General Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Applegate, Katherine.  Crenshaw.  J FIC Applegate
When Jackson and his family face living in their minivan, Jackson’s imaginary cat Crenshaw returns to help him.

Beasley, Cassie.  Circus Mirandus.  J FIC Beasley
When he realizes that his grandfather’s stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus–and to use its magic to save his grandfather’s life.

Blackmore, Megan Frazer.  The Friendship Riddle.  J FIC Blackmore
When her former best friend gets popular and leaves her behind, sixth-grader Ruth prefers to be alone, studying for the school spelling bee, until she finds a riddle in an old book.

Blakemore, Megan Frazer.  The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill.  J FIC Blakemore
Hazel Kaplansky and new student Samuel Butler investigate rumors that a Russian spy has infiltrated their small Vermont town amidst the fervor of Cold War-era McCarthyism, but more is revealed than they could ever have imagined.

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.  The War That Saved My Life.  J FIC Bradley
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

Blume, Judy.  Blubber.  JPB B/ J FIC Blume
Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it’s like when she, too, becomes a target.

Byars, Betsy Cromer.  The Summer of the Swans.  J PB B/ J FIC Byars
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.

Clements, Andrew.  The School Story.  J FIC Clements
After twelve-year-old Natalie writes a wonderful novel, her friend Zoe helps her devise a scheme to get it accepted at the publishing house where Natalie’s mother works as an editor.

Connor, Leslie.  All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook.  J FIC Connor
Born and raised in a prison where is mother is incarcerated, Perry T. Cook is taken to live with a foster family, where he feels trapped and out of place, and works to find a way to be reunited with his mother.

Creech, Sharon.  The Boy on the Porch.  J FIC Creech
Discovering a speech-disabled boy asleep on their porch, young couple John and Marta forge a loving bond with the child and come to think of him as their own while wondering about his mysterious past and enjoying the world through his eyes.

Dahl, Roald.  James and the Giant Peach.  J PB D / J FIC Dahl
Wonderful adventures abound after James escapes from his fearful aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach.

Danziger, Paula.  The Cat Ate My Gymsuit.  J PB D
When the unconventional English teacher who helped her conquer many of her feelings of insecurity is fired, a junior high student uses her new found courage to campaign for the teacher’s reinstatement.

De Los Santos, Marisa.  Saving Lucas Biggs.  J FIC De Los Santos
When thirteen-year-old Margaret’s father is sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, she knows the only way to save him is to use the forbidden family power of time travel.

DiCamillo, Kate.  Flora & Ulysses.  J FIC DiCamillo
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

DiCamillo, Kate.  Raymie Nightingale.  J FIC DiCamillo
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

Draper, Sharon.  Out Of My Mind.  J FIC Draper
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Fitzhugh, Louise.  Harriet the Spy.  J FIC Fitzhugh
Eleven year old Harriet, who is a spy and plans to be an author keeps a secret notebook filled with thoughts and notes on her schoolmates and people she observes on her afterschool spy route, but when some of her classmates read the notebook, they seek revenge.

Fry, Erin.  Secrets of the Book.  J FIC Fry
Sixth-grader Spencer Lemon has no idea why he was chosen to protect Pandora’s Book, a book that contains famous dead people who can be brought back to life. Soon he discovers there are other people interested in the book, people who may have evil intentions, and it’s up to Spencer and his friends to protect the book and save the world.

George, Jean Craighead.  My Side of the Mountain.  J FIC George/JPB G
Young Sam Gribley spends a winter alone in the Catskills by living off the land.

Grabenstein, Chris.  Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.  J FIC Grabenstein  (SERIES)
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.  SEQUEL: Mr. Lemoncello’s Olympics (2016).

Graff, Lisa.  Absolutely Almost.  J FIC Graff
Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

Graff, Lisa.  Double Dog Dare.  J FIC Graff
When Kansas Bloom moves to California and joins the Media Club at school, he soon finds himself trying to outdo one of the other fourth-grade students in a “dare war” while vying for the job of on-air video homeroom announcer.

Holm, Jennifer.  The Fourteenth Goldfish.  J FIC Holm
Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Hunt, Lynda Mullaly.  Fish in a Tree.  J FIC Mullaly
Ally’s greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn’t know how to read.

Jocelyn, Marthe.  Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book.  J FIC Jocelyn
When chubby, geeky Wylder Wallace spills lunch on cool and aloof Addy Crowe at Toronto’s Comicon, she dashes to the bathroom, leaving behind the latest issue of her uncle’s steampunk comic hit. Wylder, a fan of the Flynn Goster comics, opens this new one eagerly, astounded to see the girl who was just yelling at him inside the comic. Fascinated, he follows Addy into the bathroom and the adventure begins.

Kelly, Mark & Freeman, Martha.  Astrotwins–Project Blastoff.  J FIC Kelly
Twins Mark and Scott Kelly decide to build a rocket over the summer when their constant bickering starts to annoy their grandfather in this middle-grade novel based on the NASA astronauts’ real childhoods.

Lawson, Jessica.  Nooks & Crannies.  J FIC Lawson
Eleven-year-old Tabitha Crum, whose parents were just about to abandon her, is invited to the country estate of a wealthy countess along with five other children and told that one of them will become her heir.

L’Engle, Madeleine.  A Wrinkle in Time.  J FIC L’Engle/  Y FIC L’Engle / Y PB L
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Lord, Cynthia.  Rules.  J FIC Lord // Y FIC Lord
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.

Martin, Ann M.  Rain Reign.  J FIC Martin
Struggling with Asperger’s, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

Milford, Kate.  Greenglass House.  J FIC Milford
At Greenglass House, a smuggler’s inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, on an adventure.

Northrop, Michael.  Book of the Dead.  J FIC Northrop
When Alex Sennefer’s mother uses the Lost Spells from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to bring her son from the brink of dying, she also brings back five Death Walkers, leaving Alex and his best friend to find his mother and save the world.

Oppel, Kenneth.  The Boundless.  J FIC Oppel
Accidentally acquiring the key to a train car containing a priceless treasure, young Will Everett is targeted by sinister figures from his past and must enlist the help of members of a traveling circus in order to survive.

Palacio, R.J.  Wonder.  J FIC Palacio
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.

Paterson, Katherine.  Jip : His Story.  JPB P/Y Fic Paterson
While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes to understand how he arrived at this place.

Patterson, James & Grabenstein, Chris.  House of Robots.  J FIC Patterson  (SERIES)
Fifth-grader Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robotic ‘brother,’ to school with him to learn to become a student.  SEQUEL: Robots Go Wild (2015).

Pearce, Jackson.  The Doublecross (And Other Skills I Learned As a Superspy).  J FIC Pearce
Overweight and non-athletic, twelve-year-old Hale may have been born and raised to be a spy for the Sub Rosa Society but it seems he is unlikely to become a Field Agent until his parents are captured by the evil League and Hale sets out on a solo missionto save them. 

Pennypacker, Sara.  Pax.  J FIC Pennypacker
When his father enlists in the military and makes him return his beloved pet fox to the wild, Peter, who has been sent to live with his grandfather hundreds of miles away, embarks on a journey filled with astonishing discoveries in order to be reunited with his fox.

Pyron, Bobbie.  Lucky Strike.  J FIC Pyron
Nathaniel Harlow lives with his grandfather in a trailer park in Franklin County, Florida, and he has always been unlucky–but when he is struck by lightning on his eleventh birthday and survives, it seems like his luck starts to change.

Raskin, Ellen.  The Westing Game.  J FIC Raskin/ J PB R
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Ray, Delia.  Finding Fortune.  J FIC Ray
Angry with her mother, twelve-year-old runaway Ren finds an unusual boarding house in a nearby ghost town, Fortune, where she meets some interesting people and learns of a forgotten treasure from when the town was famous for buttons made of Mississippi River shells.

Riley, James.  Story Thieves.  J FIC Riley
Except for reading the Kiel Gnomen foot magic adventure series, Owen’s life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

Ryan, Carrie & Davis, J.P.  The Map to Everywhere.  J FIC Ryan
Twelve-year-old Fin, a master thief from the pirate world of Khaznot Quay, and Marrill, also twelve, of Arizona, cross paths in the magical world of the Pirate Stream while on a quest for a mysterious map.

Segel, Jason & Miller, Kirsten.  Nightmares!  J FIC Segel
Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it’s too late.

Skolsky, Mindy Warshaw.  Love From Your Friend, Hannah.  J FIC Skolsky
From her home in back of the Grand View Restaurant in rural New York, Hannah writes letters to her best friend, a pen pal, and even to President and Mrs. Roosevelt.

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.  The Egypt Game JPB S / J FIC Snyder
When eleven-year-old April and her friend Melanie invent a game about ancient Egypt, strange things start happening, and the girls worry that their game has gone too far.

Taylor, Sydney.  All-Of-A-Kind Family.  JPB T (SERIES)
The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century.

Tolan, Stephanie S.  Applewhites At Wit’s End.  J FIC Tolan
Great changes are in store for the highly creative and somewhat eccentric Applewhite family when money problems force them to open a summer camp for gifted children, who almost immediately begin to rebel, while a mysterious interloper watches from the woods.

Turnage, Shelia.  Three Times Lucky.  J FIC Turnage  (SERIES)
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.  SEQUELThe Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (2014).

Van Draanen, Wendelin.  Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief.  JPB V (SERIES)
Thirteen-year-old Sammy’s penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the “seedy” hotel across the street from the seniors’ building where she is living with her grandmother.

Watson, Jude.  Loot: How to Steal a Fortune.  J FIC Watson
When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to “find jewels” and this instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had–and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.

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