2010-2011 Winter Junior Novels

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Nancy's picks for the best junior novels of winter 2010-2011 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2011.
Last updated: Monday, January 10, 2011
Baker, E.D. WIDE AWAKE PRINCESS Bloomsbury, 2010. Grades 4-6
Sleeping Beauty's sister, Anne, must travel through fairy land to find the prince who can break the magic spell.

Balliett, Blue. THE DANGER BOX. Scholastic, 2010. Grades 5-8
A curious girl, a mysterious notebook, a missing father, a fire, a stranger and a death...all part of the Danger Box!

Bearn, Emily. TUMTUM AND NUTMEG: THE ROSE COTTAGE TALES. Little Brown, 2010. Great read aloud for ages 5-8.
Three tales of the world’s bravest mice who outwit a wicked mouse, face a crazed circus ringmaster and even save Christmas.

Benson, Amber. AMONG THE GHOSTS Scholastic 2010. Grades 5-8
A strange boarding school and students that are seen only by one eccentric pupil who finds herself among the ghosts.

Daneshvari, Gitty. SCHOOL OF FEAR. Little Brown 2010. Grades 5-8
Summoned students return to the School of Fear which becomes even scarier with the addition of a new student.

Eekhout, Greg van, KID VS SQUID. Bloomsbury, 2010. Grades 4-6
A disappearing artifact from a seaside museum leads Thatcher on an adventure to rescue a princess from an evil witch.

Gidwitz, Adam, A TALE DARK AND GRIMM. Duttin, 2010. Grades 5-8
The true story of Hansel and Gretel, the story behind edible houses and outwitted witches.

Graff, Lisa. SOPHIE SIMON SOLVES THEM ALL. Farrar, 2010. Grades 2-4
A chapter book about a girl who outshines all of her classmates yet uses her many abilities to help solve parent problems.

Grisham, John. THEODORE BOONE KID LAWYER. Dutton, 2010. Grades 5-8
A killer is about to go free and 13 year old Theo can stop it when dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial.

Hahn, Mary Downing. THE GHOST OF CRUTCHFIELD HALL. Clarion ooks, 2010. Grades 4-7
An orphan arrives at an English manor house to find a ghost who seeks someone to die in her place so that she can be restored to life. A sure winner!

Harlow, Joan Hiatt. FIRESTORM! McElderry Boooks, 2010. Grades 4-6
An orphan, an unjust accusation, and lost jewels all play a part in this exciting tale that uses as its backdrop the Great Chicago Fire. Outstanding! A great read-aloud.

Hawkins, Aaron. THE YEAR MONEY GREW ON TREES. Houghton-Mifflin, 2020. Grades 5-7
How can 300 wild apple trees be harvested to settle an $8000 debt?

Kirby, Matthew. THE CLOCKWORK THREE. Scholastic, 2010. Grades 5-8
Three orphans face dangers and risk losing the things they hold most dear. A must buy! Outstanding read aloud!

Korman, Gordon, FRAMED. Scholastic, 2010. Grades 4-6
Griffin Bing didn't steal the Super Bowl ring but he has been framed to look like he did it.

Larson, Kirby, DEAR AMERICA THE DIARY OF PIPER DAVIS. Scholastic, 2010. Grades 3-6
Another winner in this series about the early years of World War II.

MacDonald, Bailey. THE SECRET OF THE SEALED ROOM. Grades 4-7
A mystery of young Benjamin Franklin.

McElligott, Matthew and Larry Tuxbury, BENJAMIN FRANKLINSTEIN LIVES. Putnam, 2010
Ben Franklin has awakened after 200 years and joins forces with young Victor Godwin to solve a centuries old mystery.

O'Connor, Barbara. THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER. Farrar, 2010, Grades 3-6.
Owen is unhappy living at his grandfather's house. Things like the girl next door and his grandfather’s nurse make life miserable except for the slimy green frog he catches at the pond and the mysterious something that falls from a train.

Park, Linda Sue. A LONG WALK TO WATER. Clarrion Books, 2010. Grades 5-8
Nya walks eight hours every day to bring water to her family. Salva leaves his war-torn village to journey across Africa. Two young people, two stories. One country: Sudan.

Potter, Ellen. THE KNEEBONE BOY. Feiwel and Friends, 2010. Grades 5-7
A tale of three strange children, a legendary boy who is half boy and half animal and a secret that changes everything.

Riley, James. HALF UPON A TIME. Scholastic, 2010. Grades 4-6
An adventure containing all the classic tales ... fractured, of course

Riordan, Rick. THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Art by Attila Futaki. Disney. 2010. Grades 5-8
A graphic novel featuring Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

San Souci, Robert. HAUNTED HOUSES. Holt, 2010. Grades 4-8
From ghost pirates to people eating spiders, here are very scary stories!

Sobol, Donald. ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN AND THE CASE OF THE SECRET U.F.O.S Dutton, 2010. Grades 3-6.
Follow the boy detective as he tracks down thieves, solves the secret of an old diary and outsmarts his nemesis, Bugs Meany.

Stutz, Eli, PICKLE IMPOSSIBLE. Bloomsbury, 2010. Grades 4-6
Aurore and Pierre have 24 hours to get their pickles to the International Pickelympics contest or Pierre’s farm will be lost..a journey filled with danger.

Tenapel, Doug, GHOSTOPOLIS. Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2010. Grades 5-10
A boy zapped into the ghost world finds himself on the run from an evil ruler. Full color graphic novel.

Trafton, Jennifer. THE RISE AND FALL OF MOUNT MAJESTIC. Dial, 2010. Grades 4-6
Persimmony Smudge believes the mountain is the belly of a sleeping giant that must not be woken. A delightful fantasy.

Viorst, Judith. LULU AND THE BRONTOSAURUS. Scholastic, 2010. Grades 2-4
A fun read aloud about Lulu who always gets what she wants until she asks for a brontosaurus for her birthday.

Wagner, Hilary. NIGHTSHADE CITY. Holiday House, 2010. Grades 5-8
Deep beneath a modern city is a city of rats ruled over by High Minister Killdeer. Three orphan rats flee for their lives and join forces with rebels to overthrow Killdeer’s kingdom.