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GENRE BOOKLISTS for 4th - 6th graders



ADVENTURE FICTION

The True confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Charlotte finds herself to be the only female on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, among a rebellious crew and a murderous captain.


Tracks in the Snow by Lucy Bledsoe
Two girls searching for friends find themselves in danger when a blizzard hits.


Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford
Jack Fletcher is determined to prove himself, despite the bullying of his fellow students, when the legendary sword master who rescues him begins training him as a samurai.


City of Ember by Leanne DuPrau
Lina and Dean must decipher an old, mostly ruined, map that holds the key to saving their beloved but decaying city - and it may lead them into Unknown Lands beyond the city's walls.


A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
In an eleven-year-old girl's efforts to escape marriage to a cruel man she embarks on a terrifying journey.


The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Two orphan brothers runaway for fear of being separated by adoption.


Julie by Julie Craighead George
Follow the adventures of an Eskimo girl who runs away from an unhappy home and befriends a pack of wolves.


My side of the Mountain by Julie Craighead George
A young boy related his adventures during the year he lives alone in the Catskill Mountains.


Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
Twins Coke and Pepsi fend off strange assassins as they try to come to terms with their being part of a top-secret government organization known as The Genius Files.


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Minli embarks on an adventure with a dragon who cannot fly to talk to the man in the moon in hopes that the legends are true and it will restore life to the Fruitless Mountain where she lives.


Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpergo
When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a deserted island, where he struggles to survive until he find he is not alone.


Emily's Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Orphans Emily and Jackson team up with troublemaker antics to outsmart mean Uncle Victor, who is after Emily's inheritance, while traveling across the country by train and coach.


The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid Civil War.


Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
A young Native American girl is left to survive for 18 years all alone on a beautiful but isolated island when her entire tribe leaves and never comes back for her.


Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen
While on a wagon train headed for Oregon, Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him how to love in the wild.


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
After the pilot has a hard attack and dies and the plane crashes, Brian is all alone to survive in the deep woods with nothing but the hatchet that was on his belt.


Wild River by P.J. Peterson
Considered lazy and unathletic, Ryan discovers a heroic side of himself when a kayak trip with his older brother goes horribly awry.


The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by W. R. Philbrick
Homer a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running awy from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.


39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Amy and Dan are in a race to recover the clues hidden around the world that will reveal their family's secret and restore power to a rightous part of the family without being killed.


Ice Island by Sherry Shahan
Tatum's dream of completing the Iditerod Trail Sled Dog Race may be at an end when she becomes lost in a freak snowstorm during a training run on Alaska's remote Santa Ysabel Island.


Peak by Roland Smith
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.


I,Q: Independence Hall by Linda Urban
Step siblings Q and Angela are supposed to be on their parents' band's tour, but when they are mysteriously followed Q's magic skills and Angela's spy knowledge just might save their lives.


Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snickett
Upon the death of their parents, three siblings must rely on each other and their wit to survive when they are put in care of an evil distant relative.


The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stweart
Four genius children are selected for a secret mission to go undercover at the Learning Institute and stop a headmaster from taking over everyone's minds and eventually - the World.


ANIMAL FICTION


Animal Fantasy Books (See also: Humans & Animals Realistic Fiction)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to his exhibit, he decides that he must find her a better life.


Whittington by Alan Armstrong
Whittington, a feline descendent of a famous cat of English folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard plagued by rats and restores harmony while telling his ancestor's story.


The Good Dog by Avi
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a feild of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.


Runt by Marion Bauer
A small wolf pup struggles to learn the ways of the wild in the shadow of his siblings.


Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Adventures of a cat and two dogs in search of their family.


The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse with unusual talents, the (human) princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.


Redwall series by Brian Jacques
A complex fantasy series following the adventures of a variety of animals.


Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky
Two owl friends must save the entire owl world from being taken over by evil-doers.


Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien
A widowed mouse and her family, along with the unusually intelligent rat colony that she lives among, must avoid certain death.


Legend of the Animal Healer series by Lauren St. John
Martine, an orphaned South African girl, must follow prophecies and save wild animals using her mystical healing powers.


Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
An inspiring story about the friendship between a pig and a spider.


Human & Animal Relationship Realistic Fiction Books

No Small Thing by Emily Ghent
Twelve-year-old Nat and his sisters are living in poverty when they adopt a "free horse" and become absorbed in its care.


Old Yeller by Fred Gibson
A story of the special relationship between a boy and his dog.


Star in the Storm by Joan Hiatt Harlow
In 1912, a new law outlawing non-sheepherding dogs in her Newfoundland village forces Maggie to hide her beloved (non-sheepherding) dog Sirius.


Dog of Knots by Kathy Kaplan
In Israel, at the onset of the 1973 Yon Kippur War, nine-year-old Mayim struggles with questions about her future but finds comfort in family, friends and on old stray dog with no name.


Hello, Goodbye, I Love You by Pamela Mueller
The story of a seventh grader who raises puppies for the blind, and a woman who loses here eyesight and adopts one.


Shiloh by Phyllis Naylor
A boy finds a dog behind his home and keeps it hidden so that it is not returned to its abusive owner.


Letters from Wolfie by Patti Sherlock
Certain that he is doing the right thing by donating his dog, Wolfie, to the Army scout program in Vietnam, thirteen-year-old Mark begins to have second thoughts when the Army refuses to say when and if Wolfie will ever return.


Three Dog Winter by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
The world of sled dog racing in Montana is the backdrop for a story of a twelve-year-old boy going through a lot of family changes and adjustments.


One the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor
Sherman, a one-legged homing pigeon, affects several people in a small town.


Island Horse by Susan Hughes
Ellie forges a secret connection with a wild horse in her new island home where she feels very lonely and angry.


One Boy and his Dog by Eva Ibbotson
When Hal realizes that his new beloved pet dog Fleck was only rented, they run away together so that they don't have to part.


FANTASY FICTION

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy by William Boniface
Ordinary Boy, the only resident of Superopolis without a superpower, uncovers and foils a sinister plot to destroy the town.


The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead and discover a world where fairy tale characters are real.


Dark Hills Divide Trilogy by PatrickCarman
When she finds the key to a secret passageway leading out of the walled city of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa realizes her lifelong wish to explore the mysterious forests and mountains that lie beyond that wall.


Powerless by Matthew Cody
Soon after moving to Noble's Green, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Daniel learns that his new friends have super powers that they will lose when they turn thirteen.


Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
Twins Alex and Connor fall into another world - a Fairy Tale World - and have adventures.


Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Stories of a boy genius and his stolen fairies.


Overland Chronicles series by Suzanne Collins
Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, and they trigger an epic battle while on a quest foretold by an ancient prophecy.


The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
In the good old days, magic was indispensible-it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. Today, magic is fading and Jennifer is having a hard time finding work for the magicians - then visions of a mysterious dragon slayer change everything...


Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
While attending a strict academy for girls, Miri discovers unexpected talents that she ends up needing to save herself and her classmates.


Mythic Misadventures series by Carolyn Hennesy
Thirteen-year-old Pandy (Pandora) is hauled before Zeus and given six months to gather all of the evils that were released when the box she brought to school as her annual project was accidentally opened.


The Cloak Society by Jeramy Kraatz
Alex Knight, a twelve-year-old in training to be a supervillain in the elite Cloak Society, becomes friends with a young superhero and beings to question where his loyalties lie.


Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
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.


Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Follow children's adventure to another world in this classic story.


Hero by Mike Lupica
After his father dies, Zach learns the truth. His father was a superhero and Zack has inherited his special powers and he'll need to use them in this action packed thriller.


The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Aex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youth hone their abilities to learn magic.


Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale
Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy...who is going to save the world. Before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.


Children of the Red King (Charlie Bone) series by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone discovers that he can hear the thoughts of people in photographs which prompts his relatives to try to take advantage of him and send him to evil Bloor Academy where he gets swept up in an age old battle.


The Magic Theif series by Sarah Prineas
A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and the Poseidon, god of the sea. He and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.


Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The adventures of Harry Potter and his friends in an alternate world of wizards and magic.


The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott
While working at summer jobs in San Francisco, twins Sophie and Josh find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book.


The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley
From the age of seven when she became scullery maid at the castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse.


Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland
Enter a world of dragon kindgoms.


The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable Hobbit from the world of Middle Earth, gets chosen by a wandering wizard named Gandoff to embark on an adventure from which he may never return.


Enchanted Forest Chronicles series by Patricia Wrede
Cimorene is a princess who refuses to be proper in this humorous high fantasy adventure series complete with dragons, wizards, magic and talking animals.




HISTORICAL FICTION

Caddie Woodlawn [mid-19th Century] by Carol Brink
The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier.


Children of the Longhouse [Late 1400s] by Joseph Bruchac
A twin brother and sister must make peace in their Mohawk village.


Pirate's Promise [1716] by Clyde Bulla
While on his way to America, an English boy is captured by pirates.


Jump Ship to Freedom [1787] by by James Lincoln Collier
A fourteen-year-old slave escapes and tries to buy freedom for himself and his mother.


Bud, Not Buddy [Great Depression] by Christopher Paul Curtis
A ten-year-old boy escapes his foster home in search of a man he beleives to be his father.


Catherine Called Birdy [Middle Ages] by Karen Cushman
A thirteen-year-old girl keeps a journal about her life and her efforts to avoid being married off.


DEAR AMERICA & MY NAME IS AMERICA series [various historical time periods]
Read the diaries of different people living through wars and other historically significant events.


The Slave Dancer [1840s] by Paula Fox
A thirteen-year-old boy is kidnapped and forced to ride a slaveship; he is horrified by what he discovers.


Bull Run [Civil War] by Paul Fleishman
The first battle of the Civil War is told from several different perspectives.


A House of Tailors [1871] by Patricia Reilly Giff
Dina emigrates from Germany to America and must adapt to hardships in her Brooklyn apartment.


Strawberry Hill [Great Depression] by Mary Ann HOberman
Ten-year-old Allie's family moves from urban New Haven to rural Stamford, Connecticut, in the midst of the Great Depression.


Penny from Heaven [1953] by Jennifer Holm
Twelve-year-old Penny gains new insight into herself and her family while also learning a secret about her father's death.


Blue [1940s] by Joyce Hostetter
Teenager Ann struggles to keep the family and herself together in the faclof personal tragedy and the 1940s polio epidemic in North Carolina.


Out of the Dust [Great Depression]by Karen Hesse
A fifteen-year-old girl relates hardships of her life during the Great Depression in a series of poems that read like a novel.


Soldier Boys [World War II] by Dean Hughes
Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.


Worth [Late 1800s] by A. LeFaye
Eleven-year-old Nate feels terrible when he breaks his leg and can't work on the family farm - he feel even worse when his father brings a boy from the Orphan Train to do his share.


The Lions of Little Rock [1958] by Kristin Levin
A shy twelve-year-old girl sees her town and family divided over the issue of integration, but a new friend gives her a voice and helps her to stand up to racism.


Number the Stars [World War II] by Lois Lowry
During the German occupation of Denmark, a ten-year-old girl shelters her Jewish friend from the Nazis.


Here Today [1960s] by Ann Martin
Ellie is forced to take care of her sisters, deal with their outcast status at schocf prejudice to her neighborhood "misfits."


Rosie in Chicago: Play Ball [Early 1900s] by Carol Matas
Rosie pretends to be a boy so that she can play on an all male baseball team.


A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor [World War II] by Harry Mazer
Teenager Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell.


Miss Spitfire [1887] by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
Partially-blind Annie Sullivan travels from Massachusetts to Alabama to try to teach six-year-old Helen Keller, deaf and blind since age two, self-discipline and communication skills.


Sing Down the Moon [1864] by Scott O'Dell
A young Navajo girl recounts when her tribe was forced to march as prisoners of white soldiers.


Yellow Star [World War II] by Jennifer Rozines Roy
Form 1939, when Syliva is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.


Dragon Road [Great Depression] by Laurence Yep
In 1939, unable to find regular jobs because of the Great Depression, long-time friends Cal Chin and Barney Young tour the country as members of a Chinese American baseball team.


HUMOR FICTION

Eddie Dickins Trilogy by Philip Ardagh
It all begins when his parents become "a bit crinkly around the edges," and he goes to live with his aunt and uncle through a series of outrageous adventures.


Science Fair by Dave Barry
This is a hillarious story of mystery, danger, international suspense and a very nervous frog.


Fudge series by Judy Blume
Funny stories about a family that include four year old Fudge.


NERD: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society series by Michael Buckley
While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.


Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child
Clarice Bean, aspiring actress and author, unsuccessfully tries to avoid getting into trouble as she attempts to help a friend in need by following the rules of the fictional, "exceptionordinarily" spy, Ruby Redfort.


Mr. Chickee's Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
Flint Future Detective Club members Steven Carter, his friend Russell, and Russell's huge dog Zoopy solve the mystery of a quadrillion-dollar bill with the image of James Brown on it.


Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchhill, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.


Lunchbox and the Aliens by Bryan Fields
Lunchbox, the dog, is abducted by aliens, zapped by a mental enhancer, and sent back to convert Earth's garbage into food--a task that would be easier if he had opposable thumbs, or at least tentacles.


Jack on the Tracks: Four Seasons of Fifth Grade series by Jack Gantos
Jack is irresistably attracted to all things disgusting, gross, and weird.


Out Standing in My Field by Patrick Jennings
Although fifth-grader Ty Cutter is named after baseball great Ty Cobb, he is the worst player on the Brewer's team--which happens to be coached by his overly competitive father.


Circle of Doom by Tim Kennemore
Lizzie makes a series of potions that somehow keep working to the astonishment of her brothers.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice-daily, hope to just survive.


The Chicken Doesn't Skate by Gordan Korman
Meet science project, Henrietta the chicken, recently appointed school mascot.


The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.


Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes
Milo finds a book at the library that promises to make him a perfect person in just three days!


Amelia's Notebook by MarissaMoss
A hand-written notebook in which Amelia records all her thoughts and feeings about friends, family and school.


The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater
When Arthur is ordered to come home with a bird to cook for Thanksgiving, everyone is sold out. He ends up coming home with a 260 pound chicken named Henrietta with a mind of her own...


The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or "Smekday" Eve since the Boov invastion), eleven-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.


Sideway Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.


Princess from Another Planet by Mindy Schanback
A series of weird events start to convince fourteen-year-old Gracie that her mother's delusions about being the deposed Queen of a distant planet just might be true.


A Whole Nother Story by Cuthbert Soup
Ethan Cheeseman and his children hope to settle in a nice small town, at least long enough to complete work on a time machine, but they are being pursued by several comical villians forcing a life on the run in this over-the-top comedy adventure.


8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel [diving by] One Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde
A dog chases a squirrel into an elementary school one night, creating momumental chaos.




MYSTERIES

The 39 Clues series by various authors
Siblings Amy and Dan Cahill are on a dangerous quest to find the source of their family's power, hidden around the world in the form of 39 clues.


Sherlock Files series by Tracy Barrett
Xena and Xander Holmes discover that Sherlock Holmes was their great-great-great grandfather when they are given his unsolved casebook, and they attempt to solve them.


The Calder Game by Blue Balliett
When seventh-grader Calder Pillay disappears from a remote English village--along with an Alexander Calder sculpture to which he has felt strangely drawn--his friends Petra and Tommy fly from Chicago to help his father find him.


Johnny Dixon Mysteries series by John Bellairs
Scary mystery stories that blend horror and fantasy.


The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality.


Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.


Coffin in a Case by Eve Bunting
Twelve-year-old Henry Coffin, the son of a private investigator, helps a gorgeous high school girl in her dangerous attemp to find her kidnapped mother.


Skeleton Creek series by Patrick Carman
Although housebound following an eerie accident, teenaged Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurences in his hometown of Skeleton Creek, recording his findings in a journal and viewing email video clips sent by a fellow detective Sarah.


Half Moon Investigations series by Eoin Colfer
Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit.


London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
When Ted and Kate's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.


Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
With two attorneys for parents, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do. But when a high profile murder trial comes to his small town and Theo gets pulled into it, it's up to this ameteur attorney to save the day.


Dew Drop Dead by James Howe
Sebastian and his friends solve the mystery of a dead man found at an abandoned inn.


From the Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
A twelve year old girl and her brother run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and get involved in a mystery about the true artist, and value, of a newly acquired statue in the museum.


Club CSI series by David Lewman
Club CSI members Hannah, Ben and Corey combine what they have learned in their forensic science class with investigative skills to solve mysteries.


The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of the death before they claim their inheritance.


The Adventure of Simba Hill by Susan Runholt
When fourteen year old best friends Kari and Lucas travel to an archaeological dig in Kenya with Kari's uncle Geoff, they help expose a smuggling rin.


Mysteries in our National Parks seriesby Gloria Skurzynski
Follow the Landon kids as they come face to face with great dangers traveling the nation's parks with their wildlife veterinarian mother.


Who Could That be at This Hour by Lemony Snicket
Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson in this "fast-paced whodunit" humorous mystery.


Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.


Sammy Keyes seriesby Wendelin Van Draanen
Seventh-grader Sammy Keyes is always poking her head where she shouldn't and finding a new mystery to solve.


Code Busters Club by Penny Warner
Using their code-breaking skills, four middle schoolers solve the mystery of the eccentric man who draws stick figures on his second-floor bedroom window.


The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Wright
A dollhouse filled with ghostly light in the middle of the night and dolls that have moved from where she last left them lead Amy and her sister to unravel the mystery surrounding grisly murders that took place years ago.




NONFICTION

Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome { J 158 Novak }
This book offers advice on how to celebrate life and just make everything a bit more awesome.

Buried Alive { J 363.1196 Scott }
Describes the 2010 mining accident in San Jose, California in whiche thirty-three men became trapped underground for over sixty days.

Eruption { J 363.3495 Rusch}
About volcanoes and the science of saving lives.

Robotics { J 629.892 Ceceri }
Offers an introduction to the field of robotics, looking at the history of the field and where it is going, as well as how robots are built, made to move, made to perform actions, and sense their surroundings.

An Inconvenient Truth { J 363.7387 Gore}
About the crisis of global warming. [Adaptation for younger audience of adult publication.]

Elephant Talk { J 599.6741 Downer }
About the surprising science of elephant communication.

Wild Lives: A History of the People & Animals of the Bronx Zoo { J 590.7374 Zoehfeld }
Learn about the philosophy of the zoo throughout its history, as well many interesting facts about the animal loving people who have made the zoo what it is today.

Marley: A Dog Like No Other { J 636.7529 Grogan }
Chronicles Grogan and his wife's extremely misbehaving yet extremely lovable dog Marley. [Adaptation for younger audience of adult publication.}

Recycle This Book { J 640 Gutman }
100 children's authors use their creative styles to tell you how you can help save the earth by making small changes in your every day life.

Mysterious Messages { J 652.8 Blackwood }
A history of codes and ciphers.

A Whole New Ball Game { 976.357 Macy}
The story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Odd Ball { J 796.357 Toche}
Hilarious, unusual and bizarre baseball moments.

Wheels of Change { J 796.6082 Macy }
Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, a lively look at women's history transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives.

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster { J 910.9163 Hopkinson }
Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using narratives of witnesses and survivors to the disaster.

Lives of Scientists { J 920 Krull }
Profiles many of history's most noteworthy scientists sharing lesser-known facts about their favorite activities, relationships, and eccentricities. [NOTE: Krull has written several other collective biographies focused on lesser known and interesting facts about artists, musicians, athletes, explorers and presidents.}

King George: What was his Problem { J 937.3 Sheinkin }
Everything your school books didn't tell you about the American Revolution.

Buffalo Bird Girl { J 970.3 Hidatsa }
Traces the childhood, friendships and dangers experienced by Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian born in 1839, whose community along the Missouri River in the Dakotas transitioned from hunting to agriculture.

The American Story { J 973 Armstrong }
Tells 100 true tales from American History.

We Were There, Too { J 973 Hoose }
Dozens of compelling and inspiring accounts that tell the true stories of young people who made a mark in American history: including explorers, planters, spies, cowpunchers, sweatshop workers, and civil rights workers.

George Washington: Spymaster { J 973.3 Allen }
How Americans outspied the British and won the Revolutionary War.

Two Miserable Presidents { J 973.7 Sheinkin}
Everything your school books didn't tell you aout the Civil War.

One Times Square { J 974.71 McKendry }
Presents an illustrated look at the history of Times Square in New York City from its humble beginnings as a farm next to a dirt path that would become Broadway to what it is today.

Which Way to the Wild West { J 978.02 Sheinkin }
Everything your school books didn't tell you about America's westward expansion.



REALISTIC FICTION

Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood
Prairie is happy to be homeschooled and raise her chickens but when she must attend a regular school she makes a wonderful friend.


The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Tommy and his friends try to figure out the truth behind the advice giving oragami yoda worn by their strange classmate Dwight.


Never Mind by Avi
New York City twins Meg and Edward have nothing in common when their lives unexpectedly collide in a hilarious showdown.


Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Seven different students of the same class relate how their lives are changing for the better because of their "rookie" teacher Mr. Terupt.


Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
A failing student in the United States must have a pen pal in Afganistan to get her grades up and she ends up enjoying the letter exchange with a boy who must write his letters in secret.


About Average by Andrew Clements
Jordan does not like that when it comes to her appearance, her skills, her grades she is just average but ends up showing her above average gift when a crisis hits her school.


The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Cousins Sophie and Cody record thoughts and reflections on their transatlantic voyage to visit their grandfather in England.


P.S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger
12-year-old best friends continue their friendship through letters after one moves away.


The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Evan and his sister create lemonade stands over the summer and compete to see who will be the first to earn $100.00.


Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school while also dealing with the tragic death of her brother.


Busted by Betty Hicks
Anxious to distract his strict mother, Stuart and his best friend, a girl named Mack, determine to fix her up with Mack's Uncle Joe.


Swindle by Gordon Korman
When a baseball card dealer cons Griffin out of a valuable baseball card, he organizes friends to steal the card back from the dealer's heavily guarded store.


Ungifted by Gordon Korman
A major administrative mix up lands major troublemaker Donovan in an elite school for academic distinction.


Rules by Cynthia Lord
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, Catherine longs for a normal existance but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.


Indigo Star by Hilary McKay
Indigo dreads the bully at school and his sister is the only one that knows it - his life changes for the better when he befriends an American boy who ends up "part of the family."


Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolis
Annabelle is attending a school with boys for the first time and at the same is training her new puppy. She starts to realize that maybe tricks to puppy training can help her handle boys too.


Finally Twelve by Wendy Mass
Rory's parents told her that she couldn't do many things (get a cell phone, go to a boy-girl party, stay home alone, etc.) until she turned twelve. Rory turns twelve and starts to do everything as quickly as possible…


Eleven by Lauren Myracle
The year between turning eleven and twelve brings many changes to Winnie and her friends.


Wonder by R.J. Palacio
A boy with major facial abnormalities must leave the comforts of homeschooling and face 5th grade at a private school in Manhattan hoping to gain acceptance as just another student.


Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
The last thing Korean-American Julia wants to do a project about is something Korean, but her best friend and project partner Patrick convinces her to study silkworms.


Donuthead by Sue Stauffacher
Franklin, overly obsessed with hygiene and safety, ends up finding an unlikely friend and protector in a tough new student who lives in a dirty trailer.


A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Zoe longs to play the piano but must settle for learning the organ instead and her music passion has effects on her, her workaholic mother and her quirky father who never leaves the house.


Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman
Gabe loves his camp for the Gifted and Talented but in letters home to his new step-brother he tries to hide that it is a camp for "nerds."


SCIENCE FICTION

Molly Moon series by Georgia Byng
A young mistreated orphan takes control of her life, fights evil, and has outlandish adventures when she becomes a master of hypnotism, and then eventually time travel and mind reading...


The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher
It all begins when fourteen-year-old Laurie and his family attempt to flee England when the Tripods descend from outer space and begin brainwashing everyone with their hypnotic Caps.


Green Boy by Susan Cooper
Two brothers cross the barrier between two worlds.


The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
Living in isolation, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her, in a story that features "augmented reality" pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eve Nine's world.


The Eye, The Ear and The Arm by Nancy Farmer
In 2194 Zimbabwe, Genearl 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.


Boom by Mark Haddon
When Jim and Charlie overhear two of their teachers talking in a secret language and the two friends set out to solve the mystery, they do not expect the dire consuquences of their actions.


The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Meet a twelve-year-old "third" in a world where families are limited to only two children.


The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.


Invasion of the Dognappers by Patrick Jennings
When nine-year-old Logan discovers that aliens are abducting pet dogs, he and his friends form the Intergalactic Canine Rescue Unit, and Logan stows away on a spaceship in hopes of saving man's best friend.


Bot Wars by J.V. Kade
In a futuristic world where humans and robots are at war, a boy goes on a search to find his missing military father.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.


The Time Bike by Joane Lengston
A boy receives a mysterious time travel bike from India.


The Twinning Project by Robert Lipsyte
Tom and Eddie, identical twins and mirror opposites living on two different Earths some fifty years apart, must switch places and identities to thwart the alien scientists who threaten their planets.


The Giver by Lois Lowry
In this future society all children are assigned jobs - Jonas is chosen to receive memories and a hidden past and terrible truths about the world in which he lives are revealed.


Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Joss, the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, must team up with a human girl to re-create Earth, when the planet is accidentally erased from existance.


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


The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy by Terry Pratchett
A video game starts to blur with reality when the alien ship Johnny is targeting surrenders and he is suddenly their caption and in charge of their fate.


Spaceheadz series by John Scieszka
Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school and the kids he made friends with apparently aren't kids at all. They are aliens who have invaded our planet in the form of school children and a hamster.


Marco's Millions by William Sleator
Twelve-year-old Marco's love for travel and for his younger sister Lilly, who has psychic powers, leads him to journey to other universes, gaining the ability to go whereever he wishes without growing old.


Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
Unhappy at being sent to stay with his grandmother at the inn she operates, The Intergalastic Bed & Breakfast, Scrub discovers that each room is actually a portal to space and the inn's visitors are alins who are vacationing on Earth.


Chronal Engine by Greg Leitich Smith
Brothers Max and Kyle, and new friend Petra, travel in time to the Cretaceious period to rescue Kyle's twin, Emma, who was kidnapped from their grandmother's Texas ranch.


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seem to defy the laws of time and space.


SPORTS FICTION

Hoop Girlz by Lucy Bledsoe
When ten-year-old River, who is crazy about basketball, is not chosen to play in the tournament she decides to organize a team of her own and accepts the help of her older brother.


Off the Rim by Fred Bowen
Unhappy with his inability to score for his middle school basketball team, Chris takes lessons from his friend Greta's mother, who played in high school, and develops a good sense of teamwork.


Sliding into Home by Dori Butler
Joelle is a star baseball player, but in her new town she's told she has to play softball. Joelle does let that stop her from starting a girl's baseball team.


The #1 Sports Series for Kids by Matt Christopher
These sports stories are actually by various authors and each one has unique characters and focuses on many sports including: soccer, hockey, baseball, football, basketball and more.


I Know Who Likes You by Doug Cooney
When Swimming Pool's mother insists she graduate from charm school or give up baseball, Ernie, who is the reluctant team manager, and Dusty, the catcher, pull together to help the team and their friend.


Free Baseball by Sue Corbet
Angry with his mother for having too little time for him, eleven-year-old Felix takes advantage of an opportunity to become bat boy for a minor league baseball team, hoping to someday be like his father, a famous Cuban outfielder.


Football Champ by Tim Green (many sports titles by this author)
Twelve-year-old Troy's uncanny gift for predicting football plays proves a powerful secret weapon for the Atlanta Falcons, but a seedy reporter with a vendetta suspects something is going on and set out to shred the reputations of Tory and star linebacker Seth Halloway.


Baseball Card Adventures series by Dan Gutman
Joe uses vintage baseball cards to travel back in time. In each story Joe has experiences with a different famous baseball player from history.


Million Dollar series by Dan Gutman
Each of these engaging stories has completely different characters and features various sports. However, the characters usually end up with a chance to win a million dollars "challenge" if they sink a difficult basket, goal, etc.


The Underdogs by Mike Lupica (many sports titles by this author)
Small but fast twelve-year-old Will Tyler, an avid football player in the down-and-out town of Forbes, Pennsylvania, takes matters into his own hands to try and finance the city's football team, giving the whole community hope in the process.


Travel Team by Mike Lupica
After he is cut from his travel basketball team - the very same team that his father once led to national prominence - twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.


Shoot-Out by Mike Lupica
Twelve-year-old Jake must leave his championship soccer team to play on a team with a losing record when his family moves to a neighboring town.


Plunked by Michael Northrup
Sixth grader Jack Mogens loses his nerve after getting hit by a pitch, and has to dig deep within himself to avoid giving up the sport he loves.


Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
In Brooklyn, in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a Dodgers fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them.


Dogsong by Gary Paulsen
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.


Hothead by Cal Ripkin
Connor Sullivan, All-Star third baseman on his Babe Ruth League team, has a terrible temper and problems at home, but when the sports editor of the school paper threatens to publish an embarrassing story about his tantrums, Connor must make a change.


Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time by Lisa Yee
After flunking sixth grade English, basketball prodigy Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisfy his academically demanding father.


Soccer Chicks Rule by Dawn Fitzgerald
While trying to focus on a winning soccer season, thirteen-year-old Tess becomes involved in local politics when she learns that all sports programs at her school will be stopped unless a tax levy is passed.


Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta
For twenty-two years, since a fateful baseball game against their rival town, it has rained in Moundville, so when the rain finally stops, twelve-year-old Roy, his friends, and foster brother Sturgis dare to face the curse and form a team.


Lucky: Maris, Mantle and My Best Summer Ever by Wes Tooke
Louis, who loves baseball despite being the worst stickball player in White Plains, New York, sees his opportunity to be bat boy for the 1961 Yankees team as a perfect way to escape the problems of his father's remarriage and moving to the suburbs.


Screaming at the Ump by Audrey Vernick
Twelve-year-old Casey lives with his father and grandfather at their family-run umpire shool, and has to deal with middle school and his mother's unwelcome return as he dreams of being a great sports writer.
































































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