of the Center for Children's Books
|The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based booklist
available as an online-only Bulletin feature. Since we're awfully
fond of bakers here at the Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their
philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have them
to offer--so don't expect an even dozen. Please feel free to copy, download,
or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source. See the archive for lists from previous months.
This Bulletin Dozen is formatted as a double-sided, tri-fold brochure. Select double-sided option when printing or print out both pages and photocopy accordingly. PDF (Portable Document Format) files are read using Adobe's Acrobat Reader. Download a free copy of Acrobat or read more information on downloading PDFs.
Novels of Journey-Making: A Travel Dozen
On the road--and what a road! Girls who hide by becoming boys, brothers unexpectedly launched on an iceberg, immigrant teens testing themselves in new surroundings; siblings, strange bedfellows, and modern travelers find themselves on journeys both rewarding and unexpected in this month’s Dozen.
Farmer, Nancy. Sea of Trolls. Jackson/Atheneum, 2004. Gr. 5-8.
When young Jack, kidnapped from his village and sent as a slave to a faraway land, offends a troll queen he must sail the Sea of Trolls to find an antidote that will restore both the Queen's hair and his sister's spirit. (BCCB 11/04)
Gallo, Donald R. First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigrants. Gr. 7-10.
This proficient anthologist compiles ten tales of teens who must learn to navigate adolescence as strangers in a strange land. (BCCB 3/05)
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Maggie's Door. Lamb, 2003. Gr. 5-9.
Alternating chapters detail the arduous journey of sweethearts Nory and Sean, as they struggle to cross the Irish countryside and the Atlantic Ocean to get to the new promise of America. (BCCB 2/04)
Ives, David. Scrib. HarperCollins, 2005. Gr. 6-9.
In 1863 thirteen-year-old Billy Christmas adopts a new identity as “Scrib,” writing “epistles of ever nature for ever occasion,” and takes to the dusty road in search of adventure. (BCCB 4/05)
Johnson, Maureen. 13 Little Blue Envelopes. HarperCollins, 2005. Gr. 7-12.
Seventeen-year-old Ginny turns globetrotter as she follows enigmatic instructions in the thirteen little blue envelopes bequeathed to her by her late Aunt Peg. (BCCB 10/05)
Levithan, David. Are We There Yet? Knopf, 2005. Gr. 9-12.
A parental conspiracy lands two brothers in Italy, where they discover that the emotional distance between them, growing as they have grown up and apart, is as small as they let it be. (BCCB 7/05)
Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn. Eos/HarperCollins, 2004. Gr. 7-12.
A dying balloonist's last words send his daughter, Kate, and cabin boy Matt on a quest to find the elusive cat-like flying creatures that were his last thought. (BCCB 7/04)
Pullman, Philip. The Scarecrow and His Servant. Knopf, 2005. Gr. 4-6.
With a turnip for a head, a boy for a servant and a mysterious oil-wrapped package of inner conviction, Lord Scarecrow takes to the road to find his fame and fortune. (BCCB 9/05)
Simmons, Michael. Finding Lubchenko. Razorbill, 2005. Gr. 7-10.
When his father is wrongly accused of murdering a colleague, Evan Macalister and his friends, Ruben and Erika, take a madcap trip to Paris to unmask the mysterious “Lubchenko.” (BCCB 7/05)
Taylor, Theodore. Ice Drift. Harcourt, 2005. Gr. 5-8.
Days turn to months as fourteen-year-old Alika and his younger brother Sulu are at the mercy of the winds and weather on their temporary ice floe home; meanwhile their parents anxiously search for them on the frozen sea. (BCCB 2/05)
Tingle, Rebecca. Far Traveler. Putnam, 2005. Gr 5-9.
Sixteen-year-old Aelfwyn takes to the road disguised as a boy bard and becomes part of a plot to defend her home of Mercia against her uncle's greedy bid for power. (BCCB 3/05)
Wilson, Diane Lee. Black Storm Comin'. McElderry, 2005. Gr. 8-12.
Colton Wescott takes a job as a Pony Express rider to earn money for his mother, sister, and younger brother, but the papers he carries aren't all for strangers; one set guarantees his enslaved aunt's freedom on the eve of the Civil War. (BCCB 9/05)
[Back to the Bulletin Homepage]
This page was last updated on November 1, 2005.