General Fiction Booklists


Newbery Medal

med-newbery.pngThe Newbery Medal was first offered in 1921 by Frederic G. Melcher as an incentive for better quality in children’s books. Named after John Newbery, the famous 18th century publisher and seller of children’s books, it is now donated annually by the Melcher family to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year.



The Girl who Drank the Moon
The Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

A young girl is accidentally fed moonlight by the witch who raises her and develops extraordinary magical powers. She must use her magic to confront the evil that emerges.



Last Stop on Market Street
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena Illustrated by Christian Robinson

A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.



The Crossover
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.



Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures
Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures by Kate 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.



The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.



Dead End in Norvelt
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.



Moon over Manifest
Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. Over the summer she pieces together his story. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to "Leave Well Enough Alone."



When you reach me
When you reach me by Rebecca Stead

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.



The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.



Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! : voices from a medieval village
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! : voices from a medieval village by Laura Amy Schlitz

A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.



The Higher Power of Lucky
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.



Criss Cross
Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.



Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.



The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.



Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi Avi

Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret. Lexile Level: 780



A Single Shard
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.



A Year Down Yonder
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.



Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.



Holes by Louis Sachar

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.



Out of the Dust
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.



The View From Saturday
The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.



The Midwife's Apprentice
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman

In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.



Walk Two Moons
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left. Lexile Level: 770



The Giver
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.



Missing May
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.



Shiloh by Phyllis R. Naylor

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.



Maniac Magee
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.



Number the Stars
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.



Joyful Noise : Poems for Two Voices
Joyful Noise : Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.



Lincoln : A Photobiography
Lincoln : A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.



The Whipping Boy
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.



Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.



The Hero and the Crown
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.



Dear Mr. Henshaw
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.



Dicey's Song
Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt

Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.



A Visit to William Blake's Inn : Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
A Visit to William Blake's Inn : Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard Illustrated by Alice Provensen

A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn.



Jacob Have I Loved
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.



A Gathering of Days : A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832
A Gathering of Days : A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos

The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.



The Westing Game
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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.



Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.



Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.



The Grey King
The Grey King by Susan Cooper

In this fourth book of The Dark Is Rising sequence, Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.



M. C. Higgins, the Great
M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virgina Hamilton

As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M.C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.



The Slave Dancer
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.



Julie of the Wolves
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.



Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.



Summer of the Swans
Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.



Sounder by William H. Armstrong

Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.



The High King
The High King by Lloyd Alexander

Taran, Assistant Pig-keeper, and Prince Gwydion prepare for a fierce battle with Arawn-Death-Lord when he acquires the sword of Dyrnwyn, the most powerful weapon in the kingdom of Prydain.



From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself. Lexile Level: 700



Up a Road Slowly
Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt

After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.



I, Juan de Pareja
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

The slave of the 17th century Spanish painter Velazquez becomes a painter in his own right.



Shadow of a Bull
Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska

Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor.



It's Like This, Cat
It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville

My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy. This is one reason I got a cat. Dave Mitchell and his father yell at each other a lot, and whenever the fighting starts, Dave's mother gets an asthma attack. That's when Dave storms out of the house. Then Dave meets Tom, a strange boy who helps him rescue Cat. It isn't long before Cat introduces Dave to Mary, a wonderful girl from Coney Island. Slowly Dave comes to see the complexities in people's lives and to understand himself and his family a little better.



A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.



The Bronze Bow
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin's father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love may be a more powerful weapon than hate.



Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.



Onion John
Onion John by Joseph Krumgold

His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.



The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.



Rifles for Watie
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith

The story of Jeff Bussey, a farm boy living in 1861, who joins the Union army and goes on an important mission to discover how Stand Watie and his Confederate Cherokee Rebels are receiving repeating rifles from northern manufacturers.



Miracles on Maple Hill
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen

Marly and her family share many adventures when they move from the city to a farmhouse on Maple Hill.



Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.



The Wheel on the School
The Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong

Six students in a tiny Dutch sea town engage practically the whole population in an effort to attract storks to nest on the town's roofs again.



...And Now Miguel
...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold

Depicts the story of Miguel who has a wish to go to the mountains in the summer with the shepherds and tend to the flocks of sheep.



Secret of the Andes
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.



Ginger Pye
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

The disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow hat bring excitement into the lives of the Pye children.





King of the Wind
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

Follows the adventures of an Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed, and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.



The Twenty-One Balloons
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

Relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic.



Miss Hickory
Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.



Strawberry Girl
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

Set in a little-known backwoods region of Florida, Strawberry Girl is the first of the Lenski regional books and the winner of the Newbery award.



Rabbit Hill
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

Delightful tale of what happens when the animals of Rabbit Hill learn that new folks are moving into the big, empty house.



Johnny Tremain
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.



Adam of the Road
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.



The Matchlock Gun
The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds

In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.



Call It Courage
Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry

Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.



Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone by James Daugherty

Tells the story of the life of the rugged frontiersman and pioneer leader who helped settle Kentucky.



Thimble Summer
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

The adventures of Garnet and Citronella on a farm during the summer, including finding a silver thimble that brings good luck to their families.



The White Stag
The White Stag by Kate Seredy

Retells the legendary story of the Huns' and Magyars' long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.



Roller Skates
Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

Liberated for a year from her parents' restrictions, ten-year-old Lucinda discovers true freedom in the care of her temporary guardians as she roller skates around the streets of turn-of-the-century New York.



Caddie Woodlawn
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol R. Brink

The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.



Dobry by Monica Shannon

Despite parental disapproval, a young Bulgarian boy dedicates himself to his dream of becoming a sculptor. Only his grandfather understands and encourages him.



Invincible Louisa : The Story of the Author of Little Women
Invincible Louisa : The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs

Presents the life of Louisa May Alcott, who was able through the success of her writings to achieve one thing that was very important to her--to be able to take care of all her family.



Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis

In the 1920's, a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.



Waterless Mountain
Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer

Younger Brother, a Navaho Indian boy, feels a vocation to become a medicine man. He undergoes eight years of training in the ancient religion of his people and the practical knowledge of living on the desert land that is his tribe's homeland.




Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

Hitty, a doll of real character carved from a block of mountain ash, tells a story of the different places and people that she encounters during her first hundred years.



The Trumpeter of Krakow
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

A Polish family in the Middle Ages guards a great secret treasure and a boy's memory of an earlier trumpeter of Krakow makes it possible for him to save his father.



Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

The story of the training of a carrier pigeon and its service during the First World War, revealing the bird's courageous and spirited adventures over the housetops of an Indian village, in the Himalayan Mountains, and on the French battlefield.



Smoky, the Cowhorse
Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James

The experiences of a mouse-colored horse from his birth in the wild, through his capture by humans and his work in the rodeo and on the range, to his eventual old age.

Honor Books



Shen of the Sea
Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman

Sixteen original stories reflecting the spirit of Chinese life and thought.



Tales from Silver Lands
Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger

Presents a series of stories about animals, magic, witches, giants, and other beings from Central and South America.



The Dark Frigate
The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes

In seventeenth-century England, orphaned Philip Marsham, forced to flee London after a terrible accident, finds himself in an even more difficult situation when his ship is taken over by pirates and he is forced to become a member of their crew.

Honor Books



The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

When his colleague Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island.

Honor Books



Paperboy by Vance Vawter

When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.

Honor Books

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