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Fast and Fun

Birney, Betty. Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day. (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales #1) [AR 3.1, Pts. 1.0]
When Mandy, one of the students from classroom 26, brings a special hamster-sized racecar to class, it means just one thing--Humphrey is going to be in a hamster race.

Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath. (A Bad Kitty Book) [AR 3.7, Pts. 0.5]
This book takes a humorous look at the normal way cats bathe, why it is inappropriate for humans to bathe that way, and the challenges of trying to give a cat a real bath with soap and water.

Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox. [AR 4.0, Pts. 1.0]
Little Willy hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dogsled race he enters.

Hanson, Mary. How to Save Your Tail. [AR 4.2, Pts. 1.0]
When he is captured by two of the queen's cats, Bob the rat prolongs his life by sharing fresh-baked cookies and stories of his ancestors, whose escapades are remarkably similar to those of well-known fairy tale heroes.

Henry, Marguerite. Welcome Home! (Marguerite Henry’s Misty Inn #1) [AR 4.0, Pts. 2.0]
When Willa and Ben’s family moves to Chincoteague Island (famous for the wild Chincoteague Ponies) to open a bed-and-breakfast, the siblings wonder if they will ever feel at home.

 Kelly, Jacqueline. Skunked. (Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet #1)[AR 4.5, Pts. 1.0]
When Calpurnia’s brother Travis discovers an abandoned baby skunk, he brings it home and cares for it. “Stinky” settles in pretty well, but when Travis discovers Stinky's littermate, Winky, who is in need of help, things get complicated.

Rylant, Cynthia. The Storm. (The Lighthouse Family #1) [AR 4.4, Pts. 1.0]
The cat Pandora becomes a lighthouse keeper and saves the life of the dog Seabold, and together the two of them create a family with three young mice rescued from the sea.

Surovec, Yasmine. My Pet Human. [AR 3.4, 0.5]
A cat gets treats and backrubs from the humans who have just moved into his favorite abandoned house. He then sets out to train them, all the while protesting to his friends that he has no interest in being tied down to a human pet.

Vande Velde, Vivian. 8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos [AR 4.4, Pts. 1.0]
A dog chases a squirrel into an elementary school one night, creating monumental chaos.


Appelt, Kathi. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp. [AR 5.4, Pts. 8.0]
When rogue feral hogs and a greedy developer threaten to wipe out Sugar Man Swamp, two raccoons know it's time to rouse the legendary Sugar Man, who has reigned over Sugar Man Swamp for a "gazillion yesterdays."

Applegate, Katerine. The One and Only Ivan. [AR 3.6, Pts. 4.0]
When Ivan, a gorilla that has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides he must find her a better life.

Armstrong, William H. Sounder. [AR 5.3, Pts. 3.0]
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relation with his devoted dog, Sounder.

Avi. Poppy. [AR 4.5, Pts. 4.0]
A brave young mouse challenges the owl that rules over the territory and saves her family from starvation.

Broach, Elise. The Wolf Keepers. [AR 4.6, Pts. 8.0]
Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango lives in a zoo, spending her days taking note of the animals' behaviors. She meets runaway Tyler Briggs and together investigate they the wolves that are suddenly dying.

Burnford, Sheila. The Incredible journey. [AR 7.6, Pts. 5.0]
Three house pets migrate through the wilderness to find their family.

Busby, Cylin. The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs. [AR 6.1, Pts. 11.0]
Reluctantly accepted onboard a nineteenth-century ship, a scrawny yellow cat becomes an accepted member of the crew while enduring battles against dangerous weather, mutiny, and efforts to survive on a desert island.

Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle. [AR 5.1, Pts. 2.0]
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

Dahl, Roald. Fantastic Mr. Fox. [AR 4.1, Pts. 1.0]
Mr. Fox saves his family and his animal friends when he outsmarts three farmers who are hunting him.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tiger Rising. [AR 4.0, Pts. 3.0]
Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend, Sistine, into a plan to free a caged tiger.

Dinerstein, Eric. What Elephants Know. [AR 5.6, Pts. 9.0]
Found in the care of a pack of wild dogs in the Nepalese Borderlands jungle, young Nandu is raised by the wise manager of the king's elephant stable and by an affectionate female elephant whose home Nandu risks everything to protect.

Henry, Marguerite. Misty of Chincoteague. [AR 5.3, Pts. 4.0]
A breed of wild horses inhabit an island, and one is befriended and tamed by the love of two children.

Hunter, Erin. Into the Wild. (Warriors #1) [AR 5.6, Pts. 10.0]
Rusty, a bored house kitten, is apprenticed by the ThunderClan and must struggle to fit in when the group of feral cats is threatened by the enemy ShadowClan.

Lawson, Robert. Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin as Written by His Good Mouse Amos. [AR 6.9, Pts. 3.0]
Benjamin Franklin’s companion Amos the Mouse recounts how he was responsible for Franklin’s inventions and discoveries.

Martin, Ann M. Rain Reign. [AR 4.3, Pts. 5.0]
Struggling with Asperger's syndrome, Rose shares an inseparable bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, she is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. [AR 4.4, Pts. 4.0]
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner. The owner is a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing. [AR 4.7, Pts. 9.0]
When a newborn bat named Shade, but sometimes called "Runt," becomes separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys.

Pennypacker, Sarah. Pax. [AR 5.3, Pts. 8.0]
After being forced to give up his pet fox, Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.

Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square.  [AR 4.9, Pts. 4.0]
Chester the cricket resides in a newsstand in Times Square. He has many adventures, climaxing with the rescue of the newsstand owner from financial disaster.

White, E. B. Stuart Little. [AR 6.0, Pts. 3.0]
After being adopted by a human family, a tiny mouse sets out to win over his resentful new brother and the family feline, while fending off a gang of cats who want him out of the house.

Junior High

Creech, Sharon. Moo. [AR 4.4, Pts. 3.0]
What begins as farm chores turns to fun as twelve-year-old Reena and Luke take care of Zora and the other animals and discover that even the most stubborn of beings can turn into true friends.

Hiassen, Carl. Hoot. [AR 5.2, Pts. 9.0]
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.

London, Jack. White Fang. [AR 7.4, Pts. 13.0]
This classic tale tells of a savage dog's transformation through love.

Morpugo, Michael. War Horse. [AR 5.9, Pts. 6.0]
Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling. [AR 5.0, Pts. 19.0]
A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet.

Schrefer, Eliot. Rescued. [AR 5.8, Pts. 11.0]
Given a baby orangutan by his traveling businessman father, young John forges a deep bond with his new friend and is compelled to rescue him when his parents sell the orangutan to a roadside zoo.