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  • The Day the Babies Crawled Away

    by Peggy Rathman

    A boy follows fives babies who crawl away from a picnic and saves the day by bringing them back.

  • The Diary of a Young Girl

    by Anne Frank

    The journal of a Jewish girl in her early teens describing both the joys and torments of daily life, as well as typical adolescent thoughts, throughout two years spent in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Includes review questions.

  • The Diary of Killer Cat

    by Anne Fine

    Tuffy the pet cat tries to defend himself against accusations of terrifying other animals and murdering the neighbor's rabbit.

  • The Dog Who Belonged to No One

    by Amy Hest

    The hard-working daughter of two bakers and a perfectly nice stray dog live lonely lives in the same town, until they meet one very stormy day.

  • The Dragonling

    by Jackie French Koller

    Finding a baby dragon accidentally left alive after his older brother's dragonquest, Darek risks death and the anger of his people in trying to return it to the Valley of the Dragons.

  • The Elevator Family

    by Douglas Evans

    The four members of the Wilson family decide to spend their holiday in one of the elevators at the San Francisco Hotel.

  • The Fairy’s Mistake

    by Gail Carson Levine

    In this humorous retelling of a Charles Perrault tale, the fairy Ethelinda rewards one twin sister for good behavior and punishes the other for bad, only to discover that her punishment is more pleasing than her reward.

  • The Field Guide: From the Spiderwick Chronicles

    by Tony DiTerlizzi

    When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

  • The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

    by Uri Shulevitz

    A simple lad overcomes obstacles to wed the czar's daughter.

  • The Gardener

    by Sarah Stewart

    A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.

  • The Giving Tree

    by Shel Silverstein

    A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.

  • The Golden Compass

    by Philip Pullman

    Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

  • The Great Gilly Hopkins

    by Katherine Paterson

    An eleven year old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.

  • The House of the Scorpion

    by Nancy Farmer

    In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142 year old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

  • The Hundred Dresses

    by Eleanor Estes

    In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson.