Category Archives: Year: 1960s

A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Page Count: 205

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 1968

Genre:Fantasy

Duny is a boy living on an island. One of the best-written fantasy novels of all time, A Wizard of Earthsea tells the story of his life as he grows in knowledge not just of magic, but of the world, and himself.

Anyone who likes fantasy will like this book, but it will also appeal to those who don’t always enjoy fantasy, as it is a very original and thoughtful take on the genre, and is much deeper and more relatable to real experience than many fantasy novels.

Mr. Coleman

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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Author: Ursula K. Le Guin, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1960s

Night

Night
Elie Wiesel

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Page count: 109
Age Range: 13 and up
Year: 1960
Genre: Historical

In a village of Romania during the Nazi reign lives a 12 year old boy named Elie and his family. His family is warned of the Nazis coming and Soon after they are brought to a camp where they are to survive on little food and water. The mother and three sisters are sent to Birkenau the death camp and Elie and his father Shlomo are sent to Auschwitz the concentration camp. After many weeks of working and being beaten they continue to struggle to survive in the worst conditions and are sent on a death march to barracks in the snow, soon after his father dies. They are liberated by the American troops at the camp Buchenwald but hardly in time, only a few survived and live to speak about the horrible truth.

This is a very important book for young readers who want to know more about the Holocaust. It is a delicate subject this is handled with realness and graceful language. Involves high level emotional subjects such as death and torture. Would be good for students who are focusing on this topic for History day.

Ms.Elise

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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Author: Elie Wiesel, Genre: Historical, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1960s

One Crazy Summer

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Rita Williams- Garcia

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Page count: 218
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Year: 2010
Genre: Historical, Realistic, Historical Fiction

Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern were abandoned by their ʺmotherʺ and left with their father and Big Ma.  After seven years of not knowing anything of why their mother left them, their dad decides to send these three to Cecile in Oakland, California in the summer of 1968.  The girls then experience not only how different their life is in California compared to Brooklyn especially with The Black Panthers running around.  The girls just want to be loved and accepted by their mother without making her upset.

This book is great for readers interested The Civil Rights Movement and the various social groups emerging out to crate social change.  This book can also reach out to those who have experienced parent abandonment or like to read historical fiction.

Ms. Brittany

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Rita Williams- Garcia, Genre: Historical, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1960s

Island of the Blue Dolphins

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Scott O’Dell

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Page Count: 181
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 1960
Genre: Adventure, Historical, Realistic

This story is a Newberry Medal Award winning tale of a young girl, Karana, who is all alone on a Pacific Island. Karana courageously jumps off the rescue ship that was coming for her people to save her little brother and ends up being left behind for many suns and moons. Karana tries to survive the harsh seasons of the island, find and maintain her food, while fending off the grotesque and hungry wild dogs that roam the island. She soon learns how to find peace with being alone while patiently waiting for another ship to carry her to where her people are.

This book keeps you on the edge of your seat for Karana’s survival. Island of the Blue Dolphins has won multiple awards for its visionary writing and true story that once happened to a young woman from La Isla de San Nicolas that was stranded on it for almost 20 years.

-Ms. Brittany

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The Outsiders

The Outsiders
S. E. Hinton

S. E. Hinton was only 18 when this book was published!

S. E. Hinton was only 18 when this book was published!

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Page Count: 192
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 1967
Genre: Realistic, Coming-of-age

Ponyboy is a 14-year-old kid living with his two older brothers, Sodapop and Darry. Ponyboy and his brothers are, in their community, called “Greasers.” They’re from the poor part of town and are ostracized by the wealthier class, the Socs. Ponyboy and his friends verbally and, more often, physically fight with members of the rival class. The story follows an incident where the fighting gets too violent and someone winds up killed. Ponyboy’s real struggle is with his own moral boundaries and the definition of brotherhood.

The story follows adolescent boys, so it’s a good bet that boys might like this more than girls. That said, the story is engaging for all audiences. The story has ethical undertones that make this book more meaningful towards a mature audience.

-Ms. Jessie

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James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl

You could make SO MANY smoothies.

You could make SO MANY smoothies.

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Page Count: 160
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1961
Genre: Fantasy

James is a young boy who lives with his crazy, abusive aunts. He wants more than anything to escape them. One day a wizard gives him some magic crystals, one of which hits the ground and turns a peach into the size of a house. When James goes inside, he meets a Spider, a Centipede, a Ladybug, a Grasshopper, an Earthworm and a Glowworm. At first he is afraid, but eventually the bugs become his family and when the peach starts rolling, James and his family begin an amazing adventure across the Atlantic Ocean!

Dahl has written this book for kids who love a good fantasy adventure. In the book James gets justice from his aunts, creates new friendships, and faces his fears which can be inspiring to any student.

-Miss Jenny

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl

Like chocolate? Like factories? Then you'll probably like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Like chocolate? Like factories? Then you’ll probably like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

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Page Count: 155
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 1964
Genre: Fantasy

Series: There is a sequel

Poor, young Charlie Bucket lives in a tiny shack with his 2 parents and 4 grandparents and regularly eats cabbage soup for dinner, and the only thing that makes him happy is the smell of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory and the single chocolate bar he receives annually for his birthday. When he finds money on the street one day and spends it on some Wonka chocolate, he unwraps a Golden Ticket which allows him (and 4 other lucky winners) to tour the famous chocolate factory with Willy Wonka himself. Not only is Charlie introduced to the fantastical world of Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, but learns quite a bit about his own unique character as they navigate the wonderland that is Wonka’s Factory and find out in the end that it was more than just a tour of the factory he was given; it was a test, with a life-changing grand prize!

This book is a great read for all ages, especially those who enjoy fantasy and have big imaginations, and the language is pretty accessible for ELs as well. It works out great for reading groups, as I’ve found that most kids have seen one of the two movies so you can compare/contrast those with the book (and show video clips along the way).

-Mr. Dave

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Roald Dahl, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 1960s