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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Grades 4-5

Amelia's Back-to-school Survival Guide
Amelia's Back-to-school Survival Guide And Get-ready-for-school Amelia Featuring Vote 4 Amelia and Amelia's Guide to Babysitting By Moss, Marissa (Book - 2012 ) J MOSS Available in some locations

Annotation:Two stories, including "Vote 4 Amelia," in which Amelia battles to save a friend's reputation during a smear campaign; and "Amelia's Guide to Babysitting," in which Amelia and Carly encounter challenges from a first babysitting charge.

Ben and Me
Ben and Me A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin as Written by His Good Mouse Amos By Lawson, Robert, 1892-1957 (Book - 1988 1939 ) J LAWSON Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 29 copies

Annotation:Benjamin Franklin's companion, Amos the mouse, recounts how he was responsible for Franklin's inventions and discoveries.

Big Nate
Big Nate In A Class by Himself By Peirce, Lincoln (Book - 2012 ) J PEIRCE Available in some locations Holds: 31 on 58 copies

Annotation:Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.

The Case of the Perfect Dog
The Case of the Perfect Dog By Erickson, John R., 1943- (Book - 2012 ) J HANKCOWDOG V.59 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 23 copies

Annotation:Hank the Cowdog finds himself in competition with a new dog, Happy, who seems perfect until it is discovered that he will eat anything.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By Dahl, Roald (Book - 2004 ) J DAHL Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 77 copies

Annotation:Each of five children lucky enough to discover a golden entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

The Cheshire Cheese Cat
The Cheshire Cheese Cat A Dickens of A Tale By Deedy, Carmen Agra (Book - 2011 ) J DEEDY Available in some locations

Annotation:A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate By Kelly, Jacqueline (Book - 2009 ) J KELLY Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 67 copies

Annotation:During the hot Texas summer of 1899, Callie finds she doesn’t like the lady-like pursuits of housework, cooking or knitting but she does share an avid interest in nature with her granddaddy and on one of their expeditions, they make an unusual discovery.

Extra Credit
Extra Credit By Clements, Andrew, 1949- (Book - 2009 ) J CLEMENTS Available in some locations

Annotation:As letters flow back and forth between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides, sixth-grader Abby, ten-year-old Amira, and eleven-year-old Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other.

Flight of the Phoenix
Flight of the Phoenix By LaFevers, R. L. (Book - 2009 ) J LAFEVERS Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father's cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a "beastologist."

The Gecko & Sticky
The Gecko & Sticky Sinister Substitute By Van Draanen, Wendelin (Book - 2010 ) J VAN DRAANEN Available in some locations

Annotation:Dave Sanchez and his talking gecko must brave the pits, traps, and crocodiles of Damien Black’s creepy castle to rescue Dave’s kidnapped science teacher.

How to Save your Tail
How to Save your Tail If You Are A Rat Nabbed by Cats Who Really Like Stories About Magic Spoons, Wolves With Snout-warts, Big, Hairy Chimney Trolls-- and Cookies Too By Hanson, Mary Elizabeth (Book - 2007 ) J HANSON Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation: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.

How to Break A Dragon's Heart
How to Break A Dragon's Heart By Cowell, Cressida (Book - 2011 ) J COWELL Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 53 copies

Annotation:When Hiccup Horrendous Haddock, introduced in How to Train Your Dragon, is stranded on the Beach of the Broken Heart, he must face UG the Uglithug and complete the impossible task.

Midnight for Charlie Bone
Midnight for Charlie Bone By Nimmo, Jenny (Book - 2002 ) J NIMMO Available in some locations

Annotation:Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg By Philbrick, W. R. (Book - 2009 ) J PHILBRICK Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 25 copies

Annotation:When his older brother illegally enlists in the Union Army, Homer follows his trail South, meeting an assortment of saints, sinners and scallywags who help or hinder him on a search that ends at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission
Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 2007 ) J CURTIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Flint Future Detective Club members Steven Carter and his friends Russell and Richelle follow Russell's dog, Rodney Rodent, into a mural to chase a gnome, only to find the mysterious Mr. Chickee on the other side.

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict By Stewart, Trenton Lee (Book - 2012 ) J STEWART Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 52 copies

Annotation:Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict, an orphan afflicted with an unfortunate nose and with narcolepsy, is sent to a new orphanage where he encounters vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances, and a mystery that could change his life forever.

Odd and the Frost Giants
Odd and the Frost Giants By Gaiman, Neil (Book - 2009 ) J GAIMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.

Once Upon A Crime
Once Upon A Crime By Buckley, Michael (Book - 2007 ) J BUCKLEY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 37 copies

Annotation:When the fairy-tale detectives rush to New York City hoping to find an Everafter who can cure Puck, they trigger a chain of events that includes a murder mystery, and learn many new things about their mother who, along with their father, is still in an enchanted sleep.

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat By Riddell, Chris (Book - 2007 ) J RIDDELL Available in some locations

Annotation:Ottoline and Mr. Munroe investigate a string of burglaries and the disappearance of several lapdogs.

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street By Birdsall, Jeanne (Book - 2008 ) J BIRDSALL Available in some locations

Annotation:The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating, and they hatch a plot to stop him.

Popular Clone
Popular Clone By Castle, M. E. (Book - 2012 ) J CASTLE All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 12 copies

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Fisher Bas, a science-loving bully magnet, clones himself only to discover that his double is infinitely cooler than himself.

Robot Dreams
Robot Dreams By Varon, Sara (Book - 2007 ) J VARON Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 43 copies

Annotation:The enduring friendship between a dog and a robot is portrayed in this wordless graphic novel.

Satch & Me
Satch & Me A Baseball Card Adventure By Gutman, Dan (Book - 2006 ) J GUTMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.

The Secret of Platform 13
The Secret of Platform 13 By Ibbotson, Eva (Book - 1998 ) J IBBOTSON Available in some locations

Annotation:Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an infant.

Shadow By Morpurgo, Michael (Book - 2012 ) J MORPURGO Available in some locations

Annotation:Teenager Aman and his mother lose their loyal spaniel Shadow while escaping Afghanistan to flee to England. Now they must depend on a friend and his grandfather to enable Shadow's return.

The Shadows
The Shadows By West, Jacqueline, 1979- (Book - 2010 ) J WEST Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 86 copies

Annotation:When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.

The Shakespeare Stealer
The Shakespeare Stealer By Blackwood, Gary L. (Book - 1998 ) J BLACKWOOD Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation:A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

There's A Princess in the Palace
There's A Princess in the Palace By Alley, Zoë B. (Book - 2010 ) J398.2 ALL Available in some locations

Annotation:Cinderella, Snow White, and three other well-known princesses share a surprising connection in these fairy tale retellings presented in comic book format.

Ubiquitous Celebrating Nature's Survivors By Sidman, Joyce (Book - 2010 ) J811.54 SID Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Poems and factual information about some of the creatures that live on Planet Earth.

Unsinkable By Korman, Gordon (Book - 2011 ) J KORMAN Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 24 copies

Annotation:Although the Titanic ship is meant to be unsinkable, there is plenty of danger waiting on its maiden voyage for four of its passengers--Paddy, a stowaway; Sophie, under police custody; rich yet troubled Juliana; and Alfie, who hides a secret.

Wildwood By Meloy, Colin (Book - 2011 ) J MELOY Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 46 copies

Annotation:When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

Word After Word After Word
Word After Word After Word By MacLachlan, Patricia (Book - 2010 ) J MACLACHLAN Available in some locations

Annotation:A visiting poet, Ms. Mirabel, teaches five friends in grade school about the power of words and writing.

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