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*****= An all-time favorite
****  = Outstanding
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*        = Good, with reservations

Children's Fiction

Within each category, the books are arranged by rating, with the most recent reviews first.

Beginning Chapter Books

****Gooney Bird Greene, by Lois Lowry
****Lulu's Hat, by Susan Meddaugh
***Mercy Watson to the Rescue, by Kate DiCamillo
***It Happened at School, by Susie Morgenstern, illustrated by Serge Bloch
***Frantastic Voyage:  Franny K. Stein, Book Five, by Jim Benton
***Hector Springs Loose, by Elizabeth Shreeve, illustrated by Pamela R. Levy
***The Fran That Time Forgot, by Jim Benton
***Gooney Bird and the Room Mother, by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Middy Thomas
***The Golden Goose, by Dick King-Smith
***Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist:  The Invisible Fran, by Jim Benton
***The Legend of Spud Murphy, by Eoin Colfer
***The End of the Beginning, by Avi
***Wild Robert, by Diana Wynne Jones
***The Quigleys at Large, by Simon Mason
***The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly, by Luis Sepulveda
***The World According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney
***Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist:  Attack of the 50-ft. Cupid, by Jim Benton
***Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, by Lauren Child
***Jake Drake, Teacher's Pet, by Andrew Clements
***The Jamie and Angus Stories, by Anne Fine.  Pictures by Penny Dale
***Seeing Sugar, by Cynthia L. Brinson
***The Countess's Calamity, by Sally Gardner
***The City of the Ink Drinkers, by Eric Sanvoisin
***What a Year, by Tomie de Paola
**Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist: Lunch Walks Among Us, by Jim Benton
**Moongobble and Me:  The Dragon of Doom, by Bruce Coville, illustrated by Katherine Coville
**Ned Mouse Breaks Away, by Tim Wynne-Jones.  Pictures by Dusan Petricic
**The Boy Who Could Fly Without a Motor, by Theodore Taylor
**Stanley, Flat Again, by Jeff Brown.  Pictures by Scott Nash
**Georgie Lee, by Sharon Phillips Denslow.  Pictures by Lynne Rae Perkins
**Davey's Blue-Eyed Frog, by Patricia Harrison Easton.  Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
**7 x 9 = Trouble, by Claudia Mills
**Rover Saves Christmas, by Roddy Doyle
**Judy Moody Gets Famous, by Megan McDonald
 **Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman, by Dav Pilkey


*****Emily of New Moon, by L. M. Montgomery
*****Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne
*****Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
****King Matt the First, by Janusz Korczak
****Rainbow Valley, by L. M. Montgomery
****Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter
****Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
****My Friend Flicka, by Mary O'Hara
****Anne of Avonlea, by L. M. Montgomery
***The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club, by Bertrand R. Brinley
***The Big Kerplop! by Bertrand R. Brinley
***The Mad Scientists' Club, by Bertrand R. Brinley


 *****Defending Irene, by Kristin Wolden Nitz
*****Run from the Nun! by Erin MacLellan
*****Saffy's Angel, by Hilary McKay
****Permanent Rose, by Hilary McKay
****The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, by E. L. Konigsburg
****Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, by Sharon Creech
****Indigo's Star, by Hilary McKay
****Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist
****Iqbal, by Francesco D'Adamo
****Millicent Min, Girl Genius, by Lisa Yee
****The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera
****Olive's Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
****Bloomability, by Sharon Creech
****The Exiles at Home, by Hilary McKay
****A Week in the Woods, by Andrew Clements
****Parvana's Journey, by Deborah Ellis
****Vendela in Venice, by Christina Bjork
****The Other Side of Truth, by Beverley Naidoo
****Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech
****The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis
***Dear Max, by Sally Grindley
***Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, by Lisa Yee
***The Pepins and Their Problems, by Polly Horvath
***Melanie Martin Goes Dutch, by Carol Weston
***Agnes Parker. . .Girl in Progress, by Kathleen O'Dell
***Rosy Cole's Worst Ever, Best Yet Tour of New York City, by Sheila Greenwald
***Safari Journal, by Hudson Talbott
***The Exiles, by Hilary McKay
***Period Pieces:  Stories for Girls, selected by Erzsi Deak and Kristin Embry Litchman
***The Same Stuff as Stars, by Katherine Paterson
***Time Stops For No Mouse, by Michael Hoeye
***Three Days, by Donna Jo Napoli
***The School Story, by Andrew Clements
***Playing For Keeps, by Joan Lowery Nixon
***The Beastly Arms, by Patrick Jennings
***Write Me If You Dare! by Emily Rhoads Johnson
**The Report Card, by Andrew Clements
**United Tates of America, by Paula Danziger


*****Bella at Midnight, by Diane Stanley
*****The Last Battle, by C. S. Lewis
*****The Magician's Nephew, by C. S. Lewis
*****The Horse and His Boy, by C. S. Lewis
*****The Silver Chair, by C. S. Lewis
*****The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
*****The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis
*****Prince Caspian, by C. S. Lewis
*****The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis
*****Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling
*****Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling
*****A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle
*****Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling
****Strange Happenings, by Avi
****Hanne's Quest, by Olivier Dunrea
****The Arkadians, by Lloyd Alexander
****The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
****The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster, illustrations by Jules Feiffer
****Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville
****Babe:  The Gallant Pig, by Dick King-Smith, illustrated by Maggie Kneen
  ****Conrad's Fate, by Diana Wynne Jones
****Gracie:  The Pixie of the Puddle, by Donna Jo Napoli
****Jimmy:  The Pickpocket of the Palace, by Donna Jo Napoli
****The Prince of the Pond, by Donna Jo Napoli
****Wren's War, by Sherwood Smith
****Wren's Quest, by Sherwood Smith
****Wren to the Rescue, by Sherwood Smith
****Swan Sister:  Fairy Tales Retold, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
****Bartlett and the Ice Voyage, by Odo Hirsch
****The Tears of the Salamander, by Peter Dickinson
****The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
****The Wolves in the Walls, by Neil Gaiman.  Illustrated by Dave McKean
****The Boggart and the Monster, by Susan Cooper
****The Bagpiper's Ghost, by Jane Yolen
****Smith of Wooton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham, by J. R. R. Tolkien
****The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, by Vivian Vande Velde
****Heir Apparent, by Vivian Vande Velde
****For Biddle's Sake, by Gail Carson Levine
****The Fairy's Return, by Gail Carson Levine
****Between, by Jean Thesman
****The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
****Instead of Three Wishes, by Megan Whalen Turner
***The Fairy-Tale Detectives:  The Sisters Grimm, Book One, by Michael Buckley
***Dream-of-Jade, the Emperor's Cat, by Lloyd Alexander
***Three Good Deeds, by Vivian Vande Velde
***Nice Shot, Cupid! by Kate McMullan
***The Magician's Boy, by Susan Cooper
***Say Cheese, Medusa! by Kate McMullan
***Phone Home, Persephone! by Kate McMullan
***Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants, by Sam Swope, pictures by Carll Cneut
***The Wrath of Mulgarath:  The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 5, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
***Beauty and the Beast, retold by Nancy Willard, illustrated by Barry Moser
***The Unseen, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
***Have a Hot Time, Hades! by Kate McMullan
***The Tail of Emily Windsnap, by Liz Kessler
***User Unfriendly, by Vivian Vande Velde
***The Ironwood Tree:  The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 4, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
***Lucinda's Secret:  The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book Three, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
***Bartlett and the City of Flames, by Odo Hirsch
***The Children of Green Knowe, by Lucy M. Boston
***Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, by Georgia Byng
***The Witch Family, by Eleanor Estes
***Into the Labyrinth, by Roderick Townley
***The Seeing Stone: Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 2, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
***The Great Good Thing, by Roderick Townley
***The Pictish Child, by Jane Yolen
***The Wizard's Map, by Jane Yolen
***The Boggart, by Susan Cooper
***The Field Guide, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
***Wizard at Work, by Vivian Vande Velde
***The Search for Delicious, by Natalie Babbitt
***The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool, by Margaret Gray
***The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke
***Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons, by Jane Yolen and Robert B. Harris
***Dial-a-Ghost, by Eva Ibbotson
***The Doomspell, by Cliff McNish
***The Hidden Arrow of Maether, by Aiden Beaverson
**Alia Waking, by Laura Williams McCaffrey
**The King of Ireland's Son, by Padraic Colum
 **The Ogre Downstairs,  by Diana Wynne Jones
**Falcon and the Charles Street Witch, by Luli Gray
*Witch's Business, by Diana Wynne Jones


*****Little Britches, by Ralph Moody
****More Perfect Than the Moon, by Patricia MacLachlan
****Girl in a Cage, by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris
****A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
****When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, by Judith Kerr
***Exiled, by Kathleen Karr
***Rodzina, by Karen Cushman
***The Kite Rider, by Geraldine McCaughrean
***Galen:  My Life in Imperial Rome, by Marissa Moss
***Sondok, Princess of the Moon and Stars, by Sheri Holman
***The Art of Keeping Cool, by Janet Taylor Lisle
***Mansa Musa, by Kephra Burns
***Nory Ryan's Song, by Patricia Reilly Giff
**Becoming Joe DiMaggio, by Maria Testa
**Mary Ann Alice, by Brian Doyle
**Don’t You Know There’s a War On? by Avi
**How I Became an American, by Karin Guendisch

Science Fiction

****Lion Boy, by Zizou Corder
****The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau
***Whales on Stilts! by M. T. Anderson
***The People of Sparks, by Jeanne DuPrau
***The Monsters of Morley Manor, by Bruce Coville
**The Day the Fifth Grade Disappeared, by Terri Fields
**Among the Impostors, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
**Expiration Date:  Never, by Stephanie Spinner

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