C.S. Porter's One Book One Community Archives

  • Here are some of the book selections from past years.  

    2014-2015  The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
    Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.
     Wednesday Wars

    2013 Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt


    During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.


    2012 Trash by Andy Mulligan


    Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump.



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    2011 Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai


    Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.



    Green Glass Sea

    2010 Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages


    It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father--but no one will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: he's working on a top secret government program.


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    2009 The Schwa Was Here by Neal Schusterman


    A Brooklyn eighth-grader nicknamed Antsy befriends the Schwa, an "invisible-ish" boy who is tired of blending into his surroundings and going unnoticed by nearly everyone.




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    2008 Peak by Roland Smith


    A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.




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    2007 Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings


    Living near the water on Maryland's Eastern Shore, thirteen-year-old Brady and his best friends J.T. and Digger become entangled in a tragedy which tests their friendship and their ideas about right and wrong.



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    2006 The Misfits by James Howe


    Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.



    Two Old Women

    2005 Two Old Women by Velma Wallis


    A classic Athabascan Indian tale of survival, filled with suspense and wisdom as told by Velma Wallis, an outstanding Native American writer. Based on a legend told and retold for many generations in the remote Yukon River region of northeast Alaska, this is the tragic and shocking story (with an unexpected upbeat ending) of two elderly women who are abandoned by a migrating band facing starvation because of unusually harsh Arctic weather and a shortage of fish and game.



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    2004 Hoot by Carl Hiaasen


    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.



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    2003 Stand Tall by Joan Bauer


    Tree, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents' recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl at school.