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Thanks to everyone who suggested titles to answer my question (included at bottom), 
especially to Janice Davies, who tested the limits of Amazon to send me a 2 1/2 
page list. Here are the titles in no particular order, and some extend the age 
range up or down from middle school.? By the way, the student was quite impressed, 
I didn't give her the entire list, but pulled out 10-15 that seemed to fit best.

Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
Diamonds in the Shaldows by Caroline Cooney
The Diamond Necklace, short story by Guy de Maupassant
Toads and Diamonds, retold by Charlotte Huck
Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen
Chapter in Lord of the Rings where the One Ring is forged
Blue Fire by Phyllis Whitney
Tourmaline by Joanna Scott
Krystal Kracker by Janet M. Lewis
Mystery of the Emeralds by Kathryn Kenney (Trixie Belden)
Legend of the Emerald Lady by Caroline Keene (Nancy Drew)
Case of the Disappearing Diamond by Caroline Keene (Nancy Drew)
Diamond Deceit by Caroline Keene (Nancy Drew)
Clue in the Jewel Box by Caroline Keene (Nancy Drew)
Amethyst Ring by Scott O'Dell
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Jewel of Life by Anna Kirwan
The Seventh Jewel by J. J. Pritchard
Boing Boing; the Bionic Cat and the Jewel Thief by Larry Hench
Sniffy Blue: Ace Crime Detective: The Case of the Missing Ruby and other Stories by 
Walter Dean Myers
Curse of the Ruby Necklace by Francine Pascal
Emma and the Ruby Ring by Yvonne MacGrory
The Secret of the Ruby Ring by Yvonne MacGrory
The Ruby Raven by Michael Dahl
The Mystery of the Star Ruby by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children)
The Temple of the Ruby of Fire by Geronimo Stilton
The Quest for Qosquo Book 1: the Race for the Red Ruby by Hayley Hamilton
Curse of the Royal Ruby: a Rinnah Two Feathers Mystery by Rodney Johnson
Rebel Diamonds--Phineas in Sierra Leone by Elizabeth Anne Chapin-Pinotti
Adventures of Kimmi Jambo. The Mystery of the Black Diamond by Mary Alff
A Diamond in the Dust by Carla Johnson
Who Stole the Black Diamond? by Phil Roxbee Cox
Tom Swift Among the Diamond Makers by Victor Appleton
Bag of Diamonds by Stan Michaels
The Buddha's Diamonds by Carolyn Marsden
The Diamond Takers by Karen Wallace
The Deadly Diamonds by Mariam Weist-Meyer
The Case of the Missing Emeralds by Dorothy Brenner Francis
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David Adler
The Legend of the Cape May Diamond by Trinka Hakes Noble
Death and Diamonds by Franklin Dixon (Hardy Boys)
The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton
Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective, case #000003: the Missing Monkey-Eye Diamond by Dave 
Lydia Barnes and the Blood Diamond Treasure by Heather Gemmen Wilson
The Curse of the Hope Diamond by Janet Hubbard-Brown
Jason and the Deadly Diamonds by Linda Hutsell-Manning
Diamond Hunt by Hazel Townson
Sherlock Jones: The Missing Diamond by Ed Dunlop

Thanks everybody,


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

-----Original Message-----
From: Donna Nix <dgillila@AOL.COM>
Sent: Sat, 3 Nov 2007 4:09 pm
Subject: [LM_NET] TARGET: Junior high/middle school Fiction about gems


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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