Little Women Louisa May Alcott

  • classic fiction
  • themes about family, especially sisters

The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate

  • animals
  • friendship
  • finding hope in hopeless situations

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen Eric Berlin

  • puzzles
  • sibling rivalry
  • adventure

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters Lesley M.M. Blume

  • realistic, modern fiction, humorous
  • themes of not fitting in, estrangement, loss

Millions Frank Cottrell Boyce

  • quirky characters, heavy imagination
  • themes about dealing with loss

Inkheart Cornelia Funke, translated by Anthea Bell (Read a review!)

  • fantasy
  • themes of courage and fear
  • some dark characters and threats of violence, but no graphic scenes or serious injuries

Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George

  • adventure / psychological realistic fiction
  • heavy themes, including alcoholism and assault; however, depictions are not graphic

George and the Big Bang Lucy and Stephen Hawking

  • science
  • adventure
  • friendship

Flush Carl Hiaasen

  • protecting what you value, no matter your age
  • humorous adventure story
  • themes of family loyalty and standing up for beliefs, no matter the cost

The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya Jane Kelley

  • illness
  • the importance of friendship
  • losing and regaining hope

A Wrinkle in Time Medeleine L'engle

  • self-knowledge and maturity in the face of great struggle
  • family ties and friendship
  • facing evil without hatred

Holes Louis Sachar

  • learning disabilities
  • trouble fitting in
  • unlikely friendships

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Elizabeth George Speare

  • historical fiction, set during Colonial America
  • themes of individuality and standing up for beliefs
  • scapegoating outsiders

Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli

  • themes of racism, prejudice, and not fitting in
  • individual strength; following one's own judgment

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

  • classic fiction
  • adventure, humor, social satire


Anne of Green Gables Series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • classic fiction
  • female protagonist
  • themes of growing up, independence, friendship

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

  • thought-provoking but easy to read
  • humorous, not-quite-realistic fiction
  • themes of morality, judgment, mob-mentality, courage

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