November 29, 2018

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Which one starts like this? Click on a book below to answer

I remember the day the Aleut ship came to our island. At first it seemed like a small shell afloat on the sea. Then it grew larger and was a gull with folded wings.
The Brides of Rollrock Island
Margo Lanagan

The Brides of Rollrock Island

By: Margo Lanagan
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment. Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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Island of the Blue Dolphins
Scott O'Dell

Island of the Blue Dolphins

By: Scott O'Dell
Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6, 7

Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.  Newbery Medal Winner. --From the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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A Wizard of Earthsea
Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea

By: Ursula K. Le Guin
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance. —from the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island

By: Robert Louis Stevenson
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

Perhaps the greatest of all adventure stories for boys and girls, Treasure Island began, a brave boy who finds himself among pirates, and of the sinister pirate-cook Long John Silver holds children as entranced today as it did a century ago. It has appeared with illustrations by many leading artists, but none so apt as Peake's-first published in 1949 and out of print until now. —From Dover

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