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Ordinary Jack

Helen Cresswell - 1977
    Even his little sister can beat him at swimming. But Jack's uncle Parker has come up with a plan to make him and Zero shine: they'll pretend that Jack can tell the future! If only they could foresee what chaos the plan will cause.Helen Cresswell is the much-loved writer of over 40 children's books. She's the author of classics such as Lizzie Dripping as well as having adapted The Demon Headmaster for television. She has been runner-up for the Carnegie Medal four times.

A Summer to Die

Lois Lowry - 1977
    Her feelings don't make it any easier for her to cope with Molly's strange illness and eventual death.

The Dalemark Quartet, Vol. 1: Cart and Cwidder & Drowned Ammet

Diana Wynne Jones - 1977
    For centuries, the earldoms of the North and South have battled. Now, four young people from different times -- with the help of their mysterious gods, the Undying -- must unite to save their beloved land.Traveling musician Moril has inherited a cwidder said to have belonged to one of the Undying. Can he learn to harness its strange powers in time to prevent an invasion?To avenge his father's death, Mitt has joined a plot to assassinate the tyrannical Earl Hadd. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself on a storm-tossed sea in a boat with his enemies.

Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson - 1977
    He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.

My Darling Villain

Lynne Reid Banks - 1977
    Fifteen-year-old Kate becomes aware of the class consciousness of her middle class family and friends when she falls in love with a boy from a working class family.

Blood Feud

Rosemary Sutcliff - 1977
    Sold into slavery to the Northmen in the tenth century, a young Englishman becomes involved in a blood feud which leads him to Constantinople and a totally different way of life.

The Shy Ones

Lynn Hall - 1977
    She must overcome her own shyness when training Kate for the show ring.

An Old Magic

Ruth M. Arthur - 1977
    Through the magic of gypsies who periodically camp on her sheep farm in Wales, Hannah experiences excitement, fear, change, and finally peace.

Don’t Hurt Laurie

Willo Davis Roberts - 1977
    Can she escape? Will anyone believe her story?.

Prove Yourself a Hero

K.M. Peyton - 1977
    This novel about a kidnapping gives the reader insight into the behaviour of different people under stress - the victim, those who care about him, and those who are inflicting harm on him.

The Days When the Animals Talked: Black American Folktales and How They Came to Be

William J. Faulkner - 1977
    Presents more than 20 Afro-American folktales featuring the escapades of Brer Rabbit and more than 10 tales describing the lives of Afro-American slaves.

New Patches for Old

Christobel Mattingley - 1977
    Fortunately, as English Patricia turns into Australian Patches, she does find true friends.

Dear Bill, Remember Me? and Other Stories

Norma Fox Mazer - 1977
    Eight short stories portray teenage girls, young women, mothers, and grandmothers who deeply affect the lives of those around them.

The Murder on the Links / The Secret Adversary

Agatha Christie - 1977
    Before Poirot can begin to assess the clues, a second corpse is found, murdered in the same way as his client.&A crime novel in which two desperate youngsters, short of money and restless for excitement, place an advertisement saying they are willing to do anything and to travel anywhere, but their first assignment for a sinister client plunges them into more danger than they could have imagined.