by William Steig Year Published: ChallengingAbel, an uppity mouse, gets swept away in a bad storm and ends up stranded on an island in a river. For a year he has to figure a way off the island while trying to avoid its dangers. by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: Easy Reading
When India moves to a new home with her preacher father, she yearns to have a friend. She befriends a dog and together they bring together a mix of people who are also in need of friendship.
by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Average by Gary Paulsen Year Published: AverageThis book is the alternative ending to Hatchet. (you have to read Hatchet first) by Deborah and James Howe Year Published: Easy Reading by Elizabeth Winthrop Year Published: ChallengingWilliam receives a wooden model of a castle from his housekeeper. The castle is magical with a knight from another world that comes to life. The knight shrinks William and then trains him to fight a powerful wizard in another place and time. by E.B. White Year Published: Average by Mary Downing Hahn Year Published: AverageTwo thirteen year olds,Logan and Arthur, try to solve a murder that occurred years ago in the old house that Logan's parents bought. The mystery leads them to an old abandoned amusement park where hidden secrets are revealed. by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: ChallengingCrash is a seventh grade football player who is everybody's tough guy. He thinks his neighbor is a nerd, and he stays away from him knowing that he has nothing to offer. After playing a mean prank, he realizes that he has been wrong all along, and that his neighbor is a true friend. by Jeff Kinney Year Published: AverageBoys don't keep diaries or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovative illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to Its a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you're ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowleys star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friends newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion. by Andrew Clements Year Published: AverageNicholas Allen has been known as a trouble maker. He has a great imagination that has at times even fooled some teachers. Now that he is in 5th grade Nicholas uses the dictionary to inspire a new idea of inventing words. by Natalie Babbit Year Published: AverageEgan, a young boy, goes to visit his relatives in the country. When he gets there, he is faced with some strange and mysterious happenings, especially when it is raining. Egan is determined to find out what is causing everybody to be so fearful, yet so excited about the mystery. by N.D. Wilson Year Published: AverageEleven-year old Thomas is having a hard time since his father died three years ago. He decides to explore the ridge but ends up disappearing beneath it. While underneath the ridge, Thomas discovers a dead body, his dad's friend, and buried treasure. by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average
Five-year-old Matilda is a genius whose mathematical and reading abilities are totally unappreciated by her father--a dishonest used-car salesman--and her mother, a devotee of bingo and TV soaps. Only when the girl enters school does she find an understanding teacher, Miss Honey, who tries to defend her pupils against the unbelievably cruel headmistress Miss Trunchbull.
by Jean Craighead George Year Published: ChallengingSam , a teenage boy, is tired of living in the city, so he decides to live in the mountains. He learns to survive for a year by himself in the wilderness while also learning about courage, danger, and independence. by Fred Gipson Year Published: AverageTravis, a 14 year old boy, befriends a stray dog right after his father leaves to drive cattle to another state. Being the man of the house, Travis and Old Yeller learn to rely on each other while doing all the chores on the farm. They face a lot of danger together, and then tragedy strikes. by Sharon Creech Year Published: AverageTwelve-year old Leo is a dreamer and the hero of all his "instant replays." Growing up in a big, noisy family, Leo learns to cope with growing up using his vivid imagination. by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Easy ReadingThe beloved dog of Henry Huggins gets lost in a shopping mall parking lot. Ribsy finds himself in all sorts of funny adventures before he finds his real home. by Sharon Creech Year Published: Average
"Trouble twins" Dallas and Florida are orphans who have given up believing there is such a thing as a loving home. Tiller and Sairy are an eccentric older couple who live in the beautiful, mysterious Ruby Holler, but they're restless for one more big adventure. When they invite the twins to join them on their journeys, they first must all stay together in the Holler, and the magic of the place takes over. Two pairs of lives grow closer, and are changed forever.
by Gitty Daneshvari Year Published: AverageEveryone is afraid of something: spiders, dying, confined spaces, or deep water. Four twelve year olds who have an extreme fear of something are sent to the exclusive School of Fear to overcome their phobias. Once there, they meet their odd teacher whose teaching methods are the scariest they have ever experienced. by Lemony Snicket Year Published: ChallengingFrom the website: Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing? It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, “Proceed, but cautiously.” by Phyllis Naylor Year Published: AverageMarty Preston discovers a dog he thought was a stray. He soon finds out that this dog that he wants to own with all his heart belongs to an abusive neighbor. Marty is willing to do anything to keep the dog, even hide it from his family. But when the problem gets too big for him, he tells his family about the abusive neighbor. by Gordon Korman Year Published: AverageAfter a collector tricks a young boy out of a valuable baseball card, Griffin and his friends break into Swindle's house to get it back. First they have to get by the many obstacles, like an attack dog and a security system. by Judy Blume Year Published: AveragePeter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.
by Andrew Clements Year Published: AverageBefore going to a prep school. a fifth grade boy goes to spend a week in the woods with other classmates. He tries to prove to his teacher that he is not another rich kid, but he ends up getting lost and puts himself and his teacher in danger. by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Easy ReadingIn order for Henry Huggins to go on a long awaited fishing trip with his dad, he has to prove to his father that he can train Ribsy. He only has a certain amount of time to train this adventurous dog, but he does the best he can and learns how to be a responsible boy in the process. by Richard and Florence Atwater Year Published: AverageMr. Popper is an avid reader of polar explorations and wishes he had seen the Poles. In response to a letter from Mr. Popper, Admiral Drake, a polar explorer, sends Mr. Popper a penguin. Soon there are twelve penguins and they're traveling and providing funny entertainment for audiences all over the country. by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Average by Jacqueline Davies Year Published: Average
Fourth-grader, Evan Treski is good at talking with people. His sister, a second-grader is a whiz at math, but does not understand people' ways. When their lemonade war begins, there's no telling who will win or if they will ever become close again.
by Theodore Taylor Year Published:
The story follows the adventures, joys, and heartaches of a privileged and prejudiced Dutch boy stranded on a remote tropical island with a wise West Indian, following an enemy attack on a boat leaving Curacao.
by Sharon Creech Year Published:
!3 year old Sophie hears the sea calling, promising adventure and a chance for discovery as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and two cousins. Through travel logs, we hear stories of the past and the challenges of surviving at sea.
by Ann M. Martin Year Published:
The summer Hattie turns 12, her uncle returns after being away for ten years. He is schizophrenic and autistic. Hattie takes to her uncle, even though the rest of the family has trouble dealing with him. Adam sees that Hattie's shy ways are not a disability.
by Richard Peck Year Published:
During the Recession in 1937, Mary Alice has to spend a year in a rural town with her feisty and conniving Grandma Dowdel. After enduring outrageous schemes, Mary Alice eventually learns to appreciate her grandma's wisdom and ways.
by Richard Peck Year Published:
Every summer from 1929-1935, Joey Dowdel and his younger sister are sent to spend a week with their grandmother in her small Illinois town. Much excitement occurs when Grandma Dowdel outwits the banker, sets illegal fish traps, and saves the town from the terror of the Cowgill boys. Now an old man, Joe Dowdel remembers those seven summers and his larger than life grandma.
by Suzanne Collins Year Published:
When Gregor falls through the grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark underland where spiders and rats coexist with humans. This world is on the brink of war. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the underland's future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.
by Sharon Creech Year Published:
It started out as an ordinary summer until 13 year old Zinny discovered the old, overgrown trail that ran through the woods behind her family's house. It was her chance to finally make people notice her.
by Richard Peck Year Published:
Rosie Beckett has never left her family farm. Then a letter from her aunt arrives and her life changes. She's invited to visit her aunt and go to the Chicago World's Fair.
by Patricia Giff Year Published:
Meggie Dillon's life has been turned upside down by World War II. She and her family move to Michigan where her father will help the war effort by building planes used to fight the enemy. While there, Meggie faces questions about courage and what it takes to go into battle.
by Gary Paulsen Year Published:
This book is the alternative ending to Hatchet. (You need to read Hatchet first.)
by Gary Paulsen Year Published:
Two years after Brian survived 54 days alone in the Canadiann wilderness, the government wants him to head back so they can learn what he did to stay alive. He's accompanied by a psychologist who is knocked unconscious during a storm. Now Brian needs to save the man and himself while fighting nature.
by Patricia Giff Year Published:
It's the summer of 1944, and World War II has changed everyone's life. Lily and her family will go to their summer home by the Atlantic Ocean, but her father and best friend won't. Lily has no one her age to spend vacation with until Albert, a refugee with a secret sewn into his coat, comes. Both have secrets and have told lies that might jeopardize the life of one of them.
by Agatha Christie Year Published:
Ten strangers are lured to a mansion on an isolated island by an absent host "U.N. Owen". Someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who the killer is only to.....
by Ellen Raskin Year Published:
A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely heirs gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. No one knows why the millionaire has chosen a stranger, a possible murderer, to inherit his fortune. That doesn't stop him from challenging them to figure out the secret of his death using the clues in his will.
by William Golding Year Published:
Stranded on an uninhabited island, a group of boys try to govern themselves. They begin to lose sight of common decency and morals, and chaos ensues resulting in death and destruction.
by L'Engle, Madeleine Year Published: AverageMeg Murry and her family receive a surprise visit from an unearthly stranger out of another dimension in time. Book #1 by Margaret Petersen Haddix Year Published: AverageLuke, a twelve-year old, lives in hiding because he is a third child, which is in violation of the law. Because of a new development nearby, he is no longer able to go outside. When he meets a shadow child like himself, they become involved in a dangerous plan. by Patricia Reilly Giff Year Published: AverageSam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack’s room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He’s desperate to find out who he is, and if his beloved Mack is really his grandfather. At night he’s haunted by dreams of a big castle and a terrifying escape on a boat. Who can he trust to help him read the documents that could unravel the mystery? Then he and the new girl, Caroline, are paired up to work on a school project, building a castle in Mack’s woodworking shop. Caroline loves to read, and she can help. But she’s moving soon, and the two must hurry to discover the truth about Sam. by Pam Munoz Ryan Year Published: Easy ReadingEsperanza Rising is a book about a girl's journey through hard times. Esperanza is a girl living on a Mexican farm with her mama and her papa in about 1924. Everthing seems to be wonderful when a family tragedy makes Esperanza and Mama go to a camp for Mexican workers. Esperanza faces many challenges when she is at the camp. Something happens to Mama and the workers go on strike to make things worse. In the end, Esperanza and Mama find a way to make the best of everything they have. - Katarina age 10 by Gary Paulsen Year Published: AverageBrian, a 13 year ld boy, is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness. Alone in the woods and with the cold weather approaching, he has to learn to survive the elements and the wildlife. by Louis Sachar Year Published: AverageStanley has been sent to Camp Green Lake for doing something bad even though he didn't do anything bad. Read the book to find out the reason why he was sent to Camp Green Lake. At camp there are several other kids; Armpit, Zigzag Squid, and Zero were nicknames given to a few kids. Stanley's nickname is Caveman. At camp the punishment is to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet wide. I like this book because it had lots of details and events. My favorite part was when Zero and Stanley ran away and find refuge on Gods Thumb. Stanley is like me in this story, he gets in extreme trouble for doing something and like me he gets punished. by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Average
Stargirl, a tenth grader, is a nonconformist who enters Mica High. She is at first embraced by the students for her uniqueness and then shunned by them for it. The rise and fall of her popularity and its consequences is narrated by Leo, her boyfriend, who also becomes a target. They both find ways to meet the challenges of being the outcasts.
by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: AverageWINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL! Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out. by C.S. Lewis Year Published: Average by Suzanne Collins Year Published: ChallengingIn what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.