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Regional Reads for Christmas

December 9, 2015

How do you pick out a Christmas present or birthday gift for a young reader?  There are all sorts of ways to choose, but sometimes I like to pick out a book set in a place where those readers live or featuring characters from the same locality. Readers have enjoyed recognizing places from Suspect, my mystery set in Missouri with scenes that take place in St. Louis and Augusta. Defending Irene might be set in the Italian Alps, but it features a young American soccer player from the St. Louis area. Saving the Griffin is set in Tuscany, but it features characters from Minnesota.

What are some other fun regional reads?  Here’s a mix new releases and old favorites that I could think of off the top of my head during the busy holiday season. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments. I’ll be adding, updating and annotating as time allows even after the 2015 holiday season wraps up.

Arizona

Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan (YA)

California

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia (Oakland)
Quad by C.G. Watson
Millicent Min: Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (San Francisco)
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle  (A boy whose mother has been arrested for dog fighting goes to live with his great-uncle, who is a forest ranger and has a wilderness search and rescue dog.)

Colorado

Katerina’s Wish by Jeannie Mobley
Searching for Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley

Illinois

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck


Indiana 

Cynthia’s Attic by Mary Cunningham (Southern Indiana)

Iowa

Do You Know the Monkey Man by Dori Hillestad Butler

 

Kansas 

A Voice for Kanzas by Debra McArthur (Lawrence)

 

Kentucky

Harvest Moon by Tonya Coffey (recommended by the author, a former student, which is always fun)

 

Louisiana

Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith

 

Maine

Sanctuary by Jennifer McKissack
Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
Kiki and Jacques by Susan Ross


Massachusetts 

The Dirt Diaries by Anna Staniszewski

 

Michigan

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw
Copper Magic by Julia Mary Gibson (Fictional town on Lake Michigan)
Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis


Missouri

Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck
Suspect by Kristin Wolden Nitz  (St. Louis and Augusta)

Montana

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

 

Nebraska

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

 

New Hampshire

Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin

 


New
 Jersey

Screaming at the Ump by Audrey Vernick

New Mexico 

Dirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft (YA)

New York

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
Eighth-Grade Super Zero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Ohio

Pucker Up by Rachele Alpine  (Lakewood, a place near Cleveland)

 

Pennsylvania

The Caged Grave by Dianne Marenco Salerni (In 1867, a girl returns to her hometown and discovers her mother and aunt are buried in caged graves.)

The Eighth Day by Dianne Marenco Salerni (A boy discovers a secret day of the week hidden between Wednesday and Thursday.)

South Carolina

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Utah 

Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams (Salt Lake City)

 

Vermont

Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith
Golden Girl by Mari Mancusi (A snowboarding prodigy tries to reclaim her standing as the “Golden Girl” at her elite winter sports academy. )

 

Texas

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj

 

Washington

Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft (YA) Seattle

 

Wisconsin 

Finders Keepers by Shelley Tougas

Wyoming

Faithful by Janet Fox (YA) Set in and around Yellowstone