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I have a little stumper today and need some help.? This question is from an 
undergraduate teacher education student working on an 8th grade science unit on 

Here is part of her email to me:
I am focusing my science center on gems and minerals at the 8th grade level.? As 
part of the materials in?my science center, I need to include fiction literature 
that is at the appropriate reading level.? I am having a difficult time finding 8th 
grade fiction books that somehow relate to gems or minerals.

I've looked in our catalog and the public library catalog a little bit, but the 
only things I'm coming up with are historical fiction related to gold mining or 
adventure stories about treasure hunts.? When I sent those to her, she said that 
wasn't quite it and she was ready to settle on a Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew story 
about gems.

So, two questions:? Any good ideas on junior high fiction about gems?? or Any one 
have a big collection of Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew and can suggest a few where 
gem(s) are featured in the story?

Thanks for your help, I'll post a hit of the 'gems' I receive.? I hope you can help 
me show what a resource the library can be.


Donna Nix
Charles J. Keffer Library
University of St. Thomas
Minneapolis, MN or 

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