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Under The Earth
Books for Younger Readers
- Lucky Jake Addy, Sharon While panning for gold with his Pa, Jake adopts a pig that he names Dog.
- Under Ground Fleming, Denise Pulp paintings and rhyming text spotlight the underground world of burrowing, tunneling, and digging animals.
- The Gold Miner's Daughter Hopkins, Jackie Gracie Pearl has until sundown to find some gold to pay the rent to Mr. Bigglebottom, or he will take back the family gold mine and force her to marry him.
- If Rocks Could Sing McGuirk, Leslie Displays photographs of rocks that resemble the letters of the alphabet and objects represented by each letter.
- The Funny Little Woman Mosel, Arlene While chasing a dumpling, a little lady is captured by wicked creatures from whom she escapes with the means of becoming the richest woman in Japan.
- Me Want Pet Sauer, Tammi Cave Boy has lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet!.
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Steig, William In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then cannot hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.
- Bear Snores On Wilson, Karma On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.
For Older Readers
- If You Find a Rock Christian, Peggy Celebrates the variety of rocks that can be found, including skipping rocks, chalk rocks, and splashing rocks.
- Gregor the Overlander Collins, Suzanne When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
- The City of Ember DuPrau, Jeanne In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
- Let's Go Rock Collecting Gans, Roma Describes the formation and characteristics of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and how to recognize and collect them.
- Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave Hill, Laban The life of an astonishingly prolific and skilled potter who lived and died a slave in 19th-century South Carolina is related in simple, powerful sentences that outline the making of a pot.
- Groovy Gems Petersen, Christine Groovy Gems introduces readers to what gems are and how they form, including mineral gems and organic gems.
- Regarding the Bathrooms: a Privy to the Past Klise, Kate In this novel told through letters, newspaper articles, and police reports, a middle school principal's bathroom renovation project leads to the discovery of stolen Roman antiquities.
- Rocks & Minerals Symes, R. F. Text and photographs examine the creation, importance, erosion, mining, and uses of rocks and minerals.