Teacher Reading Academy for Special Education Educators 2007-2008 Book List: Table of Contents Page 1. Series and Text for Older Struggling Readers A. Fiction 2 B. Biography 6 C. Poetry 7 D. Chapter Books/Transitional Novels 9 E. Hi/Lo Series 9 F. Nonfiction 10 G. Series for Older Beginning Readers 11 II. Transitional Readers 11 III. Novels 13 2 I. Series and Text for Older Struggling Readers A. Fiction 1. Allsburg, Chris Van. Two Bad Ants (1988) ages 6 – 12 In this brief tale of the adventures of two runaway ants, Van Allsburg once again gives children a visual puzzle to solve in the case of identifying common household appliances from an ant’s point of view. 2. Andrews-Goebel, Nancy. The Pot That Juan Built (2002) ages 5 – 9 Noted Mexican potter Juan Quezada is the subject of an inventive and engrossing biography from newcomer Andrews-Goebel and Caldecott winner Diaz. On the left hand pages, a rhyme describes the often humble factors that shaped an extraordinary artist. For more ambitious readers, the opposite page provides a straightforward elaboration. 3. Blake, Robert. Togo (2002) ages 5 – 9 Togo wasn’t meant to be a sled dog. He was too feisty and independent to make a good team member, let alone a leader. But Togo is determined, and when his trainer, Leonard Seppala, gives him a chance, he soon became one of the fastest sled dogs in history! 4. Brisson, Pat. Beach is to Fun: a Book of Relationships (2005) ages 5 – 9 Brisson’s book celebrates words and describes summertime fun. Children will enjoy this cheery lesson on word relationships! 5. Coman, Carolyn. The Big House (2004) ages 9-12 Coman (What Jamie Saw) displays her versatility with this sly comedy about Ivy and Ray, two kids sentenced to live with an heiress whose testimony has just sent their parents to jail for embezzlement. The Big House of the title isn't a prison, but rather "La Grande Maison," the mansion owned by the scheming Marietta Noland, who "kidnaps" the siblings in a limo, and then "leave[s them] to their own devices." That is, until Ray has a series of "unfortunate accident[s]," and Marietta banishes him to a room conveniently located close to the laundry. But what Ivy calls "solitary confinement" doesn't improve Ray's bladder control, and a new plan—to send away the siblings to separate schools—puts the pair in a panic. 6. Hall, Bruce Edward. Henry and the Kite Dragon (2004) ages 5 – 9 Henry Chu lives in New York City’s Chinatown in the 1920s. He loves everything about it, from eating tasty dumplings to making and flying kites with his neighbor, Grandfather Chin. While flying a kite one day trouble arises and Henry nearly comes to blows with some neighborhood boys. This book serves as a tremendous vehicle for discussing the need to see things from another person’s perspective. 7. Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me and I’ll Read to You (2006) ages 7 and up Seventeen familiar nursery rhyme characters take starring roles in the latest addition to this ―New York Times‖ bestselling series. Each tale is set in three columns with color-coded type as a script for two voices to read separately and together. 3 8. Hoeye, Michael. Time Stops for No Mouse (2003), The Sands of Time (2004) ages 9 - 12 The first title, Time Stops for No Mouse, introduced the watch-making mouse, Hermux Tantamoq, his pet ladybug, Terfle, and his crush, aviatrix Ms. Linka Perflinger. In the second episode, The Sands of Time, Mayor Hooster Pinkwiggin vows to close Mirrin Stentrill's art exhibit when he learns it features felines-a taboo subject in the rodent town of Pinchester. PW said the author's "galloping plot, evocative descriptions and exuberantly sophisticated wit keep the pages rapidly turning." 9. Ibbotson, Eva. The Secret of Platform 13 (2001) ages 9 – 12 The door between our world and the enchanted Island is only open for nine days every nine years. Unfortunately, in the last minutes before it closes in 1983, the baby prince of the Island is kidnapped by a nasty woman named Trottle. For nine long years, the king and queen pine and plan for his rescue. Which of the magical creatures of their land should be sent to rescue their lost child? Finally, the team is chosen: Cor, an ancient wizard; Gurkie, a lovable agricultural fairy; Hans, a one-eyed giant; and Odge, a resourceful young hag. Guided by the ghosts who guard our end of the portal (called a gump), the team sets out to rescue little Raymond Trottle. 10. Kellogg, Steven. Mike Fink: A Tall Tale (1992) ages 6 – 9 This book features the title character, a grizzly-bear wrestler, and King of the Mississippi River Keelboatmen. Kellogg captures the energy and passion of this tall tale hero through the use of vernacular speech and illustrations that can never quite contain the action within their borders. 11. Lester, Alison. Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia (2004) ages 5 – 9 Eight-year-old Grace describes a three-month trip around Australia with her Mum, Dad, and brothers Luke and Billy. Hitching up Poppa’s old camper trailer behind their car, this amiable family takes a winter term off from school to experience the remarkable diversity of their country. 12. Miller, Debbie S. The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail. (2003) ages 7 -12. This picture book for older children tells the full story of the legendary 1925 race to Nome, Alaska, to deliver diphtheria antitoxin serum. The run was actually a relay, completed by many mushers and teams (a chart showing the name of the musher and the distance covered is included in the back of the book), although a dog named Balto seems to have the best press agent; his participation in the race is memorialized with a statue in Central Park and a feature-length movie. There's a lot of text here, but Miller's telling is exciting, and her details are compelling. 4 13. Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone series (2003) ages 10 – 13 When he is 10 years old, Charlie discovers that he is able to look at photographs and hear conversations and even thoughts that were taking place at the time the photo was taken; a legacy of his ancestor the Red King, whose descendants all have different magical abilities. Charlie hears one conversation that sets him on a search for a girl who has been missing for years, and when he begins attending Bloor's Academy his life becomes full of intrigue and danger. 14. Osborne, Mary Pope. The Magic Treehouse series (1990s-present) ages 6-10 Jack and his little sister Anne are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. They discover a mysterious treehouse packed with all sorts of book and their lives are never the same! 15. Pullman, Philip. The Scarecrow and His Servant (2007) ages 10 – 13 Old Mr. Pandolfo, feeling that life is getting too difficult–what with troublesome weather, troublesome soldiers, and very troublesome cousins–decides the time has come to create a scarecrow. At least a scarecrow would take care of the birds. Mr. Pandolfo creates a fine scarecrow, indeed, with a large turnip for a head, a broomstick for a backbone, dressed in a tweed suit stuffed with straw. Hidden within it, carefully wrapped in oilskin, is a mysterious letter. But how can this extraordinary creature–who comes to life when struck by a bolt of lightning–fulfill his destiny if he's stuck out in the middle of a field? 16. Sachar, Louis. The Wayside School series (1996) ages 7 - 12 Prepare to laugh! Young readers will revel in the strange adventures and occurrences taking place at the Wayside school. 17. Scieszka, Jon. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (1992) ages 6 and up. If geese had graves, Mother Goose would be rolling in hers. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales retells – and wreaks havoc upon – the allegories we all thought we knew by heart. There are no lessons to be learned or morals to take to heart—just good, sarcastic fun for smart-alecks of all ages! 18. Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (1996) ages 5 – 9 ―There has obviously been some kind of mistake,‖ writes Alexander T. Wolf from the pig penitentiary where he’s doing time for his crimes 10 years earlier. Here is the ―real‖ story of the three little pigs whose houses are huffed and puffed into smithereens…from the wolf’s perspective. 19. Smith, Lane. John, Paul, George, and Ben (2006) ages 5 – 9. This book serves as a charming introduction to several of our Founding Fathers, specifically John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, and Ben Franklin. Lane Smith’s book is filled with whimsical and sly illustrations – not to mention a hilarious take on history. 5 20. Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2006) ages 10 – 13 For readers who deserve the very worst, all thirteen volumes in Lemony Snicket's best- selling A Series of Unfortunate Events are now available in one terribly heavy package. Slip-cased in an excruciatingly exquisite box, readers can now uncover the entirety of the Baudelaire's misfortunes—right from The Bad Beginning through to The End. There is nothing worse than having all thirteen of Lemony Snicket's books in one place, except, perhaps, reading them. 21. Swinburne, Stephen. The Woods Scientist (2002) ages 9 – 12 The Woods Scientist brings young readers close to the excitement of scientific discovery through the work of a passionate professional. In lively chapters, Swinburne describes hikes he take with photographer Susan Morse. 22. Swope, Sam. The Araboolies of Liberty Street (2001) ages 4 and up When the noisy Araboolies move to Liberty Street, General Pinch and his wife are horrified. Until this point the General has successfully squelched any attempt at joy- making in his neighborhood. One question remains, how will he handle his newest and ―weirdest‖ neighbors? The creators of this book have created a picture book that deals with political issues as well as more subtle social themes of intolerance, conformity, and the rights of the individual in a community. 23. Teague, Mark. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School (2004) ages 5 – 9 A clever book for a clever dog, Dear Mrs. LaRue collects a series of guilt inducing letters sent home by a cat-chasing, chicken-pie-eating Ike to his ―cruel‖ owner Mrs. LaRue, whom he hopes will come to her senses and spring him from obedience school. 24. Vande Velde, Vivian. Smart Dog (2000) ages 8 – 11 To say that F-32 is a smart dog is a gross understatement. He is computer literate, articulate, and a good judge of human character. This subject of a brain-enhancing science experiment engineers his escape from a research college, selects his "best friend," unpopular fifth-grader Amy Prochenko, and follows her to school. Amy finds new friends and inner resources as she helps save the pup from the clutches of the evil scientist plotting brain dissection. Readers rooting for this canine will enjoy the twists and turns in this fast-moving story. 25. Wiles, Deborah. Freedom Summer (2005) ages 5 – 9 Set in Mississippi during the summer of 1964, Wiles’ affecting debut children’s book about two boys, one white and one African-American, underscores the bittersweet aftermath of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. 26. Yolen, Jane. Encounter (1996) ages 8 – 12 Readers weary of materials celebrating Columbus and his voyages will be refreshed and intrigued by this thought-provoking picture book. This imaginative picture book examines the first meeting between Columbus and the indigenous peoples of San Salvador through the eyes of a young boy. 6 B. Biography 1. Adams, Colleen. Benjamin Franklin: American Inventor (2002) ages 6 – 8 Biography of the American hero renown for his scientific inventions, popular writings, and political leadership. 2. Adler, David A. Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man (reprinted 2001) ages 6 and up The story of Lou Gehrig, the heroic Yankee who battled with ALS, was inspirational far beyond Yankee Stadium. David Adler’s spare bio tells Gehrig’s story just as he lived: with unassuming simplicity. 3. Edwards, Pamela Duncan. O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet (2005) ages 9 – 12 From Arlington National Cemetery (once part of Robert E. Lee's homestead) to magnificent Monticello, Virginia has always had a prominent place in American history. Jamestown, Williamsburg, and even the Pentagon are just a few of the many places highlighted in O is for Old Dominion. Readers will also be introduced to such history makers as George Washington, Patrick Henry, Booker T. Washington and many more! 4. Erdrich, Lisolette. Sacagawea (2005) ages 5 – 9 Kidnapped by Hidatsa warriors as a child and given in marriage as a teen to a French Canadian fur trapper, this young Shoshone woman played an incalculable role in American history. Erdrich acknowledges some gaps in what is known about Sacagawea, but her picture-book account is faithful to the historical record as she quickly sketches the young woman's origins and then focuses on her experiences with Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. 5. Giovanni, Nikki. Rosa (2005) ages 9 – 12 Rosa Parks' personal story moves quickly into a summary of the Civil Rights movement in this striking picture book. Parks is introduced in idealized terms. Soon the story moves to her famous refusal to give up her seat on the bus, but readers lose sight of her as she waits to be arrested. 6. Krull, Kathleen. Harvesting Hope: the Story of Cesar Chavez (2003) ages 6 – 10 In her book, Krull follows Chavez from a happy early childhood in Arizona to an unpleasant shift to the fields of California. As we watch, Cesar grows from a boy forced to endure the humiliations of the fields (and the poor schooling as well) to a man capable to leading workers in a non-violent protest against the grape growers of Southern California. 7. Miller, William. Richard Wright and the Library Card (1999) ages 5 – 9. In "Richard Wright and the Library Card" author William Miller fictionalizes the story of Wright’s inspiration to become a writer. Growing up in the Mississippi of the segregated South of the 1920s, Wright was only allowed to go to school through the 9th grade. Wanting to check out books at the local library, Wright is told he cannot do so because he is black. With the help of a white co-worker, Wright is able to come up with a strategy for circumventing the rules. 7 8. Morris, Ann. Tsunami: Helping Each Other (2005) ages 5 - 9 A profusely illustrated account of the experiences of two brothers, Chaiya and Chaipreak, ages 8 and 12, in their Thai village during and after the December 2004 tsunami. Less focused on an explanation of a tsunami than most other books, the authors present a more personalized description of the disaster and its effect on its victims by tracing the boys' experiences as they survive disaster, reunite with their mother, learn of the loss of their father, home, and school, and eventually move into a temporary shelter and return to a makeshift school. 9. Winter, Jonah. Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates (2005) ages 5 – 12. In 1972, Roberto Clemente's plane, carrying aid to earthquake victims in Central America, crashed off the shores of his native Puerto Rico. Winter tells the inspirational story of how Clemente's passionate love of baseball and unrivaled work ethic took him from poverty in Puerto Rico to World Series triumph with the Pittsburgh Pirates and, after his death, to mythic status as a role model for young Latino ballplayers. C. Poetry 1. Dunbar, Paul Laurence. Jump Back Honey: The poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (1999) ages 8 – 12. Opening with the bright colors of Ashley Bryan and the poem "Dawn," the carefully selected verses depict the full range of Dunbar's craft. There are poems in standard English, and some in dialect. The latter, placed in the middle of the book, include "A Negro Love Song," "Little Brown Baby," and others. From the introduction that provides readers with some background on Dunbar's life that includes quotes from the artists about the poet's influence. 2. Florian, Douglas. Beast Feast (1998) ages 5 – 9. A colorful and clever assemblage of 21 animals, from the walrus to the kiwi. Each brief poem employs a twist of language, a small surprise, or a happy insight into the familiar. 3. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (2002) ages 5 – 9. Paul Revere rides again in this oversized version of Longfellow's narrative poem, reproduced here in its entirety, with the stanzas generally laid out as they are in the original version. Thompson's excellent scratchboard and computer-colorized illustrations follow the pattern of this layout, with each full-page drawing accompanying one or two stanzas of the narrative. The map and historical note at the end of the book indicate the inaccuracies of Longfellow's poem, illustrating how writers sometimes employ poetic license. 8 4. Prelutsky, Jack. The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders (2005) ages 5 – 9. The prolific poet is back with an illustrator who matches him in freshness and simplicity. The poems offer vivid glimpses of life; have a beginning, middle, and end; and have a clear underlying music and flow. The selections are for a slightly younger audience than much of Prelutsky's work: some poems are as simple as Mother Goose rhymes while others would make great rhymes for sharing with four- and five-year-olds. Many of the 28 poems play with American place names, from Tuscaloosa to Tucumcari, and might enliven a geography lesson. 5. Prelutsky, Jack. A Pizza the Size of the Sun (1996) ages 5 and up This collection features the rich and clever poems readers have come to expect from Prelutsky. Readers meet Miss Misinformation, Swami Gourmi, and delight in scores of poems that will be read and loved by readers of all ages. Whether starting at the beginning or reading at random, this book will keep readers smiling! 6. Scieszka, Jon. Science Verse (2004) ages 8 – 11. A boy sits in science class listening to his teacher drone on about "the poetry of science," when he is stricken with a "curse of science verse." Every thought comes to him in rhyme, and not just any rhyme, but parodies of famous poems and songs. Clever and often droll, the verse ably juggles facts, meter, and rhyme schemes and usually reflects a student's point of view: grossed out by the human body, bored by yet another year of dinosaur study, more concerned about writing down the right answer than getting at the truth. 7. Sierra, Judy. Monster Goose (2005) ages 5 – 9. Not for the faint of heart, Judy Sierra's grisly rhymes are accompanied by such fabulously hideous illustrations by Jack E. Davis (the Zack Files series, Bedhead, etc.), any potential nightmares will be diverted by helpless giggles. Readers will delight in identifying the original classic nursery rhymes behind such titles as "Mary Had a Vampire Bat," "Weird Mother Hubbard," "Hush, Little Monster," and "Werewolf Bo-Creep." 8. Silverstein, Shel. Runny Babbit (2005) ages 9 – 12. This book contains forty-two of Shel Silversteins poems from his best-selling book (HarperCollins, 2005), published posthumously. The poems are spoonerisms–the initial sounds of two words are transposed, so Bunny Rabbit become Runny Babbit. The wordplay and rhymes will tickle readers’ funny bones. 9. Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic (2002) ages 9 - 12 Here in the attic of famed author Shel Silverstein students encounter Backward Bill, Sour face Anne, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. This wonderous book of poems and illustrations will delight readers of all ages. 9 10. Zahares, Wade. Big, Bad and a Little Bit Scary: Poems that Bite Back (2001) ages 9– 12. Animals with fangs, sharp teeth, and powerful jaws are celebrated here. The final lines of the opening poem, "Always Be Kind to Animals" by John Gardner, give readers a taste of what to expect from the rest of this book: "For animals have feelings too,/And furthermore they bite!" This innovative collection, which focuses on animals that exist in nightmares instead of happy dreams, will appeal to readers who are looking for poems with bite. D. Chapter Books/Transitional Novels 1. Myers, Laurie. Surviving Brick Johnson (2000) ages 9 – 12 Fifth-grader Alex believes he has run afoul of the new kid, Brick Johnson, whose name says it all. Brick is a lot taller and bigger than the other kids in the class, and in Alex's mind, he's a terrifying bully. To protect himself, Alex decides to sign up for karate classes, and when Brick also signs up, Alex fears the worst. As the novel unfolds, however, Alex learns Brick is not what he thought: Would a class bully spend part of his time reading stories to first-graders, using funny voices for added effect? What's going on? 2. Sciescza, Jon. The Time Warp Trio series (2005) ages 10 – 13 When Joe's uncle, a practicing magician, sends him an innocent-looking book, Joe's friends Sam and Fred are less than impressed. But when Joe opens the book, unleashing a swirling green mist, the trio find themselves thrust into battle with a ferocious black knight, outwitting Bleob the giant, and destroying a dragon all under the admiring eyes of King Arthur and the suspicious glare of Merlin the wizard in Knights of the Kitchen Table. 3. Van Draanen, Wendelin. Shredderman series (2006) ages 10 – 13 A new series featuring a puny but brainy fifth grader named Nolan Byrd, whose dorky ways earn him the nickname of "Nerd" from Bubba Bixby, a seemingly unstoppable bully who cheats, lies, steals, and terrorizes little kids. Tired of Bubba's relentless tormenting, Nolan anonymously launches shredderman.com, an online forum that chronicles the bully's transgressions. Readers will be impressed with the protagonist's ingenious problem-solving abilities and his adept use of technology to expose Bubba. This entertaining story of an egghead who cannot keep his shoes tied and uses his brains to triumph over the worst bully in school will keep even reluctant readers laughing and wanting more about this cyber superhero. E. Hi/Lo Series 1. Passages Series. Perfection Learning. RL Grades 3-5 IL 5-9 Teenage characters w/ teen problems about 100 pages/book 10 2. Take Ten Books. Saddleback Publishing, Inc. RL 3-5 Each book is 50-100 pages and involves teen characters in various interest areas including mysteries, adventure, chillers, thrillers, and sports. 3. Standing Tall Mystery Series. Saddleback Publishing, Inc. 4. Pacemaker Classics. Globe Feron (Pearson Learning Group) Grades 3-4 F. Nonfiction 1. Curlee, Lynn. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (2002) ages 9 -12 Seven Wonders has a lucid narrative, complemented by full-page, full-color illustrations. However, it may be a harder sell. Unfamiliar names will stymie many readers (there's no pronunciation guide); students may also have difficulty following the trail of evidence that documents each structure's history and legend. 2. Dixon, Douglas. Dinosaurs Revealed Ages (2003) ages 8 – 12 Revealing the hidden world of prehistoric dinosaurs, Dixon’s book uses a show-and-tell method highlighted by cutting edge illustrations and acetate technology. 3. Fleming, Candance. Boxes for Katje (2003) ages 5 – 9 This is a children’s book based on a true story. Katje, a Dutch girl, becomes a penpal with an American girl. It is a story about long distance friendship and freely giving to one another. 4. Kalman, Maira. Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (2002) ages 5 – 9. This is the inspiring true story of the John J. Harvey – a retired New York City fireboat reinstated on September 11, 2001. Originally launched in 1931, the Harvey was the most powerful fireboat of her time. After the September 11 attacks, with fire hydrants at ground zero inoperable and the Hudson River’s water supply critical to fighting the blaze, the fire dept. called on Harvey to help. 5. Heinemann publishes a variety of content area nonfiction leveled books (heinemannclassroom.com) 6. National Geographic School Publishing also publishes a variety of leveled content-area nonfiction reading. Topics match grade level science and social science curriculums. RL 7. Time for Kids Biographies, RL 3 Titles include: Harriet Tubman, John F. Kennedy, and Jackie Robinson 11 G. Series for Older Beginning Readers 1. Juvenile Series and Sequels: http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/readers/series/juv/ The 'Juvenile Series and Sequels' database currently contains over 23,000 books in series titles that are classified into three audiences: Young Adult – for high school-aged readers; Juvenile – appropriate for grade school through junior high-aged readers; and Juvenile Easy – for young readers just beginning to read. The database can be accessed by series title, series subject, book title, or book author. 2. Step Into Reading. Random House (www. stepintoreading.com) Levels from P-K to Grade 2-4 with titles like Monster Bugs and Colorful Chameleons. 3. Time for Kids. Harper Trophy. Beginning Reader to Confident Reader. 4. All Aboard Reading. Crosset & Dunlap. Levels from Beginning Reader to Reading Alone. Examples of Level 3 titles: A Horse Named Seabiscuit, Tony Hawk & Andy Macdonald Ride to the Top (Skateboarding), Tentacles, Tales of the Giant Squid. 5. DK Dorling Kindersly Readers. Beginning to Proficient Readers. Examples of Level 3 titles: Titanic –the Disaster That Shocked the World, Atlantis, The Lost City, World Series Heroes. II. Transitional Readers 1. Arnold, Tedd. Hi, Fly Guy! (2006) A boy goes out searching for a smart animal to take to The Amazing Pet Show and bumps into a fly that is smart enough to say the child’s name, Buzz. The judges become impressed when the fly puts on a great show. (series) 2. Adler, David. Young Cam Jansen and the Substitute Mystery (2006) Cam and her classmates have a substitute teacher today. His name is Mr. Baker and he is very forgetful. (series) 3. Barrows, Annie. Ivy and Bean (2006) Ivy and Bean are two highly unlikely friends who end up getting in trouble and becoming fast friends. 4. Cazet, Denys. Minnie and Moo and the Case of the Missing Jelly Donut (2006) The two friendly cows are at it again. Minnie believes her jelly donut has been stolen and Moo is determined to catch the thief. (series) 5. Chaconas, Dori. Cork & Fuzz: Short and Tall (2006) Muscrat Cork, who is older, has serious problems when he decides that he should be taller than his possum friend, Fuzz. (series) 12 6. DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson to the Rescue (2005), Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (2005), Mercy Watson Fights Crime. 2005, and Mercy Watson; Princess in Disguise (2007) Mr. and Mrs. Watson have a pig named Mercy. Mercy goes on exciting adventures in her every day life. 7. Holm, Jennifer and Matthew. Baby Mouse Rock Star (2006) Baby Mouse dreams of being a real Rock Star. (series) 8. Horowitz, Ruth. Breakout at the Bug Lab (2002), Big Surprise in the Bug Tank (2006) Sam and Leo enjoy having a bug loving mom. 9. Howe, James. Houndsley and Catina (2006), Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise (2006) Houndsley the dog tries not to discourage Catina from becoming an author while Catina encourages Houndsley to enter a cooking contest. The two friends realize that their friendship is more valuable than their dreams of fame. 10. Kelly, Katy. Lucy Rose Here’s the Thing About Me (2004) Lucy Rose has just moved to Washington, D.C. and is convinced she will never make any friends. 11. Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways (2006) The popular fox sisters return in this book, which includes three adventures revolving around the foxes' need to avoid the dreaded cucumber sandwiches Dad is preparing 12. McDonald, Megan. Stink The Incredible Shrinking Kid. (2005) Stink is Judy Moody’s younger brother and he believes himself to be the shortest second grader in the history of the world. 13. Nolan, Lucy. Down Girl and Sit. (2004) On the Road (2005) Down Girl and Sit are two dogs who spend their days protecting their masters from dangerous squirrels and other intruders. 14. Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine (2006) Clementine is a one-of-a-kind character. She doesn’t mean to get in trouble, but she just can’t help it. 15. Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter and Tabby See the Stars (2007) The 16th book in the series about Mr. Putter and his cat, Tabby who go stargazing after Mr. Putter develops an upset stomach from eating too many donuts. (series) 13 16. Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover (2007) Henry and Mudge are invited to a boy-and-dog sleepover at Patrick's house, where they play games, eat, watch movies, and have a popcorn-catching contest before falling asleep. (series) 17. Silverman, Erica. Cowboy Kate and Cocoa (2005) Kate is a "cowgirl from the boots up," and Cocoa is her horse who loves to talk. Together they share four adventures in this easy chapter book. (series) 18. Van Leeuwen. Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day (2005) Amanda Pig is at it again as she tries to deal with an uncomfortably hot day. (series) III. Novels 1. Almond, David. Skellig (1998) Amidst the turmoil of a new home and a baby sister hovering near death, Michael discovers a mysterious man in the dilapidated garage covered in cobwebs and craving bluebottle flies. 2. Armstrong, Alan. Whittington (2005) The animals in Bernie’s barn decide to help young Ben learn how to read. Whittington the cat helps out by telling the story of Dick Whittington and his cat. 3. Avi. The Secret School (2001) Ida Bidson wants to become a teacher more than anything else. Set in rural Colorado in the early 1900’s, Ida stand in as the teacher when the one-room school shuts down. 4. Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks (2005) The Penderwick sisters spend the summer holiday on a beautiful estate called Arundel. Accompanying them on their adventures is Jeffrey Tifton the son of Arundel’s owners. 5. Birney, Betty. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs (2005) Eben McAllister wants to see the world. His pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. As a reward Eben will earn a trip to Colorado. 6. Carbone, Elisa. Blood on the River (2006) Samuel Collier is bound for the new world as the page to Captain John Smith. He can’t believe his luck, however the new world is like nothing he could have imagined. 7. Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004) Moose has to leave his friends behind and move to Alcatraz Island so his father can work as a guard and his sister can attend a special school. 14 8. Clements, Andrew. The Report Card (2004) Fifth-grader Nora Rowley is a genius masquerading as an average student to avoid the pressures that come with her gift. When her best friend, Stephen, a nice, hard- working child who is average, scores low on the state mastery tests and starts to think of himself as "dumb," Nora decides it's time to do something. 9. Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander (2003) Gregor and his little sister fall into the dark Underland beneath the city. There, humans live beside giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats. Gregor wants no part of this life, but he just may hold the key to the Underland’s future. (series) 10. Cooney, Doug. The Beloved Dearly (2003) Ernie is a natural born businessman. He starts his own pet funeral business and begins to make a fortune. 11. Creech, Sharon. Replay (2005) Leo is always dreaming. He dreams of being a star on Broadway even though he has only been given a bit part in the school play. 12. Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy (1999) Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell runs away from a foster home and begins an unforgettable journey in search of his father. His only clues are old flyers left by his now-deceased mother that point to a legendary jazz band leader. 13. DeCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux (2003) A small mouse learns the power of music, stories, and a princess named Pea. 14. DeCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006) Edward Tulane is an exceedingly vain, cold-hearted china rabbit owned by 10-year- old Abilene Tulane, who dearly loves him. His travels take him far and wide until he learns to open his heart for someone to love. 15. DiTerlizzi, Tony and Black, Holly. The Spiderwick Chronicles (2003) The first book in a series of five, The Field Guide sets up the story of the Grace children--13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon--who with their mother move into the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate only to quickly find themselves sucked into a dark and fascinating world of faeries. 16. Duprau, Jeanne. The City of Ember (2003) Lina and Doon must figure out what is happening to the City of Ember. The great lights have always kept the darkness at bay, but now the lights are beginning to go out. 15 17. Duprau, Jeanne. The People of Sparks (2004) In the sequel to The City of Ember, Lina and Doon lead their people up from the underground to discover a new world. The people of Sparks have never had to share their resources before and soon talk of war begins. 18. Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart (2003) When Meggie’s father reads aloud, characters jump right out of the book into the real world. Meggie is in for an action packed adventure fantasy. 19. Gaiman, Neil. Coraline (2002) Caroline must use her wits to rescue her family and several other lost children from the evil force that exists on the other side of the door. 20. Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Loses Control (2000) Joey, much calmer and in control of his life since starting his ―good med,‖ spends his summer with his out-of-control father and eccentric grandmother, trying to pitch his father’s baseball team to the championships. 21. Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy (2005) Miri along with the other girls of Mt. Eskel have been chosen to attend the Princess Academy in hopes that the prince will select one of them as his bride. 22. Hannigan, Katherine. Ida B (2004) Ida B. is quite happy being home schooled by her mom while living on her family’s apple orchard. Then something unexpected happens and Ida B. has to attend school for the first time. 23. Henkes, Kevin. Olive’s Ocean (2004) 12-year-old Martha receives a page from the journal of a classmate, Olive who has died in a car accident. Olive’s entry about a desire to be Martha’s friend, to see the ocean, and to become a writer changes Martha’s life forever. 24. Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot (2002) Hoot is an ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies--three middle school kids determined to beat the system. 25. Holt, Kimberly. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (1999) Nothing much happened in the sleepy Texas town of Antler, until the fattest boy in the world visits, and changes Toby and Cal’s lives forever. 26. Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out (2006) StingRay is a plush stuffed animal who enjoys acting the know-it-all. Lumpy is a tough little buffalo that doesn’t mind the occasional cuddle. And Plastic is a sensible bouncy ball. They are the best friends of a little girl and they deal with the world around them in their own particular manner. 16 27. Larson, Kirby. Hattie Big Sky (2006) Sixteen-year-old orphaned Hattie moves to Montana to prove up on her late uncle’s homestead claim. Hattie braves hard times and even harder weather in a quest to make her own home. 28. Lowry, Lois. Gossamer (2006) In this story of abuse, love, and patience, Littlest One and Thin Elderly, both dream givers, come into the lives of three people and work their transformative magic. 29. Lupica, Mike. Heat (2006) A refugee from Cuba, 12-year-old Michael Arroyo is a pitching prodigy whose right to play Little League baseball is challenged by a hostile coach. 30. Lupica, Mike. Miracle on 49th Street (2006) Molly Parker knows who her father is . . . Boston Celtics MVP Josh Cameron. However, her father doesn’t know about Molly until she introduces herself after her mother’s death. 31. Martin, Ann. A Dog’s Life (2005) Squirrel, the dog, tells her story in her own words. From her birth as a stray through the humans she encounters who are both friendly and cruel Squirrel experiences the world on her own. 32. McKay, Hilary. Saffy’s Angel (2001) The search for a mysterious angel sends the members of an eccentric British household on a riotous adventure in this poignant tale of self-discovery. 33. Patron, Susan. The Higher Power of Lucky (2006) In the California desert community of Hard Pan (population 43), 10-year-old Lucky Trimble eavesdrops on 12-step program meetings from her hiding place behind Hard Pan’s Found Object Wind Chime Museum & Visitor Center. Eccentric characters and quirky details spice up Lucky’s life just as parsley embellishes her guardian Brigitte’s French cuisine. 34. Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder (2000) It’s 1937 and Chicago-bred Mary Alice has been sentenced to a year long stay in rural Illinois with her irrepressible, rough and gruff grandmother. Soon, however, she becomes Grandma's partner in crime, helping to carry out madcap schemes to benefit friends and avenge enemies. 35. Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief (2005) Percy Jackson has been in six schools in six years. Officially diagnosed with ADHD, Percy’s lack of self-control gets him in trouble again and again. Could he secretly be a demi-god? 17 36. Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising (2000) Pampered thirteen-year-old Esperanza and her mother are forced to flee Mexico following her father’s sudden death. In a California migrant-worker camp, they encounter poverty and racism. Esperanza’s response to the fall from privileged life into a 1930’s immigrant transforms her into a strong adolescent. 37. Spinelli, Jerry. Loser (2002) Donald Zinkoff is one of the greatest kids you could ever hope to meet. He laughs easily, he likes people, he loves school, he tries to rescue lost girls in blizzards, he talks to old ladies. The only problem is, he's a loser. 38. Tolan, Stephanie. Surviving the Applewhites (2002) Jake has been expelled from every possible public school before his unwilling arrival in Wit’s End, N.C. and the homeschool run by the outrageous Applewhite family. 39. Wiles, Deborah. Love, Ruby Lavender (2001) Nine-year-old Ruby Lavender corresponds with her beloved grandmother and copes with a death in the family and classmate Melba Jane, her arch-enemy. 40. Wiles, Deborah. Each Little Bird that Sings (2005) Death is a way of life for the Snowberger family, since they run a funeral parlor out of their home. When a dangerous flash flood comes to Snapfinger on the day of Aunt Florentine's funeral, Comfort learns again that life is full of surprises, good and bad, and that, ultimately, it's just good to be alive.