Nora and the Texas Terror (age 7-10)
by Judy Cox
friendship ... family
Publisher comments: Nora is trying to be a good sport about having cousin Ellie's family as long-term guests now that her uncle has lost his job. However, her brash cousin Ellie, the Texas Terror, is taking over Nora's life. Nora not only has to share her room with Ellie and Fuzzy, her frightening pet tarantula, but Nora ends up having to share her desk at her overcrowded school as well. It isn't until a dangerous storm and a school project about family history brings the girls together that Nora learns how to see things from Ellie's perspective.
A Thanksgiving Wish (age 7-10)
by Michael Rosen
family ... traditions
Catalog: When Amanda's grandmother dies and the extended family tries to recreate her famous Thanksgiving meal, friends and neighbors pitch in to help carry on Bubbe's traditions.
On the Road With Poppa Whopper (age 7-10)
by Marianne Busser
voyages/journeys ... family ... adventure
When their house is torn down, Frannie and Poppa Whopper buy a rusty little minivan, pack up their belongings and head off to a carefree new life on the road. Of course, they hit some bumps along the way, but Poppa Whopper has luck, charm, and lots of ideas, and he always manages to talk them out of trouble and into exciting new adventures.
White Bird (age 7-10)
by Clyde Robert Bulla
animals ... growing up ... family ... historical
John Thomas, a boy who lives in the woods of Tennessee with his stern guardian Luke, leads a lonely, solitary life. One morning after a storm, he finds an injured bird and makes his pet. When another young boy steals White Bird, John Thomas sets out on his own to find his pet.
Meet Posy Bates (age 7-10)
by Helen Cresswell
family ... friendship
The adventures and misadventures of a little girl, Posy Bates, who desperately wants a dog or cat for a pet.
sequel: Posy Bates Again!
The Wild Swans (age 7-10)
by Hans Christian Andersen
family ... folklore
Eleven brothers who have been turned into swans by their evil stepmother are saved by their beautiful sister.
There's a Little Bit of Me in Jamey (age 7-10)
by Diana Amadeo
family ... illness/loss
Brian, whose younger brother Jamey has leukemia, feels frightened, confused, and neglected by his parents; but he finds some comfort when he donates bone marrow to his brother.
Oh, Emma (age 7-10)
by Barbara Baker
growing up ... family
Frustrated by life in a crowded housing project, Emma longs for a room of her own, but, because of family circumstances, must settle for far less.
Brenda Berman, Wedding Expert (age 7-10)
by Jane Breskin Zalben
humor ... family ... traditions
Catalog: When Brenda's favorite uncle decides to marry, Brenda sees visions of a gold lamé flower-girl's outfit, until Uncle Harry and his bride-to-be show up with her niece. Includes cake, frosting, and punch recipes.
Girl Wonder and the Terrific Twins (age 7-10)
by Malorie Blackman
adventure ... family
Catalog: The plans that Maxine, the Girl Wonder, and her younger brothers, the Terrific Twins, come up with usually mean trouble for their mother.
The Pain and the Great One Series (age 7-10)
by Judy Blume
friendship ... family
Catalog: A six-year-old (The Pain) and his eight-year-old sister (The Great One) see each other as troublemakers and the best-loved in the family.
title: The Pain and the Great One
title: Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One
title: Going, Going, Gone with the Pain and the Great One
title: Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One
title: Friend or Fiend? with the Pain and the Great One
Donavan's Double Trouble (age 7-10)
by Monalisa DeGross
family ... school
Publisher comments: Donavan thought that fourth grade would be his best year ever. Instead, it's turning out to be nothing but trouble: 1. He's failing math class. 2. If his grades don't improve, his whiz-kid "younger" sister will have to tutor him! 3. When his beloved Uncle Vic returns from overseas combat as a paraplegic, everyone else is happy that he's safe at home. But all Donavan feels is uncomfortable and sad. 4. Grandma insists on inviting Uncle Vic to the biggest family event of the school year, and she's not taking no for an answer! But what will the other kids think when they see Uncle Vic in a wheelchair?
Coolies (age 7-10)
by Yin
family ... historical
A young boy hears the story of his great-great-great-grandfather and his brother who came to the United States to make a better life for themselves helping to build the transcontinental railroad.
Hello, Star (age 7-10)
by Carolyn Haywood
family ... animals
Spending the summer in the country with her grandparents, five-year-old Star has a chance to make friends with raccoons, swans, and other animals both domestic and wild.
Time Flies (age 7-10)
by Florence Parry Heide
When his mother goes to the hospital to have a baby, Noah's worst fears about a baby around the house are realized when he goes to stay with Bib and her family.
The Hundred Penny Box (age 7-10)
by Sharon Bell Mathis
Michael's love for his great-great-aunt who lives with them leads him to intercede with his mother, who wants to toss out all her old things.
I Want Answers and a Parachute (age 7-10)
by P. J. Petersen
Matt finds his little brother's fears very annoying when they travel from Tucson to San Francisco to visit their divorced father.
Roommates and Rachel (age 7-10)
by Kathryn Osebold Galbraith
Beth and Mimi find their lives changed in both good and bad ways after the arrival of their new baby sister Rachel.
Annie and the Old One (age 7-10)
by Miska Miles
family ... illness/loss
A Navajo girl unravels a day's weaving on a rug whose completion, she believes, will mean the death of her grandmother.
I Hate Company (age 7-10)
by P. J. Petersen
humor ... family ... friendship
When his mother offers to share their apartment temporarily with an old friend and her three-year-old son, Dan finds himself resenting the loss of space, privacy, and peace and quiet.
Atomic Ace Series (age 7-10)
by Jeff Weigel
poetry ... science fiction ... adventure ... action ... family
So what's it like living with Atomic Ace, a dad who battles robots and can fly? It's not as weird as you might think--after all, Ace is always there to fix Saturday lunch and play ball with his son. Mom is just Mom and Dad is just Dad--they're a normal family! And a normal dad can sometimes mess up. That's what happens when Atomic Ace meets his ruthless nemesis, Insect King. This normal family is stressed!
title: Atomic Ace (He's Just My Dad)
title: Atomic Ace and the Robot Rampage
Pioneer Daughters Series (age 7-10)
by Jean Van Leeuwen
family ... war ... historical
Hannah's life has become a series of challenges. Hannah knows she should pay more attention to her needlework, but she just can't seem to get it right. She's much more comfortable nursing a fragile spring lamb back to health than counting stitches. And how can she concentrate on her sewing when the war is so close? Everyone in Fairfield is doing all they can to help the colonial army battle the British for independence. Even her brother Ben longs to join the fight. What can Hannah do to help?
title: Hannah of Fairfield
title: Hannah's Helping Hands
title: Hanna's Winter of Hope
The Riddle Streak (age 7-10)
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
enterprise ... family
Since her older brother always wins at ping pong, checkers, and everything else, Amy decides to learn riddles in hope of finding some way she can beat him.
Mokie and Bik (age 7-10)
by Wendy Orr
humor ... family
Mokie is bigger but Bik is faster. They are twins, and they have a nanny Ruby that looks after them while their mom is Arting and their dad is on his ship at sea. Whether they’re helping Erik the Viking splosh his decks or learning to swim fast as fisk, these two are always overboard or underfoot! Rambunctious and charming, Mokie and Bik are a pair you won’t soon forget.
Bravo, Tavo! (age 7-10)
by Brian Meunier
family ... enterprise ... sports
Tavo, named for his father Gustavo, plays basketball so much that his sneakers are worn out. His father is too worried about the drought afflicting their small village to focus on replacing them. Gustavo thinks he can solve the water shortage, but the other villagers say hes crazy. Tavo puts aside basketball to help prove his father right. In return, something miraculous happens to his sneakers, and he's the hero of the next game. Did the magic come from his shoes, or was it in his heart all along?
The Quigleys Series (age 7-10)
by Simon Mason
realistic ... adventure ... family ... humor
The adventures and misadventures of the four members of the Quigley family--Mum, Dad, Lucy, and Will.
title: The Quigleys
title: The Quigleys at Large
title: The Quigleys in a Spin
title: The Quigleys Not for Sale
The Mallory Series (age 7-10)
by Laurie B. Friedman
humor ... friendship ... family ... school
When eight-year-old Mallory moves to a new town, and a new school with new friends, nothing will be the same again.
title: Back to School, Mallory
title: Mallory on the Move
title: Mallory vs. Max
title: Mallory versus Max
title: Campfire Mallory
title: Honestly, Mallory!
title: Mallory on Board
title: Mallory in the Spotlight
title: Mallory Goes Green
title: Happy New Year Mallory!
title: Step Fourth, Mallory!
title: In Business With Mallory
title: Happy Birthday, Mallory!
title: Heart to Heart With Mallory
Warton and the King of the Skies (age 7-10)
by Russell Erickson
Two toad brothers gain their freedom from a bickering weasel family by teaching them the value of teamwork.
Tutu Much Ballet (age 7-10)
by Gabrielle Charbonnet
family ... growing up
When her grandmother comes to visit during the summer, Charlotte thinks she will be allowed to go to gymnastics camp with her best friend, but her mother and grandmother insist that she take ballet lessons instead.
Snakes Are Nothing to Sneeze At (age 7-10)
by Gabrielle Charbonnet
family ... animals
Although he's not furry and her best friend thinks he's yucky, Annabel loves her new pet snake.
Mattie (age 7-10)
by Marsha Wilson Chall
friendship ... family ... humor
Mattie's adventures include selling her little brother, finding the perfect Valentine's Day gift for an obnoxious classmate, and cutting her brother's hair.
Swiss Family Robinson (age 7-10)
by Daisy Alberto
survival ... family ... adventure
An adaptation of Johann Wyss's novel about an imaginative family that survives and prospers after being shipwrecked on a deserted island where they live over ten years before the chance of rescue arrives.
Ginger Brown: Too Many Houses (age 7-10)
by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
identity ... family
When her parents get a divorce, six-year-old Ginger lives for a while with each set of grandparents and begins to understand her mixed background and her new family situation.
Immigrant Girl: Becky of Eldridge Street (age 7-10)
by Brett Harvey
family ... historical
Becky, whose family has emigrated from Russia to avoid being persecuted as Jews, finds growing up in New York City in 1910 a vivid and exciting experience.
Roz and Ozzie (age 7-10)
by Johanna Hurwitz
Although eight-year-old Roz usually feels annoyed by the pestering attentions of her uncle Ozzie, who is two years younger than she is, she finds that there are times when she is glad to have him around.
sequel: Ozzie on His Own
Losing Uncle Tim (age 7-10)
by Marykate Jordan
family ... illness/loss
When his beloved Uncle Tim dies of AIDS, Daniel struggles to find reassurance and understanding and finds that his favorite grown-up has left him a legacy of joy and courage.
When Mindy Saved Hanukkah (age 7-10)
by Eric Kimmel
traditions ... adventure ... family ... folklore
Little Mindy Klein lives with her tiny family behind the walls of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. When Mindy's father sprains his ankle right before Hanukkah, he is unable to bring home a candle for the menorah. So Mindy decides to set out and find the candle herself. But first she has to face off with an enormous, frightening cat. With a lot of bravery (and a little help from grandpa) Mindy manages to save Hanukkah just in time...and learns the true meaning behind the Festival of Lights.
Morgy Makes His Move (age 7-10)
by Maggie Lewis
action ... school ... family
Morgy MacDougal-MacDuff hates being the new kid in a new school in a new town in a new state. Each day brings some new weird Boston thing to get used to, but soon Morgy feels he may just fit in after all.
A Turkey Drive and Other Tales (age 7-10)
by Barbara Ann Porte
humor ... family ... short stories ... authorship ... the arts
A sister and brother who enjoy storytelling like their father and art like their mother join in making up stories about different pictures around their house.
Themba (age 7-10)
by Margaret Sacks
mystery ... family
Themba, a young South African boy, devises a plan to bring his father home safely after he fails to arrive on the train as expected.
Private Lily (age 7-10)
by Sally Warner
family ... humor
After a series of unsuccessful attempts, six-year-old Lily succeeds in making a private space for herself in her small apartment.
Go Fish (age 7-10)
by Mary Stolz
identity ... family
After spending the day fishing in the Gulf of Mexico with Grandfather, eight-year-old Thomas has a quiet evening on the porch hearing more about his African heritage.
M and M series (age 7-10)
by Pat Ross
friendship ... family
Mandy and Mimi are twins, learning about life, just like you!
title: M and M and the Bad News Babies
title: M and M and the Big Bag
title: M and M and the Halloween Monster
title: M and M and the Haunted House Game
title: M and M and the Mummy Mess
title: M and M and the Super Child Afternoon
title: Meet M and M
The Trouble With Cats (age 7-10)
by Martha Freeman
family ... school
After a difficult first week of third grade, Holly begins to adjust to her new school and living in her new stepfather's tiny apartment with his four cats.
Some Frog! (age 7-10)
by Eve Bunting
school ... family
It'll take some frog to win the frog-jumping contest at Billy's school. But Billy's all set--he's got a champion jumper, a grandpa with lots of good advice, and a mom and grandma to cheer him on. Everything will be perfect--if only his dad shows up.
The Family Under the Bridge (age 7-10)
by Natalie Savage Carlson
family ... friendship
This is the delightfully warm and enjoyable story of an old Parisian named Armand, who relished his solitary life. Children, he said, were like starlings, and one was better off without them. But the children who lived under the bridge recognized a true friend when they met one, even if the friend seemed a trifle unwilling at the start. And it did not take Armand very long to realize that he had gotten himself ready-made family; one that he loved with all his heart, and one for whom he would have to find a better home than the bridge.
The Julian Series (age 7-10)
by Ann Cameron
Meet Julian and Huey, and ride along as they find adventures in everyday life.
title: The Stories Julian Tells
title: More Stories Julian Tells
title: Julian's Glorious Summer
title: Julian, Dream Doctor
title: Julian, Secret Agent
title: The Stories Huey Tells
The Berenstain Bears (age 7-10)
by Stan Berenstain
friendship ... family ... humor
The Berenstain Bears muddle their way through real-life situations, in their own hilarious way.
title: The Berenstain Bears Get Their Kicks
title: The Berenstain Bears Accept No Substitutes
title: The Berenstain Bears and Baby Makes Five
title: The Berenstain Bears and Mama's New Job
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Attic Treasure
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Big Blooper
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Big Date
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Bully
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Double Dare
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Dress Code
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Drug Free Zone
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Galloping Ghost
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Giddy Grandma
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Great Ant Attack
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Ice Monster
title: The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Love Match
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Honey
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Nerdy Nephew
title: The Berenstain Bears and the New Girl in Town
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Red-Handed Thief
title: The Berenstain Bears and the School Scandal Sheet
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Substitute Teacher
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble With Friends
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble With Grownups
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Truth
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma's
title: The Berenstain Bears and the Wheelchair Commando
title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday
title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Pressure
title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing
title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV
title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation
title: The Berenstain Bears at Camp Crush
title: The Berenstain Bears at the Teen Rock Cafe
title: The Berenstain Bears Back to School
title: The Berenstain Bears Blaze a Trail
title: The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree
title: The Berenstain Bears Cook-It!: Breakfast for Mama
title: The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings
title: The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore)
title: The Berenstain Bears Fly-It
title: The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
title: The Berenstain Bears' Funny Valentine
title: The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight
title: The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright
title: The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies
title: The Berenstain Bears Go Hollywood
title: The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team
title: The Berenstain Bears Go Platinum
title: The Berenstain Bears Go To Camp
title: The Berenstain Bears Go To School
title: The Berenstain Bears Go To the Doctor
title: The Berenstain Bears' Haunted Hayride
title: The Berenstain Bears Help Around the House
title: The Berenstain Bears in Maniac Mansion
title: The Berenstain Bears in the Bears' Nature Guide
title: The Berenstain Bears in the Dark
title: The Berenstain Bears in the Wax Museum
title: The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
title: The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand
title: The Berenstain Bears Lost in Cyberspace
title: The Berenstain Bears' Media Madness
title: The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear
title: The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day
title: The Berenstain Bears' New Baby
title: The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors
title: The Berenstain Bears: No Girls Allowed
title: The Berenstain Bears, No Guns Allowed
title: The Berenstain Bears' Nursery Tales
title: The Berenstain Bears on the Job
title: The Berenstain Bears on the Moon
title: The Berenstain Bears Phenom in the Family
title: The Berenstain Bears Ready, Get Set, go!
title: The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas
title: The Berenstain Bears' Science Fair
title: The Berenstain Bears Shoot the Rapids
title: The Berenstain Bears' Soccer Star
title: Berenstain Bears' Thanksgiving
title: The Berenstain Bears That Stump Must Go!
title: The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
title: The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School
title: The Berenstain Bears' Trouble With Money
title: The Berenstain Bears' Trouble With Pets
title: The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
The Latchkey Dog (age 7-10)
by Mary Jane Auch
animals ... family
Sam's efforts to help his dog Amber adjust to being home alone all day cause his mother to worry that Sam is spending too much time by himself.
The Bathwater Gang (age 7-10)
by Jerry Spinelli
war ... humor ... family ... friendship
Bertie's all-girl gang becomes involved in a harmless but heartfelt war with an all-boy gang, until Bertie's grandmother steps in with a perfect solution.
The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates (age 7-10)
by Susan Shreve
humor ... friendship ... family ... school
Driving home from the beach on Labor Day, Joshua receives some shocking news from his mother: he must repeat third grade.
sequel: Joshua T. Bates in Trouble Again
sequel: Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge
The Christmas Puppy (age 7-10)
by Roberta Grobel Intrater
traditions ... family ... friendship
A mischievous dog and a lonely old man help Zach learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Starring Grace (age 7-10)
by Mary Hoffman
friendship ... family
Grace and her friends have all sorts of adventures during their summer vacation--going to the circus, taking an imaginary safari, making friends with an elderly neighbor, and more.
The Russell and Elisa Stories (age 7-10)
by Johanna Hurwitz
growing up ... family ... school
The stories of Russell, age six, and Elisa, age four, as they experience the frustrations and excitement of growing up. Now that he's six, Russell has some very important questions: If he has to wear hand-me-downs, shoulden't bigger kids wear hand-me-ups? If he can't say bad words, can he make up his own words when he's angry? If he has to get a report card, isn't it about time his parents got one to?
title: Russell Sprouts
title: Rip-roaring Russell
title: Russell and Elisa
title: "E" is for Elisa
title: Elisa in the Middle
title: Make Room for Elisa
The Puppy Sister (age 7-10)
by S.E. Hinton
humor ... family
Nick and his parents get more than they bargained for when their newly adopted puppy, Aleasha, decides she'll have more fun with her new "family" if she becomes human, too.
My Sister the Sausage Roll (age 7-10)
by Barbara Ware Holmes
Although she does not like having a new baby sister, Eloise keeps an eye on her while their father is away and finds herself learning to love her.
Sable (age 7-10)
by Karen Hesse
Tate is overjoyed when a scrawny mutt turns up in the yard one day. She even persuades Mam and Pap to let her keep Sable, named for her dark, silky fur. But before long, the incorrigible dog begins to cause trouble with the neighbors. Will Sable have to go?
Lavender (age 7-10)
by Karen Hesse
Codie is secretly sewing a blanket for her favorite aunt Alix's new baby. Will the blanket be "fully done" by the time the baby is "fully done"?
Legend of -- the Worst Boy in the World (age 7-10)
by Eoin Colfer
family ... authorship
Every Saturday, while helping polish the lens of the lighthouse his grandfather tends, nine-year-old Will tells a tale he hopes will top Grandad's, but Grandad always wins until Dad reminds Will of a long-forgotten escapade with his brother.
The Magic Menorah (age 7-10)
by Jane Breskin Zalben
traditions ... fantasy ... family
Stanley does not look foward to spending another Chanukah with all his relatives, but when an old man comes out of a tarnished menorah in the attic and grants Stanley three wishes, he changes his mind.
Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart (age 7-10)
by Vera B. Williams
family ... poetry
A series of poems tells how two sisters help each other deal with life while their mother is working and their father has been sent to jail.
Ruby Lu Series (age 7-10)
by Lenore Look
adventure ... family ... friendship ... realistic
Most days the best thing about being Ruby is everything. Like when she's the star of her own backyard magic show. Or when she gives a talk at the school safety assembly on the benefits of reflective tape. And then there are the days when it's very hard to be Ruby. Join Ruby Lu on her first adventure and discover your own best things about her!
title: Ruby Lu, Brave and True
title: Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything
title: Ruby Lu, Star of the Show

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