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  • It Could Always Be Worse: a Yiddish Folktale

    by Margot Zemach

    Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a poor man goes to the Rabbi for advice.

  • It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny

    by Marilyn Sadler

    Sick of being a bunny, P. J. Funnybunny takes off to become a bear, then a bird, and so it goes, with beavers, pigs, possums, and skunks--till P. J. realizes that bunnyhood is for him.

  • Ivy and Bean

    by Annie Barrows

    When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

  • Jake Drake, Teacher’s Pet

    by Andrew Clements

    Jake Drake sets out to save his reputation when a run of good luck at school draws the unwanted praise of his teachers, giving the other kids the idea that he is teacher's pet.

  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

    by Jack Gantos

    To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

  • John Henry

    by Julius Lester

    Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.

  • Josefina Story Quilt

    by Eleanor Coerr

    While traveling west with her family in 1850, a young girl makes a patchwork quilt chronicling the experiences of the journey and reserves a special patch for her pet hen Josefina.

  • Journey to the River Sea

    by Iva Ibbotson

    Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter family in exotic Brazil in 1910, Maia endures many hardships before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River.

  • Judy Moody

    by Megan McDonald

    Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.

  • Julie of the Wolves

    by Jean Craighead George

    While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

  • Julius

    by Angela Johnson

    Maya's grandfather brings her a pig from Alaska and the two of them learn about fun and sharing together.

  • Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth

    by Barbara Park

    When her kindergarten class has Job Day, Junie B. goes through much confusion and excitement before deciding on the "bestest" job of all.

  • Just Another Day In My Insanely Real Life

    by Barbara Dee

    With her father out of the picture and her mother working, 12-year-old Cassie unconsciously describes her anger and confusion in a fantasy novel she is writing for school.

  • Just Ella

    by Margaret Peterson Haddix

    In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen year old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

  • Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express

    by Margaret Wetterer

    Fifteen year old Kate risks her life in a storm to prevent a train disaster.