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									                             Sarah Smith Read-a-Thon
                            Recommended Reading List
                                    5th Grade
Books with an (*) are Honors Books: Newberry, Caldecott, or Coretta Scott King Award winners.

Adamson, Joy. BORN FREE. Humans raise an orphaned lion cub as a member of family in
Kenya.

Aiken, Joan. THE WOLVES OF WLLOUGHBY CHASE. DANGEROUS GAMES.

Alexander, Lloyd. * THE HIGH KING. A sci-fi and magic series called the Prydain Chronicles
* THE BLACK CAULDRON.

Alcott, Louise May. LITTLE WOMEN. The March sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth, endure the
joys and sorrows in Civil War New England as they create adventures and become young ladies.

Almond, David. SKELLIG. Unhappy about his baby sister’s illness and the chaos of moving into
a crumbling old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger living
there.

AMERICAN GIRL series. Historical fiction about young girls during different periods of
American history.

Anderson, M. ISAAC NEWTON: The GREATEST SCIENTIST OF ALL TIME. H

Archer, J. A HOUSE DIVIDED: THE LIVES OF ULYSSES S. GRANT AND ROBERT E.
LEE. H

Ardagh, Philip. A HOUSE CALLED AWFUL END. When Eddie’s parents catch a peculiar
disease he goes to stay with his wacky relatives at their house, Awful End.

Armstrong, William H. * SOUNDER. When a black sharecropper is taken off by the sheriff, his
son’s beloved dog Sounder is wounded by a shotgun and crawls away to die.
SOURLAND. Sequel to Sounder.

Atwater, Richard. MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS. A housepainter fulfils his dreams of Antarctica
by taking on two penguins in his family’s house. (President Bush’s favorite book as a child)

Avi. BRIGHT SHADOW. A dying wizard gives Morwenna five wishes and she must use them
to save her kingdom.
* CRISPIN. Orphan peasant boy in medieval England must flee or be punished for a crime he
didn’t do.
TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE. In 1812, 13 year old Charlotte is the only
passenger and the only female on a sailing ship making a dangerous voyage to America.
WINDCATCHER.
WAVE RIDER. After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed
murder Andy struggles to make everyone believe him.
Babbit, Natalie. THE SEARCH FOR DELICIOUS. The prime minister sends Gaylen out to poll
the population on the most delicious flavor.
 TUCK EVERLASTING. The Tuck family drinks from the eternal spring and suffers
immortality.

Bagnold, E. NATIONAL VELVET

Bailey, Carolyn. * MISS HICKORY. The adventures of a hickory nut doll.

Banks, Lynne Reid. I, HOUDINI. H
 THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD. Magical things happen to a small plastic Indian with a
special key and a wooden cupboard.

Bankston, J. ROBERT GODDARD AND THE LIQUID ROCKET ENGINE. H

Barker, Clive. ABARAT. Candy must discover why she has been thrust into the magical
archipelago of Arabat and why the evil Lord Carrion is tracking her down.

Bauer, Joan. * HOPE WAS HERE. The feisty waitress Hope finds a home at a Wisconsin diner.

Bauer, Marion Dane. * ON MY HONOR. After Joel dared his friend to swim across the river a
tragedy occurred and he must now face both sets of parents and his own guilt.
STAND TALL.

Bennett, William. THE CHILDREN’S BOOK OF VIRTUES.

Billings, Charlene CHRISTINA McAULIFFE. H A teacher’s disastrous space mission.

Blackwood, Gary. THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER. Widge, a poor orphan with an ability to
write a coded shorthand, is ordered by his fearsome master to steal the play Hamlet.

Bledsoe, Lucy Jane. TRACKS IN THE SNOW. Two girls are caught in a freak blizzard while
searching for their babysitter.

Blume, Judy. TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING.
FUDGE-A-MANIA. SUPERFUDGE. DOUBLE FUDGE.
OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SHEILA THE GREAT. Peter knows his younger brother Fudge is a
real pain.
ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME MARGARET.
THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON’T.
STARRING SALLY J.FREEDMAN AS HERSELF.
JUST AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER.

Boutel de Monvel, B. JOAN OF ARC. H

Brenner, B. ON THE FRONTIER WITH MR.AUDUBON. H
Brink, Carol Ryrie. CADDIE WOODLAWN. A spirited pioneer girl’s adventures on a
Wisconsin frontier. H

Bunting, Eve. JUMPING THE NAIL. When a group of teenagers in a coastal California
community challenge each other to “jump the Nail” – leap from dangerous cliffs into the ocean –
group pressure and manipulative relationships quickly drive the game out of control.

Burch, Robert. IDA EARLY COMES OVER THE MOUNTAIN. Wild and wacky Ida Early
becomes housekeeper to four motherless children during the depression in rural Georgia.
QUEENIE PEAVY.

Burnett, Frances. THE SECRET GARDEN. Recently arrived at her Uncle’s dreary England
estate, orphaned Mary Lennox from India is a spoiled brat until she finds a forgotten garden.
THE LITTLE PRINCESS. The story of hard luck – and eventual return to happiness – of Sara
Crewe.

Burnford, Sheila. THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY. Three house pets journey through the
wilderness of Canada to find their family.

Butterworth, Oliver. THE ENORMOUS EGG. A farm boy’s chicken hatches an unbelievable
creature.

Byars, Betsy. THE PINBALLS. Children from broken homes, who feel like pinballs, spend the
summer with a foster family.
* SUMMER OF THE SWANS. A girl finds maturity while searching for a lost, mentally ill
brother.
KEEPER OF THE DOVES. Amie’s twin sisters say Mr. Tom is dangerous but her dad says he’s
harmless. When something bad happens, Amie must decide who’s right.

Byng, Georgia. MOLLY MOON’S INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM. Molly’s not-so-
great life takes a turn when she discovers that she can hypnotize anyone.

Cabot, Meg. THE PRINCESS DIARIES.
PRINCESS LESSONS. PRINCESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT. PRINCESS IN LOVE. PROJECT
PRINCESS. Normal teenager finds out she’s a real life princess and hates it.

Calvert, Patricia. THE SNOWBIRD.

Cameron, Ann. THE SECRET LIFE OF AMANDA K. WOODS. Amanda who has no friends
and a perfect sister thinks that changing her name will change her life.

Cassedy, Sylvia. BEHIND THE ATTIC WALL. A child with problems lives with aunts in a
mysterious house full of strange noises.

Chabon, M. SUMMERLAND. Baseball training heaven.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PRETEEN SOUL. 101 stories of changes, choices and growing up
for kids.
Cleary, Beverly. THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE. Adventures of a mouse, Ralph,
who drives motorcycles and sports cars.
RALPH S. MOUSE.
STRIDER.
* DEAR MR. HENSHAW. A young boy deals with divorcing parents.
RAMONA AND HER MOTHER.
RAMONA THE PEST.

Clements, Andrew. FRINDLE. Nick calls his pen a “frindle” as a joke and becomes famous.

Colfer, Eoin. ARTEMIS FOWL. THE ARCTIC INCIDENT. THE ETERNITY CODE. High
tech adventures starring the 12 year old criminal genius.

Collier, James. * MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD. H Family members are torn between the two
sides of the Revolutionary War.
 * WITH EVERY DROP OF BLOOD. H Civil war story of two young men who become friends
despite very different backgrounds.

Colum, Padriac. * THE GOLDEN FLEECE AND THE HEROES WHO LIVED BEFORE
ACHILLES. Greek myths.
THE TROJAN WAR AND THE ADVENTURES OF ADYSSEUS.

Cooney, Caroline B. THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO
JANIE? THE VOICE ON THE RADIO. As Janie Jahnson glanced at the face of a little girl on
the milk carton she recognizes herself. A triology.

Cooper, Susan. * THE DARK IS RISING series. Ordinary English children find an ancient map
which plunges them back into time where dark and light are locked in battle.

Corcoran, B. THE PERSON IN THE POTTING SHED.

Creech, Sharon. BLOOMABILITY.
CHASING REDBIRD.
GRANNY TORRELLI MAKES SOUP. When Rosie and her best friend can’t get along Granny
Torrelli helps Rosie see that nothing can break the bond between two lifelong pals.
RUBY HOLLER. Trouble-making twins Florida and Dallas go from one foster home to another.
* WALK TWO MOONS. A 13 year old Native American girl journeys with her grandparents to
find her mother who has deserted them for Idaho.
* THE WANDERER. Sophie feels she must make the perilous journey from Connecticut to
England on the 45-foot sail boat the Wanderer.

Curtis, Christopher. BUD, NOT BUDDY. It’s 1936, times are hard and Bud is an orphan on the
run but he’s got a secret survival tool: Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner
Life and Becoming a Better Liar.

Cushman, Karen. * CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY. H The 13 year old daughter of an English
Knight keeps a journal about her yearning for adventure, her efforts to avoid being married off
and her humorous comments on life.
* THE MIDWIFE”S APPRENTICE. A spunky waif in medieval England uses her wit to deal
with the wicked temper and sour disposition of the midwife who takes her in.
Dahl, Roald. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. A poor English boy wins entry
into the odd wonders of a candy factory.
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. James meets enchanted new insect friends inside a huge
peach.
MATILDA. Matilda uses her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating
head mistress, Miss Trunchbull.
THE WITCHES.
THE BFG.

Danziger, Paula. EARTH TO MATTHEW.
EVERYONE ELSE’S PARENTS SAID YES.
NOT FOR A BILLION GAZILLION DOLLARS.
THE CAT ATE MY GYMSUIT. When the unconventional English teacher who helped her
conquer her insecurities is fired, a middle schooler uses her new found courage to campaign for
the teacher’s reinstatement.

Davidson, M. THE GOLDA MEIR STORY. H

DEAR AMERICA. Series. Girls from the past open their diaries for you.

DeClements, Bartha. NOTHING’S FAIR IN FIFTH GRADE. Unacceptable people become
acceptable, and other similar stories of students.

Defelice, Cynthia. THE GHOST OF FOSSIL GLEN. Allie is being pursued by a ghost who then
guides her down a steep cliff and asks Allie for help.

DiCamillo, Kate. * BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE. A lonely girl in a new town makes an odd
assortment of friends.

Dickens, Charles. DAVID COPPERFIELD.                 GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

Dixon, Franklin W. THE HARDY BOYS series.

Dodge, M. HANS BRINKER, OR THE SILVER SKATES.

Duane, Diane. SO YOU WANT TO BE A WIZARD? (1st in a series)

DuBois, W. THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS.

Duncan, Lois. A GIFT OF MAGIC.

Edmonds, Walter. * THE MATCHLOCK GUN H A boy in the 1750’s is forced to shoot Indians
while his father is gone.

Ellis, Deborah. THE BREADWINNER.
PARVANA’S JOURNEY. Four lost and frightened children find the means to survive in war-
torn Afghanistan as they search for their family.
Enright, Elizabeth. GONE-AWAY LAKE. Cousins meet an elderly couple living in a deserted
vacation colony. * THIMBLE SUMMER. The life of a mid-western farm girl.

Erdrich, Louise. THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE. A brave Native American girl must save her
family in the 19th century.

Fitzgerald, John D. THE GREAT BRAIN. Tom, age ten, is an energetic con man in Utah in
1896.

Fitzhugh, Louise. HARRIET THE SPY. Harriet gets herself into trouble by secretly spying and
listening.

Fleishman, Sid. JIM UGLY.
* THE WHIPPING BOY. A spoiled prince and his whipping boy exchange places.

Forbes, Esther. * JOHNNY TREMAIN. H In Boston just before the Revolutionary War Johnny,
a young apprentice silversmith, is involved with John Hancock, the Adams brothers and the
events leading up to the Boston Tea Party.

Forbes, Kathryn. MAMA’S BANK ACCOUNT. Cheerful tales of Mama and her hard-working
immigrant family.

Fox, M. EDWIN HUBBLE : AMERICAN ASTRONOMER. H

Frank, Ann. * ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL. H Anne and her Jewish
family hide in an attic for years to escape the Nazis during WWII.

Funke, Cornelia. INKHEART. When Maggie’s father reads a book out loud the characters come
to life and an evil one refuses to go back into the pages.
THE THIEF LORD. Hidden canals in Venice shelter runaways with incredible secrets.

Gaiman, Neil. CORALINE. When Coraline’s family moves to an old house she finds a parallel
house and creepy, crying voices behind a door.

Gannett, Ruth Stiles. * MY FATHER”S DRAGON. Elmer rescues a baby dragon.

Gantos, Jack. * JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL. Joey is upset because his father threw away
his medication which helped him play baseball.

George, Jean Craighead. JULIE OF THE WOLVES. An Eskimo girl, lost in the Arctic survives
with the help of wolves. * MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. A boy goes to live on the mountain
to prove he can survive alone.

George, Linda. ALCATRAZ.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. * PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS. Hollis runs away from the first happy
foster home he’s ever known.

Gilbreth, Ernestine CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN.
Gipson, Fred. * OLD YELLER. Adventures of a boy and his dog in the wilderness.

Goodman, S. BARYSHNIKOV: A MOST SPECTACULAR DANCER. H

Grahame, Kenneth. WIND IN THE WILLOWS. The animals that live along the river have
human-like adventures.

Greene, Bette * PHILIP HALL LIKES ME. I RECKON MAYBE. Beth thinks Philip is the
cutest and smartest boy in class but comes to realize Philip might be the best because she’s
letting him beat her.
SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER. When Patty’s small town in Arkansas starts a prison
for German prisoners during WWII, she risks danger befriending a prison escapee.

Greene, C. AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS.
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: MUSICIAN H M

Gutman, Dan. HONUS AND ME. SP Joe Stumbles across the most valuable baseball card in the
world and meets the ghost of Honus Wagner, the star of the 1909 World Series.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. AMONG THE BETRAYED. Nina is arrested for being an illegal
“third child” and can only save herself by betraying her friends.
AMONG THE HIDDEN.
RUNNING OUT OF TIME. When children start to die of diptheria in an 1846 frontier village,
Jessie’s mother tells her that it’s really 1996 and they have been living in an historic
reconstruction and it’s time to “return” to the modern world.

Hamilton, Virgina. THE HOUSE OF DIES DREAR. Thomas’ family rents a house in Ohio that
was an important stop on the Underground Railroad and ghosts there help him solve the truth
about the past.
* MCHIGGINS THE GREAT. A young Appalachian African American boy hopes to escape
poverty when his mother is offered a recording contract.
* SWEET WHISPERS, BROTHER RUSH. A 14 year old girl and a stranger uncover frightening
secrets.
ZEELY. Geeder is overwhelmed by Zeely, who lives like a Watusi queen.

Haynes, Betsy. THE GREAT MOM SWAP.

Hawes, Charles. * THE DARK FRIGATE.

Henry, Marguerite. * KING OF THE WIND.
* MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE. Warm horse stories about the wild ponies of coastal Virginia.

Hesse, Karen. LETTERS FROM RIFKA. A Russian family flees to the U.S. after the Russian
Revolution in 1919. H *
 OUT OF THE DUST. Fourteen year old girl tells about the troubled times in the Oklahoma dust
bowl during the Depression. H
Hiaasen, Carl. * HOOT. How can a new kid, a girl bully, and a runaway help save a group of
endangered owls? Funny intriguing characters include potty-trained alligators, burrowing owls –
good, bad and screwy in state of Florida.

Hinton, S.E. THE OUTSIDERS.

Hoobler, Dorothy & Thomas. TREASURE IN THE STREAM: THE STORY OF A GOLD
RUSH GIRL. H The lives of ten year old Amy and the members of her farming family are
changed forever when gold is discovered in the 1848 California Gold Rush.

Holmes, Burnham. NEFERTITI: THE MYSTERY QUEEN. Egyptians wife of pharaoh is
influential in ancient Egypt. H

Holt, Kimberly Willis. WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN.

Horvath, Polly. * EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE. Everyone but Primrose thinks that her
parents are dead and no one will believe her.

Houston, Jeanne. FAREWELL TO MANZANAR.

Hunt, Irene. * ACROSS FIVE APRILS. The five years of the Civil War and a boy who grew up
at home. H
* UP A ROAD SLOWLY. A tender story of a girls growing up years.

Jacques, Brian. REDWALL Series. Novels about a medieval community of mice warriors in a
struggle against evil. Includes:
MATTIMEO.
MOSSFLOWER.
TRISS.

Juster, Norton. THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. Glum Milo regards learning as a great waste of
time but he is in for a fun surprise.

Keene, Carolyn. NANCY DREW. Mystery series.

Keller, Beverly. DESDEMONA, TWELVE GOING ON DESPARATE. Social disasters befall
seventh grader as she keeps running into the cutest boy in the school.

Kelly, Eric. * THE TRUMPETER OF KRAKOW. Incidents in ancient Krakow affect lives two
centuries later.

Kent, Deborah. LOUISIANA.

Kent, Zachary. THE ROUGH RIDERS. H Teddy Roosevelt and his soldiers.

Kerr, Judith. WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT.
Kiesel, Stanley. THE WAR BETWEEN THE PITIFUL TEACHERS AND THE SPLENDID
KIDS. At a school named Scratchland, a conniving teacher plans to turn the kids into perfect
young people so the kids start a practical joke war.

Kipling, Rudyard. THE JUNGLE BOOK.

Klass, Sheila Solomon. THE UNCIVIL WAR. When a cute southern boy comes to school and
teases Asa Alfifa Anderson about being pudgy she wages war.

Konigsburg, E.L. * FROM THE MIXED –UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER.
Claudia and her brother run away and hide out in a museum – and solve the mystery of an
ancient Egyptian statue.
* JENNIFER, HECATE, MACBETH, WILLIAM MCKINLEY, AND ME, ELIZABETH.
Lonely Elizabeth decides to be an apprentice witch to Jennifer and the fun begins.
* THE VIEW FROM SATURDAY. A parapalegic teacher helps four students grow in special
ways.

Knight, Eric. LASSIE COME HOME.

Korman, Gordon. DIVE: THE DISCOVERY. Four teenagers from very different backgrounds
find adventure and danger in the Caribbean. NO COINS, PLEASE.

Kristans, Gregory. CLEOPATRA VII – DAUGHTER OF THE NILE. H

Krumgold, Joseph. * AND NOW MIGUEL. A boy gets his wish to go to the mountains with the
men in his family.

Langton, Jane. * THE FLEDGLING. A mix of fantasy and reality.

Lasky, Kathryn. GUARDIANS OF GA’HOOLE. Horrible things are happening to Soren at the
mysterious owl school. Series.

Lawlor, L. HELEN KELLER: REBELLIOUS SPIRIT. H

Lawrence, Iain. LORD OF THE NUTCRACKER MEN. Johnny’s toy soldiers seem to be
controlling the battles his father is fighting in WWII.

L’Engle, Madeleine. The Time Quartet A WRINKLE IN TIME.
A WIND IN THE DOOR.
A SWIFTLY MOVING PLANET. MANY WATERS. Science-fantasy fiction.

LeGuin, U. A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA.

Lenski, Lois. * STRAWBERRY GIRL. H Life of migrant workers during the depression.

Levine, Gail Carson. * ELLA ENCHANTED. A funny retelling of Cinderella.

Levoy, Myron. ALAN AND NAOMI. In 1944 Alan befriends a girl traumatized by the war in
France.
Levy, Elizabeth. MY LIFE AS A FIFTH GRADE COMEDIAN. Bobby thinks everything is a
joke but his school may kick him out.

Lewis, C.S. Series of adventures about good and evil begun when a group of siblings go through
an old wardrobe into an exotic other world. Written for children by one of the foremost
theologians of the twentieth century.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series, including, in order:
THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW.
TE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE.
PRINCE CASPIAN.
THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER.
THE SILVER CHAIR.
THE HORSE AND HIS BOY.
THE LAST BATTLE.

Lindren, Astrid. PIPPI LONGSTOCKING. Pippi lives the carefree life every child envies.

Lisle, Janet Taylor. * AFTERNOON OF THE ELVES. In Sara-Kate’s yard a tiny eleven village
appears.

Lofting, Hugh. THE STORY OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE. A man can talk to animals.

Lommel, C. JAMES OGLETHORPE; HUMANITARIAN AND SOLDIER. H

London, Jack. THE CALL OF THE WILD. Adventure classic of Buck who is dognapped and
sent to the Alaska Gold Rush.

Lowry, Lois. ANASTASIA’S CHOSEN CAREER. A seventh grade assignment causes
Anastasia to enroll in model school.
ANASTASIA ON HER OWN.
* THE GIVER. Everyone in Jonas’ futuristic community must look, act and think the same but
he wants to change things.
YOUR MOVE, J.P.!
* NUMBER THE STARS. H Ten year old Anne Marie helps Jewish friends escape to Sweden
with suspense and courage.
THE ONE HUNDREDTH THING ABOUT CAROLINE. Caroline thinks the neighbors poison
children.
 THE SILENT BOY. Katy’s friend Jacob is unable to speak and must defend himself when he’s
accused of a horrible crime.
A SUMMER TO DIE.

Lyons, Mary E. LETTERS FROM A SLAVE GIRL. H

MacHale, D. J. PENDRAGON. Time travel of a boy to 1937 who tries to prevent World War II.

Manes, Stephen. BE A PERFECT PERSON IN JUST THREE DAYS.
Marri, N. LUDWID VAN BEETHOVEN. H M

Martin, ANN M. * A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE. Hattie’s uncle and his strange ways
embarrass her family as she tries to find the goodness underneath his illness.

McCloskey, Robert. HOMER PRICE. SP

McGraw, Eloise. THE MOORCHILD.

Meyer, Carolyn. MARY, BLOODY MARY H. BEWARE, PRINCESS ELIZABETH. H
England’s King Henry VIII has two daughters who are mortal enemies and both want the throne.

Miller, Natalie. THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. H

Mills, Claudia. AFTER FIFTH GRADE, THE WORLD!

Montgomery, L. M. ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. In this first novel of an excellent series, Anne
wins the heart of her foster mother.

Naidoo, Beverly. CHAIN OF FIRE. Villagers in S. Africa are forced to resettle; two children
join in a demonstration against the government with harsh repercussions.

Naylor, Phyllis. THE AGONY OF ALICE. Alice and her family deal with the death of her
mother.
BEETLES, LIGHTLY TOASTED. Fifth grader Andy cooks up some weird recipes to test on his
friends.
* SHILOH. Marty struggles to save the beagle Shiloh from abusive owners.
BLIZZARD’S WAKE. During a blizzard in 1941 a girl’s father gives refuge to the man who
killed your mother in an accident.
 BOYS AGAINST GIRLS.
WALKER’s CROSSING. Ryan’s brother joins a hate group and Ryan must decide whose side
he’s on.

Nickerson, Sara. HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND.
Margaret’s odd family is hiding incredible secrets.

Nimmo, Jenny. CHARLIE BONE AND THE TIME TWISTER. Charlie’s new semester at
Bloor’s Academy holds nasty surprises.

North, Sterling. * RASCAL. A tale of a boy and his pet raccoon.

Norton, Mary. THE BORROWERS. Adventures of the tiny people who live under the floor of an
old victorian mansion.

O’Brien, Robert. * MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH. Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse,
must move her son to a new cornfield to avoid the farmer’s plow.
O’Dell, Scott. * THE ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS. H The true story of how Karana,
an Indian girl, survives for 18 years on a deserted island.
* THE BLACK PEARL. Ramon faces dangers as he searches for a black pearl.
* SING DOWN THE MOON. H The forced migration of Navahos from their home is described
from the Indian point of view.

Paterson, Katherine. * BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. Story of a special friendship between a boy
and a girl.
* THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS. A tough foster child defies friendship as long as possible.
* JACOB HAVE I LOVED. Story of twin sisters who are very different from one another.
LYDDIE. 19th century orphan girl works in a textile mill under terrible conditions.

Paolini, Christopher. ERAGON. First of trilogy. Eragon believes he is a poor farm boy until his
perilous destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed.

Park, Linda Sue. * A SINGLE SHARD. Tree-ear is a brave orphan on a dangerous mission in
12th century Korea.

Paulsen, Gary. THE COOKCAMP. At the cookcamp a boy befriends the road crew, drives a
tractor and learns to spit.
* HATCHET Brian is stranded in the vast Canadian wilderness with only a hatchet to help him
survive.
 THE RIVER.

Pearce, P. TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN. Tom is sent to live with his Aunt and Uncle in their
apartment in England while his brother is sick. One day the clock strikes thirteen and Tom
travels to a new world.

*Peet, Bill. BILL PEET, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. H A
The talented author and illustrator relates the story of his life and work.

*Price, Leontyne. AIDA. M This love story of Aida, an Ethiopian princess captured by Egyptian
soldiers, is recounted by an opera star who performed it numerous times.

Pullman, Philip. THE GOLDEN COMPASS. (1st book in His Dark Materials triology) Can Lyra
use her magical powers to save the universe and prevent her best friend and other kidnapped
children from gruesome experiments?

Raphael, Marie. STREETS OF GOLD. H Marisia, a Polish teenager, comes to America in 1901
and must fend for herself on New York’s Lower East Side as she strives to become an artist.

Raskin, Ellen. * THE WESTING GAME. The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire
brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must explain his death to claim the
inheritance.

Rawls, Wilson. WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. Boy and his beloved hunting dogs.

Rawlins, Marjorie K. THE YEARLING. Sweet and sad story of a boy and his pet deer in the
hardscrabble Florida backwoods.
Reiss, Johanna. * THE UPSTAIRS ROOM. H A young Jewish girl hides from the Nazis with a
family in Holland.

Renault, Mary. THE KING MUST DIE. THE BULL FROM THE SEA. The story of Theseus,
King of ancient Athens and the slayer of Minotaur.

Ripken, Cal. CAL RIPKEN, JR.: MY STORY. H SP

Robertson, J. STANDING LIKE A STONE WALL. H

Robinson, Barbara. THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER. The worst behaved children
in town take over the church Christmas pageant.
THE BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER. The Herdman gang tackles a special school assignment.
MY BROTHER LOUIS MEASURES WORMS. Mary Elizabeth relates the humorous
misadventures of her brother Louis and the other wacky members of her unpredictable family.

Rodgers, Mary FREAKY FRIDAY. A mother and daughter switch bodies for a hilarious day

Roop, B. GIRL OF THE SHINING MOUNTAINS: SACAWEGA’s STORY. H

Rosen, Michael. HOME.

Rowling, J.K. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
When the Chamber of Secrets is opened at Hogwart’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardry,
Harry must escape the dark power that is released. Second in a series of three.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. Fourth book with Harry competing for the
Goblet of Fire against wizards from other Wizarding schools.
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. Fifth in the series.
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
Third in a series about student wizard Harry who must confront the dangerous wizard
responsible for the deaths of his parents.
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
Rescued from the neglect of his aunt and uncle, Harry proves his worth a great destiny at the
School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. ESPERANZA RISING. How will Esperanza survive her new life in a
California work camp when she lived like princess in Mexico.

Sachar, Louis. SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL. WAYSIDE SCHOOL
GETS A LITTLE STRANGER.
WAYSIDE SCHOOL IS FALLING DOWN. A crazy mixed-up school.
* HOLES. Stanley Yelnats is mistakenly sent to a juvenile detention camp where the boys are
forced to dig an endless series of holes.
 THERE’S A BOY IN THE GIRLS BATHROOM. Bradley tells lies and acts like a jerk so no
one will take him seriously.

Saffer, B. HENRY HUDSON, ILL-FATED EXPLORER OF NORTH AMERICA’S COAST H
Schwartz, Alvin. SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. Ghosts, monsters and other
creepy things.

Schweitzer, Thomas. ALBERT SCHWEITZER. H S

Sewell, A. BLACK BEAUTY.

Sidney, M. FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AND HOW THEY GREW.

Smith, D. THE PENNYWHISTLE TREE.

Snicket, Lemony. A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. Eleven novels about the
Baudelaire children, the unluckiest siblings in the world.

Snyder, Zilpha. * THE EGYPT GAME. Children’s game changes after a murder occurs.

Speare, Elizabeth George. * THE SIGN OF THE BEAVER. A young boy, alone in the Maine
wilderness, is rescued by an Indian chief and his grandson.
* THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND. When she befriends a woman accused of witchcraft,
Kit turns her Puritan neighbors’ angers upon herself.

Sperry, Armstrong. CALL IT COURAGE.

Spinelli, Jerry. CRASH. MANIAC MAGEE. After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life
becomes legendary with his athletic and other feats.
LOSER. Donald’s classmates tease him all the time; he feels like an outcast.
* WRINGER. Turning ten marks the day when a boy is ready to become a wringer. It’s supposed
to be an honor but Palmer dreads it.
STAR GIRL.

Spyri, Johanna. HEIDI.

St. George, J. JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY. H

Stanley, D. GOOD QUEEN BESS. H

Staples, Suzanne Fisher. SHABANU. HAVELI. – A sequel to Shabanu. Shabanu, of the
Cholistan Desert in Pakistan, is the youngest of Rahim’s four wives and she must flee with her
daughter to the city to avoid the cruelty of the older wives.

Steig, William. * ABEL’S ISLAND. A dapper mouse’s civilized life is disrupted by a hurricane.
CDB! Sentences are encoded in letters to tease your brain.

Sterling, Dorothy. FREEDOM TRAIN.
Stevenson, Robert Lewis. TREASURE ISLAND.
KIDNAPPED.
DAVID BALFOUR.
THE BLACK ARROW. Classic adventures.

Stewart, M. MARIO LEMIEUX: OWN THE ICE. H SP

Stroud, Jonathan. THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice and
his untamed djinni, Bartimaeus, in a gripping thriller.

Sullivan, George. SLUGGERS. SP

Tashjian, Janet. TRU CONFESSIONS. Tru really wants to find a cure for her disabled twin –
and have her own T. V. show.

Taylor, Mildred. THE FRIENDSHIP.
* ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY. Cassie and her family fight racism and try to save
their farm in the depression south.
SONG OF THE TREES.

Taylor, Theodore. THE CAY.
TIMOTHY OF THE CAY. A boy makes peace with racial prejudice when an older African
American helps him survive.
THE TROUBLE WITH TUCK. Based on true events, Helen devises a unique solution for her
beloved dog Tuck’s blindness.

Temple, Frances. GRAB HANDS AND RUN. H A family flees El Salvador to become refugees
in Mexico.

Tolan, Stephanie. * SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES. Troublemaker Jake meets his match
with super smart E.D. and her wacky family.

Tolkien, J.R.R. THE HOBBIT.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS. triology. Frodo and his band try to destroy the evil ring before it
destroys middle Earth.

Townley, R. THE GREAT GOOD THING.

Twain, Mark. CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT.
THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER.

Uchida, Yoshiko. JOURNEY TO TOPAZ. When Pearl Harbor is bombed the Sakane family and
other Japanese families in California are forced from their homes to a concentration camp called
Topaz. H

Van Draanen, Wendelin. THE SAMMY KEYES MYSTERIES. Samantha is a resourceful
seventh grader with a knack for unraveling exciting mysteries.

Venezia, M AARON COPELAND. H M A biography of this Southern composer.
Verne, Jules. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.
TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.

Wallace, Barbara Brooks. SPARROWS IN THE SCULLERY. Dickens-like mystery of rich boy
orphaned, kidnapped and sent to a dreadful home for boys where someone is out to get him.

Weatherly, M. WILLIAM MARSHAL: MEDIEVAL ENGLAND’S GREATEST KNIGHT. H

White, E.B. STUART LITTLE. A mouse is born and raised in a family of humans in New York
City. * CHARLOTTE’S WEB. Charlotte, the clever spider, saves Willbur the pig from his
destiny by using her wits.

Wilde, O. THE CENTERVILLE GHOST.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls, * THE LITTLE HOUSE series. True stories of Laura and her pioneer
family in Indian territory. H

Wisler, Clifton G. MR. LINCOLN’S DRUMMER. A young Civil War drummer earns the
Congressional Medal of Honor.

Wyss, J. THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. The enchanting story of a ship-wrecked family
who are cast upon a beautiful island where they build a wonderful tree house and never want to
be rescued.

Yep, Laurence. CHILD OF THE OWL.
* DRAGON’S GATE. A Chinese boy is sent to work on the transcontinental railroad. *
DRAGONWINGS. A Chinese immigrant and his son make a flying machine.

								
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