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The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis (age 8-11)
by Barbara Oconnor
realistic ... adventure ... humor
Publisher comments: Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That's what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewell's Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Popeye has never met anyone like Elvis Jewell. Hes so good at swearing he makes Uncle Dooley look like a harp-strumming angel, and he says "So what?" like he really means it. Then something curious comes floating down the creek, a series of boats with secret messages, and it sends Popeye and Elvis into the big world on the hunt for a small adventure.
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Big Nate Series (age 8-11)
by Lincoln Peirce
humor ... school
Publisher comments: Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the daily and Sunday comic strip distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association since 1991. Nate is eleven years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He's a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Equipped with only a #2 pencil and the unshakable belief that he is #1, Nate fights a daily battle against overzealous teachers, undercooked cafeteria food and all-around conventionality. He's the original rebel without a clue, alternately abrasive and endearing to classmates and teachers alike. Nate blazes an unforgettable trail through the sixth grade at P.S. 38, earning straight A's in laughs along the way.
title: Big Nate Strikes Again
title: Big Nate in a Class by Himself
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The Adventures of King Midas (age 8-11)
by Lynne Reid Banks
adventure ... humor ... folklore ... magic
King Midas' obsession with gold takes some unexpected turns in this fun retelling of the classic Greek myth.
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The Trick Series (age 8-11)
by Scott Corbett
humor ... fantasy ... magic
A mysterious potion from Kerby's chemistry set yields surprising results for Kerby and his friends.
title: The Lemonade Trick
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Golden and Grey: an Unremarkable Boy and a Rather Remarkable Ghost (age 8-11)
by Louise Arnold
humor ... identity ... friendship ... school
When a downhearted ghost becomes the "invisible friend" of an eleven-year-old boy who is an outcast in his new school, the two help each other find their place in their respective worlds.
sequel: Golden and Grey, the Nightmares that Ghosts Have
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Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (age 8-11)
by Maryrose Wood
humor ... mystery
Publisher comments: Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies. But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?
title: The Hidden Gallery
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The Magical Ms. Plum (age 8-11)
by Bonny Becker
school ... magic ... fantasy ... humor
Publisher comments: Ms. Plum is the magical teacher every schoolkid wishes for. Everybody wants to be in Ms. Plum's class. It's not just that she teaches the usual things in unusual ways. There's something more, something about Ms. Plum herself, and her mysterious supply closet. Whenever she asks her students to get her an eraser or a pencil or some paper clips, they come back with something . . . unusual. Who'd have thought a pinky-sized alligator, a big-mouth parrot, or a tiny wolf could teach kids a thing or two about life? Each year, Ms. Plum is certain she's had her best class ever. And it looks like this year . . . she's right.
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Lost and Found (age 8-11)
by Andrew Clements
humor ... identity ... school
Publisher comments: Although it's a drag to be constantly mistaken for each other, in truth, during those first days at a new school, there's nothing better than having a twin brother there with you. But on day one of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay is on his own. No big deal. It's a pretty nice school, good kids, too. But Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one seems to know a thing about his brother. Ray's not on the attendance lists, doesn't have a locker, doesn't even have a student folder. Jay almost tells the school (almost) but then decides that this lost information could be very...useful. And fun. As Ray and Jay exploit a clerical oversight, they each find new views on friendship, honesty, what it means to be a twin, and what it means to be yourself. Entertaining, thought-provoking, and true-to-life, this clever novel is classic Andrew Clements times two: twins!
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To Catch a Mermaid (age 8-11)
by Suzanne Selfors
humor ... illness/loss ... family ... fantasy ... magic
When Boom Broom's mother is swept away by a twister, he doesn't think his life can get any worse. But when he and his sister Mertyle find a baby mermaid who grants unlimited wishes, he thinks his luck has turned--until his sister is hit by the curse of the merfolk.
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Troll Trouble Series (age 8-11)
by Alan MacDonald
fantasy ... friendship ... humor
When a family of Trolls moves into the quiet suburb of Biddlesden, it’s likely that things are going to get ugly (and possibly hairy and smelly) very soon, since trolls like to roar as loudly as possible and stomp their hairy feet. Even worse, the Trolls have moved in next door to the Priddle family. BIG mistake, and sparks will fly!
title: Trolls United
title: Trolls on Vacation
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Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House (age 8-11)
by Haven Kimmel
school ... humor ... family ... illness/loss
Kaline Klattermaster LOVES his mom. ADORES his mom. But his mom can be, well, a bit forgetful sometimes. A bit lax. A bit...CRAZY. For instance, she's a bit crazy when she leaves him in the tub for THREE HOURS. Or gives him a chicken leg for breakfast...or forgets that he needs to go to school. AND he's not completely sure his mother understands how time works. She's been even a bit MORE CRAZY since his dad left. So it's a very good thing that the folks in Kaline's tree house are not so crazy. They understand him. They don't mind that he sometimes HAS to play his pretend bugle, and, of course, they are FULL of good advice on how to handle bullies. His mom hints that the tree house is imaginary. Kaline is UNCONVINCED.
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From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. Macguire (age 8-11)
by Frances O'Roark Dowell
humor ... friendship ... math/science/technology
Here's what you need to know about Phineas L. MacGuire, boy-scientist extraordinaire, aka Mac: 1. He's allergic to purple, telephone calls, and girls, and can prove it. 2. He's probably the world's expert on mold, including which has the highest stink potential. 3. He does not have a best friend. He does, however, have an un-best friend, who he does not ... repeat, not ... want to upgrade to best friend status. But disaster strikes when his teacher pairs Mac and his un-best friend together for the upcoming science fair. Worse, this un-best friend wants the project to be on dinosaurs, which is so third grade. Worse still, it seems as though everyone else in his class finds the un-best friend as unlikeable as Mac does. But, being a boy-scientist, once Mac notices this, he just might have to do some investigating....
title: Phineas L. Macguire -- Erupts! The First Experiment
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The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool (age 8-11)
by Margaret Gray
princesses ... growing up ... magic ... humor ... folklore
Can a seafaring fairy godmother, a wise fool, and an enchanted hairstyle keep Princess Rose out of trouble? "A very long time ago, when all the countries you've ever heard of were in different places on the map, a princess was born who was not beautiful. She wasn't even remotely pretty, and the whole kingdom was in deep shock about it." Princess Rose doesn't get any prettier as she grows up, but the kingdom does get over its shock. Everyone adores the skinny, buck-toothed princess, and she doesn't mind her appearance-until the handsomest prince in the world comes looking for a bride. Despite warnings from her seafaring fairy godmother and a wise fool named Jasper, reckless Rose wishes for beauty. She gets her wish, and the prince, but finds neither is as nice as she had expected.
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A Llama in the Library (age 8-11)
by Johanna Hurwitz
growing up ... humor
Fifth-grader Adam Fine thinks that his two llamas will be a hit at the grand reopening of the town's library.
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Charlie Muffin's Miracle Mouse (age 8-11)
by Dick King-Smith
humor ... enterprise ... animals
After many unsuccessful attempts, lonely mouse farmer Charlie Muffin finally breeds a green mouse, finds true love, and wins the Best of Show at the Grand Mouse Championship Show.
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Mysterious Miss Slade (age 8-11)
by Dick King-Smith
humor ... animals ... friendship
When eight-year-old Patsy and her younger brother befriend their old neighbor and her many animals, the children help the mysterious lady change her life. All the village children think Miss Slade is a witch. Perhaps it's the patch on her eye. Or maybe it's the ancient caravan she lives in, surrounded by six dogs, six cats, several goats, and a lot of chickens. But Jim and Patsy Reader know better. To them, Miss Slade is the eccentric neighbor who lets them ride her donkey, shares her lunch of chips and cookies, and makes them laugh out loud. But Miss Slade is still a mystery to Jim and Patsy. Why does she speak like an aristocrat? And where did she get that gold sovereign? It turns out Miss Slade does have a secret after all...one that brings trouble when discovered. Luckily, she has some friends...human and canine...who can help.
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Tales of the Wicked Witch (age 8-11)
by Hanna Kraan
friendship ... humor ... short stories
Fourteen episodes in the lives of forest animals and their resident witch whose cauldron, much to her dismay, contains more fun than nastiness.
sequel: The Wicked Witch Is at it Again!
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Tingleberries, Tuckertubs and Telephones: a Tale of Love and Ice-cream (age 8-11)
by Margaret Mahy
fantasy ... humor
When his bossy grandma is called away to pursue the evil pirate Grudge-Gallows, Saracen is left to fend for himself. He soon encounters a rare tingleberry plant that changes his life.
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Mary Margaret and the Perfect Pet Plan (age 8-11)
by Christine Kole MacLean
family ... humor ... animals
Mary Margaret is desperate for a pet. But her father is allergic to almost everything, and her mother is too busy with the new baby coming to focus on finding a hypoallergenic pet for her precocious, nearly-nine-year-old daughter. So Mary Margaret takes matters into her own hands and comes up with some very interesting ideas about how to get a pet.
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The Little Gentleman (age 8-11)
by Philippa Pearce
humor ... friendship ... magic
A young girl's dull life is transformed when she meets and befriends an extraordinary talking mole that likes to be read to and tell of his own past exploits throughout the centuries.
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Fat Fanny, Beanpole Bertha, and the Boys (age 8-11)
by Barbara Ann Porte
humor ... enterprise ... mystery
When Bertha's father vanishes in the Bermuda Triangle, and Fanny's theater agent parents are secretly divorced, the girls decide to teach Fanny's triplet brothers to tap-dance to raise money.
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The Whipping Boy (age 8-11)
by Sid Fleischman
folklore ... humor ... adventure ... growing up
A Prince and a Pauper. Jemmy, once a poor boy living on the streets, now lives in a castle. As the whipping boy, he bears the punishment when Prince Brat misbehaves, for it is forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like one another. But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other.
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The Fairy's Mistake (age 8-11)
by Gail Carson Levine
fantasy ... humor ... folklore
In this humorous retelling of a 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.
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Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (age 8-11)
by Gail Carson Levine
princesses ... fantasy ... humor ... folklore
A spiteful fairy. A beautiful princess. An outstretched finger. A spindle. A hundred-year snooze. A charming prince. A kiss. All the familiar ingredients. But wait! Where did that extra prince come from? And those fairy gifts that were never there before? And what does a flock of balding sheep have to do with anything? Gail Carson Levine has waved her magic wand over the old standby of "Sleeping Beauty" and presto! It reappears, transformed, sparkling and hilarious.
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Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (age 8-11)
by Gail Carson Levine
princesses ... fantasy ... humor ... folklore
In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, a lonely young farm lad uses his unusual inventive ability to pass a nearly impossible test and win the hand of the neighboring princess.
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Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (age 8-11)
by Gail Carson Levine
fantasy ... humor ... voyages/journeys
Fairy Haven is abuzz with news about its latest arrival, Prilla. It's bad enough that she has no idea what her special talent is, but some of her behavior is remarkably, well, human. Prilla is heartbroken that she does not seem to fit in. She desperately needs help from Mother Dove, the most important creature in Neverland, who created and cares for the magical egg that prevents all who live in Neverland from growing old and dying. But tragedy strikes as the island is hit by a hurricane, and the Never egg is destroyed. Mother Dove must pick three fairies to set out on a dangerous quest to repair the egg. She chooses Rani, the best water-talent fairy; Vidia, the most selfish, but fastest fast-flying-talent fairy; and, to everyone's surprise ... Prilla. The three embark on a journey filled with danger, sacrifice, and adventure. The fate of Neverland ... and their world as they know it ... rests on their shoulders.
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Not Just a Witch (age 8-11)
by Eva Ibbotson
fantasy ... humor ... magic
Heckie, a graduate of one of the best witch schools, settles in the town of Wellbridge, determined to find evildoers and turn them into animals. But Heckie's do-gooding lands her in big trouble.
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The Great Ghost Rescue (age 8-11)
by Eva Ibbotson
humor ... adventure ... spooky
Humphrey is a small ghost with a big problem. His family has lost their home, and they're off to find a new haunting ground. But soon Humphrey and his parents discover that ghosts all over the country are being turned out as dank castles are converted to cheerful tourist hotels. Humphrey knows something must be done to help the homeless ghosts. And with the help of a sympathetic schoolboy named Rick, maybe he can do something to aid all the ghosts of England after all. . . .
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No More Nice (age 8-11)
by Amy MacDonald
humor ... identity
Eleven-year-old Simon has been raised to be extremely well-behaved, but when he goes to visit his unconventional great-aunt he discovers that not everyone has the same ideas about good manners.
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Hank Zipzer Series (age 8-11)
by Henry Winkler
school ... friendship ... humor
Life (and school) isn't easy for Hank, but he always finds a way out of the hilarious situations he finds himself in.
title: Niagara Falls, Or Does It?
title: I Got a D in Salami
title: Day of the Iguana
title: The Zippity Zinger
title: The Night I Flunked My Field Trip
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Fergus Crane (age 8-11)
by Paul Stewart
voyages/journeys ... science fiction ... school ... humor ... adventure
Fergus Crane has an almost ordinary life, having lessons taught by rather odd teachers on the school ship Betty Jeanne and helping his mother in the bakery. But then a mysterious flying box appears at the window of his waterfront home and Fergus is plunged headlong into an exciting adventure! The box is followed by a winged mechanical horse that whisks him off to meet his long-lost uncle and his penguin helpers, Finn, Bill, and Jackson. Fergus finds out that his teachers are not quite what they seem ... they're actually pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse save his schoolmates on the far-off Fire Island? And who else will he find there?
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Mary Poppins Series (age 8-11)
by P. L. Travers
growing up ... magic ... humor ... fantasy
An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.
title: Mary Poppins
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The Great Brain Series (age 8-11)
by John D. Fitzgerald
adventure ... humor ... brilliant protagonist ... enterprise
The best con man in the Midwest is only ten years old. Tom, a.k.a., the Great Brain, is a silver-tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit. When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day. Whether it's saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg-leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain always manages to come out on top ... and line his pockets in the process.
title: The Great Brain
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Frankenbug (age 8-11)
by Steven Cousins
science fiction ... humor ... animals ... school
Inspired by the movie Frankenstein, bug-lover Adam Cricklestein decides to create a monster bug that will protect him from the school bully, Jeb McAllister.
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The Flint Future Detectives Series (age 8-11)
by Christopher Curtis
brilliant protagonist ... mystery ... enterprise ... humor
In the first book, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Well, Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treasury Department and his team of Secret Government Agents are determined to get that money back! But Steven and his best friends, Russell and Zoopy the giant dog, are more than a match for the Feds. After all, Steven is the president of the Flint Future Detectives Club, and the inventor of fantastic spying and detecting equipment such as the Snoopeeze 9000!
title: Mr. Chickee's Funny Money
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The Freddy The Pig Series (age 8-11)
by Walter R. Brooks
adventure ... humor
Adventure and misadventure are in the air when Freddy the Pig joins the action.
title: Freddy and Mr. Camphor
title: Freddy and the Ignormus
title: Freddy Goes Camping
title: Freddy Goes to Florida
title: Freddy Plays Football
title: Freddy the Detective
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How I Survived Being a Girl (age 8-11)
by Wendelin Van Draanen
humor ... growing up ... family
Twelve-year-old Carolyn, who has always wished she were a boy, begins to see things in a new light when her sister is born.
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The Pool Party (age 8-11)
by Gary Soto
humor ... identity ... family
While helping his father and grandfather work as gardeners in Fresno, California, ten-year-old Rudy sees some differences between his Mexican-American family and the wealthy families that live nearby.
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Stinker's Return (age 8-11)
by Pamela F. Service
humor ... adventure ... science fiction
Catalog: Alien agent Tsynq Yr, still inhabiting the body of a skunk, returns to Earth and enlists Jonathan and Karen's help in finding a souvenir from Washington, D.C., for a threatening space despot.
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Gooseberry Park (age 8-11)
by Cynthia Rylant
friendship ... humor
When a storm separates Stumpy the squirrel from her newborn babies, her animal friends come to the rescue.
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (age 8-11)
by Barbara Robinson
traditions ... humor
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.
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The Scarecrow and His Servant (age 8-11)
by Philip Pullman
adventure ... humor
A scarecrow and his boy servant, Jack, set off on a dangerous adventure as they try to outwit the crooked Buffaloni family and stake their claim to valuable Spring Valley.
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The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin (age 8-11)
by Donna Jo Napoli
fantasy ... humor
Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his new life as he mates, raises a family, and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family.
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Jimmy, the Pickpocket of the Palace (age 8-11)
by Donna Jo Napoli
fantasy ... humor
Jimmy, the froglet son of an enchanted frog-prince, tries to save his pond from the evil hag and in the process finds himself transformed into a human boy.
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The Spoon in the Bathroom Wall (age 8-11)
by Tony Johnston
humor ... family ... fantasy ... magic ... school
Living in the Bloggins School boiler room isn't glamorous, but that's life for Martha Snapdragon, daughter of the beleaguered janitor. Life only gets weirder when Martha realizes bizarre events are afoot at the school. There's the dastardly dealings of evil principal Dr. Klunk and school bully Rufus. There's the dozen dancing eggs and the misbehaving dragons, property of the mysterious science teacher. And then there's the strangest thing of all: a giant golden spoon that simply appears one day, stuck in the wall of the school bathroom. Although everyone tries, only Martha is able to extract the spoon from the wall--an act that leads her to a destiny far beyond her meager life in the boiler room.
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The Celery Stalks at Midnight (age 8-11)
by James Howe
spooky ... mystery ... humor
Chester the cat is more than ever convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire when there is a harvest of white vegetables on the morning after the night that Bunnicula was probably wandering through the neighborhood.
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Howliday Inn (age 8-11)
by James Howe
humor ... mystery ... spooky
Harold and Chester are sent to the Chateau Bow-Wow when the Monroe family goes on vacation. When a French poodle involved in a messy love triangle disappears, Chester and Harold enter the crime-detection business.
sequel: Return to Howliday Inn
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Hobie Hanson, You're Weird (age 8-11)
by Jamie Gilson
humor ... friendship ... school
With his best friend away at computer camp, Hobie reluctantly shares adventures with a girl classmate the summer after fourth grade.
sequel: Hobie Hanson: Greatest Hero of the Mall
sequel: Soccer Circus
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The Giant Baby (age 8-11)
by Allan Ahlberg
humor ... fantasy ... family
A story about a famous doctor, a criminal trial, a kidnapping, a gang of desparate men, a little girl who wanted a brother, and an enormous baby.
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Fourth Grade Rats (age 8-11)
by Jerry Spinelli
school ... humor ... realistic ... friendship
Suds faces the transition to fourth grade with a bit of uncertainty, but soon finds that he has what it takes in this funny and touching school story.
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Ben and Me (age 8-11)
by Robert Lawson
humor ... historical
The true story of Ben Franklin, as told by his closest friend and advisor, Amos the mouse. According to Amos, it was really he who was responsible for Ben Franklin's inventions and discoveries.
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Stopping For a Spell (age 8-11)
by Diana Wynne Jones
fantasy ... humor ... magic ... short stories
How do you get rid of an unwelcome guest? When magic is underfoot, the possibilities are hilariously endless.
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Virtually Perfect (age 8-11)
by Dan Gutman
humor ... science fiction
Yip Turner spends more time playing computer games than with other kids. For him, virtual reality usually beats reality! So when his dad, a movie special-effects designer, brings home new software for creating virtual actors, Yip is psyched. He and his sister create "Victor," a boy who is smart, handsome, and charming--perfect in every way. But when Victor leaves cyberspace and invades their world, Yip realizes that there are bugs in the virtual-actor software. Now his family--and possibly the whole country!--may be in danger.
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Blabber Mouth (age 8-11)
by Morris Gleitzman
family ... humor
An Australian schoolgirl who is unable to speak is embarrassed by her father's outlandish dress and behavior.
sequel: Sticky Beak
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Mr. Mysterious and Company (age 8-11)
by Sid Fleischman
humor ... family ... voyages/journeys ... magic
The adventures of a family of magicians traveling across the western deserts and plains in the 1880s.
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Sahara Special (age 8-11)
by Esme Raji Codell
growing up ... humor ... authorship ... school
Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.
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Socks (age 8-11)
by Beverly Cleary
humor ... realistic ... friendship ... family ... animals
Socks is one happy cat. He lives with a nice young couple called Brickers who play with him, pet him, feed him treats, and always have a warm lap for him to sit in. Then a new baby joins the family Suddenly, the Brickers are sharing their laps and love with Charles William, and Socks is getting into trouble. He runs from a phantom dog, wrestles with Nana's best wig, and fights Old Taylor the tomcat for his territory. But as Charles William grows, Socks discovers that he has a new friend and a new way to be a part of the family.
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Otis Spofford (age 8-11)
by Beverly Cleary
humor ... school ... realistic ... friendship
There was nothing Otis Spofford liked better than stirring up a little excitement, particularly at school. A less resourceful teacher than Mrs. Gitler would have found him pretty hard to take. But even Mrs. Gitler did not entirely relish the bullfight at the fiesta arranged for the P.T.A. meeting. Otis was disappointed at not being the toreador, but as the front half of the bull he managed to steal the whole show, to the annoyance of his classmates and his teacher. It was then that Mrs. Gitler suggested that Otis might someday get his comeuppance.
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Harry the Poisonous Centipede (age 8-11)
by Lynne Reid Banks
animals ... humor ... adventure
Harry is a young centipede longing for adventure and excitement and burning with curiosity about the forbidden "Up-Pipe" and the "no-top" world it leads to. In spite of his mother's dire warnings, Harry and his friend George venture into the dangerous world above, where the dangerous "Hoo-mins" live. Harry's big adventure turns out to be even more terrifying than he thought, in this inventive and entertaining tale.
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Mr. Popper's Penguins (age 8-11)
by Richard and Florence Atwater
enterprise ... humor
Mr. Popper starts out with one penguin in his house, but before he knows it there are twelve.
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Toad Heaven (age 8-11)
by Morris Gleitzman
humor ... nature ... adventure
Limpy is on a quest to find toad heaven. A place where cane toads won't be blown up with bike pumps or bashed over the head with folding chairs. Limpy's determined to find this place if it takes him the rest of his life, but his plans are waylaid when he's kidnapped by some sinister-looking humans and tossed into a bucket. Will Limpy be able to save cane toads? Will he be able to find toad heaven? First he has to get out of the bucket . . . in this hysterically funny sequel to Toad Rage.
sequel: Toad Away
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Toad Rage (age 8-11)
by Morris Gleitzman
humor ... nature ... adventure
Limpy's family reckons humans don't hate cane toads, but Limpy knows otherwise. He's spotted the signs: the cross looks, the unkind comments, the way they squash cane toads with their cars. Limpy is desperate to save his species from ending up as pancakes. Somehow he must make humans see how fabulous cane toads really are. Risking everything, he sets off on a wart-tinglingly dangerous and daring journey to . . . the Olympics?
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M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales (age 8-11)
by M. T. Anderson
mystery ... adventure ... humor ... science fiction ... authorship
What sort of madman would unleash an army of stilt-walking, laser-beaming, thoroughly angry whales upon the world? Who cares! All that matters is that his dastardly plan be foiled. Lucky for Lily Gefelty, her two best friends are the intrepid stars of their own middle-grade series novels: Jasper Dash (better know as the Boy Technonaut) and Katie Mulligan (beloved by millions as the heroine of the Horror Hollow series). It's going to take all their smarts to stop this insane, inane plot from succeeding. Start with the first thrilling tale, Whales on Stilts.
title: Whales on Stilts
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A Room With a Zoo (age 8-11)
by Jules Feiffer
humor ... realistic ... animals
Nine-year-old Julie loves animals, and she's assembling a zoo in her bedroom. She collects a sick cat, a hamster, a big, ugly fish, six smaller fish that start to disappear, a turtle, a strong-minded kitten, an unresponsive hermit crab, and a borrowed classroom rabbit who appears to be dying. Julie's passion takes over her life and her family's life. The more she gets, the more she desires; but what she wants most of all, she can't have.
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Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (age 8-11)
by Lauren Child
mystery ... school ... humor
It's not easy to concentrate at school when mysterious things are happening all around you. In fact, Clarice Bean is starting to feel just like her favorite heroine: Ruby Redforr, schoolgirl detective. Clarice and her utterly best friend, Betty Moody, are planning to ace their book project about Ruby and win the class prize, until Betty disappears into thin air, and horrible teacher Mrs. Wilberton teams Clarice up with the naughtiest boy in school. Will her new partner ruin everything? Will Betty ever come back? And what on earth happened to the silver trophy everyone's hoping to win?
sequel: Clarice Bean Spells Trouble
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Sam Krupnik Series (age 8-11)
by Lois Lowry
growing up ... realistic ... humor ... family
Sam Krupnik enters school with some very strong ideas about what he wants to be and how. Fans of this series will enjoy the same author's books about Anastasia, his big sister, as well.
title: All About Sam
title: Attaboy, Sam!
title: See You Around, Sam!
title: Zooman Sam
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My Life Among the Aliens (age 8-11)
by Gail Gauthier
science fiction ... humor ... family
Two brothers begin to wonder if it is their mother's unusual cooking that is attracting the aliens that keep showing up at their house.
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The Imp That Ate My Homework (age 8-11)
by Laurence Yep
adventure ... fantasy ... humor ... family
Jim teams up with his grandfather, who is known as the meanest man in Chinatown, to defeat a powerful demon.
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Later, Gator (age 8-11)
by Laurence Yep
humor ... family
Teddy finds that his imagination has gotten him into trouble once more, when he buys his younger brother Bobby an alligator for his birthday.
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Minn and Jake (age 8-11)
by Janet S. Wong
humor ... friendship ... poetry
Do you ever feel like you've somehow lost your true best friend? Minn feels this way. So does Jake. But Minn and Jake have no intention of being friends. Minn's a string bean. Jake's a shrimp. Minn's a girl. Jake's a boy. And in fifth grade, who wants a best friend of the opposite sex? But Minn and Jake are forced together by circumstances, which only strengthen their resistance, until Minn takes Jake lizard hunting. What a surprising way to choose a friend.
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Donuthead (age 8-11)
by Sue Stauffacher
identity ... friendship ... humor
Franklin Delano Donuthead, a fifth-grader obsessed with hygiene and safety, finds an unlikely friend and protector in Sarah Kervick, the tough new student who lives in a dirty trailer, bonds with his mother, and is as ``irregular'' as he is.
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Monster of the Month Club (age 8-11)
by Dian Curtis Regan
fantasy ... humor
Thirteen-year-old Rilla's life becomes chaotic when someone anonymously enrolls her in the Monster of the Month Club and little living monsters start to arrive in the mail.
sequel: Monsters in the Attic
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Dumbstruck (age 8-11)
by Sara Pennypacker
adventure ... family ... humor
When ten-year-old Ivy's parents disappear on the darkest night of the year, she tries to find them with the help of an orphan and her eccentric Aunt Zilpa.
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The Teacher's Funeral: a Comedy in Three Parts (age 8-11)
by Richard Peck
family ... humor ... school
In 1904 Indiana, 15-year-old Russell Culver is raring to leave his small town. But he has a particularly eventful season of school ahead of him, led by a teacher he never expected--his sister, Tansy.
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Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day (age 8-11)
by Gary Paulsen
survival ... humor ... family ... school
Molly learns her wacky grandma was coming to spend the day at school with her. Now she's lost her notebook with everything that matters in it, including her homework; has a black eye; has torn her skirt. And it's only 9 a.m. Can things get any worse?
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The Grand Escape (age 8-11)
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
humor ... adventure ... animals
It's a scary world out there. If only Marco hadn't read a newspaper article about a ranch and become determined to see one. If only Polo hadn't found himself longing for the mother he barely remembered as a soft-warm-wiggle-purr-milk-tongue. Then the two tabbies might have been content to remain pampered house cats forever. But when their owners leave a door open, Marco and Polo can't resist the temptation to escape to the outside world.
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The Amelia Series (age 8-11)
by Marissa Moss
realistic ... humor ... letters/journal ... growing up
Like spending recess with your best friend, Marissa Moss keeps us up to date with everything that's going on in Amelia's life.
title: The All-New Amelia
title: Amelia Hits the Road
title: Amelia Lends a Hand
title: Amelia Takes Command
title: Amelia Works it Out
title: Amelia Writes Again
title: Amelia's Family Ties
title: Amelia's Notebook
title: Amelia's Boredom Survival Guide: First Aid for Rainy Days, Boring Errands, Waiting Rooms, Whatever!
title: Amelia's Bully Survival Guide
title: Madame Amelia Tells All
title: Oh Boy, Amelia!
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Can of Worms (age 8-11)
by Kathy Mackel
humor ... science fiction ... friendship ... school
``Fellow citizens of the galaxy: I do not belong on this planet. I am being held against my will, trapped by ignorance and cruelty. You must save me. Take me away from this. I am desperately in need of your assistance. Please help me. Mike Pillsbury.'' When a frustrated plea to the universe attracts a motley crew of aliens determined to rescue him, Mike Pillsbury decides he isn't quite ready to relinquish life on Earth. Will his visitors, who all have something at stake, let him stay?
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Keep Ms. Sugarman in the Fourth Grade (age 8-11)
by Elizabeth Levy
humor ... school
Jackie, who has always had trouble in school, begins to develop more self-confidence under the guidance of her fourth-grade teacher but is crushed when Ms. Sugarman is promoted to principal in the middle of the school year. What will she do now?
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Trial by (Jury) Journal (age 8-11)
by Kate Klise
humor ... mystery ... letters/journal
Get ready for a trial unlike any Tyle County has ever seen. Sixth-grader Perry Keet is missing, and Bob White, his co-worker at Tyle Park Zoo, will stand trial for the alleged murder. But Keet's disappearance is only the beginning of this legal thriller.
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Circle of Doom (age 8-11)
by Tim Kennemore
family ... humor ... magic
One day, Lizzie Sharp decides to concoct a potion to cast a spell on her family's only neighbors, the unbearable, ancient Potwards. The very next day, Mrs. Potward breaks her hip and the couple disappear forever. It could be just a coincidence, but Lizzie is convinced of her own magical powers, and the temptation to involve both her younger brothers in her ambitious spellmaking plans is irresistible. As one potion leads to another, all three Sharp children become ridiculously entangled in a web of secrets, conspiracies, and misunderstandings.
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Bunnicula (age 8-11)
by Deborah and James Howe
humor ... mystery
This book is written by Harold. His fulltime occupation is dog. He lives with Mr. and Mrs. Monroe and their sons Toby and Pete. Also sharing the home are a cat named Chester and a rabbit named Bunnicula. It is because of Bunnicula that Harold turned to writing. Someone had to tell the full story of what happened in the Monroe household after the rabbit arrived. Was Bunnicula really a vampire? Only Bunnicula knows for sure.
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The Year of Miss Agnes (age 8-11)
by Kirkpatrick Hill
humor ... school
Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn't have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room schoolhouse in remote, Alaska leave at the first smell of fish, claiming that life there is just too hard. But Miss Agnes is different. For the first time, Fred and her classmates begin to enjoy their lessons and learn to read and write, but will Miss Agnes be like all the rest and leave as quickly as she came?
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The Secret Elephant of Harlan Kooter (age 8-11)
by Dean Harvey
friendship ... humor
Harlan, a young resident of Pine View, Florida, tries to hide an escaped circus elephant, with unpredictable results.
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Jim Ugly (age 8-11)
by Sid Fleischman
adventure ... mystery ... animals ... humor
Twelve-year-old Jake is thrown into an uneasy alliance with proud, one-man dog, Jim Ugly, when the dog's owner, Jake's father, suddenly disappears. Confident that Jim Ugly can pick up Jake's father's trail, boy and dog set out on the adventure of their lives.
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Magic Shop Series (age 8-11)
by Bruce Coville
fantasy ... friendship ... magic ... humor
Problems of the real world are nothing compared to the problems stirred up in Mr. Elives' Magic Shop, where young customers leave with more than they bargained for.
title: Juliet Dove, Queen of Love
title: Jennifer Murdley's Toad
title: The Skull of Truth
title: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
title: The Monster's Ring
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Mean Margaret (age 8-11)
by Tor Seidler
humor ... family
A pair of newlywed woodchucks, a squirrel, a testy snake, a skunk, a couple of bats, and a family named Hubble have their lives turned topsy-turvy by a tyrannical toddler named Margaret.
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Chocolate Fever (age 8-11)
by Robert Kimmel Smith
humor
Henry Green eats so much chocolate he comes down with chocolate fever. How will he get out of this sticky situation?
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The Time Warp Trio Series (age 8-11)
by Jon Scieszka
knights/castles/dragons ... fantasy ... humor
In the first installment, Knights of the Kitchen Table, Joe, Fred, and Sam are sent back in time by a magic book, they find themselves face-to-face with giants, dragons, wizards, and the Knights of the Round Table. Each book finds our trio in another wacky time travel adventure.
title: Knights of the Kitchen Table
title: The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy
title: Your Mother Was a Neanderthal
title: Tut, Tut!
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How to Eat Fried Worms (age 8-11)
by Thomas Rockwell
realistic ... friendship ... school ... humor
Billy makes a bet, then has to make good on it...fifteen worms in fifteen days. As hilarious as it is disgusting, Billy stands up for what's right in his own way.
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The Best School Year Ever (age 8-11)
by Barbara Robinson
humor ... school
The Worst Kids in the History of the World! When anything goes wrong at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, from the hexing of Bus Six to the mysterious disappearance of the kindergarten gerbil, it's sure to have a Herdman behind it. The Herdmans are more than famous-they're outlaws. They smoke cigars, lie, and set fire to things, and that's only when they bother to come to school! Then a school project forces the students to think of compliments for all their classmates-including the Herdmans. Is it possible that behind their outrageous pranks there may be something good about this crazy clan after all?
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The Toothpaste Millionaire (age 8-11)
by Jean Merrill
humor ... math/science/technology ... enterprise ... brilliant protagonist
Sixth-grader Rufus Mayflower doesn't set out to become a millionaire. He just wants to save on toothpaste. Betting he can make a gallon of his own for the same price as one tube from the store, Rufus develops a step-by-step plan with help from his friends, classmates, and math teacher. By the time he reaches the eighth grade, Rufus makes more than a gallon - he makes a million!
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Homer Price (age 8-11)
by Robert McCloskey
math/science/technology ... humor ... enterprise ... brilliant protagonist
Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage, pushing out donuts just as regular as a clock can tick.
sequel: Centerburg Tales
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Arthur, For the Very First Time (age 8-11)
by Patricia MacLachlan
family ... humor
Arthur Rasby is ten years old and having the worst summer of his life. But when he goes to stay with his eccentric Great Aunt Elda and Great Uncle Wrisby on their farm, his world is turned upside down. Arthur's aunt and uncle do things his parents would never do, like singing to their pet pig, and speaking French to a pet chicken. Arthur soon realizes there's a whole world just waiting to be discovered.
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My Life As a Fifth-Grade Comedian (age 8-11)
by Elizabeth Levy
enterprise ... school ... humor
Bobby's constant clowning has the principal threatening to send him to the School for Intervention, just one step away from reform school. Luckily, Bobby's teacher gives him one last chance: to organize a schoolwide laugh-off and get teachers and students to compete. Bobby knows he's got to make the contest a success. Will he be able to prove to everybody that he's finally got his act together?
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Regarding the Fountain (age 8-11)
by Kate Klise
mystery ... letters/journal ... humor ... school
The Dry Creek Middle School drinking fountain has sprung a leak, so principal Walter Russ dashes off a request to Flowing Waters Fountains, Etc. We need a new drinking fountain. Please send a catalog. Designer Flo Waters responds: ``I'd be delighted...but please understand that all of my fountains are custom-made.'' Soon the fountain project takes on a life of its own, one chronicled in letters, postcards, memos, transcripts, and official documents.
sequel: Regarding the Bathrooms: a Privy to the Past
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Letters From Camp (age 8-11)
by Kate Klise
mystery ... humor ... family ... letters/journal
Sent to Camp Happy Harmony to learn how to get along with each other, pairs of brothers and sisters chronicle in letters home how they come to suspect the intentions of the singing family running the camp.
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Babe: The Gallant Pig (age 8-11)
by Dick King-Smith
brilliant protagonist ... enterprise ... humor
A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.
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Ace: The Very Important Pig (age 8-11)
by Dick King-Smith
enterprise ... humor
Ace is an intelligent, lovable, unlikely pig hero.
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The Chet Gecko Mystery Series (age 8-11)
by Bruce Hale
humor ... mystery
In these hilarious mysteries, Chet Gecko can't think of anything but eating and sleeping. Nevertheless, he's called upon to foil sinister plots, catch wiley thieves, and take on vicious monsters.
title: The Big Nap: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: Farewell, My Lunchbag: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: Give My Regrets to Broadway: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: The Hamster of the Baskervilles: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: Key Lardo: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: The Malted Falcon: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: Murder, My Tweet: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: The Mystery of Mr. Nice: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: The Possum Always Rings Twice: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: This Gum for Hire: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: Trouble Is My Beeswax: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
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The Moffats (age 8-11)
by Eleanor Estes
humor ... family
Meet the Moffats. There is Sylvie, the oldest, the cleverest, and-most days at least-the responsible one; Joey, who though only twelve is the man of the house...sometimes; Janey, who has a terrific upside-down way of looking at the world; and Rufus, who may be the littlest but always gets in the biggest trouble.
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Hank the Cowdog Series (age 8-11)
by John Erickson
humor ... mystery
In the first installment, Hank the Cowdog, head of ranch security, is framed for the murder of a chicken and becomes an outlaw with the coyotes.
title: The Case of the Double Bumblebee Sting
title: The Case of the Halloween Ghost
title: The Case of the Haystack Kitties
title: The Case of the Hooking Bull
title: The Case of the Kidnapped Collie
title: The Case of the Swirling Killer Tornado
title: The Case of the Vampire Cat
title: The Case of the Vanishing Fishhook
title: The Curse of the Incredible Priceless Corncob
title: Every Dog Has His Day
title: Faded Love
title: The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
title: The Garbage Monster From Outer Space
title: Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business
title: Hank the Cowdog: The Wounded Buzzard on Christmas Eve
title: Hank the Cowdog and the Case of the Fiddle-Playing Fox
title: Hank the Cowdog and the Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse
title: It's a Dog's Life
title: Hank the Cowdog: Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest
title: Moonlight Madness
title: The Mopwater Files
title: Murder in the Middle Pasture
title: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
title: the Phantom in the Mirror
title: Slim's Goodbye
title: The Case of the Black-hooded Hangmans
title: The Case of the Car-Barkaholic Dog
title: The Case of the Measled Cowboy
title: The Case of the Night-Stalking Bone Monster
title: The Case of the Raging Rottweiler
title: The Case of the Saddle House Robbery
title: The Case of the Vampire Vacuum Sweeper
title: The Case of the Missing Cat
title: The Case of the Midnight Rustler
title: Lost in the Blinded Blizzard
title: Hank the Cowdog: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
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Rover Saves Christmas (age 8-11)
by Roddy Doyle
traditions ... humor
Catalog: When Rudolph comes down with the flu, it's up to Rover the dog and the Mack children to help Santa complete his Christmas deliveries.
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The Giggler Treatment (age 8-11)
by Roddy Doyle
fantasy ... humor
Catalog: A talking dog, the Mack children and the small elf-like Gigglers themselves must try to stop the prank that the Gigglers have mistakenly set in motion to punish Mr. Mack for being mean to his children.
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The Witches (age 8-11)
by Roald Dahl
fantasy ... humor
Publisher comments: Would you know a real witch if you saw one? They don't ride on broomsticks. They don't wear black capes or pointy hats. In fact, they don't look like witches at all. But one thing is certain: A real witch is the most dangerous of all living creatures. So you'd better learn to know one when you see one!
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Matilda (age 8-11)
by Roald Dahl
identity ... brilliant protagonist ... school ... humor
Publisher comments: Matilda is a genius. Unfortunately, her family treats her like a dolt. Her crooked car-salesman father and loud, bingo-obsessed mother think Matilda's only talent is as a scapegoat for everything that goes wrong in their miserable lives. But it's not long before the sweet and sensitive child decides to fight back. Faced with practical jokes of sheer brilliance, her parents don't stand a chance.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (age 8-11)
by Roald Dahl
enterprise ... humor
Publisher comments: Candy for life and a tour of Willie Wonka's top-secret chocolate factory was the prize for buying a candy bar containing a Golden Ticket. Here is the exciting, hilarious, and delicious story of the five prizewinners.
sequel: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
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The BFG (age 8-11)
by Roald Dahl
humor ... fantasy ... friendship
Publisher comments: When orphan Sophie is snatched from her bed by a Giant, she fears that he is going to eat her. But as he explains in his unique way of talking, "I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country! I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG." The BFG tells Sophie how he mixes up dreams to blow through a trumpet into the ears of children.
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Bruce Coville's Alien Adventures (age 8-11)
by Bruce Coville
humor ... fantasy ... science fiction
They're out of this world!
title: Aliens Ate My Homework
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Beezus and Ramona (age 8-11)
by Beverly Cleary
humor ... realistic ... family
Publisher comments: It is not that Ramona deliberately sets out to make trouble for other people. She simply has more imagination than is healthy for any one person. In this first book of the Ramona series, our heroine establishes herself as one of the strongest and funniest characters in print.
sequel: Ramona the Pest
sequel: Ramona the Brave
sequel: Ramona and Her Father
sequel: Ramona Forever
sequel: Ramona Quimby, Age 8
sequel: Ramona's World
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A Cat of a Different Color (age 8-11)
by Steven Bauer
humor
Catalog: An orphan girl and a strange cat save the villagers of Felicity-by-the-Lake from the proclamations of a greedy, selfish and mean mayor.
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Gypsy Rizka (age 8-11)
by Lloyd Alexander
family ... humor
Catalog: Living alone in her wagon on the outskirts of a small town while waiting for her father's return, Rizka, a Gypsy and a trickster, exposes the ridiculous foibles of some of the townspeople.

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