2009 - 2010 Winter Junior Novels

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Nancy's picks for the best junior novels of Winter 2009 - 2010 Compiled by Nancy Polette 2010.

Last updated: Monday, February 01, 2010

Avi, MURDER AT MIDNIGHT. Scholastic, 2009. Grades 5-7
A servant boy must find the traitor in the king’s court. Exciting tale of murder, betrayal, magic and intrigue.

Breathed, Berkeley. FLAWED DOGS. Philomel, 2009. Grades 4-6
Sam plans to sabotage a rival dog’s chances at winning best in a dog show assisted by a ragtag team of mutts.

Brown, Linda, BLACK ANGELS, Putnam, 2009. Grades 5-8
Luke runs off to join the Union soldiers but his mission is interrupted when he finds two lost children in the woods. As the three head North they face many dangers.

Choldenko, Gennifer, AL CAPONE SHINES MY SHOES. Dial, 2009, Grades 5-7
Moose’s family lives on Alcatraz where his father is a guard and the inmates who help around the warden’s home are con men, hit men and ax murderers.

Chatterton, Martin, THE BRAIN FINDS A LEG. Peachtree, 2009. Grades 4-6
A mystery that involves surfing rivals, a weird homeroom teacher, a toothpaste company and a severed human leg....solved by “The Brain.”

Coombs, Kate. THE RUNAWAY DRAGON. Farrar, Straus & Girous, 2009. Grades 4-6.
Meg goes on a quest to find her dragon accompanied by numerous folk from the palace.

Daneshvari, Gitty. SCHOOL OF FEAR. Little Brown, 2009. Grades 4-6.
For children must face their phobias and conquer their fears in six weeks at the exclusive and elusive School of Fear or find out just how frightening failing can be.

Freeman, Martha. WHO STOLE GRANDMA’S MILLION DOLLAR PUMPKIN PIE? A Chickadee Court Mystery. Holiday House, 2009. Grades 4-6
Alex and Yasmeen must find a special recipe that has disappeared before Alex’s father appears on a celebrity chef TV show.

Gutman, Dan. RETURN OF THE HOMEWORK MACHINE. Simon & Schuster, 2009. Grades 4-6
Someone wants to upset the homework machine for a lot more than cheating and it is up to Snik, Benton, Judy and Kelsey to stop them.

Hale, Bruce. DIAL M FOR MONGOOSE. Harcourt, 2009. Grades 3-6
A deadly stink bomb and missing money are only the beginning of this new Chet Gecko mystery.

Ketchum, Liza. NEWSGIRL. Viking 2009. Grades 5-7
In San Francisco in 1851 finding work is hard so Amelia disguises herself as a boy to earn a living selling East Coat newspapers.

Kehret, Peg, RUNAWAY TWIN. Dutton, 2009. Grades 4-6
Sunny sets out on a cross-country journey to find her twin sister and is faced with many challenges along the way.

Kinney, Jeff. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID; DOG DAYS. Amulet Books, 2009. Grades 4-6
Greg wants to spend his summer i indoors playing video games but Mom has other ideas.

Klise, Kate. OVER MY DEAD BODY. Harcourt, 2009. Grades 3-5
Seymour and his friends are going to be put out of the ghostly mansion where they live and Seymour sent to an orphanage..who can stop this eviction?

LaFevers. R.L. NATHANIEL FLUDD, BEASTOLOGIST BOOK ONE.Houghton-Mifflin, 2009. Grades 4-6
When disaster strikes on the Arabian sands, Nathaniel finds himself all alone..can he save the world’s mythical creatures?

MacLachlan, Patricia. THE TRUE GIFT. Atheneum, 2009.
Two children look forward to Christmas in their grandparents’ farm but because of a white cow alone in a meadow things will be different this year.

Moss, Marissa. THE PHARAOH’S SECRET. Amulet Books, 2009. Gr. 5-8
Two children become involved in a mystery surrounding the only woman Pharaoh, Hatshepsut.

Napoli, Dona Jo, SLY THE SLEUTH AND THE CODE MYSTERIES. Dial, 2009. Grades 4-6
Sylvia must solve the mystery of many mysterious words and symbols that appear in strange places.

Paterson, Katherine. THE DAY OF THE PELICAN. Clarion, 2009. Grades 4-7
Meli and her family have endured the ravages of war in Kosovo and the hardships of the tent city for displaced persons. Then the opportunity comes to travel to a new land. Will they find freedom at last?

Peck, Richard. A SEASON OF GIFTS. Dial, 2009. Grades 4-6
A needy family moves in next door to the unpredictable Grandma Dowdel.

Platt, Chris, STORM CHASER. Peachtree, 2009. Grades 4-6
Jessie falls in love with a filly she names Storm Chaser and works with the filly behind her father’s back. When a spoiled girl wants to buy Storm Chaser Jessie’s fragile world begins to crack.

Snyder, Zilpha Katley. WILLIAM S. AND THE GREAT ESCAPE. Atheneum, 2009.
William and three young siblings head out in the middle of the night to escape from their awful family to Aunt Fiona’s house.

Umansky, Kaye. CLOVER TWIG AND THE MAGICAL COTTAGE. Roaring Brook Press, 2009.
The tale of an ordinary girl with a clumsy friend who lives in a magical cottage and is employed by a witch.

Wolf-Morgenlander, Wolf, RAGTAG. Clarion Books, 2009. Grades 5-7
Rag Tag risks his life to protect the birds of Boston from the vicious raptor birds.