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Whittington by Alan Armstrong
Whittington, a feline descendant of Dick Whittington's famous cat of English folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard plagued by rats and restores harmony while telling his ancestor's story.
Poppy by Avi
(147 pages) Audiobook available — First in a series
Poppy, the deer mouse, urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
(120 pages) Audiobook available — First in a series
Peter learns to deal with his little brother, Fudge, through many humorous experiences.
Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child
(190 pages) Clarice Bean series
When someone steals the winner's trophy for the school book project, Clarice emulates her favorite book heroine, Ruby Redfort the detective.
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
Strider by Beverly Cleary
(179 pages) Audiobook available
In diary entries, Leigh tells about his parents’ divorce, joint custody of a dog, and joining the track team.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
(214 pages) Audiobook available — Sequel: How to Speak Dragonese
This humorous book chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
Frindle by Andrew Clements
(105 pages) Audiobook available
When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
The School Story by Andrew Clements
After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
(148 pages) Audiobook available — Magic Shop series
Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg.
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
(141 pages) Audiobook available
With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.
Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech
Nine-year-old Dennis, whose uncle and father died within a year of one another, is visited by the ghost of his uncle, and together they settle some unfinished business.
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
(310 pages) Audiobook available
Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
(195 pages) Audiobook available
In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who renames herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice
Alone in the frontier wilderness in the winter of 1839 while his father is recovering from an injury,
eleven-year-old Nathan runs afoul of the renegade killer known as Weasel and makes a surprising discovery about the concept of revenge.
The Warm Place by Nancy Farmer
When Ruva, a young giraffe, is captured and sent to a zoo in San Francisco, she calls upon two rats, a street-smart chameleon, a runaway boy, and all the magical powers of the animal world to return to the warm place that is home.
The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story by Sid Fleischman
(134 pages) Audiobook available
When his older sister disappears, twelve-year-old Buddy Stebbins follows her back in time and finds himself aboard a seventeenth-century pirate ship captained by a distant relative.
The Half-a-Moon Inn by Paul Fleischman
(88 pages) Audiobook available
A mute boy is held captive by the strange proprietress of an inn.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
(153 pages) Joey Pigza series
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.
Dear Max by Sally Grindley
(140 pages) Sequel: Bravo Max
As Max--who is almost ten--and his favorite author, D.J. Lucas, exchange letters, the two writers help each other with their new books and develop a special friendship.
The Kid Who Ran For President by Dan Gutman
(155 pages) Audiobook available
With his friend as campaign manager and his former babysitter as running mate, twelve-year-old Judson Moon sets out to become President of the United States.
Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade place with his great-great-uncle who is dying of diphtheria.
Don’t Pat the Wombat by Elizabeth Honey
Wormz, Nicko, and their friends fear that their experience at a school camp in the Australian bush will be ruined by the presence of the dreaded Mr. Cromwell as a substitute chaperon.
Dial-A-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson
A family of nice ghosts protects a British orphan from the diabolical plans of his evil guardians.
The Spoon in the Bathroom Wall by Tony Johnston
Living in the boiler room of the school where her father is janitor seems normal to fourth grader Martha Snapdragon, until she has experiences with an evil principal, the class bully, and a mysterious giant spoon, all reminiscent of the Arthurian legends.
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep by Gail Carson Levine
(107 pages) Princess Tales series
In this retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, Princess Sonora, who is ten times smarter than anyone else, vows to choose for herself the best time to be pricked by the spindle.
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.
Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
(113 pages) First in a series
Anastasia's 10th year includes some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.
Heroes by Ken Mochizuki
Japanese American Donnie, whose playmates insist he be the "bad guy" in their war games, calls on his reluctant father and uncle to help him get away from that role of villain.
Anita of Rancho Del Mar by Elaine F. O’Brien
Life on a Spanish land-grant ranch in California in the 1830s is depicted through the adventures of young Anita and the Lorenzana family.
Carlota by Scott O’Dell
A young girl relates her feelings and experiences as a participant in the battle of San Pasqual during the last days of the war between the Californians and Americans.
The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park
In Korea in 1473, brothers overcome rivalry and combinekite-flying skill with kite-making talent in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.
The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
The six horrible Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, cause mayhem throughout the school year.
Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan
In the mid-1800’s, Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst wanted to work with horses so badly that she posed as a boy and moved to California to be a stagecoach driver.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
(124 pages) First in a series
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
Travels of Thelonious by Susan Schade & Jon Baller
At a time when animals only know myths about the talking humans who once dominated and nearly destroyed the world, a young chipmunk escapes danger in the City of Ruins and, with new friends, searches for the Fog Mound, where all creatures live in peace and harmony. Chapters alternate between text and graphic format.
Stinker from Space by Pamela F. Service
An agent of the Sylon Confederacy, fleeing from enemy ships, crash lands on Earth, transfers his mind to the body of a skunk, and enlists the aid of two children in getting back to his home planet.
Secret of the Three Treasures by Janni Lee Simner
While pretending to be the heroine of her father's adventure novels, Tiernay discovers new friends, buried Revolutionary War treasure, and answers to a long-ago mystery.
The Princess in the Pigpen by Jane Resh Thomas
Elizabeth, a duke's daughter sick with fever, travels through time from Elizabethan England to a farm in modern Iowa, where she has difficulty convincing anyone of the truth of her story.
Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida
After the Pearl Harbor attack, an eleven-year-old Japanese-American girl and her family are forced to go to an aliens camp in Utah.
The Case of the Goblin Pearls by Laurence Yep
(179 pages) Chinatown series
Lily helps her famous aunt solve a mystery in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Animal Ark Pets by Ben M. Baglio
Amber Brown by Paula Danziger
American Girl by various authors
Andrew Lost by J.C. Greenburg
Boxcar Children by Gertrude C. Warner
Chet Gecko Mysteries by Bruce Hale
Disney Fairies by various authors
Freddy Adventures by Walter R. Brooks
Franny K. Stein by Jim Benton
Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle by Bill Myers
Lily Quench by Natalie Jane Prior
My Weird School by Dan Gutman
Princess School by Jane B. Mason
Ricky Ricotta by Dav Pilkey
Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
Scrappers by Dean Hughes
Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
Unicorns of Balinor by Mary Stanton
Hank Zipzer by Henry Winkler