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Fiction Focus Program, 2nd Edition:Levels S-Z

Jump to Level: | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |


Selections challenge readers to make connections with previous reading and with historical events; words present many shades of meaning that require readers' interpretation; this level includes chapter books in a variety of genres.

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Level S titles:

4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year Schwartz
Beethoven Lives Upstairs Nichol
Bluish Hamilton
A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray Martin
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup Creech
In the Shade of the N�spero Tree Bernier-Grand
Let It Begin Here! Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution Fradin
Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers Paulsen
Tru Confessions Tashjian

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At this level, readers encounter a variety of nonfiction text structures; expanded vocabulary requires readers to consider both literal and connotative meaning.

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Level T titles:

The 10 Deadliest Plants Littlefield
The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin Giblin
Chasing Vermeer Balliett
Dirty Tricks Rodda
Drita, My Homegirl Lombard
Fair Weather Peck
Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story Warren
The Power of Un Etchemendy
Replay Creech
Something Upstairs Avi

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Books cover a breadth of topics and present specific, technical information; illustrations require interpretation and connection to text; text requires readers to employ a wide range of reading strategies.

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Level U titles:

All of the Above Pearsall
The Adventures of Marco Polo Freedman
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy Nimmo
Creepy Creatures (Goosebumps Graphix) Stine
Ginger Pye Estes
The Graduation of Jake Moon Park
Heaven Johnson
Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel Avi
The Tale of Despereaux DiCamillo
Tangerine Bloor

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Texts present complex issues and use technical language; topics are distant from students' experience in terms of time and geographic area, and may include realistic historical information and more difficult themes.

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Level V titles:

The 10 Most Wondrous Ancient Sites Drake
Becoming Naomi Le�n Ryan
Birdwing Martin
Desperate Journey Murphy
Ellis Island Jango-Cohen
The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas (Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars) Mack
The Firework-Maker's Daughter Pullman
Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule Robinet
Foster's War Reeder
Pictures of Hollis Woods Giff

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Books present complex information requiring readers to employ a wide range of content knowledge and to understand the basic organizational structures of nonfiction; topics explore the human condition and social issues; texts vary in length; print is generally in a small font.

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Level W titles:

Blood on the River: James Town 1607 Carbone
Chu Ju's House Whelan
Guilty By a Hair! Prokos
Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War Allen
Home of the Brave Applegate
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Selznick
The Lightning Thief Riordan
Lights, Camera, Amalee Williams
Out From Boneville (Bone) Smith
Tunnels (Book 1) Gordon

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Covers increasingly mature themes, and requires extensive prior knowledge; texts are designed to present a significant amount of new information.

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Level X titles:

Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole Myers
A Break With Charity: A Story About the Salem Witch Trials Rinaldi
Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War Bobrick
Four Pictures by Emily Carr Debon
A Girl Named Disaster Farmer
Millicent Min, Girl Genius Yee
Somewhere in the Darkness Myers
Storm Thief Wooding
The Usborne Book of Scientists: From Archimedes to Einstein Reid & Fara
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Kerr

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Books feature similar themes to previous levels, with more explicit detail; requires critical reading skills to evaluate the quality and objectivity of the text.

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Level Y titles:

Artemis Fowl (Book 1) Colfer
The Boy Who Dared Bartoletti
Geronimo Bruchac
Get On Out of Her, Philip Hall Greene
Heroes of the Holocaust Zullo
The Jumping Tree Salda�a, Jr.
Larklight Reeve
Pemba's Song: A Ghost Story Nelson & Hegamin
Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count Dracula Goldberg & Itzkowitz
The Yearling Rawlings

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A challenge for more widely-read students requiring critical reading skills; topics include controversial social and political issues; readers experience complex examples of nonfiction organizational structure.

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Level Z titles:

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic Murphy
The Best Ghost Stories Ever Krovatin
Detective Stories Pullman
Finding My Hat Son
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Rowling
Jane Eyre Bronte
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary Myers
Stormbreaker: The First Alex Rider Adventure Horowitz
The Time Machine Wells
Toning the Sweep Johnson

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