||Nancy's picks for the best junior novels
of Spring/Summer 2006. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2006.
Last updated: Thursday, May 11, 2006
- Clements, Andrew. THE LAST HOLIDAY CONCERT. Simon & Schuster, 2005. Grades 4-6
What happens when a teacher steps aside and lets the kids plan and perform the last holiday concert?
- Clements, Andrew. THE REPORT CARD. Aladdin
A gifted student brings home a bad report card on purpose to make a point that tests and grades are not the most important things in life.
- Couloumbis, Audrey. THE MISADVENTURES OF MAUDE MARCH. Random House, 2005. Grades 5-7
Two young girls escape their self-serving guardians and head for roaring adventures on the wild frontier.
- Curtis, Christopher Paul.MR CHICKEE'S FUNNY MONEY. Wendy Lamb Books, 2005. Grades 4-6
Suppose someone gve you a bill with fifteen zeroes on it and the government was determined to get it back? A fun detective caper.
- Deary, Terry. THE FIRE THIEF. Kingfisher
Books, 2005. Grades 4-7
Prometheus escapes his chains and ends up in Eden City in 1858, and joins up with a pair of thieves, one of which is an orphan. This is a great read aloud,
lots of action and excitement and a wonderful introduction to mythology! Highly recommended.
- Evangelista.Beth. GIFTED. Walker, 2005. Grades
A different perspective on bullying and the battle of brains vs. brawn.
- Friedman, D. Dina. ESCAPING INTO THE NIGHT. Simon & Schuster, 2006 Grades 6-8
Halina escapes the Polish ghetto to a secret encampment in the woods where Jews survive by living underground. As the group struggles for food and protection
from the advancing Germans, Halina must face life's harsh realities alone.
- Funke, Cornelia. INKSPELL. The Chicken House,
2005. Grades 5-8
Here is another adventure for the fans of Inkheart...exciting, creative and suspenseful as Dustfinger finds a crooked storyteller who can read him back into
the original tale where things are never the same.
- Giff, Patricia Reilly. WILLOW RUN. Wendy Lamb
Books, 2005. Grades 4-6
World War II means leaving home for Meggie and her family. Meggie learns what it takes to keep hope alive on the home front.
- Gilliland, Judity. STRANGE BIRDS. Farrar, 2006.
When Anna's parents are lost at sea, Aunt Formaldy turns Anna's home into a cold, imposing showplace. But Anna knows the secret of the mysterious tree
outside that sends her on an amazing adventure.
- Gutman, Dan. THE HOMEWORK MACHINE. Simon
& Schuster, 2006. Grades 4-6
Suppose you had a machine that would do all of your homework? It seems like a great idea until it comes time to show what you know on a test!
- Hardinge, Frances. FLY BY NIGHT. HarperCollins,
2006. Grades 6-9
An orphan with a cruel uncle finds solace in books until she learns that her one true love, words, may be the death of her. A very original tale!
- Hiaasen, Carl. FLUSH. Knopf, 2005. Grades
How can a boy, his little sister and a drunk keep a casino boat from polluting the waters of the Florida Keys? Noah's dad is in jail for attempting to do the
- Haven, Paul. TWO HOT DOGS WITH EVERYTHING. Random House, 2006. Grades 4-6
Danny is convinced he can break a century old curse on his team by eating two hot dogs with everything before every game A fun sports story.
- Hobbs, Valerie. SHEEP. Farrar, 2006. Grades
The puppy had learned what it meant to be a proud sheepherder until he is taken away and passed from owner to owner..some kind and some cruel. Yet the dog
and a boy find each other when hope is nearly gone.
- King-Smith, Dick. THE AT LADY. Knopf, 2005.
cats were once people she knew who have returned in cat form. She shares her home with various deceased family members and a regal cat, Queen
- Montgomery, Claire and Monte. HUBERT INVENTS THE WHEEL. Illustrated by Jeff Shelly. Walker, 2005. Grades
Hubert's wheel invention in ancient Sumeria is not an instant success!
- Myers, Anna. ASSASSIN. Walker, 2005.
John Wilkes Booth charms Bella, maid to Mary Todd Lincoln, into betraying the president with unexpected results.
- Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. ROXIE AND THE HOOLIGANS. Atheneum, 2006. Grades 3-5
Roxie can deal with most problems except for Helvetia's Hooligans, the meanest band of bullies in school. What happens when she is stranded with them on an
- Pullman, Philip. THE SCARECROW AND HIS SERVANT. Knopf, 2005. Grades 4-6
A bolt of lightning brings a not too bright scarecrow to life but he is helped by Jack, an orphan, who becomes his faithful servant.
- Robert, Willo Davis. THE ONE LEFT BEHIND.
Atheneum, 2006. Grades 4-7
By mistake Mandy is left alone in the big house on the lake and finds two runaway boys who need help. What can she do when she can barely take care of
- Sachar, Louis. SMALL STEPS. Delacorte Press,
2006. Grades 5-7
Armpit finds it hard to turn his life around after coming out of Camp Green Lake. Will X-Ray's 'get rich quick' scheme land both boys back in trouble?
- Said, S.F. THE OUTLAW OF VARJAK PAW. David Fickling Books, 2006. Grades 5-8
Varjak Paw knows all seven skills that give a cat power. Then he meets a thin white cat who knows more than he does and she is the leader of the city's
- Wright, Betty Ren. PRINCESS FOR A WEEK. Holiday
House, 2006. Grades 2-4
When Princess comes to visit, Roddy finds out that Princess is a girl, not a dog. He can't however, resist going with her when she investigates the haunted
house down the street.
- Winthrop, Elizabeth. COUNTING ON GRACE. Wendy Lamb
Books, 2006. Grades 5-7
12 year old Grace must leave school to work in the mill. The left handed girl is given a job that calls for a right hand operation and any mistake costs
precious wages. Will Lewis Hine, a reformer with a camera, make a diffeence in the lives of the mill children?
- Yep, Laurence. THE EARTH DRAGON AWAKES.
HarperCollins, 2006. Grades 4-6
The San Fancisco earthquake told from the
perspectives of two very different children.