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Recommended for Grades 4-6

All books can be found in the Juvenile Fiction or
Juvenile Paperback section by the author’s last name.
*This book is part of a series or trilogy.


Book Cover Appelt, Kathi
THE UNDERNEATH
An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

Book Cover      Armstrong, William
SOUNDER
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 with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.

Book Cover Avi
POPPY *
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.

Book Cover Birney, Betty
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY *
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

Book Cover Bruel, Nick
BAD KITTY GETS A BATH
With bath time approaching, Kitty's owners do what they can to prepare themselves for the disaster they know it will become--and even have an ambulance waiting in the driveway just in case!

Book Cover Burnford, Shelia
THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
Two dogs and a Siamese cat make their way west across the Canadian wilderness to find their way home to the family they love.

Book Cover Cleary, Beverly
THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE *
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.

Book Cover DiCamillo, Kate
THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

Book Cover 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.


 

Book Cover Howe, James
BUNNICULA: A RABBIT-TALE OF MYSTERY *
When the Monroes go to the movie “Dracula,” they find a baby rabbit and name it Bunnicula. Chester the cat suspects the newcomer who has fangs and is awake only at night. Is Bunnicula really a vampire?

Book Cover Jaques, Brian
REDWALL *
When the peaceful life in and around 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.

Book Cover King-Smith, Dick
BABE: THE GALLANT PIG
A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

Book Cover King-Smith, Dick
FUNNY FRANK
Gertie the hen is appalled when her son Frank wants to swim with the ducks, but Jemima and her mother, the farmer's wife, make him a special outfit so that his dream can come true.

Book Cover King-Smith, Dick
HARRY’S MAD
Harry finds himself caught up in an unexpected adventure when his legacy from his great uncle, a talking parrot named Madison, is kidnapped by a burglar.

Book Cover Laskey, Kathryn
GUARDIANS OF GA’HOOLE: THE CAPTURE *
When a barn owl arrives at St. Aggie's, a mysterious school for orphaned owls, he and his new friend, a clever female elf owl, embark on a perilous journey to save all owls from the danger that lurks at there.

Book Cover Lisle, Janet
HIGHWAY CATS
After befriending three little kittens who were thrown off a truck and onto the highway one evening, a group of street cats are shocked when they discover that the kittens have special powers that can save their beloved cat town.

Book Cover Martin, Ann M.
A DOG’S LIFE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A STRAY
Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.

Book Cover Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
SHILOH *
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, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

Book Cover O’Brien, Robert
MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

Book Cover Oppel, Kenneth
SILVERWING
Shade, a Silverwing bat, and his friends face the most incredible journey of their lives when they suspect that Goth, a huge vampire bat, may have an evil plan to destroy Shade's entire colony.

Book Cover Reiche, Dietlof
I, FREDDY *
Freddy, a remarkably intelligent golden hamster, learns how to read and how to write on a computer and escapes captivity to become an independent and civilized creature.

Book Cover Runton, Andy
OWLY: THE WAY HOME AND THE BITTERSWEET SUMMER *
Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who's always on the lookout for new friends and adventure. (Located in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section.)

Book Cover Said, S.F.
VARJAK PAW *
Guided by the spirit of his legendary Mesopotamian ancestor, Jalal, Varjak Paw, a pure-bred cat, leaves his home and pampered existence and sets out to save his family from the evil Gentleman who took their owner, the Contessa.

Book Cover Schade, Susan
TRAVELS OF THELONIOUS
Thelonius Chipmunk, an animal with the gift of language, stumbles upon the remains of human civilization, ruled by gangs and warlords, and struggles to find the truth surrounding Earth's past.

Book Cover Selden, George
THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE *
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

Book Cover Wallace, Bill
THE LEGEND OF THUNDERFOOT
An embarrassed roadrunner named "Thunderfoot" is determined to prove his worth and becomes a legend when his accidental feats get back to his family.

Book Cover White, E.B.
CHARLOTTE’S WEB
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Book Cover White, E.B.
STUART LITTLE
The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.

Book Cover White, E.B.
THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN
Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home and communicates by learning to play a stolen trumpet.

Book Cover Whybrow, Ian
LITTLE WOLF’S BOOK OF BADNESS
Little Wolf has been behaving too courteously, so his parents send him to his uncle's Big Bad Wolf school to learn to be a proper wolf.

Book Cover Wise, William
CHRISTOPHER MOUSE: THE TALE OF A SMALL TRAVELER
After being sold to an unscrupulous pet store owner, a young mouse lives with several owners and has many adventures, before ending up with an appreciative family.

Book Cover Yi, Nancy
SWORDBIRD
Warring factions of blue jays and cardinals call on Swordbird, the heroic bird of peace, to rescue them from the evil hawk lord who plans to enslave them.

Youth Services Librarians, 2010

Last updated: 10/11/2011 5:22:37 PM