Great Books for Girls (Grades 4-7)


Auxier, Jonathan                      Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard
Twelve-year-old Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father's bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping the confines of her dull life. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.

Bailey, Kristin                            The Silver Gate
Elric and his mother secretly care for his mentally disabled sister, Wynn, whom the villagers consider a changeling, until their father threatens to sell her, so they flee into the forest, even though Elric does not share her belief in magic.

Beasley, Kate                           Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Gertie is a girl on a mission to be the best fifth grader ever in order to show her estranged mother that Gertie doesn't need her--not one bit!

Beatty, Robert                          Serafina and the Black Cloak
When children start disappearing from an estate, Serafina, who lives in the basement, uses her talents to find the kidnapper, and finally discovers the secrets of her past.

Behar, Ruth                               Lucky Broken Girl
In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

Benjamin, Ali                            The Thing About Jellyfish
Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker      The War That Saved My Life
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

Carlson, Caroline                      Magic Marks the Spot
Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. There's only one problem: the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks. But Hilary, not the kind of girl to take no for answer, sets out in search of her own seaworthy adventure.

Carroll, Emma                           In Darkling Wood
When Alice goes to stay with her grandmother she discovers the magical Darkling Wood, where she meets a strange friend and discovers letters written between a brother and sister during WWI.                      

Chmakova, Svetlana                  Awkward
After insulting a member of the science club on her first day at a new middle school, art club member Penelope Torres tries to find a way to apologize to him while the two clubs battle for predominance at their school.

Choldenko, Gennifer                 Chasing Secrets
In 1900, thirteen-year-old Lizzie and her secret friend Noah plan to rescue Noah's father from the quarantined Chinatown, and save everyone they love from contracting the plague that is spreading in San Francisco.

DiCamillo, Kate                        Raymie Nightingale
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

Draper, Sharon                       Stella by Starlight
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

Durham, Paul                            The Luck Uglies
Eleven-year-old Rye O'Chanter and her two friends delve into the secret lore of their village when mysterious creatures of legend reappear on the night of the Black Moon, leading them to the notorious secret society, the Luck Uglies.

Falkner, Brian                            Northwood
Cecilia Undergarment is a remarkable girl who can understand what animals are saying. But her plan to rescue a sad and neglected dog lands her in the dark, enchanted forest of Northwood, where the ferocious black lions roam and the mystery of Castle Storm awaits.

Fox, Janet S.                            The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
In 1940, during the Blitz, Katherine, Robbie and Amelie Bateson are sent north to a private school in Rookskill Castle in Scotland, a brooding place, haunted by dark magic from the past - but when some of their classmates disappear, Katherine has to find out if the cause is hidden in the past or very much in the present.

Foxless, Karen                         Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
In this retelling of the Snow Queen, eleven-year-old Ophelia suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission.

Frederick, Heather Vogel          Absolutely Truly
Twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy's family moves to a small town to take over a bookstore. Soon she has to solve two mysteries involving a missing book and an undelivered letter.

Galante, Cecila                       The World From Up Here
When Wren, an anxious twelve-year-old, and her younger brother move in temporarily with her aunt and fearless cousin, Silver, she reconsiders her assumptions about silver, the witch rumored to live nearby, and her many paralyzing fears.

Hannigan, Kate                         The Detective’s Assistant
In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, and learns about a troubling time in her family’s past.

Harrington, Janice                        Catching a Storyfish
Keet feels out of place when she moves away from her Alabama home, but is happy that she'lllive near her beloved grandfther. When he has a stroke, she helps him by telling him stories and in the process she finds her own voice.

Harrington, Karen                         Courage for Beginners
Twelve-year-old Mysti must navigate a rocky start to seventh grade, care for her family when her dad has a terrible accident, and deal with her family's secret: that her mother is agoraphobic and never leaves the house.

Harper, Charise Mericle                Dreamer, Wisher, Liar
Ashley's summer is filled with babysitting, letters to her best friend at camp, and a wish jar filled with secret revelations that help her understand her mother in a whole new way.

Jamieson, Victoria                         Roller Girl
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

Johnson, Jaleigh                          The Mark of the Dragonfly
Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.

Kidd, Ronald                                 Night on Fire
In 1961, thirteen-year-old Billie is shocked by the violence toward the Freedom Riders s they pass through her Alabama town and wonders if she is brave enough to stand up and fight for civil rights.

Lai, Thanhha                                 Listen Slowly
Mai travels to Vietnam to assist her grandmother in investigating her grandfather’s fate during the Vietnam War and struggles to adapt to Vietnamese culture while redefining her sense of family.

Lambert, Mary                               Family Game Night and other Catastrophes
Seventh-grader Annabelle's mother is a hoarder, and when things get out of hand and their fix-it-all grandmother arrives to take charge, Annabelle realizes she can no longer isolate herself and keep her family's Problems a secret.

Laso, Maria                                  Otherwise Known as Possum
Enrolled in school after her mother's death, Possum resolves to preserve her mother's homeschooling lessons by proving she already knows everything, an unsuccessful endeavor complicated by her teacher's attraction to Possum's father

Mackey, Heather                          Dreamwood
Twelve-year-old Lucy Darrington goes on a quest to find her missing father in a remote, magical territory in the Pacific Northwest.

Mackler, Carolyn                         Best Friend Next Door
Two girls who share a birthday and palindromic names struggle with respective parental challenges and loneliness while gradually overcoming their differences to become close friends.

Magoon, Kekla                             Shadows of Sherwood
When Nott City is taken over by a harsh governor, Ignomus Crown, and her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley flees for her life and joins a group of children trying to take back what is rightfully theirs in this futuristic retelling of Robin Hood.

Mata, Julie                                    Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens
Budding film director Kate Walden navigates middle school girl politics and chores on her mother's chicken farm while trying to become the next Spielberg.

Middleton, Dana                           The Infinity Year of Avalon Jane
Facing bullying at home and her family being torn apart, Avalon anxiously waits with her best friend, Atticus, for the magical power they are supposed to inherit between their tenth and eleventh birthdays.

Mullaly, Lynda Hunt                      Fish In a Tree

Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read.

Nesbet, Anne                              The Wrinkled Crown
Twelve-year-old Linny embarks on an epic quest to save her best friend and discovers that she is the link between the magical and logical halves of her world.

Ray, Delia                                     Finding Fortune
Angry with her mother, twelve-year-old runaway Ren finds an unusual boarding house in a nearby ghost town, Fortune, where she meets some interesting people and learns of a forgotten treasure from when the town was famous for buttons made of Mississippi River shells.

Resau, Laura                             The Lightning Queen
In the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s, eleven-year-old Teo's life feels barren, but when Esma, who calls herself the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, rolls into town, life brims with possibility. With the help of a rescued duck, a three-legged skunk, a blind goat, and other unexpected allies, Teo and Esma must overcome obstacles and even death to fulfill their impossible destiny.

Ringwald, Whitaker                    The Secret Box
On her twelfth birthday, Jax Malone receives an odd, unopenable present from an estranged aunt. When Jax and her cousins Ethan and Tyler go on a quest to open the box, they uncover a mystery with magical consequences.

Sales, Leila                                 Once Was a Time
In World War II England, ten-year-old Lottie is transported via a portal to present day Wisconsin, where she must find her way back to her family and her best friend, Kitty.

Scanlon, Elizabeth Garton        The Great Good Summer
Twelve-year-old Ivy Green, whose mother may have run off with a charismatic preacher to Panhandle, Florida, teams up with a classmate to find her, and has a summer adventure that’s full of surprises.

Schlitz, Laura                           The Hired Girl
In 1911, fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs leaves her hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania to become a hired girl, cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week in hopes of becoming a woman of the future.

Schmid, Susan                         If the Magic Fits
Darling Dimple, a young orphan, discovers a closet full of magical dresses, each of which gives her the appearance of another person in the castle and that, along with her own magical abilities, helps her protect Princess Mariposa from betrayal as the castle swarms with suitors.

Schulz, Heidi                           Hook’s Revenge
Captain Hook's swashbuckling daughter must avenge her infamous father's death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile.

Sepahban, Lois                        Paper Wishes
Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens.

Shevah, Emma                       Dream On, Amber
Amber's Japanese father left when she was little, and her sister Bella was just a baby, so now she fills in the frustrating gap in her life with imagined conversations, and writes letters to Bella that seem to come from their father.

Sloan, Holly Goldberg             Short
Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.

Spinelli, Jerry                          The Warden's Daughter
Living with her warden father in an apartment above a 1950s prison, Cammie O'Reilly struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother, who died saving her from harm when she was a baby, and interacts with some of the reformed inmates.

Springstubb, Tricia                   Every Single Second
Twelve-year-old Nella and her "secret sister" Angela have stopped talking, but when Angela's idolized big brother makes a terrible, fatal mistake that plunges his family into a whirlwind of harsh publicity and judgment, Nella is faced with a series of startling revelations about her parents, friends and neighborhood that push her to decide whether to stand by or stand up.

Staniford, Natalie                     Switched at Birthday
Lavender sees herself as the miserable but tough outsider at school. Scarlet knows she is talented and popular, but insecure on the inside. On their mutual thirteenth birthday, they wake up in each other's bodies and are forced to learn what it means to walk in someone else's shoes.

Stead, Rebecca                        Goodbye Stranger
As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her two best friends, she makes a third best friend and finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: “What is my purpose in life?”

Timberlake, Amy                        One Came Home
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out on a journey to find her sister. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she discovers.

Turnage, Sheila                         Three Times Lucky
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detectives when Mo’s adoptive parent, the amnesiac Colonel, is implicated in a murder.   

Whittemore, Jo                        Colonial Madness
Thirteen-year-old Tori Porter and her mother compete against other relatives in hopes of inheriting a fortune from eccentric Great Aunt Muriel by spending two weeks in a colonial mansion with no modern conveniences, no outside help, and daily tests.

Wolk, Lauren                           Beyond the Bright Sea
Twelve-year-old Crow, abandoned s an infant and living on an isolated island with Osh and Miss Maggie, sets out to find out who her parents were, and in so doing triggers an unstoppable chain of events down a path of discovery and danger.

Wolk, Lauren                          Wolf Hollow
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.

Zahler, Diane                         Sleeping Beauty's Daughters
Twelve-year-old Princess Aurora has been cursed to prick her finger and sleep for one hundred years, but before her fate can come to pass, she and her sister Luna embark on a perilous journey to find the fairy who can break the curse