We are so lucky to live in a state with such a rich and long history!
We have a number of books on Virginia including its history. If you want to browse our collection, you would look under the Dewey decimal number 917.55. Here are a couple of titles from that section that might
be of interest to you:
A Historical Album of Virginia by William Cocke
America the Beautiful: Virginia by Sylvia McNair
Celebrate the States: Virginia by Tracy Barrett
Other books I would suggest include:
The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald
The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.
Let me know if we can be of more assistance.
There is another author that you might like. I think his books are
hilarious. His name is Daniel Pinkwater, and he has published many
humorous books. Here are some of his books that you might like:
If you are interested in finding other titles like Dave Pelzer's “A Child Called It,” then I'm sure you'll want to read the sequels, "The Lost Boy" and "A Man Called Dave", if you haven't already done so. A couple other titles you may want to try are:
Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen.
After running away from her fifth foster home, Holly, a twelve-year-old orphan, travels across the country, keeping a journal of her experiences and struggle to survive.
Thank you for requesting a Book Match. I have not read the Rascal myself, but here are some animal stories that you may enjoy:
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
My Dog Skip by Willie Morris
I selected a few titles that have some of the same elements as The Red Necklace…history, intrigue, a bit of the mystical and other interesting plot elements. I hope you enjoy reading some of these books!
Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells.
As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known.
Kindred by Octavia Butler.
If you like Ida B. by Karen Miller, you may like these titles:
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.
Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Princess and the Hound By Mette Ivie Harrison.
George has always felt burdened by his princely duties, and even more by the need to hide the magic through which he speaks with animals, but when he is betrothed to the strange princess of a neighboring kingdom, his secret, and the persecution of people like himself, must come to an end.
Tales from the Brothers Grimm and Sisters Weird By Vivian Vande Velde.
Thanks again for your Book Match request. I like Junie B. Jones, too!
You might enjoy reading Judy Moody books by Megan McDonald and
Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. The main character of both of these
series is a girl who gets into all kinds of trouble and fun just like Junie B.!
Lena Gonzalez Berrios, youth services manager
Porter Branch, Central Rappahannock Regional Library