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The Mid-Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)

New Jersey

Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen.

Molly immigrates with her mother from Russia to New Jersey and learns about birthday parties and friends. The title of the book refers to Molly being asked to make a doll like a pilgrim for the Thanksgiving display at school. Molly is embarrassed when her Jewish mother dresses the doll as she herself dressed before leaving Russia for religious freedom. (Also by Barbara Cohen: Make a Wish, Molly)  

This Time, Tempe Wick? by Patricia Lee Gauch.
Based on a spunky, real-life girl named Tempe Wick who hid her horse in her bedroom from both the Americans and the British during the Revolutionary War. 

New York

The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca.

A story about the adventures of a stray dog in New York City who is adopted by a taxi driver.

Anastasia series by Lois Lowry.

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden.
Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse, buddies since birth, befriend a talented country cricket who comes to New York City's Times Square train station by accident (in a picnic basket). Once you've read this story, you'll want to read the other books available about these characters.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. (Newbery Medal winner) 
Claudia goes with her brother to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where they hide for a week. To pass the time, they try to determine if a marble statue was actually sculpted by Michelangelo.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord.
Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to her new home in Brooklyn, N.Y. She finds America to be a land of wonders, but she doesn't know English or understand American customs. By listening to the radio as the Brooklyn Dodgers try to win the baseball pennant, she begins to learn English and win friends.

Leatherstocking Tales series by James Fenimore Cooper. (Classic)
These stories, including The Deerslayer and The Last of the Mohicans, are about pioneers in the Susquehanna River area.

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving. (Classic)
Both of these stories appear in Irving's The Sketch Book.

Lyle the Crocodile series by Bernard Waber.

Pamela's First Musical by Wendy Wasserstein.
Pamela has the best birthday ever when her glamorous Aunt Louise takes her to a Broadway musical.

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold.
A story about a young girl who dreams of flying above her Harlem home.

The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg.


Beyond the Divide by Kathryn Lasky.
This story begins in Pennsylvania in 1849, with a 14-year-old Amish girl who leaves behind the rest of her family to go west by wagon train with her father.

The Bread Sister of Sinking Creek; The Cherry Tree Buck; and Maggie Among the Seneca 
by Robin Moore.

The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz.

I Am Regina by Sally M. Keehn.
The story of a 10-year-old girl named Regina who is taken captive by American Indians in Western Pennsylvania. She struggles to hold on to memories of her earlier life as she grows up under her new name of Tskinnak.

Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco.
Naomi, an Amish girl, finds an unusual egg that hatches into a fancy bird (a peacock). A fun story about Amish life.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. (Newbery Medal winner) 
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary as he accomplishes athletic and other feats. Set in the Philadelphia area.

Night Journeys by Avi.

Set in the late 1770s, this story is about two young indentured servants who make their escape with the help of Quakers in Bucks County, Pa.

The Story of Punxsutawney Phil by Julia Spencer Moutran.
After helping his family prepare their burrow for the winter and joining them for a long nap beneath the cold Pennsylvania snow, Punxsutawney Phil emerges on Groundhog Day to predict the weather.

Trouble at the Mines by Doreen Rappaport.

Rosie and her family are caught up in the Arnot, Pa., mining strike of 1899-1900, led by union organizer Mother Jones.

The Mid-Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)