The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales, Illustrations Chris Van Allsburg (age 8-11)
by Chris Van Allsburg
short stories ... authorship ... mystery
Publisher comments: An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now we've asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won't soon forget.
The Riot Brothers Series (age 8-11)
by Mary Amato
short stories ... adventure ... humor ... school
Orville and Wilbur Riot have no shortage of daily adventures. Sometimes they are undercover detectives. Other times they challenge each other to see who can get the most underwear on his head in exactly thirty seconds. Having trouble keeping up with Wilbur and Orville? Follow the Riot Brother Rule Number 4: Run, do not walk, whenever possible.
title: Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All
title: Drooling and Dangerous: the Riot Brothers Return!
title: Stinky and Successful: The Riot Brothers Never Strop
title: Take the Mummy and Run: The Riot Brothers Are on a Roll
Here Comes Zelda Claus, and Other Holiday Disasters (age 8-11)
by Lynn Hall
short stories ... traditions ... humor
Each short story in this book featuring the irrepressible Zelda centers on a different holiday, progressing through the school year.
My Brother Louis Measures Worms: and Other Louis Stories (age 8-11)
by Barbara Robinson
short stories ... humor
How is it that Louis has been driving his mother's car around town if he's only eight years old? Where did the cat go to have her kittens? Who won the free wedding? Whether it's costume parades, mysterious paint allergies, or bicycle disasters, there's never a dull moment when the Lawson family is around!
Tales from Gizzard's Grill (age 8-11)
by Jeanne Steig
humor ... poetry ... folklore ... short stories
Presents three tall tales from the Old West town of Fiasco, where the lady sheriff keeps the peace and friends, old and new, enjoy the treats at Gizzard's Grill.
A Treasury of Spooky Stories (age 8-11)
by Kin
folklore ... short stories ... spooky
A collection of modern and traditional stories about ghosts and other spooky things, by such authors as Margaret Mahy, Judith Gorog, and Virginia Hamilton.
Rats! (age 8-11)
by Jane Cutler
family ... humor ... short stories
Now entering fourth grade, Jason wonders if it isn't time to find a new look in clothing and acquires an unwanted girlfriend whom Mrs. Fraser unwittingly invites to dinner. Edward, a first-grader, must face a pre-Halloween haunted house complete with spaghetti brains, and experiences mother-hood up close when his pet rat Spike, who isn't supposed to, has babies. Each story captures another of the brothers' never-ending adventures.
No Dogs Allowed (age 8-11)
by Jane Cutler
family ... humor ... short stories
Five-year-old Edward and his older brother Jason find themselves in such wild predicaments as surviving a motorcycle convention and confronting the three-headed mysteries of their own backyard.
Hans Christian Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes: an All-Star Retelling of the Classic Fairy Tale (age 8-11)
by Hans Christian Andersen
short stories ... folklore
Andersen's classic fairy tale retold from different points of view by twenty-three celebrities and depicted by twenty-three illustrators.
The Best Childrens Books in the World: a Treasury of Illustrated Stories (age 8-11)
by Various Authors Best
short stories
A collection of illustrated stories, originally published separately, from all over the world.
The Jungle Book: the Mowgli Stories (age 8-11)
by Rudyard Kipling
folklore ... animals ... short stories
Selected stories from Kipling's two "Jungle Books" chronicle the adventures of Mowgli, the boy reared by a pack of wolves in an Indian jungle. Also includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi."
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!
The Worry Web Site (age 8-11)
by Jacqueline Wilson
growing up ... school ... short stories
Six wonderful short stories about the members of Mr Speed's primary school class and their special Worry Website. The website allows everyone in the class to type in their worries anonymously and receive advice from their classmates ... whether they want it or not!
A Prairie Year (age 8-11)
by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
short stories ... identity ... growing up
The year begins with hockey, icefishing, and a snowmobile race. Spring brings renewal: the arrival of piglets, baby chicks in the farm kitchen; and outside, the fields are seeded. In summer, there's a dinosaur park to be visited; a calf is groomed for the fair and wheat tested between grandfather's fingers. In fall, a farm auction becomes a party, trick-or-treating is done by pick-up truck, and Clydesdales are driven by teams competing at the world's great farm fair. The glorious year ends with the arrival of Santa on the main street at night in a pickup truck, while beyond in the dark is the infinite mystery of the prairies.
Christmas Spirit: Two Stories (age 8-11)
by Robert Westall
traditions ... short stories ... folklore
Two stories in one: The Christmas Ghost and The Christmas Cat.
Children of Christmas: Stories for the Season (age 8-11)
by Cynthia Rylant
traditions ... folklore ... short stories
The Christmas tree man -- Halfway home -- For being good -- Ballerinas and bears -- Silver packages -- All the stars in the sky.
Real Mummies Don't Bleed: Friendly Tales for October Nights (age 8-11)
by Susan Whitcher
traditions ... short stories ... spooky
A collection of five scary stories, featuring the Egyptian underworld's intrusion into a Halloween costume contest and other strange goings-on.
Altogether, One at a Time (age 8-11)
by E. L. Konigsburg
realistic ... growing up ... short stories
What do you do when your mother makes you invite the most obnoxious kid in your class to your birthday party? Or when you have to wait another thirty-three and a third years to see a shower of stars? Or your parents ship you off to fat camp? Or you have to share your private lunch hour with a girl who's mean to you just because of the color of your skin? In E. L. Konigsburg's funny and perceptive short stories, four young people cope with difficult situations and, in doing so, learn something that changes their lives.
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.
Tales of the Early World (age 8-11)
by Ted Hughes
folklore ... poetry ... short stories
In this collection of tales from the Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, God appears as an artist who is sometimes surprised by his creatures. He puts an awful lot of care into fashioning the birds, whereas he simply pulls Newt out of the ground.
My Dog, My Hero (age 8-11)
by Betsy Cromer Byars
friendship ... animals ... short stories
'My Hero' to Be Chosen: Eight finalists will compete tonight for the title My Hero. The winner will wear the coveted gold Hero medal. These brave and courageous dogs will each appear with their nominator who will tell their story.
Tom, Babette, and Simon (age 8-11)
by Avi
princesses ... identity ... growing up ... short stories
Three original stories in which a boy and a cat change places, a young man learns the price of selfishness, and an invisible princess finds herself.
The Abacus Contest (age 8-11)
by Priscilla Wu
enterprise ... short stories ... school
In a small city in southern Taiwan, six children experience hopes and fears as they enter the school contest.
Strudel Stories (age 8-11)
by Joanne Rocklin
traditions ... folklore ... short stories ... historical ... family
Imagine a cozy kitchen in another time and place. A family is baking apple strudel together. And while they work, they tell each other stories of the past. There are the boy who danced with ghosts, the apple that turned to gold, the greatest baseball moment ever, and the almost-a-disaster day. This warm and touching novel follows a Jewish family through seven generations as they brave war, immigration, and enjoy the simple pleasures of friendship, sports, and a life together.
Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School (age 8-11)
by Louis Sachar
humor ... short stories ... school ... math/science/technology
Sideways math teasers are Buried in this hilarious collection of stories from Wayside School.
sequel: More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School
Full Moon Stories: Thirteen Native American Legends (age 8-11)
by EagleWalkingTurtle
identity ... family ... historical ... short stories
Grandpa Iron tells thirteen stories, one for each full moon of the year, that convey some of the traditions and beliefs of Native Americans, particularly his Arapaho people.
Time Cat (age 8-11)
by Lloyd Alexander
short stories ... historical ... adventure
Publisher comments: ``Anywhere, any time, any country, any century,'' Gareth tells Jason. And in the wink of a very special cat's eye, they're off. From ancient Egypt to Japan, the land of young Leonardo da Vinci to the town of a woman accused of witchcraft, Jason and Gareth are whisked from place to place and friend to foe. Full of fun, excitement, and a good dose of history, here's a fantastic tale that grabs the imagination and takes it far and wide, on the adventure of not one but nine amazing lifetimes.

Sat Aug 25 11:55:25 2012
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