Reading Buddies Bibliography

Banks, Lynne Reid

Indian in the Cupboard

JUV 2217.i

A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds

himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.  1980.


Bauer, Joan

Rules of the Road

JUV B3213.r YA

Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from

Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna

hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father. 1998.


Bishop, Claire Huchet

Twenty and Ten

JUV B5408.t

Twenty school children hide ten Jewish children from the Nazis during the occupation of France

during World War II. 1952.


Carroll, Ruth

Tough Enough and Sassy

JUV C224.ts

In a summer of drought, Beanie and the rest of his family make "pretties" out of twisted wood,

acorns and cones to sell to the tourists, and Tough Enough and Sassy get lost when the dog

encounters a wild boar. 1958.


Choldenko, Gennifer

Al Capone Does My Shirts

JUV C45253.a YA

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families

were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition

to life with his autistic sister. 2004.


Clements, Andrew


JUV C59.f

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever

Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his

control. 1996.


Curtis, Christopher Paul

The Watson’s Go to Birmingham-1963

JUV C9415.w

 The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family

living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in

the summer of 1963. 1995.


Dahl, Roald

Danny, the Champion of the World

JUV D137.d

 A young English boy describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure

they share together. 1975.


De Jong, Meindert

The House of Sixty Fathers

JUV D3646.ho

Alone in a sampan with his pig and three ducklings, a little Chinese boy is whirled down a

raging river, back to the town from which he and his parents had escaped the invading

Japanese, and spends long and frightening days regaining his family and new home. 1956.


DiCamillo, Kate

Tale of Despereaux

JUV D5474.ta

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that

he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to

bring them all to ruin.  2003.


Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

JUV 1992

A collection of Sherlock Holmes mystery adventures, including "A Scandal in Bohemia,"

The Red-headed League," and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band." 1992.


Gannett, Ruth Stiles

My Father’s Dragon

JUV G1554.m

A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy

wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island. 1948.


George,  Jean Craighead

My Side of the Mountain

JUV G2892.m

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains,

including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate

realization that he needs human companionship. 1959.


Grahame, Kenneth

The Wind in the Willows

JUV G762.w

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad,

Mole, Rat, and Badger. 1933.


King-Smith, Dick

Harry’s Mad

JUV K588.h

Harry's legacy from his great-uncle, a talking parrot, proves to be a much more exciting gift

than he ever imagined. 1984.


Knight, Eric

Lassie Come-Home

Juv 636.78.K744l

A collie undertakes a 1000-mile journey in order to once again meet her former master at the

school gate.1940.


Lewis, C.S.,

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

JUV L5807.l

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of

Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the

land with eternal winter. 1994.


Lowry, Lois

The Willoughbys

JUV L957.w

In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children

set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous

around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny. 2008.


McGovern,  Ann

Secret Soldier

JUV B.G1557Ms

A brief biography of the woman who disguised herself as a man and joined the Continental Army

during the Revolutionary War. 1975.


Moody, Ralph

Little Britches

JUV ME COLL 917.8.M775l

A boy’s memories of the pleasures and perils of life on a Colorado ranch in the early 1900’s. 1962.


Mowat, Farley

Owls in the Family

JUV M865.o

Two pet owls join a young boy’s collection of crows, magpies, gophers and a dog and the whole

town erupts in mayhem. 1961.


Napoli, Donna Jo

Prince of the Pond

JUV N16.p

Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his new life as he mates,

raises a family, and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family. 1992.


Parish, Peggy

Amelia Bedelia

JUV 372.4.P2187amb

Amelia, the maid, takes everything literally and leaves a trail of chuckles and chaos behind. 1963.


Park, Barbara

Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly School Bus

JUV P216.j

In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does

when she decides not to ride the bus home. 1992.


Paulsen, Gary

Lawn Boy


Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his

summer lawn mowing business. 2007.


Philbrick, Rodman

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg


Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away

from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War. 2009.


Pochocki, Ethel

The Attic Mice


Recounts the adventures of a family of mice as they go shopping in the humans' kitchen, discover

useful items in the attic, and celebrate Christmas. 1990.


Sachar, Louis

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

JUV S115.s

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally

built sideways with one classroom on each story. 1998.


Scott, Jack Denton



Presents the moose, that northern creature which is the “world’s largest living deer.”  1981.


Sewell, Anna

Black Beauty

JUV S516.b

A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters. 1930.


Steig, William

Amos and Boris

JUV 398.8.S818a

Amos the mouse and Boris the whale have little in common except that they are both mammals and

save each other's lives. 1971.


Twain, Mark

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

JUV 817.44.S42 1988

A 19th century mechanic suffers a blow to the head and wakes up in King Arthur’s Britain. 1988.


Twain, Mark

The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

JUV 817.44.T7

A story of imposter, blackmail and murder in antebellum Missouri. 1966.


Wallace, Bill

Upchuck and the Rotten Willy

JUV W14596.u

Chuck the cat, missing his owner, who has gone off to college, and his best friend, who moved,

explores the neighborhood and meets a big, black dog,  Rotten Willy. 1998.


White, E.B.

Charlotte’s Web


Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas

dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him. 1952.


Wilbur, Richard


JUV W638.l

A mouse with a big voice saves his family from a mouse-trap and a cat, and prevents the household

valuables from being burgled. 1968.


Winthrop,  Elizabeth

Castle in the Attic

JUV W738.c

A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving

magic and a personal quest. 1985.