All Time Faves: Contemporary Kids Books for Adults

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Peter and the Starcatchers Peter and the Starcatchers
By Barry, Dave
2006-05 - Disney Editions
9780786849079 Check our catalog

Now in paperback, this #1 BookSense Pick follows the young orphan Peter and his mates as they are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff in this fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure. …More

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
By Birdsall, Jeanne
2007-03 - Yearling Books
9780440420477 Check our catalog

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.
The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will--won't they? One thing's for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.…More

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
By Creech, Sharon
2012-12 - HarperTrophy
9780064409605 Check our catalog

This heartwarming tale of love, life, and friendship by the Newbery Medalist tells the story of how Granny Torrelli's warm words and secret recipes mend a rift between 12-year-old Rosie and her best friend. …More

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
By Curtis, Christopher Paul
1997-09 - Yearling Books
9780440414124 Check our catalog

Winner - 1995 Golden Kite Award - Fiction
Ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Watsons of Flint, Michigan, are heading for Birmingham, Alabama, and one of the darkest moments in American history. Honors include 1996 Newbery Honor Book, 1996 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and a "New York Times Book Review" Best Book. …More

Because of Winn-Dixie Because of Winn-Dixie
By DiCamillo, Kate
2009-02 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763644321 Check our catalog

Now in a digest-sized paperback, DiCamillo's beloved Newbery Honor book is the story of 10-year-old India Opal Buloni, who 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. …More

All the Lovely Bad Ones All the Lovely Bad Ones
By Hahn, Mary Downing
2009-08 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780547248783 Check our catalog

When Travis and his sister, Corey, learn that their grandmother's quiet Vermont inn has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little "haunting" of their own. But their thoughtless games awaken something dangerous, something that should have stayed asleep. …More

Hoot Hoot
By Hiaasen, Carl
2004-05 - Alfred A. Knopf
9780375829161 Check our catalog

Unfortunately, Roy's first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and-here's the odd part-wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails.
Roy has most definitely arrived in Carl Hiaasen's Florida. …More


Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle
By Jones, Diana Wynne
2001-08 - Greenwillow Books
9780064410342 Check our catalog

Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did -- especially when the Witch of the Waste got her dander up. Which was often. As her younger sisters set out to seek their fortunes, Sophie stayed in her father's hat shop. Which proved most unadventurous, until the Witch of the Waste came in to buy a bonnet, but was not pleased. Which is why she turned Sophie into an old lady. Which was spiteful witchery. …More


Wonder Wonder
By Palacio, R. J.
2012-02 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375869020 Check our catalog

2013 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award – Middle Reader

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. …More

A Year Down Yonder A Year Down Yonder
By Peck, Richard
2002-12 - Puffin Books
9780142300701 Check our catalog

The winner of the 2001 Newbery Medal continues the story begun in the Newbery Honor Book "A Long Way from Chicago." Now 15-years old, Mary Alice is going to spend an entire year with her unpredictable Grandma Dowdel--a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors. …More

Holes Holes
By Sachar, Louis
2001-08 - Laurel Leaf Library
9780440228592 Check our catalog

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment--and redemption. …More

Maniac Magee Maniac Magee
By Spinelli, Jerry
1990-03 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
9780316807227 Check our catalog

Winner - 1991 Newbery Award
Winner - 1993 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award
Maniac Magee comes home! Little, Brown and Company takes great pleasure and pride in announcing that, effective immediately, we will be the sole publisher of the paperback edition of Jerry Spinelli's classic Newbery Medal winner, Maniac Magee. It has been eight years since Maniac Magee won both the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Newbery Medal, and its popularity among young readers remains undiminished. The story of a boy who finds himself when he runs away from an intolerable situation continues to reverberate with humor and truth. …More

The Lightning Thief The Lightning Thief
By Riordan, Rick
2006-03 - Hyperion Kids
9780786838653 Check our catalog

Now in paperback--the first novel of a new series that mixes classic Greek mythology with modern adventure. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island, where he meets the father he never knew--Poseidon, god of the sea. …More

The Bad Beginning The Bad Beginning
By Snicket, Lemony
2012-05 - HarperCollins
9780062206046 Check our catalog

In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously happy. Illustrations. …More

When You Reach Me When You Reach Me
By Stead, Rebecca
2010-12 - Yearling Books
9780375850868 Check our catalog

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. …More

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
By Rowling, J. K.
1999-09 - Arthur A. Levine Books
9780590353427 Check our catalog

2001 Colorado Blue Spruce Award Winner

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches. …More

The Invention of Hugo Cabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret
By Selznick, Brian
Illustrator Selznick, Brian
2007-03 - Scholastic Press
9780439813785 Check our catalog

2008 Caldecott Medal Winner

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Orphan, clock keeper, thief: Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. Combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Caldecott Honor artist Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience in this intricate, tender and spellbinding mystery. …More

So B. It So B. It
By Weeks, Sarah
2005-10 - HarperTrophy
9780064410472 Check our catalog

Heidi lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbor, Bernadette. A mysterious word in her mother's vocabulary leads Heidi on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past. …More

Countdown Countdown
By Wiles, Deborah
2013-04 - Scholastic Paperbacks
9780545106061 Check our catalog

It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Eleven-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, D.C., during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in with her family, and look beyond outward appearances. …More

One Crazy Summer One Crazy Summer
By Williams-Garcia, Rita
2011-12 - Amistad Press
9780060760908 Check our catalog

"One Crazy Summer" tells the story of three girls who go to Oakland, California, to meet their estranged mother and become involved in the civil rights movement in the late 1960s. …More

 

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