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Animal Stories for Teens

This booklist was contributed by Appleton Public Library Reference and Information Services Staff, 5/07 

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book jacketKite by Melvin Burgess(2000)Although the landowner for whom his father works as a gamekeeper hates all birds of prey, Taylor and his friend raise an endangered red kite in secret.

book jacketThe cry of the crow : a novel by Jean Craighead George(1980)While caring for a baby crow, Mandy begins to look at her family and herself in a different light.

book jacketJulie of the wolves by Jean Craighead George(1972)While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

book jacketHoot by Carl Hiaasen(2002)Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. From the bestselling mystery novelish comes this story for younger readers. New to Florida, Roy is on the school bus when he spots the running boy--running away from the bus, carrying no books or wearing no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail, which leads him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, and a renegade eco-avenger.

book jacketTaming the star runner by S.E. Hinton(1988)Sent to live with his uncle after a violent confrontation with his stepfather, sixteen-year-old Travis, an aspiring writer, finds life in a small Oklahoma town confining until he meets an eighteen-year-old horse trainer named Casey.

book jacketA fast and brutal wing by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson(2004)A series of journal entries, emails, stories, and newspaper articles reveals the strange events that led to the disappearance of a reclusive author on Halloween night and the involvement of a teenager and his friends--a brother and sister some say can transform into animals and back again.

book jacketWhalesinger by Welwyn Wilton Katz(1990)A scientific field trip on the California coast, near the possible site of a sunken treasure ship from Francis Drake's expedition, brings together two teenagers, an emotionally isolated boy and a girl who is discovering she shares an empathic bond with two gray whales in the area.

book jacketCalifornia Blue by David Klass(1994)When seventeen-year-old John Rodgers discovers a new sub-species of butterfly which may necessitate closing the mill where his dying father works, they find themselves on opposite sides of the environmental conflict.

book jacketStraydog by Kathe Koja(2002)Rachel, a teenager with a healthy dose of both aptitude and attitude, begins to feel at home volunteering at an animal shelter.

book jacketGhost boy by Iain Lawrence(2000)Unhappy in a home seemingly devoid of love, a fourteen-year-old albino boy who thinks of himself as Harold the Ghost runs away to join the circus, where he works with the elephants and searches for a sense of who he is.

book jacketThe call of the wild by Jack London(1990)This is the story of Buck, a dog abducted from his home and thrust into the merciless world of an Arctic north consumed by a quest for gold.

book jacketBlack horses for the king by Anne McCaffrey(1996)Galwyn, son of a Roman Celt, escapes from his tyrannical uncle and joins Lord Artos, later know as King Arthur, using his talent with languages and way with horses to help secure and care for the Libyan horses that Artos hopes to use in battle against the Saxons.

book jacketTouching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen(2001)After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life. This gripping, graphic survival story from an award-winning writer paints an unsparing picture of one violent teen and offers a poignant testimony to the power of pain that can destroy and may also heal.

book jacketThe yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings(1938)A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet.

book jacketWhere the red fern grows : the story of two dogs and a boy. by Wilson Rawls(1961)A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.

book jacketSummer hawk by Deborah Savage(1999)When her rescue of a baby hawk takes fifteen-year-old Taylor to a raptor rehabilitation center in rural Pennsylvania, their offer of a summer public relations job seems a step toward her dream of becoming a journalist.

book jacketTo race a dream by Deborah Savage(1994)In 1906, fifteen-year-old Theodora disguises herself as a boy to pursue her dream of becoming a race horse driver.

book jacketThe weirdo by Theodore Taylor(1991)Seventeen-year-old Chip Clewt fights to save the black bears in the Powhaten National Wildlife Refuge.

book jacketThe hostage by Theodore Taylor(1987)Fourteen-year-old Jamie has second thoughts about harboring a killer whale that his father and he captured off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia and plan to sell to a sea amusement park. Syndetics

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