Aiken, Joan. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
When Bonnie and Sylvia are left with the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls are sent to a prison-like orphan school. With the help of Simon the gooseboy, they must escape and rescue Willoughby Chase from the evil governess.
DeFelice, Cynthia. Weasel.
Alone in the frontier wilderness in the winter of 1839 while his father is recovering from an injury, eleven-year-old Nathan runs afoul of the renegade killer known as Weasel and makes a surprising discovery about the concept of revenge.
DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember.
Doon and Lina live in an underground world where the lights continually go out, leaving them in darkness. They are determined to save the city.
George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves.
Miyax, or Julie to her San Francisco friends, runs away from her small Eskimo village and becomes lost in the Alaskan wilderness. To survive, she
Mikaelsen, Ben. Touching Spirit Bear.
After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the Native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Left alone in 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 a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
Pausen, Gary. Hatchet.
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given by my mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.
Paulsen, Gary. Brian’s Winter.
Instead of being rescued from a plane crash, as in author’s book Hatchet, this story portrays what would have happened to Brian has he been forced to survive a winter in the wilderness with only his survival pack and hatchet.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Fear Place.
When he and his older brother Gordon are left camping alone in the Rocky Mountains, twelve-year-old Doug faces his fear of heights and his feelings about Gordon–with the help of a cougar.
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.
Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion.
Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue their adventure continues in America.
George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves.
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller.
A story of a 14 year old boy, Travis and an old yellow dog he loves.
Taylor, Theodore. The Trouble with Tuck.
A young girl trains her blind dog to follow and trust a guide dog.
DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie.
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows.
Billy Coleman works and saves to buy two red-bone hunting hounds while his grandfather provides him with support and lessons in growing up.
Baum, Frank. The Wizard of Oz.
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden.
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
London, Jack. Call of the Wild.
The classic story of the dog Buck and his adventures in the Klondike gold fields accompanied by notes and illustrations placing the story in the context of an era.
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi.
A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid girl in the city.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate’s fortune.
Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit.
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may not return.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the early nineteenth century.
Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
Talkative, ten-year-old Rebecca goes to live with her spinster aunts, one harsh and demanding, and the other soft and sentimental, with whom she spends seven difficult but rewarding years growing up.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting.
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.
Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl. (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 nasty troll.
Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising. (Series)
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Running Out of Time.
When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1996 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists, and it’s up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children.
Jacques, Brian. Redwall. (Series)
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy.
L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time. (Trilogy)
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.
Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (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.
Shusterman, Neal. The Dark Side of Nowhere.
Fourteen-year-old Jason faces an identity crisis after discovering that he is the son of aliens who stayed on earth following a botched invasion mission.
Creech, Sharon. Bloomability.
When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, thirteen-year-old Dinnie discovers an expanding world and her place within it.
Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Loses Control. (Series)
Joey, who is taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, spends the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and helps coach the baseball team to win the championship.
Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot.
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Philbrick, W. Rodman. Freak the Mighty.
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.
Avi. Crispin: The Cross of Lead.
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
Choi, Sook Nyul. Year of Impossible Goodbyes.
A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later escape to freedom in South Korea.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963: A Novel.
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in 1963.
Hahn, Mary Downing. The Gentleman Outlaw and Me–Eli: A Story of the Old West.
In 1887 twelve-year-old Eliza, disguised as a boy and traveling towards Colorado in search of her missing father, falls in with a Gentleman Outlaw and joins him in his illegal schemes.
Paterson, Katherine. Jip: His Story.
While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes to understand how he arrived at this place.
Reiss, Johanna. The Upstairs Room.
A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer’s house during World War II.
Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
A young girl from Barbados visits her Puritan relatives in Connecticut only to become the object of a seventeenth-century witch hunt.
Angleberger, Tom. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
Cowell, Cressida. How to train your dragon.
Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the tribe of Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
Gilson, Jaime. Hello, My Name is Scrambled Eggs.
When his folks host a Vietnamese family that has come to settle in their town, Harvey enjoys Americanizing twelve-year-old Tuan.
Karr, Kathleen. The Great Turkey Walk.
In 1860, a somewhat simple-minded fifteen-year-old boy attempts to herd one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, in hopes of selling them at a profit.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago.
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Down the Rabbit Hole.
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town Echo Falls.
Bellairs, John. The House with a Clock in Its Walls.
A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.
Raskin, Ellen. Westing Game.
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the mystery of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
Roberts, Willo Davis. The View from the Cherry Tree.
Rob admits having seen a murder—but no one believes him except the murderer.
Selznick, Brian. Invention of Hugo Cabret.
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.
Selznick, Brian. Wonderstruck.
Twelve year old Ben, whose story is told in words, loses both his mother and his hearing and leaves home to seek the father he never knew, while Rose, whose story is told in pictures, is also compelled to search for something missing in her life.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Egypt Game.
It is only a game for six children, until an oracle tells the truth and a murderer appears.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Headless Cupid.
Life is never quite the same again for eleven-year-old David after the arrival of his new stepsister, a student of the occult.
Stanley, Diane. The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine.
Noticing that a popular series of horror novels is having a bizarre effect on the behavior of its readers, Franny and Beamer set out to find the mysterious author.
Stuart, Trenton L. Mysterious Benedict Society.
After passing a mind-bending test, four children are selected for a mission that requires them to go under cover at the Learning Institute for the very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.