- Matilda. Dahl, Roald.
- Self-taught first-grade genius Matilda puts her advanced brain to work on a plan to bring down her evil Headmistress Miss Trunchbull and restore her kind teacher Miss Honey to financial security.
- Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Konigsburg, E.L.
- Adventures in amateur sorcery bring black Jennifer and white Elizabeth together in firm friendship.
- Blubber. Blume, Judy.
- Jill defends overweight Linda, who has been the regular butt of her classmate’s bullying
- Holes. Sachar, Louis.
- Dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse, young Stanley Yelnats must
spend time in a hellish juvenile boot camp digging holes in the hot sun to “build character.” Yet soon he begins to question why the sinister Warden is so interested in
anything “special” Stanley and the other inmates might find during their digs.
- The Bad Beginning. Handler, Daniel (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket)
- The first of the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books chronicling the perils of the Baudelaire children at the hands of their evil uncle Count Olaf.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Rowling, J. K.
- The opening book of the multi-part series featuring wizard-in-training Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts School.
- The Great Gilly Hopkins. Paterson, Katherine.
- An 11 year-old foster child schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.
- Missing May. Rylant, Cynthia.
- Twelve year-old Summer and her Uncle Ob search together for reasons to go on living after the death of Summer’s beloved Aunt May.
- Little House in the Big Woods. Wilder, Laura Ingalls.
- One of the “Little House on the Prairie” series. An excellent account of pioneer girl Laura’s growing up in a log cabin in late1800s Wisconsin.
- Sounder. Armstrong, William H.
- The story of a man whose life is changed forever when he steals to feed his family. His
dog is injured in the incident, and waits faithfully for his master to return.