Staff Picks Grades 3-5

October 2017

The Fearsome Foursome
by John Esposito

Enjoy the terrifying tales of the Fearsome Foursome, four kids who bond over their love of horror as they try to out-scare each other.

The Crooked Sixpence
by Jennifer Bell

Ivy Sparrow and her annoying big brother Seb find themselves in a completely uncommon world, a secret underground city called Lundinor, where ordinary objects have amazing powers. .

Stink and the Attack of the Slime Mold
by Megan McDonald

Stink is excited about science and horror movies, which might be an unfortunate combination. His imagination comes into play when he starts growing slime mold as part of a science class. Is this new pet going to take over his bedroom?.

Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods
by Tania del Rio

The Warren Hotel is a thriving, walking, traveling hotel that carries Warren the 13th and his guests to exciting destinations.

Toby Goes Bananas
by Franck Girard

Toby, an eight-year-old boy, lives with his parents and younger sister, Zaza. Toby goes to school with his friends like any regular kid, but he loves to drive adults crazy with his behavior!

The Door Before
by N. D. Wilson

Siblings Hyacinth and Lawrence Smith are finally getting a permanent home after their father's mysterious job has kept them moving. All of the Smiths have magical abilities, but the two youngest try to thwart the evil witch-queen Nimiane's plan to come through magical doors into their world.

Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong
by Tom O’Donnell

Sam and Hammie Rex discover a terrifying giant squirrel hiding in the woods behind Horace Hotwater Middle School. But nobody else believes Squirrel Kong is real. Hammie Rex then takes the blame for Squirrel Kong's destructive rampages, and the principal threatens to send him away to a home for dangerous, troubled small pets.

The Secret Grave
by Lois Ruby

Twelve-year-old Hannah Eileen Flynn is irritatingly referred to as Hannah-in-the-Middle by her loud, boisterous family. Distraught over being abandoned by her two best friends, Luisa and Sara, who leave for spectacular summer trips, Hannah seeks solace in the woods behind her home where she encounters a new friend, 12-year-old Cady, a girl who is not like anyone Hannah has ever known.

Henry and the Chalk Dragon
by Jennifer Trafton

Elementary school student Henry draws a chalk dragon that escapes from the chalkboard and becomes a threat to the entire town of Squashbuckle.

by Gordon Korman

When a middle school bully suffers amnesia after a bad fall, it gives him the chance to start fresh. But rebuilding his life is an uphill battle when everyone else still remembers what a terrifying bully he and his best friends were.