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Saratoga Reads! Junior


Each year Saratoga Reads chooses junior companion titles to complement the program’s selected book of the year and organizes junior programming inspired by these books for school-age children.

The featured companion books are designed to appeal to a wide of range of age groups and include a picture book, a short novel for middle grade students and a novel for young adults.


September 15, 2014
Junior companion books for 2014-15

To engage young readers of all levels, Saratoga Reads has developed a list of "companion books" to complement The Round House. We encourage families to read together and discuss these related books.

The top choice for the grades 4–6 is The Heart of a Chief by local author and educator Joseph Bruchac. In this story an 11-year-old Penacook Indian boy living on a reservation faces his father's absence, a controversy surrounding plans for a casino on a tribal island, and insensitivity toward Native Americans in his school and nearby town. As he confronts these issues, he finds himself taking his first steps toward leadership.

The other top junior books were written by Cynthia Leitich Smith, a New York Times best-selling author known for her fiction for young readers. She is a tribal member of the Muscogee (Creek) nation.

In the category of picture books (grades K–2), the selection is Smith’s Jingle Dancer, with illustrations by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. The book tells the story of Jenna, a member of the Muscogee Nation who borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. The book includes notes about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia.

For grades 2–3, Saratoga Reads recommends Smith's Indian Shoes. In this collection of interrelated stories, Ray Halfmoon, a Seminole-Cherokee boy, gets help from his grandfather in finding creative and amusing solutions to life’s challenges.

The top choice for grades 6–8 is Rain Is Not My Indian Name. Tired of staying in seclusion since the death of her best friend, a 14-year-old Native American girl takes on a photographic assignment with her local newspaper to cover events at the Native American summer youth camp.

View detailed information about this year's junior books here.

Junior Events
Be sure to check the Saratoga Reads! online EVENTS CALENDAR for events targeting junior readers throughout the season.

Junior Advisory Group
The members of this year's Junior Advisory Group are:
  • Jennifer Ogrodowski, Department Head, Youth Services, Saratoga Springs Public Library
  • Catherine Golden, Professor of English, Skidmore College
  • Tabitha Orthwein, Executive Board Chair, Saratoga Reads!
  • Lauren Cohen, Book Selection Coordinator, Saratoga Reads!
  • Peg Ruben, retired second grade teacher, Saratoga Springs School District
  • Leslie Nover, Librarian, Saratoga Springs Public Library & Saratoga Reads! Executive Board Member
 
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