Another wonderful book for Junior High or even Young Adult. Chu Ju's House by Gloria Whelan is a superb read - and a great learning experience at the same time. I read this because of having adopted from China - and I devour anything "china". This ranks right up there though as one of my favorites because of the storyline. It is about a chinese girl that chooses to leave her home so that her parents won't sell her baby sister. Her story is amazing and has some interesting China culture as Chu Ju is traveling on her own through the country to leave her family.