Breakfast Serials Stories and Illustrations
Story A Long Walk to Water

Illustrations copyright © 2012 Timothy Bush

S.O.R. Losers

When a group of non-athletic boys are required to play on a South Orange River Middle School Soccer team, they achieve fame. They become famous, however, not because of the quality of their play, but by the hilarious ways they lose. In so doing, they give new meaning to the concepts of team spirit and success.

Text copyright © 2012 Avi

Story A Long Walk to Water

Illustrations copyright © 2008 Jim Averbeck


A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water is an original serial novel taken from today's headlines. Written for the Breakfast Serials audience by Linda Sue Park, author of many novels for young people (including the Newbery Award winner A Single Shard), A Long Walk to Water is based on the true story of Salva, one of some 3,800 Sudanese "Lost Boys" airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid 1990s.

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Text copyright © 2008 Linda Sue Park


Story Long Road Home

Illustrations copyright © 2005 Emily Arnold McCully


Long Road Home

Meli and her once happy and secure Albanian family flee war torn Kosovo. Their journey is dangerous and tension filled. At last they reach the safety of America, only to confront post-9/11 distrust of Muslims. But Meli, in word and deed, has a message for everyone.

Spanish translation available.

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Text copyright © 2005 Katherine Paterson


Story Keep Your eye on Amanda

Illustrations copyright © 2003 Tim Bush

Keep Your Eye on Amanda!

Philip and Amanda are twin raccoons—but different by nature. Philip is cautious, while Amanda is always in trouble. When Amanda joins up with a human thief, Philip goes into rescue mode. Can he save her this time?

Spanish translation available.

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Text copyright © 2003 Avi

Story the Shadow of my Fathers Hand

Illustrations copyright © 2004 Anna Rich

The Shadow of My Father's Hand: A Boy's Civil War Journal

It’s 1864 and the Civil War is still raging. This haunting personal war story, conveyed through a poignant narrative poem, is at once a story of family, of friendship, of the horrors of war—and of one boy’s struggle to survive and grow up.

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Text copyright © 2004 Craig Crist-Evans

Story Up in the Air - The Story of the Wtright Brothers

Illustrations copyright © 2003 Brian Floca

Up in the Air: The Story of the Wright Brothers

Up in the Air: The Story of the Wright Brothers is historical fiction based on the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s invention of the airplane. The story brings immediacy and life to the actual events, methods, and ideas of the Wright brothers’ story.

Spanish translation available.

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Text copyright © 2003 Brian Floca,

Story The Moneky King

Illustrations copyright © 2001 Hui Hui Su-Kennedy

The Monkey King

Ji-li's The Monkey King is a partial retelling of one of China's favorite classics, Journey to the West—a novel of the Ming Dynasty by We Ch'eng-en.

Monkey is the most famous comic creation in Chinese fiction. It has been said, Monkey is mankind—full of faults, ambitious and vain. But he is also generous, valiant and intrepid. He is mischievous but also delightful. He can not resist challenge; he loathes self-pity and above all, he despises despair. The Monkey King is all this in seventeen chapters.

Spanish translation available.

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Text copyright © 2001 Ji-li Jiang



Story the Secret School

Illustrations copyright © 2000 Brian Floca

The Secret School

1920’s rural Colorado. When the regular teacher of the valley’s one-room schoolhouse must leave, bringing an early school closing, the children decide to take over, secretly. But there are many problems to surmount: trouble-making Herbert Bixler, a suspicious School Board, plus the fact that the new teacher, Ida Bidson, is not only one of the students but only fourteen years old!

Spanish translation available.

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Story Future Times Past

Illustrations copyright © 2005 Anna Rich

Future Times Past: The Eagles’ Tale

It’s the distant future. The People recall when nations vanished because of war and nature’s devastation. They also recall and celebrate the Eagles—mysterious aliens who visit and help rebuild civilization. Now the Eagles return but their arrival is ominous. Fourteen-year-old Rainera sets out to confront them. What will she discover: the past, the future, or a terrible fate?

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Text copyright © 2005 Rafe Martin

Story the Army of Two

Illustrations copyright © 1999 Joan Sandin

The Army of Two

A true story! Alone at the Scituate (Massachusetts) lighthouse, two girls save their town from British attack during the War of 1812.

Spanish translation available.

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Text copyright © 1999 Betty Miles

Story the Black Squirrel

Illustrations copyright © 2000 David Fadden

The Black Squirrel

Joseph Bruchac's The Black Squirrel is a story about great stories—traditional native tales about monster animals, Chenoo cannibal giants, Little People, and brave deeds done to protect us all. It's every bit adventure and myth, as Harry Potter is part adventure, part fantasy.

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Text copyright © 2000 Joseph Bruchac

Story the Fighting Ground

Illustrations copyright © 2008 Peter Catalanotto

The Fighting Ground

The Fighting Ground is a gripping tale of the American Revolutionary War. Thirteen-year-old Jonathan, head full of dreams of glory, runs away from home and joins the local militia to fight the dreaded mercenary troops, the Hessians, near Trenton, NJ. Over a twenty-four hour period, through the fog of war, he experiences a soldier's reality with all its horrors, ambiguities, and unforeseen complexities.

Text copyright © 2008 Avi

Story Magic Elizabeth

Illustrations copyright © 2007 Joe Krush

Magic Elizabeth

When Sally's parents are suddenly called away, she is sent to stay with Aunt Sarah who is as scary as her mysterious old house. Sally's spirits pick up when she discovers an old portrait of a young girl who looks curiously like her. But this girl is holding the most exquisite doll she has ever seen. Sally's search for it takes her to another time.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2007 Norma Kassirer

Story Orphan Journey Home

Illustrations copyright © 2007 C.B. Mordan

Orphan Journey Home

Based on a true story of 1828, Orphan Journey Home celebrates the courage, strength, and resourcefulness of four pioneer children determined, against all odds, to honor their father's wishes and make their way back to the safety of their Kentucky home.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2007 Liza Ketchum

Story Sudden Squall

Illustrations copyright © 2006 Lauren Castillo

Sudden Squall

The Neptune, a side paddle steam freighter, carries farm produce from New Port, New Jersey to New York City. Normally, the voyage is routine. But one spring day in 1884, what’s routine is thrown overboard. Sudden Squall is a maritime adventure with unlikely heroes.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2006 Avi

Story Upriver

Illustrations copyright © 2006 Peter Catalanotto

Upriver

It's the Dakota Territory, 1866: eleven-year-old Iah Thomas witnesses the kidnapping of a girl, Vinca. When he finds her held captive on a riverboat it's just the beginning of a rousing adventure. Reminiscent of Mark Twain, this exciting adventure captures the rich tones, unique vocabulary, and excitement of America's post-Civil War West.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2006 Alexandria LaFaye

Story Bella Bella

Illustrations copyright © 2005 Jon Van Zyle

Bella Bella

Bella Bella is an evocative sea-kayaking adventure set in the beautiful—but potentially dangerous—wilderness off the central coast of British Columbia.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2005 Jonathan London

Story Reading the Sky

Illustrations copyright © 2004 Joan Sandin

Reading the Sky

Dyslexic Jamie can't read printed words, only clouds. What he sees is wondrous to him, unbelievable to others, dangerous to all: a man in a business suit who parachutes from an airplane with a million dollars. The thief kidnaps Gillian who leaves a key message. Jamie reports the thief but isn't believed. Then he finds the message—which he can't read

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2004 Avi

Story The Winners Circle

Illustrations copyright © 2003 CB Mordan

The Winner's Circle

Running eighteen chapters and full of the sights, sounds, and smells of horse country, The Winner’s Circle is rich in moral dilemmas and chapter-by-chapter high adventure. It’s a winner!

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2003 Jennifer Armstrong

Story Janko and the Giant

llustrations copyright © 2003 Anna Vojtech

Janko and the Giant: A Tale of Old Slovakia

Janko and the Giant: A Tale of Old Slovakia by Joseph Bruchac is a folktale, a tall tale, a nonsense story, an adventure. Set in old world Slovakia, Bruchac draws on the impossible, fanciful adventures of young Janko and his dealings with giants, talking horses, bandits and just plain fun.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2003 Joseph Bruchac

Story The Valley of No Return

Illustrations copyright © 2002 Michael Lacapa

The Valley of No Return

This is a story of two young people from diverse backgrounds—one, the son of a mining engineer; the other a daughter of the tribal chief whose people are threatened with exile from their ancestral land—and of the lessons learned as they struggle for survival.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2002 John Tomerlin

Story Desolation Canyon

Illustrations copyright © 2002 Maile Pickett

Desolation Canyon

Desolation Canyon is a story about kids and their dads learning about the world, themselves, and the meaning of father and sons, fathers and daughters.

Then too, it is an old-fashioned adventure yarn, full of suspense and sought after danger. But it is not a tale of man against nature, rather, a joining of the two, that enriches characters in the story and the people who will read it.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2002 Jonathan London

Story Minnie Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World

Illustrations copyright © 2001 Denys Cazet

Minnie and Moo in The Seven Wonders of the World

Denys Cazet's Minnie and Moo In the Seven Wonders of the World is a very funny story. While that is simple to say and experience, writing something funny is very hard. To describe the plot of this story--a couple of zany cows seeking to save their farmer's farm--is to mention the smallest part of what's here. Comedy is very much about character, and perhaps even more so, about language. Not only does Denys Cazet write funny, he draws funny too.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2001 Denys Cazet

Story The best in the World

Illustrations copyright © 2001 Betsy James

The Best in the World

Ever since Nick got hold of The Guinness Book of Records, he's been obsessed with notions of being the best at something. That's why he and his bet friend Clay, concoct a scheme to establish a world record of their own.

Spanish translation available.

Text copyright © 2001 Marc Talbert

Story The Secret of Smiths Hill

Illustrations copyright © 1999 Marilynne K. Roach

The Secret of Smith's Hill

Mystery? History Lesson? Ghost? Ten-year-old twins Kelly and James must contend with all three, as they seek to discover what's causing nighttime disturbances in their old Rhode Island house.

Text copyright ©1999 Nancy Garden




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