can do better than him.
The Keeping Quilt
keeping quilt
A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
The Lemonade Club
lemonade club
When Marilyn and her teacher, Miss Wichelman, both get cancer, they encourage each other and, aided by medical treatments and support from friends, they get better. Based on a true story.
Sixth-grade friends Lyla and Jamie, both new to their school, stand up for each other when a clique of popular girls bullies them online.
thunder cake
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.
autumn alphabet acrostic
793.73 SCH
Describes the autumn season, with its animals, rain, cold winds, and harvested food. When read vertically, the first letters of the lines of text spell related words arranged alphabetically, from "acorn" to "zero."