Best of Middle Grades Book List

  1. Literature for Middle Schoolers

Narnia ... the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy ... the place where adventure begins.

Lucy is the first to find the secret wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Based on the true story of Amos Fortune of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Amos Fortune was born At-mun, son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America, and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave under two masters to buy his own freedom. Free at age 60, and having bought three wives (the first two died less than a year later), Amos eventually moved to Jaffrey, where he started his own tannery, became a full member of the local church, and died a free and prosperous man at the age of 91.

Amos Fortune, Free Man was the 1951 Newbery Medal winner. 192 pages, softcover.

Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south-and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

It is 1943 in Denmark, when ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen's family takes in her best friend Ellen, and poses her as a member of the family. Ellen is Jewish and Jewish people all over the country, and Europe, are being taken by the Nazis and put into Jewish ghettos and concentration camp. This Newbery Medal winner chronicles the life of this family, the hardships they must face and the heroic decisions that they are forced to make.

A loving trio of friends, Old Dan, Little Ann, and Billy ranged the hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting dogs in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but when tragedy overcomes these determined hunters, Billy must learn for himself that hope can come from despair. 304 pages, softcover. Ages 10 and up.

In One Crazy Summer, eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She's had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. But when the sisters arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with their mother, Cecile is nothing like they imagined.

While the girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinker Bell, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer.

This novel was the first featured title for Marley D’s Reading Party, launched after the success of #1000BlackGirlBooks. Maria Russo, in a New York Times list of "great kids' books with diverse characters,

The Green Ember by S.D. Smith, is a fantasy novel set in a world of rabbits, where the protagonists, Heather and Picket, are thrust into an adventure filled with danger and intrigue. The siblings' peaceful lives are shattered when their home, Nick Hollow, is attacked and their family is torn apart. As they embark on a quest to find safety and answers, they encounter a group of rebels known as the Mended Wood, who are fighting against the oppressive rule of the twisted lords. Along the way, Heather and Picket must confront their fears and discover their own bravery as they strive to uncover the truth about their past and their destiny. With themes of courage, loyalty, and the struggle against tyranny, "The Green Ember" is a captivating tale that appeals to readers of all ages. Paperback, 400 pages. Recommended for ages 6 to 12 years old.

  • Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a seafaring world, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. Too small to be a mariner, he studied the ocean's ways until he could chart a course in any weather, then penned The American Practical Navigator, stunning the sailing community with his nautical expertise. Ages 10 and up. 256 pages, softcover from Houghton Mifflin.

Johnny Tremain is a talented apprentice at a silversmith in colonial Boston when a horrible accident leaves his hand disfigured and his future forever changed. Since he is no longer able to be a silversmith, his life takes him on a new path that will bring him into touch with Paul Revere, John Hancock and other Boston patriots and help him to discover a new dream that will allow him to be a part of American history.

Come away to a fantastical world where ice prairies sparkle, sea dragons sing by moonlight, and lost legends come to life! Penned and partially illustrated by Peterson, this adventure-filled tale takes you to the land of Skree where the Igiby children are pursued by the evil Gnag after they stumble upon a cache of precious jewels. 304 pages. Hardcover from WaterBrook. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. 240 pages, softcover.

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is a historical fiction novel about an Egyptian boy named Ranofer who tries to reveal an evil crime and reshape his life. Ranofer lives his life in fear of his half-brother Gebu, who beats him and forces him to work as a porter, the lowest rank in the goldsmith, even though Ranofer has skill in goldsmithing that he learned from his father. When Ranofer finds a rare golden goblet in Gebu's room, he is determined to right Gebu's wrongs and change his own life for the better. A 1962 Newbery Honor Book. Recommended for ages 8 years and older.

When her grandfather dies, Katherine "Kit" Tyler is forced to leave a carefree life on Barbados to go to her aunt, the only family that she has left. Kit arrives in Connecticut Colony in April of 1687 and is dismayed by the bleak landscape. Her misgivings deepen as she is introduced to the Puritan ways of her new family, and she soon finds herself at odds with Aunt Rachel and Uncle Matthew--and the entire community. When she tries to escape the oppressive surroundings of her new home, Kit encounters the Widow Tupper, a Quaker who is believed to practice witchcraft. The friendship between Kit and Widow Tupper grows, but not without consequences. Kit is accused of being a witch simply because of her association with the widow, known to all as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. 256 pages, softcover. Grades 5-8.

In this offbeat fantasy classic, beloved for decades, readers will wander to the Lands Beyond and weather wit, wisdom, and wordplay! For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams! 272 pages, softcover. Ages 8 to 12.

More than a work of fiction, this is a story culled from Mildred D. Taylor's own family's life and it stands as an important record of an African-American experience from our country's complicated and not-so-distant past. Though fictionalized, the novel draws great strength from a foundation of real-life events - and yet, remarkably, its honest portrayal of harsh truths have lead some to seek to remove the book from the library shelves and school reading lists. Ms. Taylor eloquently addresses this important issue in her inspiring new forward for the anniversary edition.

Translated into scores of languages, this monumental novel remains as meaningful and universal as when it was first published in 1976. Recommended for ages 10 and up. The 1977 Newbery Medal winner.

Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white "map" on her shoulders was her mark of freedom. Paul and Maureen Beebe had their hearts set on owning her. They were itching to buy and tame her; and worked hard to earn the money she would cost. But the roundup men had tried to capture her and for two years she had escaped them. Pony Penning Day holds a surprise for everyone, for Paul not only brings in the Phantom, but her newborn colt as well. Can Paul and Maureen possibly earn enough to buy them both? Recommended for ages 8 and up. A 1948 Newbery Honor Book.

Hamid rubbed the light from his eyes and looked again. He was not dreaming. It was his stepfather! The man watched Kinza as a snake might watch a baby rabbit at play, waiting for the moment to strike. And for one breathless moment Hamid was sure that he would reach out and snatch her away.Hamid does not want his little blind sister, Kinza, to be sold to a beggar, by their stepfather, so he decides to rescue her. Together they escape from their mountain village to a town where there may be a new home for Kinza. But this is only the start of their adventures. Will Kinza be safe? What will happen to Hamid who dares not go back home?Set in North Africa, readers will be delighted by yet another of Patricia St. John's exciting, freshly edited, novels. Recommended for ages 10 to 12.

One stormy night a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe on a most dangerous and fantastic journey - a journey that will threaten their lives and our universe. This edition, published 40 years after its original publication date, is completely redesigned with bonus material from Anna Quindlen, a new interview with Madeleline L'Engle, and the author's Newbery Medal acceptance speech. Recommended for ages 9 and up. The 1963 Newbery Medal winner.

Louis is a Trumpeter Swan who came into the world lacking a voice. When his father explained to him that he was different from other cygnets, Louis felt scared. His father, however, promised to help. Sam Beaver, a boy who loved all wild things, took Louis to school, where he learned to read and write. This was a help, but it did not solve his major problem: he was in love with the beautiful swan, Serena, and she spurned him because he was defective. And that was when Louis's father, the old cob, did a difficult thing - he put honor aside and stole a trumpet so his son would be able to woo his love. Louis' determination to become a trumpeter and pay off his father's debt takes him far from the wilderness he loves. But he succeeds and wins the swan of his desiring. Paperback, 252 pages. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

Bilbo Baggins was a respectable hobbit, who never had any adventures-or didn't, until Gandalf persuaded him to go along with Thorin Oakenshield and his company of Dwarves to retrieve the Arkenstone treasure. During his journey, Bilbo finds a magic ring, helps the dwarves to escape from giants and wood-elves, and plays an increasingly important role in the relations between the five armies that gather in order to attempt to take their fair share of Smaug the Dragon's horde, returning to the Shire with plenty of stories to tell.

255 pages, hardcover, with color original dust-jacket illustrated by Tolkien. This text contains all revisions and corrections that have been made since the original publication, and conforms to the British Fourth Edition published by George Allen & Unwin in 1978.

It's 1957 in Arkansas and twelve-year-old Marlee is starting her school year. Marlee is smart, but you would never know it due to her extreme shyness and the fact that she never talks. But Marlee is determined to try things differently this year, and when she meets a new girl named Liz in class, they become fast friends. But when Liz is caught "passing" for white, she leaves withdraws from school immediately. But Marlee still wants to be friends. In order to continue their friendship, Marlee and Liz must take on segregation and the danger that their friendship brings to both them and their families.

After witnessing his father's crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his father's death by driving the Roman legions form the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel joins the brutal raids of an outlaw band living in the hills outside his village. Though his grandmother's death slows his plans by forcing him to move home to care for his sister, he continues his dangerous life by leading a group of boy guerrillas in spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge.

In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson. Time and again Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesus' lack of action in opposing the Romans. Devoid of tenderness and forgiveness, headstrong Daniel is also heedless of the loyalty of his friend Joel; the love of Joel's sister, Malthace; and the needs of his own disturbed sister, Leah, dragging them down his destructive path toward disaster.

Elisabeth George Speare won the 1962 Newbery Medal for this magnificent novel of Daniel's tormented journey from a blind, confining hatred to his acceptance and understanding of love. Booklist called it "a dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will be long remembered." Recommended for ages 9 and up. The 1962 Newbery Medal winner.

Robin Hood, champion of the poor and opponent of the Sheriff of Nottingham, takes refuge in the Sherwood Forest and outwits his enemies with daring and panache in this classic English work. Ages 8-12.

Adolf Hitler's ominous statements seem only a distant threat to 11-year-old Rudi Kaplan. But when the Nazi forces invade Poland and bomb his home city of Warsaw, Rudi finds out that he is Hitler's enemy not only because he is a Pole but also because he's a Jew--and a Christian.

The next few years change Rudi's life forever. With only his imprisoned father's promise that they will be reunited after the war, Rudi must learn how to survive in hiding, how to be truly brave, and how to overcome the hatred of his enemies. He must learn to die to himself and to trust the God who is mightier than any army. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches. Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply.

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?"

When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?

Welcome to the Mysterious Benedict Society.

Little Willy's grandfather is sick, and it's up to Willy to save their farm from tax collectors. Their only hope is the prize money for the National Dogsled Race. But a lot of other people want to win the race, too, including Stone Fox, who has never lost a race in his life.

Do Willy and his dog Searchlight stand a chance against the toughest racers around? Can they win the race to save that farm--and Grandfather--before it's too late? Recommended for ages 7 to 11.

This powerful tale of perseverance and hope interweaves the stories of two Sudanese children who overcome mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others. A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way. Includes an afterword by author Linda Sue Park and the real-life Salva Dut, on whom the novel is based, and who went on to found Water for South Sudan. 121 pages, softcover. Ages 10 and up.

Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? This is what young Winnie Foster must decide when discovers a spring that grants immortality. Members of the Tuck family, who have drunk from the spring, tell Winnie of their experiences watching life go by and never getting older. Winnie must then decide for herself whether she wants to join the Tuck clan on their never-ending journey or to move on in life herself. 148 pages, softcover.

Louisa May Alcott shares the innocence of girlhood in this classic coming of age story about four sisters-Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.

In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy are responsible for keeping a home while their father is off to war. At the same time, they must come to terms with their individual personalities-and make the transition from girlhood to womanhood. It can all be quite a challenge. But the March sisters, however different, are nurtured by their wise and beloved Marmee, bound by their love for each other and the feminine strength they share. Readers of all ages have fallen instantly in love with these Little Women. Their story transcends time-making this novel endure as a classic piece of American literature that has captivated generations of readers with their charm, innocence, and wistful insights.

Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a 12th-century Korean village renowned for its ceramics. When he accidentally breaks a delicate piece of pottery, he volunteers to work to pay for the damage. Putting aside his own dreams, Tree-ear resolves to serve the master potter by embarking on a difficult and dangerous journey, little knowing that it will change his life forever. 152 pages. Paperback. Ags 8-12.

It’s 1776 and Isabel, Curzon, and Ruth have only ever known life as slaves. But now the young country of America is in turmoil—there are whisperings, then cries, of freedom from England spreading like fire, and with it is a whole new type of danger. For freedom being fought for one isn’t necessarily freedom being fought for all…especially if you are a slave. But if an entire nation can seek its freedom, why can’t they? As war breaks out, sides must be chosen, death is at every turn, and one question forever rings in their ears: Would you risk everything to be free? As battles rage up and down the Eastern seaboard, Isabel, Curzon, and Ruth flee, separate, fight, face unparalleled heartbreak and, just like war, they must depend on their allies—and each other—if they are to survive. Which leads to a second, harrowing question: Amidst so much pain and destruction, can they even recognize who their allies are? 976 pages, softcover. 

While awaiting trial for murder and for withholding from the Spanish king the obligatory fifth of the gold found in the New World, Esteban de Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old cartographer, recalls his adventures with a band of conquistadors. In this award winning novel, O’Dell immerses the reader in the somber and ruthless world of 16th century Spain, New World America and the conquistadors.  272 pages, softcover. Grades 7 to 9.

Jess Aarons greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new kid, a new girl, boldly crosses over to the boys side of the playground and outruns everyone. That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke became inseparable. It doesn't matter to Jess that Leslie dresses funny, or that her family has a lot of money -- but no TV. Leslie has imagination. Together, she and Jess create Terebithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him. Recommended for ages 9 and up. The 1978 Newbery Medal winner.

PLEASE NOTE: There is some language in this book, including swear words and taking the Lord's name in vain.

The year is 1525 and books written by reformers like Martin Luther are being burned all over Europe. For Tom Barton, who smuggles such books into England, the ban is an opportunity to make money. But when Tom meets William Tyndale, who defies the king and distributes Bibles to the common people, he realizes that the Reformation is more than a money-maker and that spreading God's Word is worth risking one's life. Recommended for ages 10 to 14.

Holes: 20th Anniversary Edition with Bonus Materials by Louis Sachar, Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, and #1 New York Times bestseller! Stanley Yelnats is under a family curse, and it all started with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has followed generations of Yelnatses. Stanley is unjustly sent to Camp Green Lake, a boy's detention center where he and the rest of the boys will be taught "character" by digging 5 feet wide and 5 feet deep holes. It doesn't take Stanley long to realize that there is something more than character building going on here, and he is determined to figure out what it is that the warden is looking for under the dried-up lake.

This 20th Anniversary Edition includes an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from the New York Times bestseller Fuzzy Mud

Marly and her family are moving out to the country, back to her mother's grandmother's house, back to where she would say: "Now scoot, you two, for goodness' sakes! Up here, there's all outdoors!"

Moving so her father can start recovering from his time spent as a prisoner of war, as Marly and her family learn about the country life from their neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Chris, they do start adjusting and becoming happier. When Mr. Chris suffers a heart attack during "sugaring time," Marly's family helps to repay the kindness shown them by pitching in to keep the fires going, keep the sap moving, and bring in that year's harvest of maple syrup...even getting the whole school to join in their efforts.

Miracles on Maple Hill won the 1957 Newbery Medal.

In the bleak winter of 1940, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lundstrom’s tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated—until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy. It was a dangerous plan. They had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant risking their country’s treasure—and their lives. This classic story of how a group of children outwitted the Nazis and sent the treasure to America has captivated generations of readers. 208 pages, softcover. Ages 8 and up.

Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli, all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain. Released over a period of five years, Lloyd Alexander's beautifully written Prydain Series not only captured children's imaginations but also garnered the highest critical praise. Ages 8 and up.

When Soft Rain’s teacher reads a letter stating that as of May 23, 1838, all Cherokee people are to leave their land and move to what many Cherokees called “the land of darkness,” Soft Rain is not concerned. She is confident that her family will not have to move, because they have just planted corn for the next harvest. But when soldiers arrive to take nine-year-old Soft Rain and her mother to walk the Trail of Tears, she must leave the rest of her family behind, journeying across rivers, valleys, and mountains; eating the white man’s food; and watching many of her people die. A story of adversity and resilience during a painful period of American history. 128 pages, softcover.

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.

Elizabeth lives with her Aunt Harriet and Aunt Francis in the city. Her Aunt Francis is always there to make sure that Elizabeth isn't afraid of dogs, has someone to cry to about how school exams are horrid, and makes sure that she's always understood. But when Aunt Harriet gets sick, Elizabeth--now Betsy--goes to live on a Vermont Farm with Uncle Henry, Aunt Abigail and Cousin Ann. With their New England expressions and hard-working attitudes, Betsy isn't sure how to adjust--but as the seasons go on, she finds life much more exciting on the Putney farm than in the city. 140 pages, softcover. Ages 9-12. Abridged from the original book.

In this incredible debut novel comes the richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who at birth was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at anytime anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom'and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's quest to break the curse once and for all and discover who she really is is as sharply funny as Catherine, Called Birdy, as richly poignant as Beauty, and has all the marks of a classic in the making. Recommended for ages 8 and up, 232 pages, softcover. A 1998 Newbery Honor Book.

In this adventure set in Elizabethan England, Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare's play "Hamlet"--or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare's players perform. As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama. 224 pages, softcover. Ages 8 and up.

Here is the classic boy-and-dog story of adventure and friendship in the wild mountains of 1940’s Pennsylvania. Danny knows at a glance that Red, the big Irish setter, is the dog he has always dreamed of. But Red is a champion, and Danny is only a trapper's son who lives in a cabin on the mountain. Still, their bond is undeniable. Red is fast and strong, smart and noble, and incredibly loyal and soon Danny and Red are meeting nature on their own terms, enduring a blizzard, and even facing down a wolverine. But can Danny and Red take on the enemy that threatens everyone on the mountain--the bear they call Old Majesty? This 75th Anniversary edition features original artwork from the first edition and reproductions of the original woodcut endpapers. 256 pages, hardcover. Ages 9 and up.

This timeless piece of literary documentation, the Diary of Anne Frank, stands as a peerless work of spirit, endurance and human resilience. Read and cherished by millions, it remains one of the most remarkable autobiographies ever written. This edition is comprised of mostly the "b" manuscript that Anne originally edited. 338 pages, softcover.

Thirteen year old Brian Robeson survived the plane crash. . .but now was alone, in the middle of the woods of Canada, with only a hatchet. The story of how he stayed alive for 54 days---finding food, getting water, escaping animals, building a shelter, constructing a bow---has riveted young readers and become a modern young-adult classic.

This 20th anniversary edition of Gary Paulsen's Newbery Honor book Hatchet features new illustrations by Drew Willis that illustrate Brian's gear as well as interesting sidebar notes from the author.

188 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Ages 10-14.

In the classic story, The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, Princess Irene has discovered a secret winding stairway in her castle which leads to a bewildering labyrinth of unknown passages with closed doors....and more stairs. What lies at the top? And what plot is brewing far below?

Based on historical events, this powerful multi-award winning novel tells the story of The Long Walk of 1863 through 1865, when the Navajo were forced to leave their ancestral homeland. With a simple but dramatic narrative, young Bright Morning tells the story of her capture by Spaniard slavers while grazing her flock of sheep, her courageous escape with her friends and her future husband Tall Boy, and her people’s forced march to a reservation in New Mexico. This gripping tale of survival, strength, and courage portrays the injustices perpetrated by the government during the US’s westward expansion. 144 pages, softcover. Ages 7 and up.

Over the years, Tom Wilson has owned seven wonderful dogs. Each one brought its own gift--comfort when Tom felt life's deepest wound, or purpose when it was time to move ahead. Bre'er, the first, was a childhood friend. Tag was a mystery. Laird was an aristocrat, Dawn a healer, Victor knew how to take charge, and Nell knew no strangers. Finally there was Una, the patient friend who was to usher in the future.

The Seventh One shares with readers author Elizabeth Yates' special love of dogs and their remarkable ability to move with and respond to the needs of human beings. With extraordinary empathy, she brings out the spirit and unique personality of each dog. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Newly orphaned Peggy Grahame is caught off-guard when she first arrives at her family's ancestral estate. Her eccentric uncle Enos drives away her only new acquaintance, Pat, a handsome British scholar, then leaves Peggy to fend for herself. But she is not alone. The house is full of mysteries--and ghosts. Soon Peggy becomes involved with the spirits of her own Colonial ancestors and witnesses the unfolding of a centuries-old romance against a backdrop of spies and intrigue and of battles plotted and foiled. History has never been so exciting--especially because the ghosts are leading Peggy to a romance of her own!

When 16-year-old Navajo Ned Begay enlists in the Marines during World War II, he's tapped to join one of the Allies' most secret groups---the code talkers. Braving some of the fiercest battles of the war, Ned and his companions save countless American lives, while honoring their native culture and traditions. Bruchac's inspiring historical novel is a riveting read for kids ages 10 and up. 240 pages, hardcover from Dial.

Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.

    Great for reading aloud to 3-7 year olds, or independently from ages 8-12, this early Roald Dahl adventure is a sure fun filled read for you and your kids! Young ones will be delighted to hear that the Fantastic Mr. Fox keeps his family one step ahead of the three meanest farmers around. When they try to dig him out, he digs faster; when they lay siege to his den, he tunnels to where the mean farmers least expect him. What the farmers don't seem to realize is that Mr. Fox will do anything than surrender-he'll have to come up with the most fantastic plan to survive these farmers. Roald Dahl evokes a magical animal world that children will adore!

    This collectable hardcover edition will feature a beautiful cover and deluxe packaging, including red interior text and illustrations!

    Monster by Walter Dean Myers, is a New York Times bestselling novel, that tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial. The story is presented as a screenplay of Steve's own imagination, and peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can change our whole lives. This intriguing coming-of-age story is a multi-award winner and is now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Nas, and A$AP Rocky. 281 pages, softcover. Ages 13 and up.

    August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. This beautiful, color illustrated edition includes over twenty-five pieces of original art from Tad Carpenter, the artist behind the original cover. 368 pages, hardcover. Ages 8 and up.

    Introduce your children to a story that has enthralled kids for generations, Five Children and It. When five siblings move into the country, they decide to go digging in a sand pit. There they find a furry creature with two horns on its head holding its eyes. This creature is the Psammead, a grumpy sand-fairy, the last of his kind, who grants a wish a day. The children all grant wishes but they come to find out that all of the fantastical things they are wishing for can happen, but that they do not always go well.

    In an intergenerational collection of true stories, witnesses to World War II share their memories with young interviewers so that their experiences will never be forgotten. More than 70 years after the end of the most devastating war in history, children interviewed family and community members to learn about the war from people who were there, to record their memories before they were lost forever. RAF pilots, evacuees, resistance fighters, Land Girls, U.S. Navy sailors, and survivors of the Holocaust and the Hiroshima bombing all tell their stories, passing on the lessons learned to a new generation. Featuring many vintage photographs, this moving volume also offers an index of contributors and a glossary. 320 pages, softcover. Ages 10 and up.