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Angleberger, Tom.  The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.  Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

Appelt, Kathi.  The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch. 

Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mr. Popper, a house painter who dreams of the Polar region, receives a large crate containing a penguin.

Banks, Lynne Reid. The Fairy Rebel
The Fairy queen has forbidden her subjects to grant any magic favors to humans, but Tiki the fairy secretly creates a child for Jan and her husband.

Bearn, Emily.  Tumtum and Nutmeg
Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.

Becker, Bonny.  The Magical Miss Plum
The students in Ms. Plum's third grade class soon learn that there is something very special about their teacher and her classroom's mysterious supply closet.

Blume, Judy. Frecklejuice
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.

Buckley, Michael.  The Fairy-Tale Detectives
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with their eccentric grandmother whom they have always believed to be dead.  The first book in the Sisters Grimm series.

Butterworth, Oliver. The Enormous Egg
A baby triceratops hatches from an egg laid by Nate Twitchell's hen.

Catling, Patrick. Chocolate Touch
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

Cleary, Beverly. Ramona the Pest
Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten and creates plenty of mischief. Follow the adventures of Ramona and other characters in Cleary's other books.

Clements, Andrew. Frindle
When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Clifford, Eth. Help! I'm A Prisoner In the Library
During a blizzard, two girls spend an adventurous night trapped inside a public library.

Dahl, Roald.  The BFG
Kidsnatched from an orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling giants.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Desperaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and  a Spool of Thread 
When Desperaux, a small mouse of unusual talents, falls in love with a human princess, he is banished to the rat dungeon.

Dowell, Francis O'Roark.  Phineas L. MacGuire... Erupts! 
Fourth-grade science whiz Phineas MacGuire is forced to team up with the new boy in class on a science fair project, but the boy's quirky personality causes Phineas to wonder if they have any chance of winning.

Eager, Edward. Half Magic 
Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double wishing on an ancient coin.

Endrich, Louise. The Birchbark House 
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

Gannett, Ruth Stiles. My Father's Dragon
Elmer is determined to rescue a baby dragon who is being used by a group of wild animals to ferry them across the river.

Holm, Jennifer.  Turtle in Paradise
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

Howe, James. Bunnicula
Bunnicula is a vampire bunny found in a shoe box at the movies. Harold, the dog, and Chester, the cat know he's no ordinary rabbit.

Ibbotson, Eva.  Secret of Platform 13 
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 has been stolen as an infant.

Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo and Someone Called Plastic
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends who happen to be toys.

King-Smith, Dick. Three Terrible Trins
Three mice brothers ignore a rigid class system and befriend a lower class mouse. They form a team to fight cats.

Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 
Having run awry with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

Lin, Grace.  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon 
Minli, and adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

MacDonald, Betty. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
 The eccentric Mrs. Piggle Wiggle offers parents cures for such childhood diseases as "Won't-Put-Away-Toys-Itis," "Answer-backism," and "Fighter-Quarrelitis."

MacLachlan, Patricia Sarah. Sarah, Plain and Tall
Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother, a mail-order bride that their father invited to live with them in their private home.

Marshall, James. Rats On the Roof and Other Stories
Seven amusing stories about a variety of animals, including a frog with magnificent legs, a hungry brontosaurus, and a cultured cat with an unlikely rat phobia.

Martin, Ann. The Doll People
A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow The Doll code of Honor.

McCloskey, Robert. Homer Price
A humorous collection of stories about a small-town boy's neighborhood dilemmas.

Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

Pullman, Phillip. The Scarecrow and His Servant 
A scarecrow and his boy servant, Jack, set off on a dangerous adventure as they try to outwit the crooked Buffaloni family and stake their claim to valuable Spring Valley.

Rocklin, Joanne.  One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
The last remaining orange tree on a Southern California street brings together neighbors of all ages as they face their problems and anxieties, including the possibility that a mysterious stranger is a threat to their tree.

Scieska, Jon. Knights At the Kitchen Table
Zany story of three boys' adventures with knights and dragons.

Seidler, Tor.  Mean Margaret 
Fred and Phoebe, newlywed woodchucks, take care of a cranky toddler named Margaret, who they find abandoned in the woods.

Selden, George. The Cricket In Times Square
Chester, a Connecticut cricket transported to New York's Times Square, has the unique talent of being able to play beautiful violin music with his wings.

Smith, Robert K. Chocolate Fever
Harry, who is wild about chocolate, comes down with the world's first case of chocolate fever in which everything that touches his mouth turns to chocolate.

Stead, Rebecca.  When You Reach Me
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source who seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Vande Velde, Vivian.  Three Good Deeds
Caught stealing some goose eggs from a witch, Howard is cursed for his heartlessness and turned into a goose himself, and he can only turn human again after performing three good deeds.

Voight, Cynthia.  Young Fredle
Fredle, a young mouse cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators outside, makes some important discoveries and allies, and learns the meaning of freedom as he struggles to return home.

Weeks, Sarah.  Pie
After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe.  Includes fourteen pie recipes.

White, E. B. Charlotte's Web.
Charlotte, a spider, conspires with the farmer's daughter to save Wilbur, a piglet slated to be butchered in the fall.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House In the Big Woods.
One of a series of books about Laura and her family, who were early pioneers of the American West.