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J APPTHE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Katherine Applegate
J BANTHE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD
A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.
Lynne Reid Banks
J BIRTHE PENDERWICKS : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
Jeanne Birdsall
J CLELUNCH MONEY
Twelve-year-old Greg, who has always been good at moneymaking projects, is surprised to find himself teaming up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school.
Andrew Clements
J CRELOVE THAT DOG
A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.
Sharon Creech
J DAVTHE LEMONADE WAR
Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars.Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand.
Jacqueline Davies
J DICTHE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT
When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.
Kate DiCamillo
J GIDA TALE DARK & GRIMM
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.
Adam Gidwitz
J HALPRINCESS ACADEMY
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
Shannon Hale
J HANIDA B : --and her plans to maximize fun, avoid disaster, and (possibly) save the world
In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.
Katherine Hannigan
J HORNORTHWARD TO THE MOON
When her stepfather loses his job in Saskatchewan, Jane and the rest of the family set off on a car trip, ending up in Nevada after improbably being given a bag full of possibly stolen money.
Polly Horvath
J LINWHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON
Living in her parents' dilapidated mountain hut, young Minli enjoys listening to her father's tales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon. Delighted by the tales, Minli sets off to find the wise Old Man. Along the way, she meets a variety of colorful characters, including a friend's dragon.
Grace Lin
J MAR A DOG'S LIFE : the autobiography of a stray
Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.
Ann M. Martin
J OCOHOW TO STEAL A DOG
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
Barbara O'Connor
J PALWONDER
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
R.J. Palacio
J PECA LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.
Richard Peck
J PENCLEMENTINE
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
Sara Pennypacker
J PITCAPTAIN NOBODY
When ten-year-old Newton dresses up as an unusual superhero for Halloween, he decides to keep wearing the costume after the holiday to help save townspeople and eventually his injured brother.
Dean Pitchford
J RIOTHE LIGHTNING THIEF
After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Rick Riordan
J RYAESPERANZA RISING
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Pam Munoz Ryan
J SAL CALVIN COCONUT : Trouble Magnet
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 Salisbury
J SELTHE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
Brian Selznick
J 523.8875 DISA BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE
If a black hole is not a hole, then what is it? Find out what black holes are, what causes them, and how scientists first discovered them. Learn how astronomers find black holes, get to know our nearest black-hole neighbor, and take a journey that will literally s-t-r-e-t-c-h the mind.
Carolyn Cinami De Cristofano
J 812.6 SCH GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! : Voices from a Medieval Village
A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.
Laura Amy Schlitz