Fluency Text Lending Library

The following classroom sets of fluency texts are available for North Carolina college and career readiness programs to borrow for a semester. (Limit two sets per instructor per semester.) Please email your request to borrow books to Dianne Barber at barberdb@appstate.edu.

When finished, programs are responsible for the postage cost of returning the books. Books should be returned to the following address:

Adult Basic Skills Professional Development
328E Edwin Duncan Hall
730 Rivers Street
ASU Box 32169
Boone, NC 28608-2169

Title Authorsort icon Copies Brief Description Reading Level
Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune 13 This heroic collie never hesitates to protect others from danger—a raging bull, a poisonous snake, freezing waters, scorching flames, and greedy burglars that will stop at nothing to get what they want. 6
Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse Anna Sewell 1 Written to draw attention to animal cruelty, Black Beauty’s many adventures are described. 7
Jackie Robinson: An American Hero Anne Schraff 10 Story of Jackie Robinson and his courageous struggle breaking the Major League Baseball color barrier. 6
Until We Meet Again Anne Schraff 4 Part of the Bluford series, Darcy is dealing with her first boyfriend leaving, her grandmother’s illness, and a new 6
Hound of the Baskervilles, The Arthur Conan Doyle 7 Famous detective Sherlock Holmes is called on to solve a centuries old mystery involving murder, a family curse, and a huge black hound. 10
Come When the Timber Turns Bessie Willis Hoyt 18 Mountain life in the 1920s comes alive from this teacher’s account of her life in an Avery County community. 5
Reading Changed My Life: Three True Stories Beth Johnson 24 Three true stories of experiences where reading changed an adult’s life. 5
It Couldn’t Happen To Me: Three True Stories of Teenage Moms Beth Johnson 9 Three true stories of teenage moms. 6
Brother to Brother Beth Johnson 12 Essays written by older black men to the younger generation giving advice on life. 7
Everyday Heroes Beth Johnson 12 The moving stories of twenty real-life men and women who have faced, and overcome, serious challenges in their lives. 7
Facing Addiction: Three True Stories Beth Johnson 12 These true stories describe three people’s descent into addiction and their struggles to recover. 6
Sister to Sister Beth Johnson 8 “Big sisters” reach out to young black women, sharing their stories and offering support for their lives’ journeys. 6
Surviving Abuse: Four True Stories Beth Johnson 12 Two men and two women tell their tales of abusive pasts. 6
Voces Latinas Beth Johnson 9 Hispanic adults share their wisdom and experience with Hispanic young people. 6
Dear Mr. Henshaw Beverly Cleary 19 This Newbery Award-winning book by veteran author Beverly Cleary traces the inner life of a sometimes lonely and often troubled boy during that all-important but painful transition into adolescence, and she does so with grace and humor. 5
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography Booker T. Washington 11 Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington is freed at age 9. To help support his family, he works as a salt packer, coal miner, and house servant. He longs to become educated and to educate others. Poverty, racism, and other obstacles stand in his way. Will he overcome? 7
Dracula Bram Stoker 6 Young lawyer Jonathan Harker is excited to go to Transylvania and work for a mysterious count, until he finds himself wrapped up in a living nightmare with a vampire. 7
David Copperfield Charles Dickens 10 David's mother remarries. His stepfather is abusive. Removed from school and forced to labor morning to night, David runs away to his great-aunt in Dover. With no money, no food, and inadequate clothing, how will this journey change his life. 7
Great Expectations Charles Dickens 11 Pip, a young orphan boy, is preparing to become a blacksmith in rural England, when a lawyer informs him that he is to be treated like a gentlemen because he has "great expectations." What does this mean? Will Pip's prospects bring him happiness or misery? 6
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte 10 A poor, unwanted orphan, Jane Eyre seems destined to live a sad and ordinary life. But chance has brought her to the home of Mr. Rochester and secrets no one will explain. Can a governess help the master overcome the horror of his past? Or will that past haunt them both, forever? 9
Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, The Christopher Curtis 7 It describes the life of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan. They are caught up in the Civil Rights Movement when their grandmother’s church is blown up. 6
The Book of Unknown Americans Cristina Heriquez 7 When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Maribel’s love story with her new neighbor Mayor Toro sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. The author seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. The Book of Unknown Americans is an award-winning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. (Warning: This book has adult language and themes.) 6
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe 6 As the sole survivor of a tragic shipwreck, Crusoe ends up a lonely castaway on a deserted island. After years of praying for human company, his prayers are answered—by the arrival of a group of cannibals. 6
Breadwinner, The Deborah Ellis 12 The first of the Breadwinner trilogy, this book traces the life of a young girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner for the family. 5
Parvana's Journey Deborah Ellis 13 Parvana's Journey is the second book of the Breadwinner trilogy which details the life of a young girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. With a war raging and her father dead, Parvana goes on a desperate search to find the rest of her family. 5