Road Trip U.S.A. Chapter Book Challenge

Road Trip USA Chapter Book Challenge Reading Suggestions 
Northeast | Southeast | Great Lakes | Southwest | Great Plains | Rocky Mountain | Far West

NORTHEAST: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania 

  1. Windcatcher by Avi (CT) 
  2. The Moffats by Eleanor Estes (CT) 
  3. Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed (ME) 
  4. Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter Roop 
  5. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Spear (ME) 
  6. A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord (ME) 
  7. Young Man and the Sea by W.R. Philbrick (ME) 
  8. Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume (ME) 
  9. Moo by Sharon Creech (ME) 
  10. Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur (ME) 
  11. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (ME) 
  12. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (MA) 
  13. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (MA)  
  14. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (MA) Classic Starts Ed. For Younger Readers 
  15. Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes (MA) 
  16. I Survived: The Great Molasses Flood by Lauren Tarshis (MA) 
  17. Leah Braves the Flood by Julie Gilbert (MA) 
  18. Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (NH) 
  19. Something Upstairs by Avi (RI) 
  20. Kitty and Mr. Kipling: neighbors in Vermont by Lenore Blegvad (VT) 
  21. The Story of the Green Mountain Boys by Susan Clinton (VT) 
  22. Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys by Conrad Stein (VT) 
  23. The Canada Geese Quilt by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (VT) 
  24. Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter (VT) 
  25. Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter (VT) (Classic Starts Ed. for Younger Readers) 
  26. Soup by Robert Newton Peck (VT) 
  27. The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner (VT) 
  28. The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution by Jim Murphy (DE) 
  29. Hill Hawk Hattie by Clara Gillow Clark (DE) 
  30. A Light in the Storm: The Civil War diary of Amelia Martin by Karen Hesse (DE) 
  31. The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter (DE) 
  32. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (MD) 
  33. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (MD) 
  34. Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt (MD) 
  35. Promises to the Dead by Mary Hahn Dowd (MD) 
  36. Superfudge by Judy Blume (NJ) 
  37. The Boxcar Children: The Boardwalk Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner (NJ) 
  38. The Book of One Hundred Truths by Julie Schumacher (NJ) 
  39. I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis (NJ) 
  40. Penny from Heaven by Jenifer Holm (NJ) 
  41. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth 
  42. The Fighting Ground by Avi (NJ) 
  43. Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz (NJ) 
  44. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (NY) 
  45. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (NY) 
  46. Stuart Little by E.B. White (NY) 
  47. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (NY) 
  48. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konisburg (NY) 
  49. The Vanderbeeks of 141 St by Karina Yan Glaser (NY) 
  50. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (NY) 
  51. Ben and Me by Robert Lawson (PA) 
  52. The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh (PA) 
  53. The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz (PA) 
  54. Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory (PA)
  55. Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli (PA) 
  56. Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (PA) 

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SOUTHEAST: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia 

  1. Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia (AL) 
  2. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (AL) 
  3. Alabama Moon by Watt Key (AL) 
  4. The Watson’s Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (AL) 
  5. Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham (AL) 
  6. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene (AR) 
  7. Junonia by Kevin Henkes (FL) 
  8. Zora and Me by Victoria Bond (FL) 
  9. Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm (FL) 
  10. Scat by Carl Hiaasen (FL) 
  11. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (FL) 
  12. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (FL) 
  13. The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo (FL) 
  14. Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo (FL) 
  15. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (FL) 
  16. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (FL) 
  17. Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo (GA) 
  18. The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor (GA) 
  19. Hummingbird by Kimberly Greene Angle (GA) 
  20. Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (KY) 
  21. Tadpole by Ruth White (KY) 
  22. Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt (KY) 
  23. Mary on Horseback by Rosemary Wells (KY) 
  24. My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Holt Willis (LA) 
  25. The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman (LA) 
  26. Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt (LA) 
  27. Sugar by Jewell Rhodes Parker (LA) 
  28. Zane and the Hurricane by W.R. Philbrick (LA) 
  29. Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles (MS) 
  30. Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood (MS) 
  31. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (MS) 
  32. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (NC) 
  33. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage (NC) 
  34. Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan (NC) 
  35. The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor (SC) 
  36. Brotherhood by Anne Westrick (VA) 
  37. Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson (VA) 
  38. Summer of the Woods by Steven K Smith (VA) 
  39. Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder (VA) 
  40. Close to Famous by Joan Bauer (WV) 
  41. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (WV) 

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GREAT LAKES: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin 

  1. Princess for a Week by Betty Ren Wright (WI) 
  2. Wisconsin Forest Tales by Julia Pferdehirt (WI) 
  3. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (WI) 
  4. Caddie Woodlawn by Carolyn Ryrie Brink (WI) 
  5. Rascal by Sterling North (WI) 
  6. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (WI) 
  7. Ida B by Katherin Hannigan (WI) 
  8. One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (WI) 
  9. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (WI) 
  10. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (WI) 
  11. Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (WI) 
  12. A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck (IL) 
  13. A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (IL) 
  14. Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park (IL) 
  15. Extra Credit by Andrew Clement (IL) 
  16. Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez (IL) 
  17. The Great Fire by Jim Murphy (IL) 
  18. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (IL) 
  19. Lincoln: A photobiography by Russell Freedman (IL) 
  20. Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant (IN) 
  21. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix (IN) 
  22. The School at Crooked Creek by Laurie Lawlor (IN) 
  23. The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon (IN) 
  24. The Teacher’s Funeral: a comedy in three parts by Richard Peck (IN) 
  25. Ruthie’s Gift by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (IN) 
  26. Honey by Sarah Weeks (IN) 
  27. Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck (IN) 
  28. Henry Ford: Building Cars for Everyone by Pat McCarthy (MI) 
  29. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (MI) 
  30. The Danger Box by Blue Balliett (MI) 
  31. Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff (MI) 
  32. Once on This Island by Gloria Whelan (MI) 
  33. The Batboy by Mike Lupica (MI) 
  34. Lost and Found by Andrew Clements (OH) 
  35. Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech (OH) 
  36. North by Night by Katherine Ayres (OH) 
  37. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (OH) 
  38. Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling (OH) 
  39. The Boy Who Saved Cleveland: based on a true story by James Giblin (OH) 
  40. The Day the Great Lakes Drained Away by Charles Ferguson Barker

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SOUTHWEST: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas 

  1. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (AZ) 
  2. Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (AZ) 
  3. Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa Delos Santos (AZ) 
  4. Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata (AZ) 
  5. A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (AZ) 
  6. The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman (AZ) 
  7. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (AZ) 
  8. And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold (NM) 
  9. The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages (NM) 
  10. Masterminds by Gordon Korman (NM) 
  11. Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell (NM) 
  12. Red-Dirt Jessie by Anna Myers (OK) 
  13. Stop the Train by Geraldine McCaughrean (OK) 
  14. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (OK) 
  15. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (OK) 
  16. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls (OK) 
  17. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (TX) 
  18. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (TX) 
  19. White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer (TX) 
  20. Holes by Louis Sachar (TX) 
  21. Keeper by Kathi Appelt (TX) 
  22. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt (TX) 
  23. The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John Erickson (TX) 
  24. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (TX) 
  25. They Call Me Guero by David Bowles (TX) 

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GREAT PLAINS: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota 

  1. Cora Frear: a true story by Susan Goodman (IA) 
  2. Dewey the Library Cat by Vicki Myron (IA) 
  3. The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill (IA) 
  4. Bird by Crystal Chan (IA) 
  5. Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth (IA) 
  6. The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup (IA) 
  7. Here Lies Linc by Delia Ray (IA) 
  8. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum (KS) 
  9. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (KS) 
  10. The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkradar (KS) 
  11. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (KS) 
  12. 100 Cupboards by Nathan Wilson (KS) 
  13. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata (KS) 
  14. The Van Gogh Café by Cynthia Rylant (KS) 
  15. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (MN) 
  16. The Porcupine Year by Louise Erdrich (MN) Sequel to The Birchbark House 
  17. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace (MN) 
  18. Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard (MN) 
  19. Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate (MN) 
  20. Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles (MN) 
  21. Julia Gillian (and the art of knowing) by Alison McGhee (MN) 
  22. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (MN) 
  23. Tracker by Gary Paulsen (MN) 
  24. Grounded by Kate Klise (MO) 
  25. The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson (MO) 
  26. The Year We Sailed the Sun by Theresa Nelson (MO) 
  27. A Friendship for Today by Pat McKissack (MO) 
  28. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty Birney (MO) 
  29. Little Town in the Ozarks by Roger Lea MacBride (MO) 
  30. Worth by A. LaFaye (NE) 
  31. Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman (NE) 
  32. My Daniel by Pam Conrad (NE) 
  33. Room One by Andrew Clements (NE) 
  34. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor (NE) 
  35. Anna’s Blizzard by Alison Hart (NE) 
  36. The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (NE) 
  37. A Boy Called Slow by Joseph Bruchac (ND) 
  38. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (SD) 
  39. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (SD) 
  40. Grasshopper Summer by Ann Warren Turner (SD)

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming 

  1. Bearstone by Will Hobbs (CO) 
  2. Hard Gold by Avi (CO) 
  3. The Great Turkey Walk by Katherine Karr (CO) 
  4. Katerina’s Wish by Jeannie Mobley (CO) 
  5. The Secret School by Avi (CO) 
  6. The Good Dog by Avi (CO) 
  7. The Leanin’ Dog by K.A. Nazum (CO) 
  8. The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas (CO) 
  9. Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas (CO) 
  10. Camille McPhee Fell Under Under the Bus by Kristen Tracy (ID) 
  11. Sacagawea by Liselotte Erdrich (ID) 
  12. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (ID) 
  13. Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai (ID) 
  14. The Marble Queen by Stephanie Blake (ID) 
  15. Dear America: The Fences Between Us by Kirby Lawson (ID) 
  16. The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracy (ID) 
  17. Dear America: West to a Land of Plenty by Jim Murphy (ID) 
  18. Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (MO) 
  19. Counting Coup: becoming a Crow chief on the reservation and beyond by Joseph Medicine Crow (MO) 
  20. Max the Mighty by W.R. Philbrick (MO) 
  21. Out in Left Field by Don Lemna (MO) 
  22. A to Z Mysteries: The Ninth Nugget by Ron Roy (MO) 
  23. When the Circus Came to Town by Laurence Yep (MO) 
  24. Firstborn by Tor Seidler (MO) 
  25. Remember Little Bighorn by Paul Robert Walker (MO) 
  26. The Great Brain by John Dennis Fitzgerald (UT) 
  27. Ghost Horses by Gloria Skurzynsk (UT) 
  28. Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida (UT) 
  29. Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams (UT) 
  30. Charlotte’s Rose by A.E. Cannon (UT) 
  31. Shane by Jack Schaefer (WY) 
  32. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner (WY) 
  33. Charlie’s Raven by Jean Craighead George (WY) 
  34. Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan (WY) 
  35. Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell (WY) 
  36. My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara (WY) 
  37. Scumble by Ingrid Law (WY) 
  38. Red Dog by Bill Wallace (WY) 

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FAR WEST: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington 

  1. Call of the Wild (Classic Starts Ed.) by Jack London (Good for younger readers) (AK) 
  2. Call of the Wild (Regular Ed.) by Jack London (AK) 
  3. Dog Diaries: Togo by Kate Klimo (AK) 
  4. Gentle Ben by Walt Morey (AK) 
  5. The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy (AK) 
  6. Magic Tree House: Balto of the Blue Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne (AK) 
  7. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (AK) 
  8. Julie by Jean Craighead George (Sequel to Julie of the Wolves) (AK) 
  9. Race the Wild: Arctic Freeze by Kristin Earhart (AK) 
  10. Dogsong by Gary Paulsen (AK) 
  11. Where is Alcatraz? by Nico Medina (CA) 
  12. The California Gold Rush: an interactive history adventure by Elizabeth Raum (CA) 
  13. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (CA) 
  14. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (CA) 
  15. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (CA) 
  16. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (CA) 
  17. Magic Tree House: High Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne (HI) 
  18. Thea Stilton and the Legend of the Fire Flowers by Thea Stilton (HI) 
  19. Junie B. Jones Aloha-ha-ha! by Barbara Park (HI) 
  20. Magic Bone: Catch that Wave by Nancy Krulik (HI) 
  21. I Survived: The Bombing of Pearl Harbor by Lauren Tarshis (HI) 
  22. What was Pearl Harbor? by Patricia Brennan Demuth (HI) 
  23. Moon Shadow by Chris Platt (NV) 
  24. Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon (NV) 
  25. P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperdos by Caroline Lawrence (NV) 
  26. Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West by Marguerite Henry (NV) 
  27. Ivy Takes Care by Rosemary Wells (NV) 
  28. 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin (NV) 
  29. Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary (OR) 
  30. Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary (OR) 
  31. Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret (OR) 
  32. Wildwood by Colin Meloy (OR) 
  33. Rachel’s Journal: the story of a pioneer girl by Marissa Moss (OR) 
  34. Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen (OR) 
  35. Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen (OR) 
  36. Ranger in Time: Rescue on Oregon Trail by Kate Messner (OR) 
  37. Sarah Journey’s West by Nikki Shannon Smith (OR) 
  38. The Oregon Trail series by Jesse Wiley (OR) 
  39. Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm (WA) 
  40. Volcano: the eruption and healing of Mount St. Helens by Patricia Lauber (WA) 
  41. Mysterious Bones: the story of the Kennewick man by Katherine Kirkpatrick (WA) 
  42. Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart (WA) 
  43. The Ghost’s Grave by Peg Kehret (WA) 
  44. Brendan Buckley’s Universe by Sundee Tucker Frazier (WA) 
  45. Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith (WA) 
  46. The Boys in the Boat: the true story of an American’s teams epic journey to win gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel Brown (WA) 

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