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 Author Copiessort icon Brief Description Reading Level
Lyddie Katherine Paterson A young girl abandoned by her parents is determined to gain independence by working in a factory. Instructor Comments: Excellent story that grabs the readers’ attention. It brings in history including slavery and the industrial revolution. It explores themes like immigration and how technology changes society. 5
How Angel Peterson Got His Name Gary Paulsen Adventure stories of a boy growing up including how he went down a waterfall in a barrel and how he broke a world ski record. 6
Princess of Mars, A Edgar Rice Burroughs Can an earthling transported to Mars save a captive princess from a terrible death and find true love in process? The movie John Carter is based on this book. 6
Ten Real-Life Stories Multiple authors Real life stories are shared including Ben whose mother would not let him fail and Vingo who was released from prison to an uncertain future. 6
Mud City Deborah Ellis This is the third book in the Breadwinner trilogy describing the life of a young girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Parvana fights for survival in a refugee camp while considering her future in a country that strictly controls women. 5
Who Is Steven Spielberg? Stephanie Spinner A boy who was happiest with a camera in his hand becomes the mam who made a shark a movie star. This story details the life of one of the most successful film directors of all time. 3
Who Was Nelson Mandela? Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso A boy whose African name means "tree shaker" became a man who shook the world. This book details the life of the first black president of South Africa who survived a 27 year prison sentence and spent a lifetime battling injustice. 3
Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder? Patricia Brennan Demuth This book chronicles the life of the girl who grew up on the frontier and later created the world famous Little House on the Prairie books. 3
Spider Bites, The Medora Sale After being accused of taking a bribe, detective Rick Montoya sets out to clear his name. 2
Swiss Family Robinson, The Johann Wyss Leaving their home in Switzerland to settle half a world away, the Robinsons are sole survivors of a terrible shipwreck. They wash ashore to learn the danger has only begun. The new world will test their courage, cleverness, endurance, and faith as they struggle to survive and create a civilization of their own in the wilderness. 6
Wonder RJ Palacio Auggie Pullman was born with a facial difference that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He's about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid, then you know how hard it can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? 5
City Stories: A Book for Adult Beginning Readers Larissa Phillips This book has 24 individual narratives on four levels of increasing difficulty. The stories present familiar situations, including parenting, jobs, education, immigration, ambitions, and dreams. Readers will find repeated opportunity for decoding practice and will also be exposed to new vocabulary words and idiomatic expressions. This book is appropriate for use in ESOL programs. Accompanying worksheets for further study are available as free downloads at the Townsend Press website. 2
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
Who Was Frida Kahlo? Sarah Fabiny 1 This story chronicles the life of the famous Mexican artist. 3
Who Were The Wright Brothers? James Buckley, Jr. 2 Inspired by a childhood gift of a toy, two high school dropouts become the pioneers of modern aviation. 7
Letters My Mother Never Read: An Abandoned Child’s Journey Jerri Diane Sueck 3 After her mother died in a fire, young Jerri fights to survive with a family who does not want her. 7
Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare) William Shakespeare 3 No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Romeo and Juliet on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right. A long feud between the Montague and Capulet families disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly — and fate causes them to commit suicide in despair. Contrast and conflict are running themes throughout this play. 10
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
Borrowers, The Mary Norton 4 Arrietty, a miniature person living under a house’s floorboards, longs for a human friend. 6
Something Noble William Kowalski 4 In order to save her son's life, a single mom must try to convince a selfish drug dealer to donate one of his kidneys to his half brother. (8 COPIES NOT RETURNED) 3
Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now Maya Angelou 5 Maya Angelou shares the wisdom she has collected through her life’s journey. 9
War of the Worlds, The H.G. Wells 5 Classic tale about when Martians invade Earth. 6
Guadalupe Quintanilla: My History Guadalupe Quintanilla and Beth Johnson 5 This story details Guadalupe’s journey from the United States to Mexico and how she helped her children, labeled as stupid, succeed in school. 6
Anaya Reader, The Rudolfo Anaya 5 A series of short stories from the famous Chicano author. The book contains excerpts from his best known work Bless Me, Ultima as well as Albuquerque and other previously unpublished works. These short stories are perfect for small group fluency practice. 8
Boxcar Children Book # 1, The Gertrude Chandler Warner 5 One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from. 3