The Exquisite Corpse Adventure
authorship ... humor ... adventure ... action ... fantasy
Publisher comments: Take twenty top kids' authors and illustrators. Give them free rein to take turns creating a zany progressive story. What could possibly happen next? It all starts with a train rushing through the night. . . . Well, actually, it starts when Jon Scieszka, former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, writes a cliff-hanger episode and passes it on to the next member of a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who continues the story and passes it on. And what happens between episodes one and twenty-seven? Think werewolves and mad scientists, a talking pig, plenty of explosions, a blue Star Wars lunchbox, two meatballs, a whole army of villains and varmints, and one just plain bad egg. Not to mention our heroes, eleven-year-old twins Nancy and Joe, raised in a circus, who must find the pieces of a Top-Secret Robot in order to rescue their parents before . . . tick, tick, tick!
43 Old Cemetary Road Series (age 9-12)|
by Kate Klise
humor ... authorship ... letters/journal ... spooky ... mystery
Publisher comments: Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer's block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It's hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man--and the abandoned kid? Well, let's just say his last name's Hope.
title: Over My Dead Body
Choose Your Own Adventure Series (age 9-12)|
authorship ... action ... adventure
You decide the outcome of each of these breathtaking adventures.
title: By Balloon to the Sahara by Douglas Terman F TER
title: The Cave of Time by Edward Packard F PAC
title: Escape by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Gorga, the Space Monster by Edward Packard F PAC
title: Indian Trail by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Mountain Survival by Edward Packard F PAC
title: The Mystery of Chimney rock by Edward Packard F PAC
title: Search for the Mountain Gorillas by Jim Wallace F WAL
title: Space and Beyond by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Space Patrol by Julius Goodman F GOO
title: Treasure Diver by Julius Goodman F GOO
title: You Are a Shark by Edward Packard F PAC
title: Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: War With the Evil Power Master by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: The Lost Jewels of Nabooti by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: The Abominable Snowman by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Journey Under the Sea by R. A. Montgomery F MON
Adam Canfield of the Slash Series (age 9-12)|
by Michael Winerip
mystery ... authorship ... school
Late for math club, late for jazz band, late for soccer...Adam Canfield has to be the most overprogrammed middle-school student in America. So when super-organized Jennifer coaxes him to be coeditor of The Slash, Harris Elementary/Middle School's student newspaper, he wonders if he's made a big mistake. Not only do editors get stuck with assigning stories (like an investigative report on the edibility of cafeteria food), but they also have to deal with annoying third graders like Phoebe, always pushing for a front-page slot. But when Phoebe's article on Eddie the janitor leads to a much bigger scoop, an eccentric woman's mysterious gift to the school, Adam and Jennifer rise to the challenge, risking their principal's wrath to uncover some shocking secrets.
title: Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back!
Beetles, Lightly Toasted
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
humor ... enterprise ... authorship
Andy's entering the fifth-grade essay contest stirs his imagination to creative heights as he competes with his know-it-all cousin by making recipes with some unusual food sources and testing them on unaware friends and family.
by Alan Armstrong
authorship ... folklore ... family ... fantasy
Abby and Ben come to the barn every day to help feed the animals. Abby shares her worry that Ben can't really read yet and that he refuses to go to Special Ed. Whittington the cat and the Lady, the leader of the barnyard animals, decide that Abby should give Ben reading lessons in the barn. It is a balm for Ben when, having toughed out the daily lesson, Whittington comes to tell, in tantalizing installments, the story handed down to him from his nameless forebearer, Dick Whittington's cat: the legend of the lad born into poverty in rural England during the Black Death, who runs away to London to seek his fortune. This is an unforgettable tale about how learning to read saves one little boy. It is about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling and how, if you have loved ones surrounding you and good stories to tell, to listen to, and to read, you have just about everything of value in this world.
Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary
identity ... friendship ... authorship ... letters/journal
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.