Chapter Book Lists Gr. 3 & Up

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Brink, Carol Ryrie. Baby Island Jpb B
Twelve-year-old Mary Wallace and her ten-year-old sister Jean survive the wreck of an ocean liner on its way to Australiaand manage to make it to a seemingly deserted island in a lifeboat with four babies.

Bunting, Eve. SOS Titanic J PB B
Fifteen-year-old Barry O’Neill, traveling from Ireland to America on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, finds his life endangered when the ship hits an iceberg and begins to sink.

Christopher, Matt. Stranded J FIC CHR
Shipwrecked with his dog on an uninhabited Caribbean Island after a hurricane that washed his parents overboard, a blind boy struggles for survival.

Clements, Andrew. A Week in the Woods J FIC CLE
The fifth grade’s annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark’s survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.

Crisp, Marty. White Star: a Dog on the Titanic J FIIC CRI
Twelve-year-old Sam, a passenger on the Titanic’s maiden sea voyage, volunteers to help care for the dogs in the ocean liner’s kennel and becomes fast friends with the Irish setter of J. Bruce Ismay, the ship’s owner.

DeFelice, Cynthia C. Weasel J FIC DEF & Jpb D
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 the weasel and makes a suprising discovery about the concept of revenge.

Defoe, Daniel. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe J FIC CRU
During one of his several adventurous voyages in the 1600s, an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives on a deserted island for more than twenty-eight years.

Ernst, Kathleen. Hearts of Stone J FIC ERN
Orphaned when her father dies fighting for the Union and her mother expires from exhaustion, and also estranged from their Confederate neighbors, fifteen-year-old Hannah struggles to find a way for her family to survive during the Civil War in Tennessee.

Fardell, John. The Seven Professors of the Far North J FIC FAR
Sam finds himself involved in a dangerous adventure when he and his new friends, brother and sister, set off for the Arctic to try and rescue the siblings’ great-uncle and five other professors from the mad scientist holding them prisoner.

Fendler, Donn. Lost on a Mountain in Maine J FIC FEN and J PB F
A twelve-year-old describes his nine-day struggles to survive after being separated from his companions in the mountains of Maine in 1939.

George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain J FIC GEO (see other Jean Craighead George books)
A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

Gutman, Dan. Getting Air  J FIC GUT
After foiling a terrorist hijacking aboard their airplane, fourteen-year-old Jimmy, his younger sister, and two skateboarding friends crash-land the plane and try to survive in a forest wilderness until help arrives.

Hart, Alison. Anna’s Blizzard J FIC HAR
Having never excelled at schoolwork, twelve-year-old Anna discovers that she may know a few things about survival when the 1888 Children’s Blizzard traps her and her classmates in their Nebraska schoolhouse.

Hopkinson, Deborah. Into the Firestorm: a Novel of San Francisco, 1906 J FIC HOP
Days after arriving in San Francisco from Texas, eleven-year-old orphan Nicholas Dray tries to help his new neighbors survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent fires.

Karr, Kathleen. Worlds Apart J FIC KAR
In 1670, soon after arriving in the Carolinas with a group of colonists from England, fifteen-year-old Christopher West befriends a young Sewee Indian, Asha-po, and learns some hard lessons about survival, slavery, and friendship.

Kehret, Peg. Earthquake Terror J FIC KEH
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in California where his family had been camping, twelve-year-old Jonathan Palmer must find a way to keep himself, his partially paralyzed younger sister, and their dog alive until help arrives.

Korman, Gordon. Island Book 1: Shipwreck (and others) Jpb K
Six very different children have to learn to work together to survive a vicious storm and a shipwreck that leave them stranded in the middle of the ocean with no food, no water, and almost no hope for survival.

Lawrence, Iain. The Wreckers J FIC LAW (also The Cannibals)
Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, 14 year old John attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.

Mason, Prue. Camel Rider J FIC MAS
Two expatriates living in a Middle Eastern country, twelve-year-old Adam from Australia and Walid from Bangladesh, must rely on one another when war breaks out and they find themselves in the desert, both trying to reach the same city with no water, little food, and no common language.

Mayne, William. Low Tide J FIC MAY
A tidal wave begins an adventure for three New Zealand children.

McKernan, Victoria. Shackleton’s Stowaway J FIC MCK
This fictionalized account of Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition follows steward Perce Blackborow from the time he stows away on the Endurance through his harrowing experiences in the Antarctic including the amputation of his toes.

Moeri, Louise. Save Queen of Sheba J PB M
After miraculously surviving a Sioux Indian raid on the trail to Oregon, a brother and sister set out with few provisions to find the rest of the settlers.

Morpurgo, Michael. Kensuke’s Kingdom J FIC MOR
When Michael is swept off his family’s yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive–until he finds he is not alone.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Roxie and the Hooligans J FIC NAY
Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot’s advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.

O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins J FIC ODE and J PB O
Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off theCalifornia coast.

O’Dell, Scott. Sarah Bishop J PB B
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Adaline Falling Star J FIC OSB
Feeling abandoned by her deceased Arapaho mother and her explorer father, Adaline Falling Star runs away from the prejudiced cousins with whom she is staying and comes close to death in the wilderness, with only a mongrel dog for company.

Paulsen, Gary. Dogsong J FIC PAU and J PB P
A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the modernity of his life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own “song” of himself.

Paulsen, Gary. The Voyage of the Frog J PB P
When David goes out on his sailboat to scatter his recently deceased uncle’s ashes to the wind, he is caught in a fierce storm and must survive many days on his own as he works out his feelings about life and his uncle

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet  J FIC PAU and J PB P
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce. (See others in series: The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Return, Brian’s Hunt)

Peck, Dale.  Drift House: The First Voyage J FIC PEC
Sent to stay with their uncle in a ship-like home, Susan and her two younger stepbrothers embark on an unexpected adventure involving mermaids, pirates, and an attempt to stop time forever.

Salisbury, Graham. Night of the Howling Dogs J FIC SAL
In 1975, eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends camping at Halape, Hawaii, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami.

Shaw, Janet Beeler. Kaya’s Escape: a Survival Story J FIC SHA
In the fall of 1764, after Kaya and her sister are kidnapped from their Nez Percé village by enemy horse raiders, she tries to find a way to escape back home. Includes historical notes on education and learning among the Nez Percé Indians.

Skurzynski, Gloria. Lost in the Devil’s Desert J PB S
Kevin finds himself alone and lost in the Utah desert, with only his wits to help him survive.

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Sign of the Beaver J FIC SPE
Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

Sperry, Armstrong. Call It Courage J FIC SPE (Newbery)
Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.

Taylor, Theodore. The Cay J FIC TAY
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Taylor, Theordore. Ice Drift J FIC TAY
The year is 1868, and fourteen-year-old Alika and his younger brother, Sulu, are hunting for seals on an ice floe attached to their island in the Arctic. Suddenly the ice starts to shake, and they hear a loud crack–the terrible sound of the floe breaking free from land.  Two Inuit brothers must fend for themselves while stranded on an ice floe that is adrift in theGreenland Strait.

Thomas, Jane Resh. Blind Mountain J PIC THO
Unsure of himself and annoyed at having to spend a day climbing a Montana mountain with his bossy father, twelve-year-old Sam must become the guide on their perilous journey down when his carelessness temporarily blinds his father.

White, Ellen Emerson. Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, London, England, 1912 J FIC WHI (DEAR AMERICA)
In her diary in 1912, thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.

Wyss, Johann. The Swiss Family Robinson J FIC WYS
Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they imaginatively adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.

Yep, Laurence. The Earth Dragon Awakes: the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 J FIC YEP
Eight-year-old Henry and nine-year-old Chin love to read about heroes in popular “penny dreadful” novels, until they both witness real courage while trying to survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.



Blumberg, Rhoda. Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy J 952.025 BLU

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Ice Story: Shackleton’s Lost Expedition J 919.89 KIM
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition, when the ship the Endurance was crushed in a frozen sea and the men made the perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.

Philbrick, Nathaniel. Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex J 910 PHI
Recounts the 1820 sinking of the whaleship “Essex” by an enraged sperm whale and how the crew of young men survived against impossible odds. Based on the author’s adult book “In the Heart of the Sea.”

Tanaka, Shelley. On Board the Titanic: What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank J 910.45 TAN
Seventeen-year-old Jack Thayer explores the Titanic and forms a brief friendship with another passenger before experiencing the wreck of the giant ocean liner.

Chapter Books: Fantasy

Alexander, Lloyd. The Chronicles of Prydain (J FIC ALE, Jpb A)
Taran, an assistant pig-keeper, travels with Princess Eilonwy, the bard/king Fflewddur Fflam, the creature called Gurgi, and a dwarf named Doli, fighting evil and seeking both his past and future.

Arnold, Louise. Golden and Grey series (J FIC ARN, Jpb A)
Schoolboy Tom Golden and ghost Grey Arthur — outcasts in their separate worlds —join forces to turn their luck around in these fantastic and funny tales.

Barron, T.A. Lost Years of Merlin series (J FIC BAR, Jpb B)
The story of the powerful magician, Merlin, from his mysterious beginnings to his assuming role of the Sage of Camelot, the greatest Wizard of all time.

Barry, Dave, & Ridley Pearson. Peter and the Starcatchers series (J FIC BAR)
Prequels to J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan books, this series tell the story of how an orphan named Peter became Peter Pan.

Bellairs, John. Louis Barnavelt series (J FIC BEL, Jpb B)
Louis, a shy boy, moves in with his Uncle, who turns out to be a Wizard. In each book, Lewis and his group of friends face and overcome various evil forces usually bent on ending the world.

Boniface, William. The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy (J FIC BON)
Ordinary Boy is the only resident of Superopolis without any super powers. But he finds that sometimes being ordinary is just what is needed to save the world from a Super Villain.

Buckley-Archer, Linda. Gideon trilogy (J FIC BUC)
Book 1: Gideon the Cutpurse (original title) or The Time Travelers (American title)
A chance encounter with an anti-gravity machine catapults Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to the 18th century and sets in motion a calamitous chain of events.

Byng, Georgia. Molly Moon series (J FIC BYN, Jpb B)
The orphan Molly Moon finds a book on hypnotism, and learns to hypnotize, time travel, read minds, and morph.

Carman, Patrick. Land of Elyon series (J FIC CAR)
Alexa Daley, a 12-year-old girl, voyages in search of the truth in the Land of Elyon.

Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl series (J FIC COL, Jpb C)
Artemis Fowl is an Irish child prodigy and a ruthless master criminal who takes charge of rebuilding his family fortune following the disappearance of his father.

Collins, Suzanne. The Underland Chronicles / “Gregor” series (J FIC COL, Jpb C)
Follow Gregor’s and his adventures the “Underland”, hidden under New York City, where humans live alongside giant bats, cockroaches, rats, and spiders.

Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising series (J FIC COO, Jpb C)
This series, which takes place in contemporary England, is based on the legends of King Arthur.

Dahl, Roald. The Witches and others (J FIC DAH, Jpb D)
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice.

Dale, Anna. Whispering to Witches (J FIC DAL)
On his way to spend Christmas at his mother’s house in Canterbury, Joe meets a young witch named Twiggy and becomes part of a mystery involving a missing page from an ancient book of magic.

Delaney, Joseph. The Last Apprentice series (J FIC DEL, Jpb D)
Thomas J. Ward can see and sense things that others can’t. He is apprenticed to train as a “Spook,” someone who deals with ghosts and other creatures of the dark.

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember series (J FIC DUP, Jpb D, Y FIC DUP and Y Pb D)
The inhabitants of a isolated, deteriorating underground city seek safety in the world beyond.

Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story (J FIC END, Jpb E)
Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

Flanagan, John. Ranger’s Apprentice series (J FIC FLA, Jpb F)
At age 15, Will becomes an apprentice Ranger, training to be a spy and protect his country.

Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart series and others (J FIC FUN, Jpb F)
Meggie’s father, Mo, can read the characters out of books. Nine years ago, he accidentally read some very bad characters out of a book, and now they need to clean up the mess they made.

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book (J FIC GAI NEWBERY)
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Gliori, Debi. Pure Dead series (J FIC GLI, Jpb D)
The Strega-Borgia family is quirky and bizarre. Signor and Signora Strega-Borgia, Titus, Pandora, Damp and Nieve, live with their mythical companions in StregaSchloss in Scotland.

Golding, Julia. Companions Quartet (J FIC GOL)
Connie becomes part of a secret society that shelters mythical creatures, and must use her ability to communicate with these beings to protect them from evil and the incursions of humans.

Hale, Shannon. Goose Girl and sequels (J FIC HAL, Jpb H, Y pb H)
On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting. She hides as a goose girl, waiting to reveal her true identity and reclaim her crown.

Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy (Jpb H)
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

Hardinge, Frances. Fly by Night (J FIC HAR)
Driven by her love of language, 12-year-old Mosca and her homicidal goose, Saracen, travel to the city of Mandelion on the heels of a smooth-talking con-man, hoping to find a better life.

Helgerson, Joseph. Horns and Wrinkles (J FIC HEL)
Along a magic-saturated stretch of the Mississippi River, Claire and her bullying cousin get involved with a Great Rock Troll, a helpful fairy, and a group of trolls searching for their fathers.

Ibbotson, Eva. The Secret of Platform 13 and others (J FIC IBB, Jpb I)
Odge Gribble, a young hag, joins a wizard, a gentle fey, and an ogre on their mission to London, to rescue their King and Queen’s son, who had been stolen as an infant.

Jonell, Lynne. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat and sequel (J FIC JON, Jpb J)
When Emmy discovers that she and her parents are being drugged with rodent potions, she and some interesting new friends set out to foil the evil nanny’s plans.

Jones, Diana Wynne. Chrestomanci series, and others (J FIC JON, Jpb J)
Fantasy abounds in these tales of Witches, Wizards, and parallel universes.

Kerr, P.B. Children of the Lamp series (J FIC KER, Jpb K)
John and Philippa Gaunt discover that they are part genie, and begin training in the dangerous world of the Djinn.

La Fevers, R.L. Theodosia series (J FIC LAF)
Theodosia’s parents run the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. However, it is Theodosia—and only Theodosia—who can see all the curses and black magic still attached to the ancient artifacts.

Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant series (J FIC LAN)
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time series (J FIC LEN, Jpb L)
Meg and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and travel across time and space in these exciting adventures.

Lorey, Dean. Nightmare Academy (J FIC LOR)
Rescued from a very sheltered life, thirteen-year-old Charlie learns that the monsters of his nightmares are real when he becomes a student at Nightmare Academy.

McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword (J FIC MCK, J FIC NEWBERY MCK, Jpb M, Y Pb M—upstairs)
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the North.

Mull, Brandon. The Candy Shop War and the Fablehaven series (J FIC MUL)
When 4 friends meet the owner of the new candy store in town and are given a magical candy that endows them with super powers, they find that the new abilities bring dangerous consequences.

Nimmo, Jenny. Children of the Red King/”Charlie Bone…” series (J FIC NIM)
Charlie Bone is one of the magically-gifted descendants of a benevolent king, some good, some bad. He attends a weekly boarding school run by some of the more sinister descendants.

Ogilvy, Ian. Measle series (J FIC OGI)
Measle Stubbs fights evil wizards, known as Wrathmonks, and other dangerous creatures.

Paolini, Christopher. Inheritance Trilogy (J FIC PAO, Jpb P)
Eragon, with his dragon, Saphira, becomes one of the few remaining Dragon Riders in Alagaësia.

Pierce, Tamora. The Circle of Magic series and others (J FIC PIE, Jpb P, Y FIC PIE, Y Pb P)
Young women are powerful magicians in these and other books by Tamora Pierce.

Pratchett, Terry. Johnny Maxwell Trilogy (J FIC PRA)
In the course of his everyday life, this incredibly normal boy encounters an alien surrender party, ghosts and a time travelling bag lady.

Pullman, Phillip. His Dark Materials Trilogy (J FIC PUL, Jpb P)
Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry wander through a series of parallel universes against a backdrop of epic events, meeting witches, armored polar bears, and other unlikely friends and foes.

Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (J FIC RIO, Jpb R)
Percy Jackson, the half-human son of Poseidon, fights monsters and the ancient Titans with the help of other half-bloods and mythological creatures.

Rodda, Emily. The Key to Rondo (J FIC ROD)
Through an heirloom music box, a serious boy and his badly-behaved cousin Mimi enter the magical world of Rondo to rescue Mimi’s dog from a sorceress, who wishes to exchange him for a magic key.

Sage, Angie. The Septimus Heap series (J FIC SAG, Jpb S)
The 7th son of a 7th son studies to become the most important Wizard of the realm.

Skye, Obert. Leven Thumps series (J FIC SKY)
Foo is falling, evil is seeping into the world, and dreams are not as they should be. Leven Thumps, age 14, is the only one who can save the world.

Stewart, Paul. Edge Chronicles (J FIC STE)
Sky pirates and knight librarians have adventures in the dangerous Edgelands.

Stone, David Lee. The Ratastrophe Catastrophe (J FIC STO)
An odd assortment of bumbling humans and creatures comes together to find and free the children held by a young man who, under the influence of dark magic, stole them away with his flute music.

Stroud, Jonathan. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (J FIC STR, Jpb S)
Genies and magicians work together (though not always willingly) in this alternate magical London.

Stroud, Jonathan. Heroes of the Valley (J FIC STR)
When young Halli Sveinsson plays a trick on Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson, he sets in motion a chain of events that will force him to leave home on a hero’s quest.

Thompson, Kate. The New Policeman , The Last of the High Kings (J FIC THO)
Irish teenager JJ Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into Tir na nOg, the land of the fairies, and sets out to seal the leak.

Williams, Maiya. The Golden Hour  and sequels (J FIC WIL, Jpb W)
Rowan and Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an adventure through time when they come to stay with their eccentric great-aunts in a small town in Maine.

Wrede, Patricia. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (J FIC WRE, Jpb W)
Princess Cimorene makes friends with dragons, enemies of Wizards, and a life in the Enchanted Forest.

Yep, Laurence. The Dragon Quartet (J FIC YEP, Jpb Y)
The dragon Shimmer and her boy Thorn star in this series based loosely on Chinese mythology.

Anderson, M.T. Whales on Stilts from M.T. Anderson’s Thrilling Tales (J FIC AND)
Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best friends, Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father’s conniving boss to conquer the world using an army of whales.

Applegate, Katherine. Animorphs series. (Jpb A)

Asimov, Janet and Isaac. Norby series (J FIC ASI)
Jeff and his mixed-up robot, Norby, get involved in new adventures on a strange planet.

Barron, T. A. Heartlight (J FIC BAR)
Kate and her grandfather use one of his inventions to travel faster than the speed of light on a mission to save the sun from a premature death.

Benton, Jim. Franny K. Stein: Mad Scientist series (Jpb EASY B)
Franny works to fit in at school, keep up with modern life, and deal with monsters, robots, and other mad-sciency things at the same time.

Brown, Jeff. Stanley in Space (Jpb EASY B)
When the residents of a far-distant planet send a message to Earth asking for someone to meet with them, the President of the United States asks Stanley Lambchop, an all-American boy, to be his ambassador.

Cameron, Eleanor. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet and sequel (J FIC, Jpb C)
A mystery man inspires two boys to build a space ship which takes them to the planet of Basidium to help the Mushroom people.

Card, Orson Scott. Enders Game and Enders Shadow (J FIC CAR)
Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

Carman, Patrick. Atherton: House of Power (J FIC CAR)
Edgar, an eleven-year-old orphan, finds a book that reveals significant secrets about Atherton, the strictly divided world on which he lives, even as geological changes threaten to shift the power structure that allows an elite few to live off the labor of others.

Carroll, Michael Owen. Quantum Prophesy: 01, The Awakening (J FIC CAR)
Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans–both heroes and villains–thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin begin to develop super powers, making them the object of much unwanted attention.

Christopher, John. The White Mountains (The Tripod Trilogy) & others (J FIC CHR and Jpb C)
Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants.

Conly, Jane Leslie. The Rudest Alien on Earth (J FIC CON)
Having landed on a dairy farm in Vermont, an alien from another galaxy befriends two human children and uses her ability to change into animals to learn about Earth society.

Coville, Bruce. I Was a Sixth Grade Alien and other titles (J FIC COV and Jpb C)
When aliens come to Earth on an interplanetary trade mission, sixth grader Tim makes friends with the ambassador’s son and together they uncover a plot to sabotage the mission.

Crilley, Mark. Akiko on the Planet Smoo and other Akiko books (Jpb C)
Ten-year-old Akiko has an unexpected adventure when she is whisked away to a distant planet and put in charge of the rescue mission that must search for the kidnapped Prince Froptoppit.

Daley, Michael. Space Station Rat (J FIC DAL)
A lavender rat that has escaped from a laboratory and a lonely boy whose parents are scientists meet on an orbiting space station, communicate by email, and ultimately find themselves in need of each other’s help and friendship.

Duffey, Betsy. Alien for Rent (J FIC DUF)
When a small fuzzy alien appears at their school, third graders J.P. and Lexie accidentally direct his powers against the bully Bruce and things get out of control.

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember and sequels (J FIC, Jpb D)
In the year 241, twelve year old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Engdahl, Sylvia. Enchantress from the Stars (J FIC NEWBERY ENG)
When young Elana unexpectedly joins the team leaving the spaceship to study the planet Andrecia, she becomes an integral part of an adventure involving three very different civilizations, each one centered on the third planet from the star in its own solar system.

Fardell, John. The 7 Professors of the Far North and sequel (J FIC FAR)
Eleven-year-old Sam finds himself involved in a dangerous adventure when he and his new friends, brother and sister Ben and Zara, set off for the Arctic to try and rescue the siblings’ great-uncle and five other professors from the mad scientist holding them prisoner.

Farmer, Nancy. The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm (Jpb F)
In 2194 in Zimbabwe , Generla Matsika’s three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.

Farshtey, Greg, et. al. Bionicle series (Jpb B)

Gormley, Beatrice. Wanted, UFO (J FIC GOR)
Fifth grader Elise is thrilled when a UFO appears in her friend Nick’s backyard but shocked when she discovers why its occupants have come to Earth.

Guibert, Emmanuel. Sardine in Outer Space series (J FIC GUI GRAPHIC)
The adventures of the intrepid Sardine, who travels across the universe meeting cosmic squids, space leeches, talking clouds, and other strange beings.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden series (J FIC HAD and Jpb)
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.

Heinlein, Robert. Tunnel in the Sky (J FIC HEI)
After going through the gate to an unknown planet for a two-to-ten day final exam in Advanced Survival, a boy .realizes that something has gone wrong with the gate. What was to be a brief survival exam becomes an endless struggle for life.

Hulme, John. The Glitch in Sleep (J FIC HUL)
When twelve-year-old Becker Drane is recruited by The Seems, a parallel universe that runs everything in The World, he must fix a disastrous glitch in the Department of Sleep that threatens everyone’s ability to ever fall asleep again.

Hamilton, Richard. Cal and the Amazing Anti-Gravity Machine (J FIC HAM)
With his talking dog, Frankie, as a constant companion, ten-year-old Cal Barraclough investigates his wacky neighbor’s unusual experiments.

King-Smith, Dick. Harriet’s Hare (J FIC KIN)
A young girl’s life with her father on their farm in England is changed when she befriends a talking hare that is really a shape-changing alien.

L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time series (J FIC LEN, Jpb L)
Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin O’Keefe travel through space and time while searching for Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret government research.

Lennon, Joan. Questors (J FIC LEN)
Three confused children are brought together then, with little training, sent off to save three worlds that were held in perfect balance until a cataclysmic disruption in the space-time continuum threatened their existence, which is just what their enemy desires.

Lowry, Lois. The Giver and sequels (J FIC LOW, J FIC NEWBERY LOW, Jpb L)
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Luzzatto, Caroline. Interplanetary Avenger (J FIC LUZ)
When Sam accidentally opens a strange box and finds himself sitting in the principal’s office of an intergalactic middle school, he is pressed to take on the challenge of capturing an obnoxious shape-shifting alien.

Maguire, Gregory. Five Alien Elves (Jpb MAG)
The town of Hamlet has a very unusual Christmas when aliens crash land in their space ship, escalating the competition between rival clubs, the Copycats and the Tattletales.

Mahy, Margaret. The Great Show Off Earth (J FIC MAH)
Delphinium spends her tenth birthday aboard a traveling space circus, fighting against the dark forces who are bent on stamping out fun.

McKinley, Robin. Dragonhaven (J FIC MCK)
When Jake Mendoza, who lives in the Smokehill National Park where his father runs the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies, goes on his first solo overnight in the park, he finds an infant dragon whose mother has been killed by a poacher.

Paulsen, Gary. The Time Hackers (J FIC PAU )
When someone uses futuristic technology to play pranks on twelve-year-old Dorso Clayman, he and his best friend set off on a supposedly impossible journey through space and time trying to stop the gamesters who are endangering the universe

Peck, Richard. The Great Interactive Dream Machine (J FIC PEC)
Josh Lewis is unwillingly drawn into the computer experiments of Aaron, his friend and fellow classmate at an exclusive New York private school, and the two find themselves uncontrollably transported through space and time.

Pinkwater,Daniel Manus. Ned Feldman, Space Pirate and other books (J FIC PIN)
One day when Ned’s parents are out, he meets Captain Lumpy Lugo, a space pirate who comes from the galaxy Foon-ping-bab, and they spend the afternoon traveling through outer space.

Pratchett, Terry. The Bromeliad Trilogy (J FIC PRA)
After generations of existing in the human sized world, a group of four inch high gnomes discover their true nature and origin, with the help of a black square called the Thing.

Reeve, Philip. Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of the Galaxy and sequel (J FIC REE)
In an alternate Victorian England, young Arthur and his sister Myrtle, residents of Larklight, a floating house in one of Her Majesty’s outer space territories, uncover a spidery plot to destroy the solar system.

Rex, Adam. The True Meaning of Smekday (J FIC REX)
When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.

Schanback, Mindy. Princess From Another Planet J FIC SCH
Fourteen-year-old Gracie Quicksilver escapes her unconventional life by impersonating her rich cousin at an exclusive summer camp, until a series of weird events convinces her that her mother’s delusions about being the deposed queen of a distant planet just might be true.

Skurzynski, Gloria. Cyberstorm and others (J FIC SKU)
In 2015, when Darcy Kane moves to another part of town, she discovers that the Animal Control Division is trying to take her dog away and that the most obvious escape is into her neighbor’s Virtual Reality Rent-a-Memory machine.

Slobodkin, Louis. The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree and sequels (J FIC SLO)
When a junior scientist explorer from the planet of Martinea crashlands on Eddie’s grandmother’s farm, Eddie spends his summer searching for a way for Marty to get back home again.

Slote, Alfred. My Trip to Alpha 1 (J FIC SLO)
Voya-code is the most sophisticated form of interplanetary travel but a young boy finds out it is not without dangers.

Valentine, James. JumpMan series (J FIC VAL)
A recreational time-traveler from 3000 years in the future upsets the lives of two 21 st century teenagers when an unusual JumpMan prototype (a handheld time-traveling device) allows him to be seen in their time period, and won’t let him Jump back home.

Verne, Jules. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (J FIC VER)
In the mid-nineteenth century, a French professor and his two companions, trapped aboard a fantastic submarine as prisoners of the deranged Captain Nemo, come face to face with exotic ocearn creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above.

Verne, Jules. Journey to the Center of the Earth . (J FIC VER)
A team of explorers makes an expedition into a crater in Iceland which leads to the center of the earth and to incredible and horrifying discoveries.

Waugh, Sylvia. Who Goes Home? and other books by Waugh (J FIC WAU)
On his thirteenth birthday, Jacob learns a secret about his birth and becomes involved in his father’s work to protect other beings from the planet Ormingat who live on Earth.

Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds (J FIC WEL)
As life on Mars becomes impossible, Martians and their terrifying machines invade the earth.

See our full list of recommended reads here.

For further suggestions, see The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, J PARENTS’ CORNER 372.6 TRE and 372.6 TRE—upstairs

*Atinuke, Anna Hibiscus (series) J PB EASY A
Anna Hibiscus, who lives in Africa with her whole family, loves to splash in the sea and have parties for her aunties, but Anna would love to see snow.

Bearn, Emily. Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall J FIC BEA
Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy(series) J FIC BIR and J PB B
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

*Cameron, Ann. Spunky Tells All J FIC CAM
Called a troublemaker by his human family, a reflective dog defends himself and then relates the family’s adoption of an aristocratic but incompetent cat, who gives him a life purpose and and new way of looking at his world.

*Cronin, Doreen. The Trouble with Chickens: A J. J. Tully Mystery  J FIC CRO
From the author of the Diary of … series and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a chapter book with her signature humor and an intriguing mystery about missing chickens, complete with a hard-boiled detective, ransom notes, and a villain named Vince the Funnel.

DePaola, Tomie. 26 Fairmount Avenue (series) J FIC DEP and J PB EASY D
Children’s author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.

*DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson to the Rescue (series) J FIC DIC
Porcine wonder, Mercy Watson, is the Watson family’s pride and joy with a talent for amusing adventures based on misunderstandings that usually end in everyone enjoying hot buttered toast together.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux J FIC DIC and J PB D
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. See also The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and others (J FIC DIC).

DiTerlizzi, Tony and Black, Holly. The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles) J FIC DIT
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda’s worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

Donaldson, Julia. The Giants and the Joneses J FIC DON
When Jumbeelia, an eight-year-old giant, climbs down a beanstalk and collects some “iggly plops,” the little people of children’s stories, she treats them like toys, unaware that she is endangering their lives.

*Fine, Anne. The Jamie and Angus Stories J FIC FIN
Jamie and Angus – an imaginative little boy and his treasured toy bull – spring to life in six delightful stories from Britain’s Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine – illustrated with warmth and charm by Penny Dale.

Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and Their Problems J FIC HOR
The reader is invited to help solve the Pepin family’s unusual problems, such as a bad case of frogs in shoes and having a cow who gives lemonade rather than milk.

Howe, James. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
(and other titles) J FIC HOW and J PB H
A dog named Harold narrates stories about himself, Chester the cat, a vegetarian vampire bunny, and their humans,

*Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out (series) J FIC JEN and J PB J
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.

Kerrin, Jessica Scott. Martin Bridge Ready for Takeoff J FIC KER and J PB EASY K
Meet Martin Bridge – a boy whose well-meant plans sometimes go awry. In three illustrated stories, Martin encounters two bus drivers with very different ways of relating, makes a tough decision about a friend’s pet and takes on an extremely competitive model rocket project that almost costs him a friendship.

*Le Guin, Ursula. Catwings (series) J PB L
Four cat siblings born in a dangerous city neighborhood, stretch their wings (literally) and fly away to find a new safe home after escaping from a dangerous owl who disapproves of cats with wings.

Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Brave and True (series) J FIC LOO and J PB L
“Almost-eight-year-old” Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, learns to drive, adjusts to family members newly-arrived from China, and has adventures with friends both new and old. See also the Alvin Ho series (J FIC LOO).

*Lowry, Lois. The Birthday Ball J FIC LOW
When a bored Princess Patricia Priscilla makes her chambermaid switch identities with her so she can attend the village school, her attitude changes and she plans a new way to celebrate her sixteenth birthday.

*MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall J FIC NEWBERY MAC and J PB M
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay even though she misses her Maine home, her family, and the sea.

Martin, Ann M. The Doll People J FIC MAR and The Meanest Doll in the World J FIC MAR
Annabelle Doll and her new friend, Tiffany, explore, go on rescue missions, and make sure that the humans don’t find out that some dolls are alive.

*Napoli, Donna Jo and Furrow, Robert. Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries J FIC NAP
There are some strange new pets in Sly’s neighborhood: a cat on a diet that keeps getting fatter, a fish that seems angry at its owner, and a peculiar pet named Wilson that suddenly disappears! Sly (a.k.a Sylvia) uses her sharp wits and reasoning skills to get to the bottom of these odd goings-on.

*Pennypacker, Sara. Stuart’s Cape J FIC PEN and J PB EASY P
Bored because there is nothing to do in the house to which his family has just moved, and worried about starting third grade in a new school, Stuart makes a magical cape out of his uncle’s ties and has a series of adventures.

Rylant, Cynthia. In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen (The Cobble Street Cousins series) J FIC RYL and J PB EASY R
While staying with their aunt for a year, three nine-year-old cousins keep busy baking and selling cookies, putting on a poetry and singing performance, and trying to encourage a romance between their aunt and one of their former customers.

Schlitz, Laura Amy. The Night Fairy J FIC SCH
When Flory the night fairy’s wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.

Smith, Robert Kimmel. Chocolate Fever J PB S
Henry breaks out in brown bumps as a result of eating too much chocolate. He then gets caught up in a hijacking and learns a valuable lesson about self-indulgence.

*Viorst, Lulu and the Brontosaurus and others J FIC VIO
Lulu’s parents refuse to give in when she demands a brontosaurus for her birthday and so she sets out to find her own, but while the brontosaurus she finally meets approves of pets, he does not intend to be Lulu’s.

Wise, William. Christopher Mouse J FIC WIS and J PB W
After being sold to an unscrupulous pet store owner, a young mouse has many adventures before ending up with an appreciative family.

* Particularly good for the youngest listeners.

For further suggestions, see The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, J PARENTS’ CORNER 372.6 TRE and 372.6 TRE—upstairs

Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper’s Penguins J FIC ATW and J PB A
An impossibly tall story about a man and his penguins.

Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan J FIC BAR, J FIC BAR and other editions
The three Darling children visit Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. Along with the lost boys, they encounter pirates, Indians, and one very hot-tempered fairy.

Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (and sequels) J FIC BAU and J FIC BAU and other editions
Travel to Oz with Dorothy, where she meets men of straw and steel, witches, flying monkeys, and others, as she tries to find her way home. Or visit later, and see more of Dorothy’s old friends as they have new adventures with new friends (and enemies).

Bond, Michael. A Bear Called Paddington (series) J FIC BON
Life for the Browns is never dull with the endearing Paddington Bear around. His light-hearted adventures are always amusing.

Butterworth, Oliver. The Enormous Egg
  J PB B
When twelve year old Nate Twitchell takes care of a gigantic egg laid by one of his hens, he is shocked to find that it hatches into a triceratops.

Cleary, Beverly. Ramona the Pest and other Henry, Beezus, and Mouse titles J FIC CLE and J PB C
Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.

Dahl, Roald. The BFG and all others J FIC DAH
Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

Eager, Edward. Half Magic (and other magic titles) J FIC EAG
Children discover magical objects that take them on exciting adventures.

Enright, Elizabeth. The Saturdays J FIC ENR and J PB E
Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance.

Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats (and others) J FIC EST and J FIC EST
Children, their families, and their pets find small pleasures and adventures in their everyday lives.

Gannett, Ruth Stiles. My Father’s Dragon (series) J FIC GAN and  J PB G
A delightful story about a boy who rescues a sweet young dragon from her enemies through the judicious use of the unlikely items he has stored in his knapsack.

Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking (series) J FIC LIN and  J PB L
Pippi’s books relate the hilarious escapades of an independent little girl who lives on her own with a horse and a monkey at the edge of a Swedish village.

MacDonald, Betty. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (series) J FIC MAC and J PB M
She can cure a difficult child of just about anything, including selfishness, talking back and never wanting to go to bed.

McCloskey, Robert. Homer Price J FIC MCC and J PB M
Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.

Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables (series) and J FIC MON (and other editions)
An orphaned 11-year-old girl is accidentally sent to Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew to be adopted, where her spirit, imagination, and tendency to get into “scrapes” endears her to the entire town of Avonlea.

Norton, Mary. The Borrowers J FIC NOR and J PB N and J PB EASY N
Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.

Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square (series) J FIC SEL and J PB S
Chester, a cricket from Connecticut, moves into the Bellini’s newspaper stand in New York City. His escapades at first threaten to ruin the stand, ultimately lead to the stand’s greatest success.

Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind Family (series) J FIC TAY and  J PB T
The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early 1900s.

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web & others J FIC WHI and J PB W
A slightly sad, yet hopeful tale. When he discovers that he is destined to be someone’s dinner, Wilbur the pig is desolate until his spider friend Charlotte decides to help him. Also try Stuart Little, about a family with a son who is a mouse, and Trumpet of the Swan, about a mute swan who learns to play the trumpet.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods (series) J FIC WIL and J PB W
A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father’s stories and singing, and share special occasions with relatives and neighbors. Sequels and adaptations have been written by other authors including: Cynthia Rylant (J FIC RYL), Roger Lea MacBride (J PB W), Maria D. Wilkes ( J FIC WIL). For younger readers there is a picture book series “My First Little House Books” J PIC WIL. For a Native-American perspective on this time period see The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (J FIC ERD).

Books Read by the Belmont Public Library’s 4-6 grade Book Club

Aiken, Joan. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase J FIC AIK and J PB A
Left in the care of a cruel caretaker when their parents take off on a sea voyage, two sisters can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold, and they are sent to a prison-like orphan school. Will they be able to escape?

Bellairs, John. The Letter, the Witch and the Ring J FIC BEL
A young girl takes a trip with a friend of the family only to get involved with a mysterious letter, a magic ring, and a powerful witch.

Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer J FIC BAL
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

Babbitt,  Natalie. Eyes of the Amaryllis J FIC BAB and J PB B
When eleven-year-old Jenny goes to stay with her widowed grandmother who lives by the seaside, she learns a great deal about the nature of love and the ways of the sea.

Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander J FIC COL and J PB C
When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future.

Cooper, Susan. The Boggart J FIC COO and J PB C
After visiting the castle in Scotland which her family has inherited and returning home to Canada , Emily finds that she has accidentally brought back with her a boggart, an invisible and mischievous spirit with a fondness for practical jokes.

Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons J FIC CRE and J PB C
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

DiCamillo, Kate. Tiger Rising J FIC DIC and J PB D
Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend Sistine into a plan to free a caged tiger.

Enright, Elizabeth. Gone Away Lake J FIC ENR and J PB E
Portia and her cousin discover adventure in a hidden colony of forgotten summer houses on the shores of a swampy lake.

Enright, Elizabeth. The Saturdays J FIC ENR and J PB E
The four Melendys decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowances.

Enright, Elizabeth . Half Magic J FIC ENR and J PB E
Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord J FIC FUN and J PB F
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with–and protection from– Venice ‘s “Thief Lord.”

Funke, Cornelia. Dragon Rider J FIC FUN
After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, a silver dragon is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the valley known as the Rim of Heaven, encountering friendly and unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggling to evade the relentless pursuit of an old enemy.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily’s Crossing J FIC GIF and J PB G
During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily’s friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.

Ibbotson, Eva. The Haunting of Granite Falls J FIC IBB
When twelve-year-old Alex’s Scottish castle of Carra is sold, dismantled, and moved to Texas , the ghosts that raised him from a child have difficulty relocating.

Ibbotson, Eva. The Secret of Platform 13 J FIC IBB and J PB I
Odge Gribble, joins an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on a journey from their magical island kingdom to London through a tunnel which opens every nine years for nine days, to rescue the young prince who had been stolen as an infant.

Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone J FIC NIM
Charlie Bone’s life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.

Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard J FIC PAR and J PB P
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters’ village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

Pierce, A. Phillipa. Tom’s Midnight Garden J FIC PIE and J PB P
Tom’s brother has measles, so Tom is shipped off to stay with his aunt and uncle in their boring apartment. Tom counts the days till he can return home. Then one night the landlady’s antique grandfather clock strikes thirteen times leading Tom to a wonderful discovery marking the beginning of a secret that’s almost too amazing to be true.

Raskin, Ellen. The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon , I Mean Noel J PB R
The disappearance of her husband is only the first of the mysteries Mrs. Carillon must solve.

Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game J FIC RAS and J PB R
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Reiche, Dietlof. I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga J FIC REI
Freddy, a remarkably intelligent golden hamster, learns how to read and how to write on a computer and escapes captivity to become an independent and civilized creature.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Riding Freedom J FIC RYA
A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California , and fooled everyone by her appearance.

Spinnelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee J FIC SPI and J PB S
After his parents die, Jeffrey’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his peers.

Tolan, Stephanie. Surviving the Applewhites J FIC TOL
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy , where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

Winthrop, Elizabeth. Castle in the Attic J FIC WIN and J PB W
A gift of a toy castle and silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.

Woodruff, Elvira. The Ravenmaster’s Secret J FIC WOO
The young son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London befriends a Jacobite rebel being held prisoner there.

Williams, Maiya. The Golden Hour J FIC WIL
Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast.

Additional Suggestions

Babbitt, Natalie. The Search for Delicious J FIC BAB and J PB B
The Prime Minister is compiling a dictionary and when no one at court can agree on the meaning of delicious, the King sends his twelve-year-old messenger to poll the country.

Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting J FIC BAB and J PB B
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing old.

Blackwell, Gary . Shakespeare Stealer J FIC BLA and J PB B
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe in order to steal the script of “Hamlet,” but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

Clements,Andrew. Frindle J FIC CLE and J PB C
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.

Clements,Andrew. School Story J FIC CLE
After twelve-year-old Natalie writes a wonderful novel, her friend Zoe helps her devise a scheme to get it accepted at the publishing house where Natalie’s mother works as an editor.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud Not Buddy J FIC CUR and J PB C
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint , Michigan , during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids .

Dahl,Roald. The Witches J FIC DAH and J PB D
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice.

Edwards, Julie Andrews. Last of the Really Great Wangdoodles J FIC EDW and J PB E
With help from an eccentric professor in giving their imaginations special intensive training, three children succeed in locating the last of the great Whangdoodles and granting his heart’s desire.

Ibbotson, Eva. The Great Ghost Rescue J FIC IBB and J PB I
A young English boy decides to establish a sanctuary for an assortment of ghosts when the homes they have haunted are replaced by highways and other modern “improvements.”

Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler J FIC KON and J PB K
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

Norton, Mary. The Borrowers J FIC NOR and J PB N
Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.

O’Brien, Robert. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH J FIC OBR and J PB O
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

Rodgers, Mary. Bedknobs and Broomsticks J FIC ROD and J PB R
With the powers they acquire from a spinster who is studying to be a witch, three English children have a series of exciting and perilous adventures traveling on a flying bed that takes them to a London police station, a tropical island, and back in time to the seventeenth century.

Suggestions for Mother/Daughter Book Groups:

(See book: The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Shireen Dodson J PARENT’S CORNER 372.41 DOD)

DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie J FIC DIC and J PB D
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi , Florida , and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

Henkes, Kevin. Olive’s Ocean J FIC HEN
On a summer visit to her grandmother’s cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

Holm, Jennifer. Boston Jane: An Adventure J FIC HOL and J PB H
Schooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854, Miss Jane Peck finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory.

Martin, Ann. A Corner of the Universe J FIC MAR
The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie’s small town.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Adaline Falling Star J FIC OSB
Feeling abandoned by her deceased mother and her explorer father, Adaline Falling Star runs away from the prejudiced cousins with whom she is staying and comes close to death in the wilderness, with only a mongrel dog for company.

Pullman, Phillip. Firework Maker’s Daughter J FIC PUL
In a country far to the east, Chulak and his talking white elephant Hamlet help Lila seek the Royal Sulphur from the sacred volcano so that she can become a master maker of fireworks like her father.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising J FIC RYA and J PB R
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of California , where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers.

Vogel, Heather Frederick. Voyage of Patience Goodspeed J FIC VOG
Following their mother’s death in Nantucket , Captain Goodspeed brings Patience and her younger brother aboard his whaling ship, where a new crew member incites a mutiny and Patience puts her mathematical ability to good use.

Suggestions for Father/Son Book Groups

Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts J FIC CHO
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Elliott, David. The Transmogrificiation of Roscoe Wizzle J FIC ELL
After eating constantly at the fast food restaurant, ten-year-old Roscoe finds himself turning into a giant bug.

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key J FIC GAN
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription medications wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot J FIC HIA
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Jennings, Richard. Great Whale of Kansas J FIC JEN
While digging a hole in his back yard, an eleven-year-old Kansas boy finds the fossilized remains of a gigantic prehistoric animal, a discovery that brings both fame and controversy.

Lawrence, Iain. The Wreckers J FIC LAW
Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.

Morpurgo, Michael. Kensuke’s Kingdom J FIC MOR
Michael is swept off his yacht ending up on a desert island, where he tries to survive until he finds he is not alone.

Sachar, Louis. Holes J FIC SAC and J PB S
As evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Spinelli, Jerry. Wringer J PB S
As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town’s annual Pigeon Day or find the courage to oppose it.

Spinelli, Jerry. Loser J FIC SPI
Even though his classmates from first grade on have considered him strange and a loser, Daniel Zinkoff’s optimism and exuberance and the support of his loving family do not allow him to feel that way about himself.

Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay J FIC ALV
Although ten-year-old Miguel is at first embarrassed by his colorful aunt, Tia Lola, when she comes to Vermont from the Dominican Republic to stay with his mother, his sister, and him after his parents’ divorce, he learns to love her.

Bateson, Catherine. Stranded in Boringsville J FIC BAT
Following her parents separation, twelve-year-old Rain moves with her mother to the country, where she befriends the unpopular boy who lives next door and also seeks a way to cope with her feelings toward her father and his new girlfriend.

Bauer, Joan. A Question of Trust J FIC BAU
After his mother leaves the family, Brad involves his younger brother in a plan to get her to come home and deals with his feelings of rejection by taking care of a newborn kitten.

Bauer, Joan. Stand Tall J FIC BAU
Tree, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents’ recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl at school.

Christopher, Matt. Comeback Challenge J FIC CHR
Mark, center for his middle school’s soccer team the Scorpions, must cope with his parents’ divorce and a teammate who holds a grudge against him.

Christopher, Matt. Windmill Windup J FIC CHR
Thirteen-year-old Kelly, softball star, has to face new challenges in her life, including assignment to a different softball team and her mother’s new boyfriend.

Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw J FIC CLE
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.

Cleary, Beverly. Strider J FIC CLE and J PB C
In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents’ divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.

Clements, Andrew. The Landry News J FIC CLE and Jpb C
Angry when he cannot pitch in the season’s opening game because of Passover, Danny finally makes some important decisions about loyalty to his divorced parents, his team, his heritage, and himself.

Danziger, Paula. Amber Brown series J FIC DAN and Jpb EASY D
Amber Brown is a feisty, observant fourth grader who deals with lots of lifes ups and downs including her divorced parents, joint custody, and new dates for her parents.

DeFelice, Cynthia. The Missing Manatee J FIC DEF
While coping with his parents’ separation, eleven year old Skeet spends most of spring break in his boat on a Florida river, where he finds a manatee shot to death and begins looking who did it.

Hest, Amy. Where in the World is the Perfect Family J FIC HES
Complications in twelve-year-old Cornie’s life, among them divorced parents and a new baby half-sister, help Cornie and her best friend Megan find a theme for the school photojournalism project.

Fitzhugh, Louise. Sport J FIC FIT
When his grandfather dies, eleven-year-old Sport worries that he will be forced to live with his wealthy and greedy mother rather than remain with his kind father and new stepmother.

Hurwitz, Johanna. DeDe Takes Charge J FIC HUR
A year after her father has left home for good, fifth-grader DeDe helps her mother cope with the realities of life after divorce.

Kelly, Katy. Lucy Rose: Big on Plans J FIC KEL and Jpb K
Lucy Rose records in her diary her special summer plans–to make a keychain for her mother, to help decorate the living room, to prevent her parents’ divorce, to vanquish some squirrels, and to enjoy a ninth birthday adventure with her father.

Lisle, Janet Taylor. The Gold Dust Letters J FIC LIS
When nine-year-old Angela and her friends begin investigating the letters she has received from her fairy godmother, it helps take Angela’s mind off her strained relationship with her father.

Lisle, Janet Taylor. How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive Jpb LIS
As sixth-grader Archie and his six-year-old brother Oggie shuttle back and forth between their separated parents’ two homes, Archie tries desperately to take care of Oggie and to pretend that everything is normal.

McDonald, Megan. Julie Tells Her Story J FIC AME (also Meet Julie)
In 1974 at her new San Francisco school, nine-year-old Julie does not want to tell her class about her parents’ divorce, or to tell her sister about messing up her school assignment, but when she breaks her finger playing basketball and her whole family rallies around her, she realizes the importance of telling the truth.

McKissack, Patricia. A Friendship for Today J FIC MCK
In 1954, when desegregation comes to Kirkland, Missouri, ten-year-old Rosemary faces many changes and challenges at school and at home as her parents separate.

Moss, Marissa. Amelia’s Family Ties J FIC MOS
Ten-year-old Amelia records her thoughts and feelings about flying solo to Chicago to meet the father she has not seen since her parents divorced when she was an infant.

Orlev, Uri. Lydia, Queen of Palestine J FIC ORL
Ten-year-old Lydia describes her childhood escapades in pre-World War II Romania, her struggles to understand her parents’ divorce amid the chaos of the war, and her life on a kibbutz in Palestine. Based on the life of the Israeli poet Arianna Haran.

Park, Barbara. Don’t Make Me Smile Jpb PAR
A young boy has trouble adjusting to his parent’s divorce.

Parkinson, Siobhán. Second Fiddle, or, How to Tell a Blackbird From a Sausage J FIC PAR
Outspoken Mags decides to help her new friend Gillian, a talented violin student, reconcile with her estranged father so that he will allow her to attend a prestigious music school in England.

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet J FIC PAU
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

Schnur, Steven. The Koufax Dilemma J FIC SCH
Angry when he cannot pitch in the season’s opening game because of Passover, Danny finally makes some important decisions about loyalty to his divorced parents, his team, his heritage, and himself.

Simner, Janni Lee. Secret of the Three Treasures J FIC SIM
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.

Ullman, Barb Bentler. The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood J FIC ULL
After her parents divorce and she moves to the country with her mother, fourth-grader Willa Jane, anxious and unhappy with the changes in her life, discovers a world of little people called Nutfolk living in the woods around her new home.

Voight, Cynthia Bad, Badder, Baddest J FIC VOI
When fifth graders Mikey and Margalo devise a plan to prevent Mikey’s parents from getting a divorce, the two friends find their scheme foiled by a new girl at school.

Williams, Vera B. The Scooter J FIC WIL
A child’s silver blue scooter helps her to adjust to her new home.

Yee, Lisa. So Totally Emily Ebers J FIC YEE
In a series of letters to her absent father, twelve-year-old Emily Ebers deals with moving cross-country, her parents’ divorce, a new friendship, and her first serious crush.

Aiken, Joan. Wolves of Willoughby Chase (SERIES: Wolves Chronicles) J FIC AIK and J PB A
To escape the clutches of a cruel governess, Bonnie and Sylvia flee to London, where they uncover an evil plot.

Aiken, Joan. Is Underground J FIC AIK and J PB A
Bound to keep a promise to her dead uncle, Is travels to the mysterious north country to find two missing boys and to discover why so many children in London are disappearing.

Anderson, M.T. Whales on Stilts (SERIES: M.T. Anderson’s Thrilling Tales) J FIC AND
Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best friends, Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father’s conniving boss to conquer the world using an army of whales.

Anderson, M.T. The Game of Sunken Places J FIC AND
When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game that draws them into a mysterious adventure.

Ardagh, Philip. A House Called Awful End (SERIES: Eddie Dickens Trilogy) J FIC ARD
When eleven-year-old Eddie Dickens’s parents become ill, he is taken by his great-uncle and great-aunt, and embarks on adventures.

Avi. Emily Upham’s Revenge J PB A
During the summer of 1875, a seven-year-old girl is sent to live with her wealthy uncle in Massachusetts and becomes involved in a very suspicious bank robbery.

Bath, K.P. The Secret of Castle Cant (sequel: Escape from Castle Cant) J FIC BAT
When twelve-toed orphan Lucy Wickwright is made serving girl to the Baron’s daughter, the Adorable & Honorable Pauline, she becomes mixed up with revolutionaries & uncovers surprising palace intrigues.

Bellairs, John. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (SERIES: Lewis Barnavelt series) J PB B
A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.

Brittan, Bill. The Wish Giver J FIC BRI and J PB B
When a strange man comes to the Coven Tree Church Social promising he can give people exactly what they ask for, three children each make a wish that comes true in the most unexpected way.

Byng, Georgia. Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism (SERIES: Molly Moon) J FIC BYN
Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon, living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City.

Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler J FIC CRE
Twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage, but now they have a chance at a family.

Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach (and others) J FIC DAH and J PB D
A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Field Guide (SERIES: Spiderwick Chronicles) J FIC DIT
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda’s worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

Garfield, Leon. Smith J FIC GAR
Moments after he steals a document from a man’s pocket, an illiterate young pickpocket in eighteenth-century Londonwitnesses the man’s murder by two men who want the document.

Gliori, Debi. Pure Dead Magic (SERIES: Pure Dead) J FIC GLI
When their father is kidnapped, the Strega-Borgia children, their mysterious new nanny, and a giant tarantula use magic and actual trips through the Internet to bring peace to their castle.

Haas, Dorothy. Secret Life of Dilly McBean J FIC HAA
After being orphaned at an early age and spending years in boarding schools, Dilly begins a new life in a house in a small town, developing secret magnetic powers under the tutelage of a kindly professor, until he is kidnapped by a madman who plans to control the world with a computer.

Ibbotson, Eva. Great Ghost Rescue (and others) J FIC IBB
A young English boy decides to establish a sanctuary for an assortment of ghosts when the homes they have haunted are replaced by highways and other modern “improvements.”

Ives, David. Monsieur Eek J FIC IVE
When a chimpanzee arrives in MacOongafoondsen he is put on trial for being a thief and a French spy, resulting in some changes to the tiny town.

Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant J FIC LAN
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones. (Recommended only to children for whom A Series of Unfortunate Events was not dark and dismal enough)

Langrish, Katherine. Troll Fell (sequel: Troll Mill) J FIC LAN
Forced to live with his evil identical-twin uncles after his father’s death, twelve-year-old Peer tries to find a way to stop their plan to sell the neighbor’s children to the trolls.

Ogilvy, Ian. Measle and the Wrathmonk (SERIES: Measle) J FIC OGI
Twelve-year-old orphan Measle Stubbs is shrunk down to half an inch tall and placed in a train set by his evil guardian, the Wrathmonk.

Pullman, Phillip. Count Karlstein (and others) J FIC PUL
In the mountains of Switzerland the wicked Count Karlstein plots to abandon his two orphaned nieces in a hunting lodge as prey for the Demon Huntsman and his ghostly hounds.

Thompson, Colin. The Floods: Good Neighbors J FIC THO
A family of wizards and witches living in an ordinary neighborhood in an ordinary town decides that they have had enough of the noisy family living next-door and makes them disappear.

Wallace, Barbara Brooks. Peppermints in the Parlor (and others) J FIC WAL
Emily has fond memories of her uncle’s old mansion. But when she arrives, everything has changed. The once beautiful home is now dark and eerie.  She knows something awful is happening, but what?

Wilde, Oscar. The Canterville Ghost J FIC WIL
A celebrated and feared English ghost is outraged when the new American owners of his haunting place refuse to take him seriously and actually fight back against him.

Series books

Abbott, Tony. Secrets of Droon Jpb Easy A
When Neal and Julie agree to help Eric clean up his basement, they never imagine what their in for. As the three kids follow a soccer ball into the small room under the basement stairs, the floor suddenly evaporates to reveal a rainbow staircase to another world!

Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley Jpb Easy B and J FIC BRO
He’s a perfectly normal boy until one morning he wakes up flat. After his parents peel the bulletin board off of him, Stanleymust adjust to life as a pancake.  Soon he’s enjoying the advantages of being flat.

Dadey, Debbie. Bailey School Kids Jpb Easy D
There are some pretty weird grown-ups in Bailey City including elves, martians, robots and mermaids.  It’s up to the Bailey School Kids to figure out what’s going on.

Gannet, Ruth. My Father’s Dragon JPB G and J FIC GAN
Read all about the adventures of Elmer Elevator and Boris, the baby flying dragon.

Greenburg, Dan. The Zack Files Jpb EASY G
Zack Greenburg seems to be a magnet for the paranormal. Luckily, he always keeps his wits about him and is able to figure his way out of all kinds of some rather silly situations.

Gutman, Dan. Baseball Card Adventures J FIC GUT and Jpb G
Joe Stoshack is a mostly normal kid, except that he has the ability to travel back in time to meet the players on the baseball cards that he touches!

McMullan, Kate. Dragon Slayers’ Academy Jpb Easy M
When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers’ Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can’t even stand the sight of blood?

Peterson, John. The Littles Jpb Easy P
Only a few inches tall, the members of the Little family encounter a myriad of dangers, especially when the house cat comes their way.

Scieszka, Jon. Time Warp Trio J FIC SCI
A book from his magician uncle transports Joe and his friends, Fred and Sam, back in time to different adventures filled with excitement and danger at every turn.

Individual Titles

Alexander, Lloyd. Time Cat Jpb A
Jason and his magic cat Gareth travel through time to visit countries all over the world during different periods of history.

Bauer, Marion Dane. Touch the Moon J FIC BAU
When the china horse Jennifer receives for her birthday is magically transformed into a real horse, they share an evening of fantastic adventure.

Brittain, Bill. Mystery of the Several Sevens J FIC BRI
Mr. Merlin, a wizard disguised as a teacher, magically transports two fifth graders to a fairyland where they must solve a riddle to find out who has stolen the seven dwarfs’ bag of diamonds.

Eager, Edward. Knight’s Castle and The Time Garden J FIC EAG
Four cousins, Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack, have two extraordinary summers, with magic propelling them on a series of adventures back and forth through time.

Winthrop, Elizabeth. Castle in the Attic and The Battle for the Castle J FIC WIN and Jpb W
A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, leads to magical adventures and personal quests.

Abouzeid, Chris. Anatopsis (J FIC ABO)
In the realm from which the Greek gods ruled the universe thousands of years ago, the immortal witch Anatopsis uncovers the true objectives of her demi-god tutor Mr. Pound and attempts to prevent him from carrying out his evil plans.

Booraem, Ellen. The Unnameables (J FIC BOO)
On an island in whose strict society only useful objects are named and the unnamed are ignored or forbidden, thirteen-year-old Medford encounters an unusual and powerful creature, half-man, half-goat, and together they attempt to bring some changes to the community.

Deming, Sarah. Iris, Messenger (J FIC DEM)
After discovering that the immortals of Greek mythology reside in her hometown, 12-year-old Iris listens to their life stories, gaining wisdom, beauty, and startling revelations about her past.

Druitt, Tobias. Corydon series (J FIC DRU)
Corydon, an outcast Greek boy with the leg of a goat, learns that he is part of an old prophecy and joins forces with Medusa and other “monsters” known in Greek mythology in a confrontation with mortal heroes fighting for the Olympian gods.

Falcone, L.M. Walking with the Dead (J FIC FAL)
Alex’s father brings home a perfectly preserved ancient Greek corpse as an exhibit for the weird museum in their basement, and it wakes up. The 2000-year old cadaver needs help, so Alex and his sidekick, Freddie, find themselves on a mission to the world of the dead.

Ford, Michael. Spartan Quest series (J FIC FOR)
In ancient Sparta, Lysander, protected by an heirloom amulet, is torn between the slaves among whom he toiled for most of his life, and the warrior class with whom he now trains.

Gaiman, Neil. Odd and the Frost Giants (J FIC GAI)
An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.

Golding, Julia. Companions Quartet series (J FIC GOL)
Upon moving to her aunt’s seaside home in the British Isles, Connie becomes part of a secret society that shelters mythical creatures, and must use her ability to communicate with these beings to protect them from evil and the incursions of humans.

Harris, Joanne. Runemarks (J FIC HAR)
Maddy Smith, who bears the mysterious mark of a rune on her hand, learns that she is destined to join the gods of Norse mythology and play a role in the fate of the world.

Rollins, James. Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow (J FIC ROL)
A brother and sister are transported to a strange world inhabited by a mix of people from long-lost civilizations who are threatened by prehistoric creatures and an evil alchemist, the Skull King.

Ursu, Anne. The Cronus Chronicles (J FIC URS)
With her cousin Zee from England, 13-year-old Charlotte must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.