Babbitt, Natalie  The Search for Delicious

When the kingdom is threatened with civil war if a food to stand for the word “Delicious” isn’t found, the King’s messenger, Gaylen, goes on a quest to save the land from unrest.

Banks, Lynne Reid  The Indian in the Cupboard

For his birthday Omri is given a second-hand plastic Indian and a bathroom cabinet someone had thrown out. When Omri puts the Indian inside the cupboard, he comes to life.

Bellairs, John  The House with a Clock in its Walls

When Lewis finds out that his uncle and next-door neighbor are both witches, he tries out his own magic and unknowingly brings the evil Serenna Izard back to life.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson  The Secret Garden

After her parents die in a cholera epidemic in India, Mary is sent to the Yorkshire moors and the large, lonely house of her uncle – she discovers the secrets of the house and brings happiness back to those who live there.

Byars, Betsy  The Not-Just-Anybody Family

While their mother is on the rodeo circuit, Maggie and Vern have to get their grandfather out of jail (he accidentally dumped 2,147 soda cans off the back of his truck) and their brother out of hospital (he tried to fly off the roof of the barn).

Cleary, Beverly  The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Keith is a boy who saves Ralph the mouse's life and teaches him how to ride his toy motorcycle to adventure.

Dahl, Roald  The Twits

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are a beastly pair of old people – they paint their tree with glue so the birds stick to it, Mrs Twit makes her husband spaghetti with worms, and that’s just the beginning.

Fleischman, Sid  The Whipping Boy

Jemmy is an orphan who takes whippings for Prince Brat, until he and the prince runaway together and their adventure causes their relationship to change.

Grahame, Kenneth  The Wind in the Willows

Life on the river is peaceful and enjoyable for Mole and Ratty, until they have to make plans with Badger about how to keep their devil-may-care friend, Mr. Toad, out of serious trouble.

Konigsburg, E.L.  From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Claudia runs away with her brother Jamie – to the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Once they’re moved in, Claudia discovers a beautiful statue whose sculptor’s name is a mystery.

L’Engle, Madeleine  Meet the Austins

Twelve-year-old Vicky, her brothers and sisters have to adjust to the new member of their household – Maggy Hamilton, who has just been orphaned and is nothing like the Austins.

Lewis, C.S.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The story of four children who are sent to live in the English countryside during the second world war in the house of an old professor and discover the enchanted land of Narnia inside a magic wardrobe.

Lord, Bette  In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Shirley Temple Wong moves from China to Brooklyn and adapts to American culture through a love of the Dodger's baseball team and their star player, Jackie Robinson.

Lowry, Lois  Anastasia Krupnik

Anastasia has a green book full of lists and two things just joined the "hate" list, her parents and babies. By the time her baby brother has been born things have changed.

Peck, Robert Newton  Soup

In this autobiographical novel, Robert Newton Peck tells stories about growing up in 1920s Vermont with his friend soup and all the trouble they got into.

Sachar, Louis  There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom

Bradley is the weirdest kid in school and a bully but with the help of the school counselor and a new friend he discovers a new side to himself.

Slote, Alfred  Finding Buck McHenry

Jason is cut from his baseball team and has to join a new team that doesn’t even have a coach, until the school custodian Mack Henry – a hero from the old Negro leagues – fills in.

Spinelli, Jerry  Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee is a homeless boy who becomes a legend for his baseball skills and for how he confronted racism in his town.

White, E.B.  Stuart Little

The Little family is surprised when their second child is born a mouse but they love him regardless. As Stuart grows up and leaves home, adventure follows.

Winthrop, Elizabeth  The Castle in the Attic

When the woman who has been Phillip's nanny all his life, must go back to England, she leaves him a model medieval castle which is full of magic.


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