Here are some books -- basically for third-through eighth-graders -- to keep the pages turning as you travel: Northeast:
The Matchlock Gun, Walter D. Edmonds -- Colonial boy protects his family from Indians.
It's Like This, Cat, Emily C. Neville -- Modern teen and his cat adventure in New York City.
Tituba of Salem Village, Ann Petry -- A young girl is drawn into witch trials.
Ben and Me, Robert Lawson -- Droll life of Ben Franklin as told by his mouse.
The Terrible Wave, Marden Dahlstedt -- A girl is swept away in the Johnstown Flood. South:
Dieey's Song, Cynthia Voigt -- Abandoned children adjust to Chesapeake Bay life.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor -- Mississippi girl in the Depression.
Walk the World's Rim, Betty Baker -- Searching for gold on the Gulf in the 1500s.
Where the Lilies Bloom, Vera & Bill Cleaver -- Orphaned children in Great Smokies.
Strawberry Girl, Lois Lenski -- Feuding and family life among Florida poor. Midwest:
Old Yeller, Fred Gipson -- A frontier Texas boy and stray dog face dangers in the 1860s.
Homer Price, Robert McCloskey -- Boy's ingenuity makes fun in Centerville, U.S.A.
The Edge of Nowhere, Lucy Sypher -- A modern girl feels that nothing happens in North Dakota.
Caddie Woodlawn, Carol Ryrie Brink -- Spunky girl on 1860s Wisconsin frontier.
Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder -- One of the beloved pioneer series. West:
Smoky, Will James -- Great western tale of cowpony's rough life.
And Now Miguel, Joseph Krumgold -- Mountains tempt a New Mexico sheepherder's son.
Three Without Fear, Robert DuSoe -- Ship-wrecked boy and Indians trek up California.
The Land of the Golden Mountain, C.Y. Lee -- Chinese girl disguised as boy faces dangers during Gold Rush.
Cayuse Courage, Evelyn Sibley Lampman -- Indian boy's struggles at time of Oregon massacre. Canada:
The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford -- Two dogs and a cat battle wilds to get home.
Owls in the Family & The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, Farley Mowat -- Crazy but true; about a boy and wacky pets in Saskatchewan.