West Virginia

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Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

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Foster and her mother move to Culpepper, West Virginia to escape from her mother’s boyfriend. Foster soon begins working towards her dreams of having her own cooking show and learning to read. Will it last?

  • Age Range: 10 and up 
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (January 5, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0142420174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142420171

The Summer of Hammers and Angels by Shannon Wiersbitzky

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Delia is faced with some huge challenges when her house is condemned and her mother in the hospital. With hard work a prayers, she might just be able to overcome them.

William Allen White Children’s Book Award, 2013-2014 master list

  • Grades 3-5 
  • Publisher: namelos llc (July 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1608981126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608981120

More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby and Chris K. Soentpiet (1995) 

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Living in West Virginia, a young boy is determined to learn to read, a fictionalized account of Booker T. Washington’s early years.

  • Reading age : 4 – 8 years
  • Publisher : Orchard Books (September 1, 1995)
  • ISBN-10 : 0531094642
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0531094648

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and illustrated by Barry Moser (2000)

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A classic tale of a boy and his dog, who he rescues from an abusive owner. Part of a trilogy that includes Saving Shiloh and Shiloh Season.

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • ISBN-10 : 0689835825
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0689835827

Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan and illustrated by Barry Root


A young boy travels to the hills of Appalachia to meet the old-time fiddle player whose music he has admired, and so sparks a friendship that will forge a bond between generations. Features many towns in West Virginia.

Reading age : 5 – 8 years
Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated edition (May 10, 2011)
ISBN-10 : 076363753X
ISBN-13 : 978-0763637538


M is for Mountain State: A West Virginia Alphabet by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant

Kindle | Hardcover

Dip into the history and geography of West Virginia, with places like Lost World Caverns and White Sulphur Springs, and people like Chuck Yeager and Olympian Mary Lou Retton.

Reading age : 6 – 9 years
Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; 1st Printing edition (July 21, 2004)
ISBN-10 : 1585361518
ISBN-13 : 978-1585361519

West Virginia by Martin Schwabacher

Paperback | Hardcover

Readers will get to know West Virginia’s history, geography, wildlife and future outlook.

  • Reading age : 8 – 10 years
  • Publisher : Children’s Press (September 1, 2018)
  • ISBN-10 : 0531250989
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0531250983

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