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A Home Away from Home

True Stories of Wild Animal Sanctuaries

by Nicholas Read
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: animal welfare, hippos & rhinos, apes, monkeys, etc.

An informative book for middle-grade readers about sanctuaries across North America that rescue wild animals and provide them with safe places to live.

Years ago, most major cities in North America had zoos full of exotic or wild animals in tiny cages. It was also not uncommon for wild animals to be kept as pets or trained to perform in circuses. To …

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Fish Out of Water

by Joanne Levy
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: adolescence, multigenerational, other, religious

Twelve-year-old Fishel (Fish) Rosner doesn’t like regular “boy” things. He hates sports and would prefer to read or do crafts instead of climbing trees or riding dirt bikes with his friends. He also loves to dance. But all his interests are considered “girly.” Fish doesn’t get why that’s a bad thing. He’s just interested in differen …

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The King of Jam Sandwiches

by Eric Walters
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: homelessness & poverty, self-esteem & self-reliance, depression & mental illness

? “Tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone…This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Thirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and his dad, but no one knows that his dad isn't like most parents. Sometimes he wakes Robbie up in the midd …

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Haunted Hospital

by Marty Chan
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: ghost stories, thrillers & suspense

Xander thinks the George Wickerman Hospital would be the perfect setting for Spirits and Specters, a role-playing game where players go on “missions” to find evidence of paranormal activities. According to local legend, tuberculosis patients were used as test subjects in medical experiments that ended tragically, and their disfigured ghosts wal …

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Jelly Roll

by Mere Joyce
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: bullying, friendship, self-esteem & self-reliance

At school, Jenny Royce is bullied by Grade A Jerk Austin Parks. When Jenny and Austin end up at a March Break leadership camp together, Jenny thinks her week will be miserable. Especially once she and Austin are grouped together for the camp’s main assignment. They have to run a stall at a local farmer’s market. The market could be a lot of fun …

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Pia's Plans

by Alice Kuipers
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship, marriage & divorce

Ever since her parents got divorced, Pia has worked hard to make sure everything in her life is Perfect, with a capital P. But everything keeps going wrong. She and her sister get into a fight. Pia falls down the stairs and hurts her ankle. She spills chocolate milk all over her lucky outfit. She accidentally studied for the wrong test. And her be …

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Tank & Fizz Series Ebook Bundle

Books 1 - 5

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, monsters, mystery & detective

"Plenty of action, adventure and imagination." —School Library Journal
In these illustrated novels, a goblin detective and technology-tinkering troll must thwart monsters, mischief and mayhem and still make sure they hand their homework in on time.  
This digital bundle includes the entire Tank & Fizz Mystery series: Tank & Fizz: The Case of t …

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Don't Stand So Close to Me

by Eric Walters
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, non-classifiable, friendship

Thirteen-year-old Quinn and her friends can't believe their luck when spring break is extended an extra two weeks—even if it's because of some virus. But when the impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic becomes apparent, everyone, not just the students, has to learn to adjust to their new reality. Quinn’s father is an ER doctor and has to sel …

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Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves

narrator Andy Jones
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
tagged: adaptations, girls & women

 

Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves finds Jack, that everyman of folktales, married to his sweetheart Mary, the best woman ever born and a mighty fine baker to boot. Their lives are as happy and successful as can be, until an underhanded sea captain and Jack’s own bragging get the better of our hero. Jack is sent the once to work on Slave Islan …

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