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.
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.
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.
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.
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.