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For Kids Ages 6-12

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Alexander, Lloyd. The Gawgon and the Boy
David’s elderly Aunt Annie (The Gawgon) is as frightening as a snake-haired Greek Gorgon. When she becomes his tutor, he’s sure she will be the end of him. (Older)

Bottner, Barbara. Wallace’s Lists
Wallace makes lists about everything in his life including what he should do each day, but a new friend shows him the joys of being spontaneous. (Younger)

Byars, Betsy. The SOS File
Twelve students in Mr. Magro’s class write about their biggest emergencies -- including a lost baseball cap, consumed candy bars, and sharks -- in this funny book. (Middle)

*Cameron, Ann. More Stories Huey Tells
Seven-year-old Huey, brother Julian, and his family share their adventures in gardening, basketball, and hunting for treasures in this beginning chapter book. (Middle)

Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts
Twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan, forced to live on Alcatraz Island in 1935 because of his father’s job, has to deal with his autistic sister, the warden’s troublemaking daughter, and the most famous inmate at Alcatraz, Al Capone. (Older)

*Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander
When Gregor and his little sister fall into a strange underground world of men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders, they trigger an epic battle foretold in prophecy.  (Older)

Corbett, Sue. Free Baseball
Hoping to find out about his father, a professional baseball player in Cuba, Felix Piloto pretends to be the batboy for a team with Cuban players. (Older)

Cottrell Boyce, Frank. Millions
If you found a fortune, what would you buy? Two brothers find a huge amount of money which they must spend quickly before England switches to the new European currency, but they disagree on what to do with it. (Older)

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Mr. Chickee's Funny Money
Future detectives Steven and his best friend Russell are given a quadrillion dollar bill by friendly Mr. Chickee. Is this a real bill or is this "funny money?" And why are five agents in black hot on Steven's trail? (Middle)

Dowell, Frances. Chicken Boy
Everyone expects Toby to be as delinquent and “crazy” as the rest of his family. He finds a friend in classmate Henry, who helps him raise chickens and learn to stand up for himself. (Older)

Fine, Anne. The Jamie and Angus Stories
Imaginative Jamie and his lovable toy bull are inseparable friends. (Younger)

Gaiman, Neil. The Wolves in the Wall
Lucy tries to convince her family there are wolves living in the walls of their house, but they don’t believe her, until one day. . . (Middle)

*Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey Pigza, a good kid who is ADHD, is a “wired-up mess” when his prescription meds wear off. (Older)

Grey, Mini. Traction Man Is Here
An imaginative tale of Traction Man, a courageous action figure, and his adventures with Scrubbing Brush and other household objects. Captivating illustrations.  (Younger)

Gutman, Dan. The Homework Machine
Told through police interviews, four very different students describe their experiences with a computer that actually does their homework. (Older)

Hamilton, Virginia. Wee Winnie Witch’s Skinny
An African-American tale about bewitchment for the older reader. Very graphic text and haunting engravings. (Older)

Harkrader, L.D. Airball: My Life in Briefs
Kirby Nickel, an uncoordinated seventh grader in a basketball crazy town, goes out for the team when the coach announces that hometown legend Brett McGrew will be honored during the season. Kirby will do just about anything to meet the man he believes to be his father. (Older)

Hooks, Bell. Be Boy Buzz
A celebration of the many aspects of being a boy. (Younger)

Ibbotson, Eva. The Haunting of Granite Falls
When an ancient Scottish castle is dismantled and moved to Texas the ghosts who have haunted it for centuries go along and help to foil a kidnapping plot. (Older)

Jacobson, Jennifer. Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle
Andy Shane hates school. He doesn't like to sit up straight, goes to the wrong activity center, won't share stories during Meeting Time and he really doesn't like bossy Dolores Starbuckle. Andy's Granny saves the day with a surprise visit to his classroom. (Younger)

Johnson, Tony. Any Small Goodness
Arturo’s Papi says, “Remember this thing: Any small goodness is of value.” (Older)

*Korman, Gordon. The Contest
Who will be the youngest kid ever to climb Mount Everest? When disaster strikes, all that separates the living from the dead are chance, bravery, and action. (Middle)

Lester, Julius. Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: a True Story
Bob Lemmons, a former slave, tracks a herd of wild mustangs across the plains and, together with his horse Warrior, defeats the mustang stallion to capture the herd. (Younger)

Long, Melinda. How I Became a Pirate
One day Jeremy Jacob is captured by a band of pirates who teach him pirate language and ways. (Younger)

McDonald, Megan. Stink: the Incredible Shrinking Kid
“Stink” Moody, the shortest kid in the second grade, is thrilled to learn about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison. (Middle)

*Mead, Alice. Junebug
Despite living in a rundown housing project and worrying about gangs and drug dealers, ten-year-old Junebug works with courage and determination to make his dream for a better life come true. (Older)

Mora, Pat. Tomas and the Library Lady
Tomas and his brother usually spend their afternoons listening to their grandfather's Spanish stories. Tomas discovers a new world to explore when he learns about the public library. (Younger)

Myers, Christopher. Fly!
Jawanza finds a friend in the colorful Mr. Roderick Jackson Montgomery the Three, who keeps pigeons on the roof of their apartment building. (Middle)

*Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone
Charlie Bone's life undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.  (Older)

Nolen, Jerdine. Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life
Descended from a long line of giants, poor Hewitt is a normal sized boy. How will he manage in a world of big things? (Younger)

O’Connor, George. Kapow!
The adventures of American Eagle, a young superhero, and partner, Bug Lady, as they fight crime and take on the Rubber Bandit; all in the comfort of the living room. (Younger)

O’Malley, Kevin. Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude
A boy and a girl alternate telling a fairy tale featuring a princess who spins golden thread, captured royal ponies, and a cool motorcycle dude. (Middle)

Proimos, James. Mutton Soup
Comic strip panels show the zany adventures of Johnny Mutton who attempts a new world record for sitting, fails manners class, and discovers he has something in common with his archenemy. (Younger)

Soto, Gary. Chato Goes Cruisin'
In this fun story the cats Chato and Novio win a cruise, but are disappointed to find that everyone else on board is a dog. Colorful illustrations enhance the merriment!(Younger)

Spinelli, Jerry. Wringer
Palmer dreads becoming a "wringer" at his town’s annual Pigeon Day. When he makes a pet of a stray pigeon, he knows he must find enough courage to oppose the violence. (Older)

*Van Draanen, Wendelin. Secret Identity
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, creates a secret identity -- Shredderman! (Middle)

Vande Velde, Vivian. Ghost of a Hanged Man
Outlaw Jake Barnette vows to return from his grave and haunt the men who have hanged him. With the town in danger and with the people Jake threatens dying, 11-year-old Ben begins to worry about his family. (Middle)

Wait, Lea. Seaward Born
Michael decides to make a dangerous escape from slavery as a stowaway on board ship from Charleston, South Carolina to Maine, Canada and freedom. (Older)

*Wallace, Rich. The Roar of the Crowd
Despite weighing a sleight 85 pounds, Manny decides to give up soccer and try out for the football team. He refuses to give up, even when he winds up on the bench after tackling one of his teammates. (Middle)

Willems, Mo. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
A persistent pigeon asks, pleads, whines, negotiates and demands to drive the big bus. Children and adults will enjoy this amusing “new classic.” (Younger)

Yee, Lisa. Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time
Stanford Wong has to play basketball. He's the only 6th grader to make the A Team, but he flunked English and instead of going to basketball camp Stanford has summer school and tutoring by the geeky Millicent Min. How is he ever going to make it through the summer without his friends finding out? (Older)


FOLKTALES

Farmer, Nancy. Casey Jones’s Fireman: the story of Sim Webb
In this new tale about the legendary train wreck, a sinister stranger gives Casey a golden train whistle said to be made from Gabriel’s trumpet. Sim tries to stop Casey from using it and dooming not only the train, but the entire world. (Younger)

Hague, Michael. Kate Culhane
If only Kate hadn’t stepped on that freshly dug grave one fateful, chilly evening! A ghost story for the strong hearted. (Older)

Hamilton, Virginia. Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl
Bruh Wolf makes a sticky tar baby girl to trap pesky Bruh Rabbit who has been stealing his crops. (Younger)

Hodges, Margaret. The Boy Who Drew Cats
A boy’s drawings of cats come to life and save him from a ferocious goblin. (Middle)

Hodges, Margaret. Merlin and the Making of the King
Merlin’s prophecy that Arthur will become king of all England is fulfilled when young Arthur pulls a sword out of a stone. (Middle)

Kimmel, Eric. The Hero Beowulf
A simple retelling of the epic story of Beowulf, as he tries to save the people of Heorot Hall from the monster Grendel. (Older)

Montes, Marisa. Juan Bobo Goes to Work
When foolish Juan Bobo gets a job he does all the work wrong and loses his payments. (Younger)

Pullman, Philip. Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
A poor tailor’s son becomes a wealthy prince with the help of a jinnee from a magic lamp. (Middle)

San Souci, Robert. Six Foolish Fishermen
In this Cajun folktale, six foolish friends face troubles on their fishing trip, culminating in their fear that one of the group has drowned. (Younger)

Schanzer, Rosalyn. Davy Crockett Saves the World
Davy Crockett battles Halley’s Comet and stops it before the fiery mass hits the Earth. (Younger)

Sierra, Judy. Tasty Baby Belly Buttons
Brave little Uriko plans to rescue the village babies from the wicked oni in this Japanese folktale. (Younger)



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