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 Asch, Frank. Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius
Alex is fed up with his younger brother Jonathan who is just plain annoying! Can Alex make a space ship out of cardboard boxes and a few spare parts or will Jonathan uncover his plan and spoil everything?

Babbitt, Natalie. Jack Plank Tells Tales
When Jack’s pirate crew lets him go (he’s no good at plundering) he looks for another job onshore. But it’s hard to find one that doesn’t remind him of his pirating days.

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks
The four Penderwick sisters, aged four to twelve, spend an eventful summer in the mountains, during which time they befriend a local boy, tangle with a bull, and disrupt a Garden Club competition.

Birney, Betty. The World According to Humphrey
Humphrey, the pet hamster in Room 26, tells of the many exciting and humorous adventures he has going home with a different student each weekend.

Cameron, Ann. Gloria’s Way
Gloria helps cure her friends’ dog of a squirrel obsession, worries about whether Julian is her best friend, faces her fear of fractions, and shares special times with friends and family.

Clements, Andrew. No Talking
The fifth grade class at Laketon Elementary School has a “noisy” reputation!  When outspoken rivals Dave and Lynsey decide to pit the boys against the girls in a “no talking” contest, the result is both humorous and thought-provoking.

Colfer, Eoin. Legend of the Worst Boy in the World
Will hopes his grandpa will listen to his problems while he helps out in the lighthouse on Saturdays, but his grandpa always seems to have a story more outrageous than the ones told by Will.

DeFelice, Cynthia. One Potato, Two Potato
The magical pot found by Mr. Grady doubles anything placed in it, even Mrs. Grady.

Egan, Tim. The Pink Refrigerator
Each new message he finds on a pink refrigerator in the junkyard starts a new experience for do-nothing Dodsworth.

Giblin, James. The Boy Who Saved Cleveland
Will ten-year-old Seth Doan succeed in carrying the corn to the mill, grinding it, and keeping the families of Cleveland fed when everyone falls ill in the summer of 1798?

Gifford, Peggy. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little
Moxy Maxwell has to read “Stuart Little” over the summer. Unfortunately, Moxy has a hard time finishing things before she starts something else, and when the last day of summer arrives and she hasn’t even opened the book the pressure is on!

Greene, Stephanie. Sophie Hartley, On Strike
Sophie’s mother is fed up with all the arguing about chores and puts up a job chart.  A distressed Sophie decides to go on strike, but the plan takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

Hest, Amy. Remembering Mrs. Rossi
When her mother died everything changed for Annie and her father. But between the sad times were happy times too -- a special birthday party, a wonderful blizzard, and the book with memories of her mother made by her mother’s 6th grade class.

Holm, Jennifer and Matthew. Babymouse:  Vol. 7 Skater Girl
Babymouse, a lover of tasty cupcakes, finds the intense training required to become an ice skating champion to be harder work than she imagined.

Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and their Problems
The poor Pepins are plagued by a plethora of problems, among them a cow who gives lemonade and toads in their shoes, and readers are urged to share their solutions psychically with the author. 

Kline, Suzy. Horrible Harry Cracks the Code
Harry is determined to prove to the rest of his class that he’s a great detective by cracking the code and winning Mrs. Funderburke’s cafeteria contest.

Lin, Grace. The Year of the Dog
Grace, a Taiwanese-American girl, experiences all of the excitement and rich cultural customs of the Year of the Dog with her Taiwanese family and her American friends. 

Lubar, David. Punished!
When Logan bumps into an old man in the library and doesn't apologize sincerely, he is forced to speak in puns, and he must complete three word quests to break the spell.

Lyons, Mary. Roy Makes a Car
This tall tale features Roy the mechanic who can “grease an axle faster than you can say ‘carburetor’” and has an amazing ability to “fix” cars. He is so extraordinary that he can make an accident-proof automobile and even one that flies!

McAllister, Angela. Digory the Dragon Slayer
Mild-mannered, music-loving Digory is knighted and sent sent off on a quest when the people of his village mistakenly believe he killed a dragon.

McCully, Emily. Beautiful Warrior   
In this fictionalized account of the seventeenth century, legendary female kung fu master, We Mei (meaning Beautiful Warrior) teaches her young and impetuous pupil, Mingyi, a young girl who wishes to escape her forced marriage to a local thug, the importance of finding strength in inner discipline.

McGill, Alice. Here We Go Round
It’s 1946, and when Roberta’s mother is confined to bed-rest due to a difficult pregnancy, she goes to stay with her grandparents, and must learn to cope with her fear of being replaced by a new sibling, while adapting to country life.

McKissack, Patricia. Miami Sees It Through
Miami is desperate to transfer out of Miss Spraggins’ class. The new fourth grade teacher insists on assigned seats, won’t call kids by their nicknames, and hands out detentions like coupons.

Mason, Simon. The Quigleys
The Quigleys are an ordinary family complete with all the humor and outrageous behavior including Dad accidentally misplacing one of the neighbor’s children to Lucy who demands to wear her bee costume to a wedding.

Moses, Shelia. Sallie Gal and the Wall-a-kee Man
More than anything Sallie Gal wants pretty hair ribbons, but the family can’t afford them and Momma won’t let her take charity from anyone. What will she do when the traveling salesman offers her ribbons as a gift?

Muth, Jon. Zen Ties
Stillwater, the panda, and his nephew Koo show the three children who are their friends that old Mrs. Whitaker is not as mean as they had believed.

Nolen, Jerdine. Thunder Rose
At the age of two Thunder Rose bent scrap iron into a thunderbolt; at the age of twelve she invented barb wire, stopped a cattle stampede, and tamed two tornadoes with her singing.

Paros, Jennifer. Violet Bing and the Grand House
Violet who doesn’t like Surprises or Things She Doesn’t Know has to spend the summer with her unusual great-aunt Astrid and finds life is in fact much more interesting when new things happen.

Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl
Naimi wins prizes for her beautiful alpanas, the traditional Bangladeshi patterns women and girls use to decorate their homes. But to earn money to help her struggling family she decides to disguise herself as a boy.

Polacco, Patricia. Mr. Lincoln's Way
Mr. Lincoln, who is thought to be the "coolest principal ever" by his students, uses the school bully's love of birds to overcome the boy's prejudices.

Quattlebaum, Mary. Jackson Jones and the Curse of the Outlaw Rose
Bad things start happening after Jackson steals an antique rose twig for the community garden from an abandoned cemetery. Is there a curse on the rose?

Robinson, Sharon. Safe at Home
This would be the worst summer of his life! Jumper’s mom had signed him up for baseball camp although she knew basketball was his game. And to make matters worse the captain of the team was a bully.

Root, Phyllis. Aunt Nancy and the Bothersome Visitors
Clever Aunt Nancy outwits four unwelcome visitors: Cousin Lazybones, Old Man Trouble, gloomy Old Woeful, and sly Mister Death.

Sandburg, Carl. The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back
When Pony Pony Huckabuck finds a Chinese silver slipper buckle inside a yellow squash it’s a clear sign that the Huckabuck’s luck is about to change.

Van Allsburg, Chris. Probuditi!
Calvin and Rodney learn the secret art of hypnotism when they attend a performance by “Lomax the Magnificent,” and decide to hypnotize Calvin’s younger sister. Unfortunately, they forget the magic word to undo the trance!

Woodson, Jacqueline. Show Way
The story of eight generations of the women in the author’s family, from slavery through the civil rights era up to the present day, is told through lyrical prose and gorgeous artwork that uses quilting imagery.  


Compiled by Children’s Librarians of the
Monroe County Library System
2008