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Seattle Children's Theatre Recommended Reading List for the 2001-2002 Season


bulletJohnny Tremain
bulletThe Hoboken Chicken Emergency
bulletThe Wrestling Season
bulletCharlotte's Web
bulletInto The West


Production:  Johnny Tremain
Booklist prepared by the Seattle Library System and the King County Library System. Books available from

For Children

coverJohnny Tremain; Esther Forbes
The book presents a balance of fictional and historical figures. After writing Paul Revere and The World He Lived In (a Pulitzer Prize winner), this book gave her the opportunity to write, not just what happened but how the people felt about what was happening. Coincidentally, Esther Forbes started to write this book the day after Pearl Harbor in 1941. The world premiere of this play at SCT was on Thursday September 11, 2001 -- two days after the World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies.

coverWar Comes to Will Freeman; James Lincoln Collier
After her father is murdered, 13-year old Willy embarks on a journey to find her kidnapped mother. She discovers the difficulties, dangers, and rewards of being a free black female during the Revolutionary War.

Black Heroes of the American Revolution; Burke Davis The Boston Tea Party; Steven Kroll
The American Revolution; Bonnie L. Lukes
[Out Of Print]
Heroines of the American Revolution: America's Founding Mothers; Diane Silcox-Jarrett

For Parents and Teachers
The Revolutionary War; Louise Minks
Where did the battle of Bunker Hill really take place? What is a "lobsterback?" Discover the answers to these questions and others in this fascinating account of the Revolutionary War. Minks describes the origins of the conflict, the events that too place in the days before the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired, and other major battles and key figures in the war.
Angel In The Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution; Benson Bobrick The Last Refuge of Scoundrels: A Revolutionary Novel; Paul Lussier


Production:  The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
Booklist prepared by Pamela Laborde, Seattle Public Library System.  Books available from

For Children
coverThe Hoboken Chicken Emergency; Daniel Pinkwater
This is the story of a boy who desperately wants the kind of friendship that a pet can offer, unconditional and constant, but he ends up with something much more fantastical. Once the media get into the action, the whole town is whipped into a frenzy over the "one-thousand-pound" chicken that is on the loose.
coverSummer Reading Is Killing Me!; Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
The Time Warp Trio is magically whisked into their summer reading list and subsequently into a battle between familiar characters from kids' books, including the Hoboken Chicken herself!
coverThe Chicken Doesn't Skate; Gordon Korman coverThe Werewolf Club: The Magic Pretzel; Daniel Manus Pinkwater
The Education of Robert Nifkin; Daniel Manus Pinkwater It's Raining Pigs and Noodles: Poems; Jack Prelutsky, James Stevenson (Illustrator)
In The Footsteps of Frankenstein; Steve Parker Kat Kong; Dav Pilkey
Henny-Penny; Jane Wattenberg The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events); Lemony Snicket
George Shrinks; William Joyce A Hat for Minerva Louise; Janet Morgan Stoeke

For Parents and Teachers
Fish Whistle: Commentaries, Uncommentaries, and Vulgar Excesses; Daniel Manus Pinkwater
Genetic Engineering: Opposing Viewpoints; James D. Torr coverNaked; David Sedaris


Production:  The Wrestling Season
Booklist prepared by Sally Porter, King County Library System. Books available from

For Children
coverSpeak; Laurie Halse Anderson
Shunned and ridiculed by friends and classmates, freshman Melinda pays a devastating price for calling the police at an end of summer party, an act no one asks her to explain. A gripping, raw look at the dynamics of high school relationships.
coverRunning Loose; Chris Crutcher coverWrestling Sturbridge; Rich Wallace
The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts; Arthur Miller Painting the Black; Carl Deuker
Out of Control; Norma Fox Mazer The Chocolate War; Robert Cormier
Stargirl; Jerry Spinelli Iceman; Chris Lynch Hard Love; Ellen Wittlinger

For Parents and Educators:

coverA Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence; Patricia Hersch
Hersch's three-year journey into adolescence presents a provocative, honest view of eight average teenagers' lives. It is a sobering view and a wake-up call for parents.

coverReviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls; Mary Pipher coverRaising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys; Daniel J. Kindlon, Michael Thompson, and Teresa Barker coverReal Boys' Voices; William S. Pollack, Todd Shuster


Production:  Charlotte's Web

SCT is pleased to present Charlotte's Web, E.B. White's timeless story of Wilbur, a runty piglet who is sheltered by two very special friends, Fern and Charlotte. Join them as each explores what it means to be needed, to be loyal, to be a friend. Charlotte's Web is a funny, gentle depiction of the cycle of life through the trials, tribulations and stardom of an adorable pig.

Booklist prepared by Margaret Martin, King County Library System. Books available from


For Children
Charlotte's Web; E. B. White
Wilbur, an affectionate, often bashful, pig befriends a spider named Charlotte. Wilbur is devastated when he learns of his ultimate fate at the butcher. Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer that Wilbur is no ordinary animal. In this story of friendship, hardship, and parting, this story reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things.
Spiders Have Fangs; Claire Llewellyn
Did you know: Spiders must spin a new web every day? Some spiders live under water? Some spiders can change color? Discover fascinating facts and hands-on fun in this book about spiders and other arachnids.
Freddy the Detective; Walter R. Brooks Animal Stories; Dick King-Smith
Country Fair; Gail Gibbons The Spider Who Created the World; Amy McDonald
Spectacular Spiders; Linda Glaser The Trumpet of the Swan; E. B. White
Be Nice to Spiders; Margaret Bloy Graham Life on a Pig Farm; Judy Wolfman
Ace: The Very Important Pig; Dick King-Smith A Pet or Not?; Alvin Silverstein

For Parents and Educators
One Man's Meat; E. B. White
This delightful collection of essays takes its name from the monthly Harper's Magazine column White wrote for many years. it charms readers with its witty observations on everyday life on a saltwater farm in Maine -- the same farm where White first encountered the barnyard characters who appear in Charlotte's Web.


Production:  Into The West

Fin and Ally can't believe it when Grampa shows up out of the blue to give them a white horse, swift as a dream with a name as wild as the West itself: Tir Na n'Og. What adventures they'll have with Tir Na n'Og... if they can just convince Dad to keep a horse in a third-story apartment. Into the West is a comedy of heart about a brother and sister who find hope after loss, a modern folk tale that reverberates with the music and magic of Ireland.

Booklist prepared by Susan Anderson-Newham, King County Library System. Books available from

For Children
The Moorchild; Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Young Moql has been brought up as one of the Folk, small people who live in caverns beneath the moors. When the Folk find out she is of mixed parentage, however, she becomes an outcast and is blamed for the recent misfortune in their village. Her quest to understand who she really is makes compelling reading.
Fair, Brown and Trembling: An Irish Cinderella Story; Jude Daly Celtic Fairy Tales: Retold With an Introduction by Neil Philip; Neil Philip
Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill; Retold by Tomie de Paola Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure; Robert San Souci
The Pirate Queen; Emily Arnold McCully Child of Faerie, Child of Earth; Jane Yolen

For Parents and Educators
The Names Upon the Harp: Irish Myth and Legend; Marie Heaney
Meet the bold heroes and dastardly villains whose tales have been told  by bards and storytellers in Ireland for centuries. The nine stories in this thrilling collection represent the three cycles of Irish literature; the Mythological, the Ulster, and the Fenian. Glorious illustrations, source notes, and a pronunciation guide for the stories add depth and drama.


Production:  Holes

When a $5,000 pair of basketball shoes plummets from the sky and lands on Stanley's head, he winds up falsely convicted of theft. But Stanley doesn't blame the judge, or the real sneaker stealer, he blames his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather." Stanley Yelnats you see, like the Yelnats before him, is cursed. Now he's at Camp Green Lake, where there isn't a lake, but there's a desert full of holes, and the first thing they hand Stanley is a shovel.

Booklist prepared by Peg Dombeck, Seattle Public Library. Books available from

For Children
coverHoles; Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats struggles to outwit a heartless warden, save a fellow inmate, and end the family curse in this wild and wonderful novel set in a detention camp for boys.
Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
Dave, a feisty and fearless orphan, is sent to the Hebrew Home for Boys where he is treated cruelly and longs for escape. He sneaks out at night and is welcomed into the music- and culture-filled world of the Harlem Renaissance. Wonderful characterization and description capture historical details and the richness of Jewish and Yiddish cultures.
Heaven Eyes by David Almond I Am the Ice Worm by Maryann Easley
The Maze by Will Hobbs The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg

For Parents and Educators
Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps for Success by Stedman Graham
Teens in Turmoil: A Path to Change for Parents, Adolescents, and Their Families by Carol Maxym, Leslie B. York
The Seven-Year Stretch: Growing Through Adolescence: The Family Process and How It Works by Laura Scribner Kastner, Jennifer F. Wyatt


For booklists from other productions of the Seattle Children's Theatre, click here.


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