Laurie. Fever 1793. Levels 5-8.
Sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook,
separated from her sick mother, learns about
perseverance and self-reliance when she is
forced to cope with the horrors of the yellow
fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.
Appelt, Kathi. Keeper.
Levels 5-8. Ten-year-old Keeper heads to a
sandbar in a small boat along with her dog BD
and a seagull named Captain in order to find her
mother, a mermaid who left her when Keeper was
Appelt, Kathi. The
Underneath. Levels 5-8. An old hound
that has been chained up at his hateful owner's
run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath
the house, endure separation, danger, and many
other tribulations in their quest to be reunited
Avi. The Secret School.
Levels 3-6. In 1925, fourteen-year-old Ida
Bidson secretly takes over as the teacher when
the one-room schoolhouse in her remote Colorado
area closes unexpectedly.
Birney, Betty. The World
According to Humphrey. Levels 3-6.
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School,
learns that he has an important role to play in
helping his classmates and teacher.
Shakespeare Stealer. Levels 3-6. 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
Masterpiece. Levels 5-8. After
Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as
an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human
with whom he shares a house, the two new friends
work together to help recover a Durer drawing
stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Byars. Betsy. Tornado.
Levels 3-6. A Trophy chapter book." As they
wait out a tornado in their storm cellar, a
family listens to their farmhand tell stories
about the dog that was blown into his life by
another tornado when he was a boy.
Davies, Jacqueline. The
Lemonade Crime. Levels 3-5. "Sequel
to The lemonade war"--Dust jacket. When money
disappears from fourth-grader Evan's pocket and
everyone thinks that his annoying classmate
Scott stole it, Evan's younger sister stages a
trial involving the entire class, trying to
prove what happened.
Mockingbird. Levels 5-8. Ten-year-old
Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles
to understand emotions, show empathy, and make
friends at school, while at home she seeks
closure by working on a project with her
Flanagan, John. The Emperor
of Nihon-ja. Levels 5-8. In a faraway
land, a young warrior must protect an emperor
from an uprising and train an inexperienced
army, with assistance from his Ranger friends.
Forester, Victoria. The
Girl Who Could Fly. Levels 3-6. Piper
McCloud's ability to fly sets her apart from the
other kids, so her mother sends her to an
exclusive school for children with exceptional
abilities, but even there she does not fit in
with the other students.
Greenwald, Lisa. My Life
in Pink and Green. Levels 4-6. When
the family's drugstore is failing,
seventh-grader Lucy uses her problem-solving
talents to come up with a solution that might
resuscitate the business and help the
Holm, Jennifer. Turtle in
Paradise. Levels 3-6. In 1935, when
her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman
who does not like children, eleven-year-old
Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has
never met in far away Key West, Florida.
Law, Ingrid. Savvy.
Levels 5-8. Recounts the adventures of Mibs
Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed
her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each
member of her family--just as her father is
injured in a terrible accident.
Lin, Grace. The Year of
the Dog: A Novel. Levels 3-6.
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for
anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets
out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of
the Dog, those of making best friends and
finding oneself, to her own life.
Lupica, Mike. Travel Team.
Levels 5-8. 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
Martin, Ann. The Runaway
Dolls. Levels 3-6. Best friends
Annabelle and Tiffany risk placing all of
dollkind in danger when they run away while
trying to prevent Tilly from being sent back to
London before they can determine if she is
Annabelle's long-lost baby sister.
Mull, Brandon. The World
Without Heroes. Levels 5-8.
Fourteen-year-old Jason Walker is transported to
a strange world called Lyrian, where he joins
Rachel and a few rebels to piece together the
Word that can destroy the malicious wizard
Patterson, James. Demons
and Druids. Levels 3-6. Daniel X,
determined to free the world from intergalactic
criminals, faces his most difficult challenge
yet when number three on his list of outlaws
takes the form of fire--reviving Daniel's
memories of the death of his parents.
Riordan, Rick. The Lost
Hero. Levels 5-8. Jason, Piper, and
Leo, three students from a school for "bad
kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where
they learn that they are demigods and begin a
quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by
Mother Earth herself.
Simon, Coco. Katie and the
Cupcake Cure. Levels 3-6. Katie Brown
learns how difficult middle school can be when
her best friend ditches her for the Popular
Girls Club, but she manages to find a great new
group of friends and together they form their
own cupcake club.
Smith, Roland. Cryptic
Hunters. Levels 5-8. Twins, Grace and
Marty, along with a mysterious uncle, are
dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle
in search of their missing photojournalist
Spratt, R.A. The
Adventures of Nanny Piggins. Levels
3-6. Nanny Piggins answers stingy Mr. Green's
ad for a nanny and takes on his three children,
filling their days with fun, adventure, sweets,
Dragonbreath. Levels 3-6. Danny
Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an
up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea
from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering
giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about
standing up to bullies in the process.
Wilson, N.D. 100 Cupboards.
Levels 3-6. Twelve-year-old Henry York and his
cousin Henrietta discover 100 hidden portals to
other worlds in the bedroom wall of his aunt and
Yee, Lisa. Stanford Wong
Flunks Big Time. Levels 3-6. 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 satisy his academically