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Alexander, Lloyd. The Gawgon
and the Boy. Dutton, 2001. (Juv Fic)
In Depression-era Philadelphia, when eleven- year-old David is too ill to attend school, he is tutored by his unique and adventurous Aunt Annie, whose teaching combines with his imagination to greatly enrich his life.
Bacon, Katharine. Shadow and
Light. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1987. (YA Fic)
Fifteen-year-old Eva looks forward to spending the summer on her beloved grandmother's Vermont farm, but is devastated to learn that her grandmother is terminally ill and wants Emma to help her live her last months in peace and dignity.
Bauer, Joan. Hope Was Here.
Putnam, 2000. (YA Fic)
When 16-year-old Hope and her aunt move from Brooklyn to run a small-town diner in Wisconsin, they don't expect to get caught up in town politics and the diner owner's campaign to defeat the corrupt mayor.
Bunting, Eve. The Happy Funeral.
Harper and Row, 1982. (Juv Fic)
A Chinese-American girl pays tribute to her grandfather as she assists in the preparations for his funeral.
Buscaglia, Leo. A Memory for
Tino. SLACK, 1988. (Juv Fic)
A little boy wonders what it is like to have a "memory;" his new friendship with an elderly neighbor results in a beautiful one.
Cleaver, Vera. The Whys and
Wherefores of Littabelle Lee. Atheneum, 1973. (Juv Fic)
When adversity makes sixteen-year-old Littabelle the sole support of her two aged grandparents, her desperate situation teaches her about law, human nature and her future.
Clifford, Eth. The Remembering
Box. Houghton Mifflin, 1985. (Juv Fic)
Nine-year-old Joshua's weekly visits to his beloved grandmother on the Jewish Sabbath give him an understanding of love, family and tradition which helps him accept her death.
Clifford, Eth. The Rocking
Chair Rebellion. Houghton Mifflin, 1978. (Juv Fic)
A teenager chronicles her involvement with the residents of Maple Ridge Home for the Aged and their revolution.
Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler.
Harper Collins, 2002. (Juv Fic)
Thirteen-year-old twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage, but their lives change forever when a sweet but eccentric older couple invites them on an adventure that begins in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.
Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons.
HarperCollins, 1994. (YA Fic)
13-year-old Salamanca and her eccentric grandparents travel from Ohio to Idaho in search of Sal's mother, who left one April morning and hasn't returned.
DeClements, Barthe. Sixth Grade
Can Really Kill You. Scholastic, 1985. (Juv Fic)
Helen fears that lack of improvement in her reading may leave her stuck in the sixth grade forever until a good teacher recognizes her reading problem
Fleischman. Paul. Mind's Eye.
Henry Holt, 1999. (YA Fic)
A novel in play form in which sixteen-year-old Courtney, paralyzed in an accident, learns about the power of the mind from an elderly blind woman who takes Courtney on an imaginary journey to Italy using a 1910 guidebook.
Hadley, Irwin. Lilith Summer.
Feminist Press, 1979. (Juv Fic)
A twelve-year-old girl tells of her experiences during the summer she spends as a companion to a 77-year-old woman.
Heymsfeld, Carla. Coaching
Ms. Parker. Bradbury, 1992. (Juv Fic)
Mike and his friends try to help their fourth-grade teacher learn how to play baseball before the annual teacher-student game.
Joosse, Barbara. Anna and the
Cat Lady. Harper Collins, 1992. (Juv Fic)
Two third graders rescue a kitten and meet an eccentric elderly woman who they later realize needs their help to survive.
Kaye, Marilyn. Real Heroes.
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993. (Juv Fic)
When his father joins other parents in demonstrating against an HIV-positive teacher, Kevin is torn between his loyalty to his father, whom he has always considered a hero, and his admiration for his favorite teacher.
Konigsburg, E. L. The View
from Saturday. Atheneum, 1996. (Juv Fic and Cassette Book
Four students, each with their own story, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent the sixth grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
Lasky, Kathryn. True North:
a Novel of the Underground Railroad. Blue Sky Press, 1996.
Due to the strong influence of her abolitionist grandfather, fourteen-year-old Lucy assists a fugitive slave girl to escape.
Mathis, Sharon Bell. The Hundred
Penny Box. Viking, 1975. (Juv Fic)
Michael's love for his great-great-aunt, who lives with them, leads him to intercede with his mother, who wants to toss out all her old things.
Mazer, Norma Fox. After the
Rain. G. K. Hall, 1989, 1987. (YA Fic)
After discovering that her grandfather is dying, fifteen-year-old Rachel gets to know him better and finds the experience bittersweet.
Mikaelsen, Ben. Petey.
Hyperion Books for Children, 1998. (Juv Fic)
In 1922, Petey, who has cerebral palsy, is misdiagnosed as mentally retarded and is institutionalized; sixty years later, still in the institution, he befriends a boy and shares with him the joy of life.
Mosher, Richard. Zazoo.
Clarion, 2001. (YA Fic)
Amid old secrets revealed and rifts healed, a thirteen-year-old Vietnamese orphan raised in rural France by her aging "Grand-Pierre" learns about life, death and love.
Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard.
Clarion, 2001. (Juv Fic)
Tree-ear, an orphan in medieval Korea, lives with Crane-man, a lame straw weaver, under a bridge in a potters' village and longs to learn to make the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
Peck, Richard. A Long Way from
Chicago: a Novel in Stories. Dial, 1998. (Juv Fic)
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.
Peck, Richard. A Year Down
Yonder. Dial, 2000. (Juv Fic)
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
Rylant, Cynthia. Missing May.
Orchard Books, 1992. (Juv Fic)
After the death of the beloved aunt who raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and Uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.
Schaefer, Jack. Old Ramon.
Walker,1988. (Juv Fic)
A wise old shepherd teaches a young boy lessons about survival, bravery, wisdom and friendship as he shows the boy how to care for a flock of sheep in the harsh Mojave Desert.
Taylor, Theodore. The Cay.
Doubleday, 1969 (Juv Fic)
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, Phillip, a teenage white boy blinded by a blow to the head, and Timothy, an old black man, are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island, where the boy learns a new kind of vision, courage and love from his old companion.
Wolff, Virginia. True Believer.
Atheneum, 2001. (YA Fic)
Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends and inspiring mentors that life is what you make it.
Yumoto, Kazumi. The Friends.
Farrar Straus Giroux, 1996. (Juv Fic)
Curious about death, three sixth grade boys decide to spy on an old man, waiting for him to die, but they end up becoming his friends.
Zindel, Paul. A Begonia for
Miss Applebaum. Bantam, 1999. (YA Fic)
Discovering that their beloved former teacher Miss Applebaum is terminally ill, fifteen-year-old Henry and his friend Zelda accompany her on excursions to colorful parts of New York City and join her in confronting death with quiet courage.