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Notable Books for a Global Society - 1997 List
(Outstanding K-12 Multicultural Literature)


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All these books were copyright in 1996:

Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White. (Farrar)

Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places by Joseph Bruchac. (Harcourt)

Confetti: Poems for Children by Pat Mora. (Lee & Low)

Dangerous Skies by Suzanne Fisher Staples. (Farrar)

Free to Dream –– The Making of a Poet: Langston Hughes by Audrey Osofsky. (Lothrop)

Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South by Toyomi Igus. (Children’s Book Press)

Golem by David V. Wisniewski. (Clarion)

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phyllis Wheatley by Ann Rinaldi. (Harcourt)

In My Family/En Mi Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza. (Children’s Book Press)

In the Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree by Barbara Bash. (Sierra Club BFC)

Irene Jennie and the Christmas Masquerade: The Johnkankus by Irene Smalls-Hector. (Little)

Maples in the Mist: Children’s Poems from the Tang Dynasty by Minfong Ho (Translator/compiler). (Lothrop)

Market by Ted Lewin. (Lothrop)

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder. (Dial)

Mysterious Tales of Japan by Rafe Martin (Reteller). (Putnam)

Ogbo: Sharing Life in an African Village by Ifeoma Onyefulu. (Gulliver Books)

Peacebound Trains by Haemi Balgassi. (Clarion)

Ribbons by Laurence Yep. (Putnam)

Sweet Dried Apples: A Vietnamese Wartime Childhood by Rosemary Breckler. (Houghton)

The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp by Michael O. Tunnell & George W. Chilcoat. (Holiday House)

The Day Gogo Went to Vote: South Africa, April 1994 by Elinor Batezat Sisulu. (Little)

The Final Journey by Gudrun Pausewang. (Viking/Penguin)

The Garden of Happiness by Erika Tamar. (Harcourt)

The Life and Death of Crazy Horse by Russell Freedman. (Holiday House)

When I Left My Village by Maxine Rose Schur. (Dial)


Selection Committee

Yvonne Siu-Runyan, Chair The University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Barbara Lehman The Ohio State University at Mansfield, OH

Mary Jo Fresch The Ohio State University at Marion, OH
Miriam Marecek Harvard University, Boston, MA

Amy McClure Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
John Poeton Consultant, Barre, VT
Patricia Scharer The Ohio State University at Lima, OH
Elaine Vilscek The University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Vienna Volante Oglethorpe University, Athens, GA



This list (along with annotations, teaching ideas, and related books for each title) is available in The Dragon Lode (16/1), Fall 1997, pp. 15-26. For your convenience, a reprint of this article is available for $2.50.

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