The Carrollton Public Library recognizes the fact that every child learns to read and develops as a reader at his/her own unique pace. The following list is very general, and is in no way designed to be prescriptive.
Bosch, Pseudonymous. The name of this book is secret.
Cassandra and Max find a missing magician's notebook and start to investigate the fire which burned down his house and his mysterious "symphony of smells." 360 pages. Book 1 of the Secret series
Cochrane, Mick. The girl who threw butterflies.
Eighth-grader Molly's ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, but also helps in other aspects of her life. 177 pages.
Cottrell Boyce, Frank. Cosmic.
Twelve-year-old Liam, who looks like he is thirty and is tired of being treated like he is older than he actually is, decides he is going to pose as the adult chaperone on the first spaceship to take civilians into space, but when he ends up in outer space with a group of kids and no adult supervision, he must think fast to make things right. 313 pages.
Gaiman, Neil. The graveyard book.
The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures. 312 pages.
Hale, Shannon. Calamity Jack.
In this graphic novel interpretation of "Jack and the beanstalk," Jack is a born schemer who climbs a magical beanstalk in the hope of exacting justice from a mean giant and gaining a fortune for his widowed mother, aided by some friends. 144 pages.
Kelly, Jacqueline. The evolution of Calpurnia Tate.
In central Texas, 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery. 340 pages.
Lalicki, Tom. Danger in the dark : a Houdini & Nate mystery.
Thirteen-year-old Nathaniel, aided by the famous magician Harry Houdini, plots to unmask a phony spirit advisor attempting to relieve the boy's great aunt of her fortune. 186 pages.
Levine, Gail Carson. Fairest
In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, while learning to accept herself for who she truly is. 326 pages.
Peck, Richard. A season of gifts.
Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel. 164 pages.
Stead, Rebecca. When you reach me
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. 199 pages.
Springer, Nancy. The case of the missing marquess : an Enola Holmes mystery.
Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother. 215 pages.
Stewart, Trenton Lee. The mysterious Benedict Society
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. 485 pages.
Baker, E. D. Tales of the Frog Princess.
After reluctantly kissing a frog to turn him back to a prince, an awkward princess suddenly becomes a frog, too. Follow Princess Emeralda and Prince Eadric as they try to become human again and in their further adventures as they help to unite others in love and protect their families.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. The missing.
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time. Travel through time with the "the missing" as they try to set history right and make it home.
Harrison, Lisi. The Clique.
Massie is leader of "The Pretty Committee", a top clique at an exclusive all girls school in Westchester County New York. Claire, daughter of a college friend of Massie's father, moves to town and is an instant outcast at the school because of her lack of money and fashion sense. Sparks fly as Claire tries to fit in and The Pretty Committee tries to stay on top of the "in crowd."
Hunter, Erin. Warriors.
Rusty, a bored house kitten, joins a group of feral (wild) cats called the ThunderClan to train as a warrior. Follow the adventures of Rusty and all of the cats of the four clans as they train, battle, and fall in love. Also try Warriors: The new prophecy, Warriors: Power of three, Warriors: Omen of the stars.
Meyer, L. A. A Bloody Jack adventure.
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates. Join Mary "Jacky" Faber in her adventures both at sea and on land.
Mull, Brandon. Fablehaven.
Fablehaven, a sanctuary for mystical creatures, survives as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Kendra and her brother Seth discover their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Follow this battle of good versus evil as Kendra, Seth, and the Knights of the Dawn work to stop the Society of the Evening Star from exploiting the creatures, destroying the refuges like Fablehaven, and finding the artifacts that open the demon prison Zzyxx.
Kongisburg, E. M. From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Two suburban children run away from their Connecticut home and go to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where their ingenuity enables them to live in luxury. 162 pages.
L’Engle, Madeleine. A wrinkle in time.
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. 212 pages.
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia.
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm. 163 pages.
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet.
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness where he learns to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother and at the same time learns to cope with his parents' divorce. 195 pages.
Raskin, Ellen. The Westing game.
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. 182 pages.
Rawls, Wilson. Where the red fern grows.
A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters. 212 pages.