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Youth Booklists


 Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan

 City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

 Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

 Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

 Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson

 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

 Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith

Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

Holes by Louis Sachar

Swindle by Gordon Korman

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Half Magic by Edward Eager

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Peter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Thief of Always by Clive Barker

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS. Lewis
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Jackie & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The Good Dog by Avi
Dogsong: A Novel by Gary Paulsen
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Bambi by Felix Salten
The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O’Brien
The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Chasing Vermeer
by Blue Balliett

Peter Pan
by J.M. Barrie
Youth CD Books BARRIE

Peter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Youth CD Books BARRY

The Penderwicks and
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
by Jeanne Birdsall

Because of Winn Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Youth CD Books DiCAMILLO

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo Youth
Youth CD Books DiCAMILLO

Artemis Fowl Series
by Eoin Colfer
Youth CD Books COLFER
- Artemis Fowl
- The Artic Incident
- The Eternity Code
- The Opal Deception
- The Lost Colony
- The Time Paradox
- The Atlantis Complex
- The Last Guardian 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
Youth CD Books DAHL

Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White
Youth CD Books WHITE



The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World
by E.L. Konigsburg

Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren

Chronicles of Narnia Series
by C.S. Lewis
Youth CD Books LEWIS
The Magician’s Nephew
- The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
- Horse and his Boy
- Prince Caspian
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- The Silver Chair
- The Last Battle

Shiloh and Shiloh Season
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Youth CD Books NAYLOR


Harry Potter Series
by J.K Rowling
Youth CD Books ROWLING
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Cricket in Times Square
by George Selden
Youth CD Books SELDEN 

Check out these books for families to read together for more family fun!


   Realistic Fiction: Made up stories about things that might have happened for real.

by Tony Abbott

A middle school boy's life is changed when Jessica, a girl disfigured by burns, starts attending his Catholic school while receiving treatment at a local hospital.

On my honor

On My Honor
by Marion Dane Bauer

When his best friend drowns while they were swimming in a dangerous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is terrified at having to tell both sets of parents.

not just anybody

The Not-Just-Anybody Family
by Betsy Byars

With a young brother in the hospital, a grandfather in jail, and their mother traveling with a rodeo, Maggie and Vern try to settle family problems.

dear mr henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary

In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and finding his own place in life.
(Available in MP3 Playaway, CD and Braille.)

Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech

After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal talks about her friend whose mother also left. (Available in MP3 Playaway, CD, and Large Print.)

Frindle Frindle
by Andrew Clements

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control. (Available in MP3 Playaway and CD.)

watsons go to birmingham

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis

The ordinary interactions of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

winn dixie

Because of Winn Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. 

Broken Bike Boy

The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street
by Sharon G. Flake

Ten-year-old Queen, a spoiled and conceited African American girl who is disliked by most of her classmates, learns a lesson about friendship from an unlikely "knight in shining armor."


by Paul Fleischman

People of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.

mixed up files From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg

When a brother and sister run away to live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art they found a statue at the Museum so beautiful they could not go home until they had discovered its maker.

view from saturday

The View from Saturday
by E.L. Konigsburg

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

Swindle Swindle
by Gordon Korman

After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card. Their adventure includes a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret hiding place, and their general inability to drive..

Paint the Wind

Paint the Wind
by Pam Muñoz Ryan

After her overprotective grandmother has a stroke, Maya, an orphan, leaves her extremely restricted life in California to stay with her mother's family on a remote Wyoming ranch, where she discovers a love of horses and encounters a wild mare that her mother once rode.


by Louis Sachar

His family's bad fortune continues as Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Keeping the Night Watch

Keeping the Night Watch
by Hope Anita Smith

A thirteen-year-old African American boy chronicles what happens to his family when his father, who temporarily left, returns home and they all must deal with their feelings of anger, hope, abandonment, and fear.

taste of blackberries

A Taste of Blackberries
by Doris Buchanan Smith

A prank ends in tragedy, and a boy must learn to live not only with the loss of a friend, but with the feeling that he could have prevented it.

Taking Sides

Taking Sides
by Gary Soto

Fourteen-year-old Lincoln Mendoza, an aspiring basketball player, feels divided loyalties when he moves from the Hispanic inner city to a white suburban neighborhood.

maniac magee
Maniac Magee
by Jerry Spinelli

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.



All Grades
New Kid, New Scene: A Guide to Moving and Switching Schools
By Debbie Glasser
Youth Non-Fiction 373.18
A nonfiction book that teaches kids the ins and outs of navigating new surroundings, making new friends (as well as staying in touch with old ones), and finding a place that feels like their own.

4th Grade

Amber Brown Goes Fourth
By Paula Danzinger
Youth Early Chapter Books AMBER BROWN

Amber is determined to find a new best friend--and fast--but maybe the new girl at school doesn't want to be a "replacement" friend.

Fourth Grade Rats
By Jerry Spinelli
Youth Fiction SPINELLI

Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough guy, a "rat," to be a grown up fourth grader.

Put Your Eyes Up Here & Other School Poems
By Kalli Dakos
Youth Non-Fiction 811 D

The story of a very unusual classroom told in poems by the author of "If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand."

Amelia's Notebook
By Marissa Moss
Youth Fiction MOSS

A nine-year-old girl's notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one. (Published by American Girl.)

Amelia's School Survival Guide
By Marissa Moss
Youth Fiction MOSS

Amelia's notebook full of advice, games, and quizzes that will help you cope with any school worries that come your way.

5th Grade

4 Kids, 5-E, 1 Crazy Year
By Virginia Frances Schwartz
Youth Fiction SCHWARTZ

Family, school, and life seen through the writings of four fifth graders from New York City.

The Liberation of Gabriel King
By K.L. Going
Youth Fiction GOING

In 1976 a white boy who is being bullied & an African American girl who is facing prejudice, decide to overcome their many fears together as they enter fifth grade.

Thank You, Lucky Stars
By Beverly Donofrio
Youth Fiction DONOFRIO

Ally and her best friend, Betsy, have planned since kindergarten to sing in the fifth grade talent show, but Betsy has a new best friend and shy Ally is targeted by bullies and a strange new student who is looking for a friend.

Jack on the Tracks
By Jack Gantos
Youth Fiction GANTOS

Jack tries to break some of his bad habits but finds himself irresistibly drawn to things disgusting, gross, and weird.

Middle School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
By Jeff Kinney
Youth Fiction KINNEY

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowle hope just to survive.

Agnes Parker...Girl in Progress
By Kathleen O'Dell
Youth Fiction O'DELL

As she starts in the sixth grade, Agnes faces challenges with her old best friend, a longtime bully, a wonderful new classmate and neighbor, and herself. Also Agnes Parker -- Keeping Cool in Middle School

Heads or Tails: Stories from 6th Grade
By Jack Gantos
Youth Fiction GANTOS

Jack's diary helps him deal with his problems which include dog-eating alligators, a terror for an older sister, a younger brother who keeps breaking parts of himself, and next-door neighbors who are really weird.

6th Grade Can Really Kill You
By Barthe DeClements
Youth Fiction DE CLEMENTS

Helen fears that lack of improvement in her reading may leave her stuck in the sixth grade forever, until a good teacher recognizes her reading problem.

Too Old For This, Too Young For That
By Harriet Mostache
Teen Zone Non-Fiction 646.7 M

Quizzes, stories, surveys, and activities for middle schoolers addressing such issues as physical and emotional changes, connecting with friends and family, setting goals, and handling peer pressure.

Middle School Survival Guide
By Arlene Earlback
Youth Non-Fiction J373.18 E
Teen Zone Non-Fiction 373.18 E

Guidebook to help with changes in school, families, social lives, and bodies that come during the middle school years.

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf
By Jennifer Holm
Youth Fiction HOLM

Ginny Davis begins seventh grade with a list of items to accomplish. This list, along with lots of other "stuff" — including diary entries, refrigerator notes, cards from Grandpa, and IM screen messages—show a year full of ups and downs.

Middle School: The Real Deal: From Combination Locks to Cafeteria Food
By Juliana Farrell
Teen Zone Non-Fiction 373.18 F

The most up-to-date information on everything from cliques and clubs to technology and tests.

Links to books to help parents prepare their children through transitions from preschool to high school.

Links to Plymouth Canton Community Schools.

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