2010 Spring Junior Novels


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Nancy's picks for the best junior novels of Summer / Spring 2010. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2010.

Last updated: Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Colfer, Eoin. ARTEMIS FOWL THE ATLANTIS COMPLEX . Hyperion, 2010. Grades 5-9
Artemis commits his fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants.
Erickson, John R. HANK THE COWDOG: THE CASE OF THE COYOTE INVASION . Viking, 2010. Grades 2-4.
How can Hank protect the ranch about to be invaded by a pack of coyotes?
Prunella joins up with a thief when her spells do more harm than god, Both are in for a surprise in this fun adventure.
Greenwald, Sheila. WATCH OUT, WORD WORLD- ROSIE COLE IS GOING GREEN . Farrar 2010. Grades 2-4
When Rosie’s class has a nature fair things get out of hand when Rosie adds live critters like beetles, fruit flies and wool moths to her display.
Gutman, Dan. THE TALENT SHOW . Simon & Schuster, 2010. Grades 3-6
Kansas kids have a talent show to raise money to rebuild after a tornado.
Hahn, Mary Downing. THE GHOST OF CRUTCHFIELD HALL . Clarion Books, 2010. Grades 5-7
Florence leaves an orphanagge to live at Crutchfield Hall where a restless ghost resides.
Harrison, Michelle. 13 TREASURES . Little Brown, 2010 Grades 5-8
Evil fairies torture Tanya who is sent to her grandmother’s countryside manor near a dark forest which holds many secrets.
Hart, Alison. EMMA’S RIVER . Peachtree, 2010. Grades 4-6
Emma is more concerned about saving her pony from harm than about breaking rules.
LaFevers, R. L. THE BASILISK’S LAIR . HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, 2010. Grades 5-8
A Nathaniel Fludd adventure...in pursuit of a deadly basilisk, the king of serpents.
Leavitt, Lindsey. PRINCESS FOR HIRE.Hyperion, 2010. Grades 5-8
Suppose a girl could transform herself into a look-alike of any princess who needed her services?
Lowry, Lois. THE BIRTTHDAY BALL . Houghton-Mifflin, 2010, Grades 4-7
A tale that compares princesses to peasants along with mistaken identity, creamed pigeons and young love.
McAllister, M.I. THE MISTMANTLE CHRONICLES BOOK FIVE . Hyperion, 2010. Grades 5-8
Mossberry sees a tidal wave as an opportunity to rise to power. He must be stopped and the animals taken to safety in a race against time.
Milway, Alex. THE MOUSEHUNTER: THE CURSE OF MOUSEBEARD . Little Brown, 2010. Grades 4-5
Can Captain Mousebeard stop his enemy Isaiah Lovelock who is growing in power? Off they go to a land of lost mice and a terrifying battle that awaits.
Myron, Vicki with Bret Witter. DEWEY THE LIBRARY CAT . Little Brown, 2010. Grades 3-6
The story of the famous cat left in a bookdrop that became the library cat.
Shiga, Jason. MEANWHILE . Abrams, 2010. Grades 9-12
A graphic novel that allows the reader to choose tabs that lead a path to any one of 3,856 story possibilities.
Simmons, Jane. BERYL: A PIG’S TALE . Little Brown, 2010. Grades 2-4
Beryl sets off on a journey to find a family who will love her.
Soup, Dr. Cuthbert. A WHOLE NOTHER STORY . Bloomsbury, 2010. Grades 4-6
A fun tale featuring three children, a hairless dog, government agents, superspies, corporate villains, a cowboy poet, a traveling circus and a sock puppet named Steve.
Springer, Nancy, THE CASE OF THE GYPSY GOOD-BYE . Philomel, 2010. Grades 4-6
Another exciting Enola Holmes mystery!
St. John, Lauren. LEGEND OF THE ANIMAL HEALER: THE ELEPHANT’S TALE . Dial, 2010. Grades 5-9
When a stranger claims he owns the African animal preserve, Martine must fight to keep the reserve in the family, at the sam time rescuing twenty missing elephants.
Williams, Alex, THE TALENT THIEF . Philomel, 2010. Grades 5-8
A talent thief is on the prowl and although Adam Bloom feels he has no talent, he is determined to retrieve the talents of his friends that have been stolen.
Williams, Maiya. THE FIZZYWHIZ KID . Abrams, 2010. Grades 10-14
When an odd kid becomes the star of a TV commercial he finds it is not easy to go from being notorious to being a nobody once again. Is instant fame always a good thing?
Willnerr-Pardo, Gina, THE HARD KIND OF PROMISE . Clarion Books, 2010. Grades 4-7.
Do promises made by five year olds hold true eight years later?