Holes

By Louis Sachar Published: 1998 AR level: 4.6 AR points: 7.0 Word count: 47,079 I suggest: 3rd grade+ Here is a book that is well known in the publishing industry, but happened to come out at a time when other big blockbuster books were also hitting the market. However, this gem stands on its own…

Circus Mirandus

This middle grade work-of-art will spur the imagination of your young reader–but it may spur yours as well. As the novel follows a story set in both the past and present, you may be feeling like you want to go out and find a magical circus of your own!

Bob

The story proves magical, charming, and certainly amusing at points. Keep reading for the description of Bob, a monster in the closet like you’ve never imagined!

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

What’s in a name? Well, quite a bit in Shurtliff’s charming and engaging Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin.
The traditional character of Rumpelstiltskin is that of villain. What else could he be as a greedy, impish baby-stealer? But Shurtliff imagines him as a misunderstood protagonist.

Klawde

Klawde is irreverent, silly, and laugh-out-loud funny. But best of all, it has the same beautiful messages of friendship distilled in its pages that are found in my most favorite children’s novels.

Blood on the River

This book was provided to me by my Mom, because she knows how much I love historical fiction. What I discovered while reading it was a wonderfully crafted book that follows a boy’s journey to the English settlement of Jamestown.

All the Impossible Things

All the Impossible Things is a book to savor. Honestly, when Katherine Applegate (One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, etc.) endorses anything, I’m probably going to read it.

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster is a tale that made me hold my breath, laugh, and cry.  Set in 1875 London, the novel will never let you think of chimney sweeps the same way. In fact, before your child digs into this story, you might have a quick conversation about what a chimney sweep did back when.

Three Times Lucky

By Sheila Turnage Published 2013 AR Level 5.2  AR Pts: 4.0. Word count: 62,217 I recommend 3rd through 6th grade. This is truly one of my favorite books: quirky characters oozing with unique personality; a quaint setting that is a character in itself; and a mystery that breathes you in. While that’s plenty, my favorite thing…

The Great Treehouse War

I read this novel because my daughter was working on the Oklahoma Sequoyah intermediate book nominations, and she recommended it.

Wonder

There is no doubt something special about this book. In a world where I get the sense that many people are letting hate and ill will grow, we could use many, many more books like Palacio’s Wonder. I wish there was one like this coming out every month.