Archive for the ‘Juvenile Fiction’ Category

The Borrowers

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
by Mary Norton
The six-inch high Clock family lives under the floorboards of the kitchen and makes a living “borrowing” things from the humans that live above them. The worst possible thing that could happen happens when the daughter, Arrietty, is seen by a human boy. The two strike up an unusual friendship, and the family soon learns to trust him. But even the best of intentions go awry when the housekeeper starts noticing things gone missing. Recommended for ages 8-12.

A Wizard of Earthsea

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
by Ursula K. Le Guin
As a young boy, Ged discovers his magical powers and is sent to school to train as a wizard. In the midst of his schooling, however, Ged accidentally unleashes a horrible shadow upon the world. In order to restore balance, he must hunt down this creature and somehow defeat it. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

This is the first book in the Earthsea Cycle. Others include:

The Tombs of Atuan (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2)

The Farthest Shore (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3)

Tehanu (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 4)

Song of the Gargoyle

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The son of an honored court jester, Tymmon has led a comfortable, though humble existance. But that life is suddenly snatched from him when mysterious knights storm his home and drag awat his beloved father. In fear of his life, Tymmon flees into an enchanted forest where he meets a huge dog-like gargoyle. With his new friend, Tymmon sets off on an adventure of self-discovery and unlikely heroism. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Bridge to Terabithia

Thursday, November 20th, 2008
by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Donna Diamond
A masterpiece among juvenile fiction, the story invites us into the life of young Jess Aarons as he discovers a new friend in Leslie Burke. Together, he and Leslie transform a secret place in the woods behind their homes into the enchanted land of Terabithia, where they reign as king and queen. As the story unfolds, Leslie helps Jess discover not only the magic of friendship, but also the magic within himself. Winner of the Newbery Medal, 1978. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The People Could Fly

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
This is a fabulous collection of American black folktales. Beyond Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, Hamilton captures a unique ensemble of tales told in authentic dialects reflecting the diversity of the black American experience. Funny, grotesque, and inspiring, these stories will resonate with people of all cultures. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Caddie Woodlawn

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
by Carol Ryrie Brink
Caddie is tomboy living with her family in rural Wisconsin in 1864. Sharp and adventurous, she and her siblings romp from one adventure to another, including a midnight journey to warn her American Indian friends of a planned attack. Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, it is reminiscent of the “Little House” books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and is just as captivating. Winner of the 1936 Newbery Medal. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Peter and the Starcatchers

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, illustrated by Greg Call
How did Peter Pan become Peter Pan? Where is Neverland? And, how did fairies first come about? Find out in this exciting tale of adventure, mystery and magic. Authors Barry (humorist) and Pearson (mystery-suspense writer) combine their divergent talents to create a unique spin on a classic tale. It’s a fun romp through sea, land, and air! Recommended for ages 9 and up.

The End of the Beginning

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Avi, illustrated by Tricia Tusa
The End of the Beginning
Avon the snail loves to read adventure stories. Unhappy with his own life, he sets off down his branch in search of thrilling adventure and finds plenty with the help of his new friend, Edward the ant. Brimming with witty and insightful dialog, the story is a joy to read for both old and young. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Varjak Paw

Saturday, August 9th, 2008
by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean
Varjak Paw
Varjak Paw is a cat with an aristocratic pedigree, but he feels he is an outsider within his own family. When a mysterious man suddenly enters his ritzy home, Varjak ventures into the Outside. In order to survive in his new surroundings and to save his family, he must learn the Seven Skills in the Way of Jalal, a form of feline martial arts developed by his legendary ancestor. Recommended for ages 8-12.

The Penderwicks

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks
A charming tale about four sisters sharing a summer of adventure in a rented cottage on the grounds of an opulent mansion. While there, they learn some things about love, family, rose gardening, writing style, and bulls. In addition, they help their landlord-neighbor, a boy named Jeffrey, face his domineering mother in his quest to become a concert pianist. Recommended for ages 8-12.