Staff Picks Grades 3-5
This treasury of 52 stories collects a rich resource of myths, fairy tales and legends from around the world with a story for every week of the year.
The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes. They decide that the best way to accomplish this is to free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound.
When twelve-year-old Bronte moves to a small California beach town, her idea to form a book club in order to make friends turns out to be a good one, after a rocky start.
When Izzy’s younger sister, Hen, is lured into the forest by enchanted music, Izzy's dreams turn nightmarish. After frantically searching the forest, she finds herself in Faerie and must decide whether to trust a mismatched group of Changelings to save her sister, while discovering there are greater forces and mysteries at play.
One morning, Harold the hamster awakens Pigsticks with the urgent news that Tuptown is about to be destroyed! Unless Pigsticks can purchase Tuptown from Sir Percival Snout by noon the next day, Percival will start tearing it down and building a mansion in its place.
Webster the dog is done with humans. He's had three homes so far, and in all of them he's been too big, too clumsy, or just too bad to stay. By the time he ends up at Green Meadows Farm, an animal rescue shelter, he figures he doesn't need anyone. He's going to escape the shelter and be a loner, but the other dogs and cats don't believe Webster is as tough as he pretends to be.
June has a dog, Sammy, whom only she can hear talk. Her older teenage sister, Isabella, is too old to play with them anymore, so June and Sammy go looking for a new friend to join their crew and share their motto of "Fun! Friendly! Full of Adventure!"
Fort Monroe, a Union-controlled outpost in the antebellum South, provides the backdrop for the story of Callie, an enslaved girl. Callie's mistress is also her aunt, and one day she will free Callie, like she freed her brother, Callie's father. But the sale of Callie's stepbrother, to raise money for the war effort, reveals how fragile that promise is.
Read about the experiences of important women in history, including Helen Keller, Jane Goodall, Arianna Huffington and Madam C.J. Walker.
Ten-year-old Jane Doe, the only student average enough to be excluded from the town of Remarkable's School for the Remarkably Gifted, is joined at her public school by the trouble-making Grimlet twins, who lead her on a series of adventures.