KCLS Recommends: Children's - Grades 4-5
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.
Annotation:Benjamin Franklin's companion, Amos the mouse, recounts how he was responsible for Franklin's inventions and discoveries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Annotation:Cinderella, Snow White, and three other well-known princesses share a surprising connection in these fairy tale retellings presented in comic book format.
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.
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.
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