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CALL NUMBER
TITLE
AUTHOR
INTEREST LEVEL
(by grade)
J ALETHE IRON RING
Driven by his sense of "dharma," or honor, young King Tamar sets off on a perilous journey, with a significance greater than he can imagine, during which he meets talking animals, villainous and noble kings, demons, and the love of his life.
Lloyd Alexander4-8
J AVITHE GOOD DOG
McKinley, a malamute, is torn between the domestic world of his human family and the wild world of Lupin, a wolf that is trying to recruit dogs to replenish the dwindling wolf pack.
Avi4-7
J BUCNERDS : national Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society
While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.
Michael Buckley3-6
J CURBUCKING THE SARGE
Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.
Christopher Paul Curtis5-8
J DAVTHE LEMONADE CRIME
When money disappears from fourth-grader Evan's pocket and everyone thinks that his annoying classmate Scott stole it, Evan's younger sister stages a trial involving the entire class, trying to prove what happened.
Jacqueline Davies3-5
J DICMIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
Kate DiCamillo3-5
J GEOMY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
Jean Craighead George4-7
J GUTJACKIE AND ME
Joe uses his ability to travel back in time through baseball cards to meet Jackie Robinson in 1947.
Dan Gutman3-5
J GRERIVALS : a baseball great novel
Twelve-year-old Josh looks forward to facing a true rival in the Baseball Hall of Fame tournament, but first he and his friends Jaden and Benji put themselves at great risk trying to expose the truth about a conspiracy to bribe the head umpire.
Tim Green3-6
J HIAFLUSH
With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
Carl Hiaasen5-8
J HOBJASON'S GOLD
When news of the discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches fifteen-year-old Jason, he embarks on a 10,000-mile journey to strike it rich.
Will Hobbs4-8
J IBBONE DOG AND HIS BOY
When lonely, ten-year-old Hal learns that his wealthy but neglectful parents only rented Fleck, the dog he always wanted, he and new friend Pippa take Fleck and four other dogs from the rental agency on a trek from London to Scotland, where Hal's grandparents live.
Eva Ibbotson3-7
J KORUNSINKABLE
The lives of four young passengers aboard the maiden voyage of the RMS "Titanic" become linked, and while Paddy stows away, Sophie and her mother are delivered to the ship by the police, Juliana watches as her father's wealth barely conceals his madness, and Alphie harbors a great secret.
Gordon Korman3-6
J PHITHE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA
After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a huge bluefin tuna.
Rodman Philbrick6-8
J LOWTHE GIVER
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Lois Lowry3-9
J LUPHEAT
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.
Mike Lupica6-8
J NIXTROUBLETWISTERS
When their house mysteriously explodes and they are sent to live with an unknown relative named Grandma X, twelve-year-old twins Jaide and Jack Shield learn that they are troubletwisters, young Wardens just coming into their powers, who must protect humanity from The Evil trying to break into earth's dimension.
Garth Nix4-7
J SALCALVIN COCONUT
Nine-year-old. Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.
Graham Salisbury1-4
J SALLORD OF THE DEEP
Working for his stepfather on a charter fishing boat in Hawaii teaches thirteen-year-old Mikey about fishing, and about taking risks, making sacrifices, and facing some of life's difficult choices.
Graham Salisbury5-8
J SCHTHE WEDNESDAY WARS
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.
Gary D. Schmidt5-8
J SCISPACEHEADZ
Michael moves to a new school and learns that some of his friends are really aliens who have come to Earth in order to convince millions of kids to be Space Heads.
Jon Scieszka3-5
J SPITHIRD GRADE ANGELS
George "Suds" Morton competes with his third-grade classmates to earn the first "halo" of the year for good behavior, but being good turns out to be more stressful than he anticipated.
Jerry Spinelli3-5
J VAIJUSTIN CASE : school, drool, and other daily disasters
Relates the daily worries and problems of Justin Case as he struggles to survive third grade.
Rachel Vail3-5
JT NORROTTEN
When troubled sixteen-year-old Jimmer "JD" Dobbs returns from a mysterious summer "upstate" he finds that his mother has adopted an abused Rottweiler that JD names Johnny Rotten, but soon his tenuous relationship with the dog is threatened.
Michael Northrop7-10