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Suggested Fiction Reading List for
Students Entering 5th Grade

(Some books on the web version do not appear on the
print pdf brochure due to space considerations.
All are good choices!)


Avi      Murder at Midnight (<- Link to eBook)
Twelve-year-old New York City twins Meg and Edward have nothing in common, so they are just as shocked as everyone else when Meg's hopes for popularity and Edward's mischievous schemes coincidentally collide in a hilarious showdown.

Alvarez, Julia     How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay (series)
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.

Almond, David  Skellig
Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

Armstrong, William  Sounder  (Realistic fiction)
A young African American boy learns the pain of humiliation and anger when his father is given an unjust jail sentence for stealing a ham from a white man.

Barry, Dave   Science Fair   (Humor)
The president of Kprshtskan is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby Harbinger, an ordinary student, makes up his mind finally to win the fair, the terrorists' plans go awry.

Barry, Dave   Peter & the Starcatchers (Humorous fantasy)                                      (series)
Peter, an orphan boy, and his friend Molly fight off thieves and pirates in order to keep the secret safe away from the diabolical Black Stache and his evil associate Mister Grin.

Bauer, Joan  Sticks  (Realistic fiction)
With the help of his grandmother, his dead father's best friend, and his own best friend, a math genius, ten-year-old Mickey prepares to compete in the most important pool championship of his life, despite his mother's hesitancy.

Birdsall, Jeanne  The Penderwicks (Realistic fiction) (series)
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.

Blume, Judy  Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
While spending the winter of 1947-48 in Miami Beach with her family, ten-year-old Sally makes up stories and encounters a sinister stranger.

Boyce, Frank Cottrell Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again 
 (Fantasy)    (Link to eBook)
The Tooting family fits an old engine they find into their camper van, unaware that the engine once belonged to an extraordinary car. The family is sent on a fun-filled adventure across the world to rebuild the original Chitty.

Boyce, Frank Cottrell   Cosmic (Science fiction)
Twelve-year-old Liam, who looks like he is thirty and is tired of being treated like he is older than he actually is, decides he is going to pose as the adult chaperone on the first spaceship to take civilians into space, but when he ends up in outer space with a group of kids and no adult supervision, he must think fast to make things right.

Broach, Elise   Masterpiece  (Mystery)
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 an important drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Buck, Pearl  The Big Wave (Realistic fiction)
When his family and village are swept away by a tidal wave, Jiya learns to live with the ever-present dangers from the sea and volcano.

Cameron, Ann The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods
Living in a rural community in Wisconsin during the 1950s, eleven-year-old Amanda gradually and painfully learns a lot about herself, her parents, and her older sister.

Christopher, J.  The Tripods (Science Fiction/Adventure) (series)
The Tripods--huge, three-legged machines--descended upon Earth and took control. People now have no control over their thoughts or their lives. But for a brief time in each person's life--in childhood--he is not a slave. For Will, his time of freedom is about to end--unless he can escape to the White Mountains, where the possibility of freedom still exists. Will and his friends try to evade the Tripods and maintain their freedom and ultimately do battle against them.
> The White Mountains
Book 1   
> The City of Gold & Lead  
 Book 2  
> The Pool of Fire   
 Book 3

Clements, Andrew    Extra Credit
Three young middle-school-age children, Abby, Amira, and Sadeed, exchange letters back and forth between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan and begin to bridge a gap across cultural and religious divides.

Coifer, Eoin   Artemis Fowl (Fantasy) (series)
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

Collins, Suzanne  Gregor the Overlander (Fantasy) (series)
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving humans, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

Corbett, Sue  Free Baseball (Realistic fiction)
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.

Corder, Zizou   Lion Boy (Fantasy adventure) (series)
In the near future, a boy with the ability to speak the language of cats sets out from London to seek his kidnapped parents and finds himself on a Paris-bound circus ship learning to train lions.

Creech, Sharon   Heartbeat   (Realistic fiction)
Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.

Cushman, Karen  Rodzina  (Historical adventure fiction)
A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery.

Curtis, Christopher Paul  Bud, Not Buddy (Realistic fiction)
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.

Dahl, Roald  Danny, Champion of the World (Realistic fiction)
A young English boy describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure they share together. youn

Denenberg, Barry  Atticus of Rome: 30 B.C. (Historical fiction)
In ancient Rome, Atticus, a young slave purchased by a wealthy and powerful lawyer, finds that he is completely invisible to the people from whom he must gather information in order to help foil a plot against the Emperor.

DuBois, William Pene    The Twenty-one Balloons
Tells the story of the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic Ocean!

Eager, Edgar    Knight's Castle   (<- Link to eBook) (Fantasy)
Four cousins, Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack, have an extraordinary summer when, after an old toy soldier comes to life, they find themselves carried back to the days of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe.

Edwards, Julie Andrews    Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles                                      (Fantasy)
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.

Evans, Lissa    Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms <- Link to eBook
Ten-year-old Stuart is forced to move far away from all his frinds. But on his very first day in his new home, Stuart is swept up in a quest to find his Grea-Uncle tony -- a famous magician who literally disappeared off the face of the earth -- and Uncle Tony's marvelous, long-lost workshop!

Farley, Walter     The Black Stallion (series)
Alec and the Black Stallion must learn to rely on each other to survive after a shipwreck. Eventually the black stallion allows Alec to ride him. Finally, they are rescued, but will Alec and the Black stallion be allowed to stay together? An adventure classic.

Funke, Cornelia  Inkheart (series) (Fantasy)
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can "read" fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel "Inkheart" years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.

George, Jean My Side of the Mountain (series) (Realistic fiction)
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.

George, Jessica Tuesdays at the Castle (series)
Princess Celie loves Tuesdays at Castle Glower, because every Tuesday the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes a whole new wing. Celie likes to map the changes to the castle. But when her parents, King and Queen Glower are taken captive, it falls to Celie and her knowledge of the castle to defend their home and save the kingdom.

Gliori, Debi  Pure Dead Magic  (series) (Fantasy / humor)
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 in Scotland after the childrens' father is kidnapped.

Gutman, Dan  Getting Air   (Survival adventure)
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.

Haddix, Margaret    Found (The Missing series)
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.

Haddix, Margaret   Running Out of Time (Science fiction)
When a life-threatening epidemic hits her early American 1840's village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a modern tourist site being observed by heartless scientists. It's up to Jessie to escape the village, get to the modern world and save the lives of the dying children.

Haven, Paul  The Seven Keys of Balabad (Mystery adventure)
Oliver Finch, who lives with his father in Balabad, tries to deal with his boredom when a five-hundred-year-old sacred carpet is stolen and one of his friends disappears, causing Oliver to hunt down members of the Brotherhood of Arachosia and reveal a secret that is centuries old.

Henry, Marguerite  King of the Wind      (Historical fiction)
Tells the story of the Arabian stallion who became a founding sire of the Thoroughbred breed, and of the mute Arabian boy who tended the horse as long as he lived.

Hesse, Karen  Out of the Dust     (Historical fiction)
Fifteen year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. Written in verse.

Carl Hiaasen  Scat     (Adventure)
Nick and Marta are both suspicious when their biology teacher, the feared Mrs. Bunny Starch, disappears, and try to uncover the truth despite the police and headmaster's insistence that nothing is wrong.

Houston, Gloria  Bright Freedom’s Song   (Historical fiction)
In the years before the Civil War, Bright discovers that her parents are providing a safehouse for the Underground Railroad and helps to save a runaway slave named Marcus.

Ibbotson, Eva     The Dragonfly Pool (<- Link to eBook)
During World War II, Tally and her friends at Dalderton Boarding School form a dance group and travel to Bergania, where she befriends Karil, the crown prince, and helps him flee the Nazis after his father is assassinated.

Kerr, P.B.  The Akhenaten Adventure (Fantasy) (series)
Twelve-year-old twins John and Philippa Gaunt discover that they are descended from a long line of Djinn and embark upon a great journey to Egypt with their Uncle Nimrod in order to locate the lost tomb of the Pharaoh Akhenaten.
(Book 1: Children of the Lamp series)

Kinney, Jeff     Diary of a Wimpy Kid   (series)
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 just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Kjelgaard, Jim  Snow Dog  (series)
Chiri was just a Husky puppy when he watched the black wolf kill his mother and two brothers. Left alone inthe snow-covered land, Chiri learned to hunt and survive. Now full-grown, Chiri forms a tentative bond with a trapper, the only human he's ever learned to trust. But the Husky knows that soon he will have to face the black wolf again--and this time only one of them will survive.

Krishnaswami, Uma The Grand Plan to Fix Everything
Eleven-year-old Dini loves movies, and so when she learns that her family is moving to India for two years, her devastation over leaving her best friend in Maryland is tempered by the possibility of meeting her favorite actress, Dolly Singh.

Law, Ingrid     Savvy   (Fantasy)
Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose 13th 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. Sequel title: Scumble

La Fevers, Robin     Theodosia (series) (<- Linked to eBooks)
               Like a combination of Nancy Drew & Indiana Jones.
     Theodosia and the Serpent of Chaos Book 1
Eleven-year-old Theodosia has the ability to detect black magic and ancient curses attached to items in the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, which her father is the curator of. She discovers a new artifact from Egypt is cursed and she must return it to the tomb it was excavated from before it destroys the British Empire.
     Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris Book 2
Theodosia is shocked when she sees Mr. Tetley at a museum benefit, knowing his appearance can only mean the Serpents of Chaos are back, leaving Theodosia to deal with secret societies, evil curses, and dark magic.
     Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus Book 3
Theodosia's ability to detect black magic raises her suspicions about a magician known as the Great Awi Bubu, and an artifact at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities is wanted by every black-cloaked occultist in London.
     Theodosia and
the Last Pharaoh Book 4
Theodosia and her cat, Isis, travel to Egypt to return the Orb of Ra and the Emerald Tablet where she hopes to learn more about her origins but finds, instead, the Serpents of Chaos and a precious treasure that suddenly appears and disappears!

Lawrence, Caroline  Thieves of Ostia   (series) (Historical fiction)
In Rome in the year 79 A.D., a group of children from very different backgrounds work together to discover who beheaded a pet dog -- and why.
This is the 1st book in the Roman Mysteries series.

Lin, Grace    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Fantasy)
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

L'Engle, Madeleine
 A Wrinkle in Time   (Science fiction)
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.

Levine, Gail Carson   The Two Princesses of Bamarre (Fantasy)
With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from the Grey death, meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure.

Leeuwen, Joke van   Eep!    (Fantasy)
Beedy, the birdgirl, is adopted by Warren and Tina. She decides to go free amd ends up teaching Warren, Tina, and two others about what family truly is.

Lewis, C.S  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Fantasy)
(Chronicles of Narnia series)
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Lowry, Lois  The Willoughbys (Humor)
Four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents go on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odiously awful nanny.

Lupica, Mike   Long Shot   (<- Link to eBook) (Sports)
A point guard for his school basketball team, Pedro decides to run for class president, but his running mate, Ned, who happens to be the most popular boy in school and Pedro's teammate, does not appreciate the competition.

Lupica, Mike     Shoot-Out    (Sports)
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.

Margolin, Phillip  M.  Vanishing Acts (Mystery & detective)
Twelve-year-old Madison Kincaid is determined to help her defense attorney father defend a man accused of murdering his wife, but the murder case is not her only mystery to solve when she realizes that her best friend, Ann, is missing and Madison teams up with the new boy, Jake Stephenson, to scour the streets of Portland in order to find her friend.

Martin, Ann   Main Street (Realistic fiction) (series)
Sisters Flora and Ruby move to Camden Falls after the death of their parents to live with their grandmother who owns a sewing shop; and the girls find it easy to make friends and feel at home. The first book in the series is entitled: Welcome to Camden Falls

Mass, Wendy  11 Birthdays
After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, had a falling out on their tenth and have not spoken to each other for the last year. They prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

Morrison, P.R.  Wind Tamer (series) (Fantasy)
Archie learns on his tenth birthday that he is about to inherit the family curse of cowardice unless he fights the powerful hurricane that will take his bravery.

Myers, Carolyn  Jubilee Journey (Realistic fiction)
Thirteen-year-old Emily Rose visits her extended family in Texas for the first time ever. Emily Rose, who grew up in a biracial family in the northeast, is surprised that racial attitudes are so different in the South. But as she grows closer to her great-grandmother, Rose Lee, and learns more about her African American heritage, Emily Rose discovers a new dimension of herself.

Napoli, Donna Jo  Stones in Water (Historical fiction)
After being taken by Nazi German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other Italian boys including his Jewish friend, Roberto is forced to work in Germany during WWII. He escapes & must survive winter on his desperate trek to try make his way back home.

Nimmo, Jenny  Midnight for Charlie Bone (series)
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.

O’Dell, Scott  Island of the Blue Dolphins (Historical fiction)
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding happiness.

Palacio, R.J.    Wonder (Realistic fiction)
(Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school-until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

Paolini, Christopher  Eragon  (Fantasy) (Inheritance series)
In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters. This is Book 1.

Park, Linda Sue    Keeping Score    (<- Link to eBook)
During the 1950s, young Maggie struggles to will her beloved Brooklyn Dodgers to a victory in the World Series and wishes that her friend Jim, an American soldier in Korea, would answer her letters.

Park, Linda Sue  Project Mulberry    (<- Link to eBook)
Julia, a Korean-American, and her friend Patrick learn about tolerance, friendship, and patience while working together on a project about silkworms.

Paulsen, Gary  Canyons    (Adventure)
Finding a skull on a camping trip in the canyons outside El Paso, Texas, Brennan becomes involved with the fate of a young Apache Indian who lived in the late 1800s.

Peck, Richard  Lost in Cyberspace (Time travel)
While dealing with changes at home, sixth-grader Josh and his friend Aaron use the computer at their New York prep school for an adventure in travel through time, learning some secrets from the school's past and improving Josh's home situation.

Pickney, Andrea Davis  Hold Fast to Dreams  (Realistic)
Twelve-year-old Deirdre, whose passion for photography has earned her the nickname Camera Dee, feels uncomfortable being the only black student at her new school.

Pinkwater, Jill   Mister Fred    (Science fiction / Humor)
The children of classroom 6-A suspect their new teacher of being a telepathic space alien.

Pitts, Paul   Racing the Sun     (Realistic fiction)
Until his grandfather comes to live with the family, Brandon Rogers knows little of his Navajo heritage. Then slowly he comes to love the old man and to appreciate the tradtions his Grandpa teaches him.

Polacco, Patricia   Pink and Say
Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author's great-great-grandfather.

Pratchett, Terry  Diggers (series)  (Fantasy)
Led by young Masklin, a small band of four-inch-tall nomes join a larger society of nomes living in a human department store. When they learn that the store is to be destroyed, rival factions come together to find safety, and learn the surprising truth about their origins. The Bromeliad trilogy

Pullman, Philip   I Was a Rat!  (Humor)
A little boy turns life in London upside down when he appears at the house of a lonely old couple and insists he was a rat.

Riodan, Rick   Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series)
     (Some Linked to eBooks)
     The Lightning Thief Book 1
After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
     The Sea of Monsters Book 2
     The Titan's Curse Book 3
The disappearance of the goddess Artemis while out hunting a rare, ancient monster, prompts a group of her followers to join Percy and his friends in an attempt to find and rescue her before the winter solstice, when her influence is needed to sway the Olympian Council regarding the war with the Titans.
     The Battle of the Labyrinth Book 4
Percy hurries to Camp Half-Blood after his high school is invaded by demonic cheerleaders, and joins his demigod friends on a quest through the Labyrinth, while the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near.
     The Last Olympian Book 5
The long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy Jackson's sixteenth birthday unfolds as he leads an army of young demigods to stop Kronos in his advance on New York City, while the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster, Typhon.

Riordan, Rick  The Red Pyramid (Book 1:Kane Chronicles series)
                     ( Link to eBook )
Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to set out on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharoahs of ancient Egypt.

Reiss, Johanna  The Upstairs Room   (Historical fiction)
This autobiographical novel depicts the trials of a Dutch-Jewish family during World War II.The youngest of three daughters tells how she and her sister hid from the Nazis for more than two years in the upstairs room of the Oosterveld family.

Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (series)
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches. Book 1 in the series.

Sacher, Louis  Holes    (Adventure)
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish youth correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Sage, Angie  Magyk  (series)   (Fantasy)
Jenna learns that she is a princess found as a baby by the man she believed was her father and now she and Septimus, who was taken at birth by the midwife, are being threatened by the evil wizard, DomDaniel who intends to finish off the entire royal line. Book 1 in the Septimus Heap series.

Sauder, B.L.   Year of the Golden Dragon (Fantasy)
Sixteen-year-old Hong Mei teams up with two brothers who are visiting China to solve a two-thousand-year-old mystery involving a long-lost father, the myth of the Black Dragon, and three jade pendants.

Selznick, Brian  The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Fantasy)
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Shang, Wendy Wang The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
Lucy is planning for 6th grade to be her best year ever. She'll finally have her own room, because her perfect sister is going off to college. She soon realizes that her definition of perfect is going to have to change. Her elderly great-auntr is coming to visit for a few months, and guess where she's going to be staying? That's right -- Lucy's room. Lucy holds on to her privacy the only way she can, by building a "great wall" of her desk and bookshelves to divide the room.

Spinelli, Jerry  Eggs   (Realistic fiction)
Mourning the loss of his mother, nine-year-old David forms an unlikely friendship with independent, quirky thirteen-year-old Primrose, as the two help each other deal with what is missing in their lives.

Stewart, Trenton The Mysterious Benedict Society (series)
Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance, all graduates of the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and members of the Benedict Society, embark on a scavenger hunt that turns into a desperate search for the missing Mr. Benedict.

Van Leeuwen, Joke    Eep!    (Illustrated Fantasy & Family)
Warren finds something strange lying under a bush. He doesn't know whether it is a bird in the form of a girl, or a girl in the form of a bird. He takes the creature home. His wife Tina wants to keep it and raise it as her own child. But it has wings! With black-and-white drawings like those of Shel Silverstein.

Venderpool, Clare  Moon Over Manifest    (Realistic fiction)
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

Urban, Linda    Hound Dog True   (<- Link to eBook)
 Mattie, a shy fifth grader, wants to hide out at her new school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons the courage to speak about what matters most and finds a true friend.

Weston, Elise  Coastwatcher   (Historical fiction & Adventure)
While eleven-year-old Hugh, his family, and his cousin Tom are spending the summer of 1943 on the South Carolina shore to escape the polio epidemic, Hugh uncovers clues that point to a German plot to sabotage a nearby naval base during WWII.

White, E.B.  The Trumpet of the Swan   (Fantasy)
Knowing how to read and write is not enough for Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter Swan; his determination to learn to play a stolen trumpet takes him far from his wilderness home.

Woelfle, Gretchen  All the World's a Stage  (Historical fiction)
Twelve-year-old orphan Christopher "Kit" Buckles becomes a stage boy in a London theater in 1598, tries his hand at acting, and later helps build the Globe Theater for playwright William Shakespeare and the Chamberlain's Men acting troupe in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

Wooderson, Philip  The Plague   (Historical Fiction)
Contains two novels in which Rachel and Robert, two young people living in London in 1665, share their individual stories of the chaos that erupts when the city is gripped by the plague.

Woodruff, Elvira  The Ravenmaster’s Secret (Historical Fiction)
The eleven-year-old son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London befriends a Jacobite rebel being held prisoner there.

Wrede, Patricia  Dealing with Dragons (Fantasy)
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.

Yep, Laurence  Dragonwings (Historical fiction)
With the help of his young son Moon Shadow, Windrider endures the mockery of the other Chinese, the poverty, and the longing for his wife and China, in order to make his dreams come true.

Yivisaker, Anne    The Luck of the Buttons   (<- Link to eBook)
In Iowa circa 1929, spunky twelve-year-old Tugs vows to turn her family's luck around, with the help of a Brownie camera and a small-town mystery that only she can solve.  

Zindel, Paul  Raptor (Science Fiction)
Zack and his Ute Indian friend find themselves trapped in a cave with a living dinosaur--the deadly Utahraptor.