Recreational Reading Suggestions

Here are some recommendations for recreational reading.  Click on a category for a list of good titles.


Barry               Peter Pan and the Starcatchers (series)

Fleischman   The Whipping Boy

George             Julie of the Wolves
My Side of the Mountain

Goodman        Paradise: Based on a True Story of Survival

Hobbs              Bearstone
Jason’s Gold
The Maze

Holm                 Boston Jane
Our Only May Amelia

Jaramillo         La Linea

Junger              The Perfect Storm

Konigsburg     From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Korman           Island and Everest series

Krakauer         Into Thin Air

Lawrence       The Wreckers

Lee                    Piratica

London           Call of the Wild
White Fang

Mikaelson      Rescue Josh McGuire
Touching Spirit Bear

Moeri               Save the Queen of Sheba

Mwagni           The Mzungu Boy

Napoli             North

Oppel               Airborn

Patterson       Maximum Ride (series)

Paulsen           Hatchet
How Angel Peterson Got His Name

Pierce              Alanna: The First Adventure

Reaver             Bill

Riordin            The Lightning Thief (series)

Ruckman         Night of the Twisters
No Way Out

Salisbury        Night of the Howling Dogs

Smith               Peak

Sperry             Call It Courage

Spinelli            Maniac Magee

Stevenson      Treasure Island

Stewart            The Mysterious Benedict Society

Taylor              The Cay

White                Deathwatch

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Historical Fiction

Alder                 King’s Shadow

Armstrong      Steal Away

Avi                     The Traitors’ Gate
Crispin:  The Cross of Lead

Buck   The Good Earth

Bunting S.O.S. Titanic

Choi   Year of Impossible Goodbyes

Cinderich         In the Shadow of Pali

Compestine     Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

Curtis                 Elijah of Buxton

Cushman          Catherine, Called Birdie
The Midwife’s Apprentice

Dowell               Shooting the Moon

Fleischman     Bandit’s Moon

Garden Dove and Sword: A Novel of Joan of Arc

Hesse                Out of the Dust

Holland Behind the Lines

Ibbotson         Star of Kazan

Johnston         Bone by Bone

Kadohata        Weedflower

Karr                   Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free
The Great Turkey Walk

Konigsburg A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

Levitan The Cure

McCaffrey Black Horses for the King

McGraw Mara, Daughter of the Nile

Meyer White Lilacs
Mary, Bloody Mary

Morpugo Arthur: High King Of Britain
Waiting for Anya
Private Peaceful

Morris             The Squire’s Tale

Namioka Coming of the Bear

Napoli              King of Mulberry Street

Park                  A Single Shard

Paterson         Jip
Sign of the Chrysanthemum

Peck   Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death

Richter Frie drich

Rinaldi A Break With Charity

Rostowski After the Dancing Days

Schmidt          Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Skurzynski     Manwolf

Talbert Heart of the Jaguar

Taylor Let the Circle Be  Unbroken

Temple Ramsay Scallop

Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court

Uchida           Journey Home

Watkins So Far From the Bamboo Grove

Yep    Dragons Gate
The Star Fisher

Yolen             Girl in a Cage

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Bauer               Squashed

Cabot              The Princess Diaries

Danziger        The Cat Ate My Gymsuit

Ferris Once Upon a Marigold

Fitzgerald      The Great Brain

Gantos            Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Juster              The Phantom Tollbooth

Karr                 Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free

Korman          The Sixth Grade Nickname Game
No Coins Please

Leonard         A Coyote’s in the House

Levine            Ella Echanted
The Wish

Lipsyte          One Fat Summer

Lowry           Anastasia Krupnik

Lubar             Sleeping Freshman Never Lie

Myers            Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner

Naylor           Agony of Alice
Reluctantly Alice
The Boys Against the Girls

Paulsen          Harris & Me
How Angel Peterson Got His Name

Peck, Rich.         A Long Way from Chicago
A Year Down Yonder
The Teacher’s Funeral:  A Comedy in Three Parts

Peck, Rob.         Soup

Pinkwater      Alan Mendelsohn, Boy From Mars
Lizard Music

Pratchett The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Rawls              Summer of the Monkeys

Schmidt         Wednesday Wars

Snicket The Bad Beginning

Spinelli          Crash

Twain              Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Wodehouse   The Small Bachelor

Woulk              City Boy

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More Nonfiction

Settel                Exploding Ants

Gardner           Aha!  Insight

Feynman         Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman

Bridges              Through My Eyes

Johnson Roses Red, Violets Blue:  Why Flowers Have Colors

Uchida            The Invisible Thread

Jimenez The Circuit

Meltzer             The Amazing Potato
There Comes a Time: The Struggle for Civil Rights

Ketttlekamp    Ets and UFOs

Lekuton           Facing the Lion:  Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna

Levine              Darkness Over Denmark

Baker                Virutal Reality

Stanley             Children of the Dust

Darling             Beyond 2000:  Micromachies and Nanotechnology

Herbert            Leonardo da Vinci for Kids

Bledsoe            How to Survive in Antarctica

Dendy              Guinea Pig Scientists:  Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine

Fleishman       Escape!:  The Story of the Great Houdini

Nelson             Left for Dead:  A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

Mah                 Chinese Cinderella:  The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

Partridge         This Land was Made for You and Me:  The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie

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Alcott Little Woman

Armstrong Sounder

Bauer Rules of the Road
Hope Was Here
Stand Tall

Creech Walk Two Moons
Chasing Redbird
Absolutely Normal Chaos
Ruby Holler

Dahl Danny Champion of the World

Fox One-Eyed Cat

Banks              Lenny’s Space

Canales          The Tequila Worm

Choldenko    Al Capone Does My Shirts

Clarke            One Whole and Perfect Day

Clements       The School Story

Garland Shadow of the Dragon

Guy     The Friends

Hahn               December Stillness

Hinton             The Outsiders

Kadohata        Weedflower

Klass               Danger Zone

Konigsburg     The View from Saturday

Mills Alex Ryan, Stop That!
Lizzie at Last

Myers              Scorpions

Namioka          Half and Half

Naylor Ice

Nye                  Habibi

Patersen The Great Gilly Hopkins

Peck    A Long Way from Chicago

Philbrick Freak the Mighty

Rawls Where the Red Fern Grows

Sachar Holes
Small Steps

Shusterman     Schwa Was Here

Sonnenblick    Zen and the Art of Faking It

Spinelli Wringer

Snyder Cat Running
Gib Rides Home

Stinbeck The Red Pony

Taylor The Well

Voigt Dicey’s Song

White Belle Prater’s Boy

Winerip           Adam Canfield of the Slash

Wilson The Story of Tracy Beaker

Wong                Seeing Emily

Yep     Child of the Owl

Yumoto The Friends

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

Babbitt            Tuck Everlasting

Carroll             Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland

Clement           Things Not Seen

Collins             Gregor the Overlander

Christopher     The White Mountains

Divakruni        The Conch Bearer

Duane              So You Want to Be a Wizard

Eager               Knight’s Castle
Half Magic

Farmer             House of the Scorpion
Sea of Trolls

Haddix            Among the Hidden

Hale                 Goose Girl

Jacques           Redwall

Jones               Lives of Christopher Chant
Dark Lord of Derkholm

L’Engle           A Wrinkle in Time

Lawson           Rabbit Hill

Lewis              The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Lowry The Giver

McKinley        Beauty or Rose Daughter
The Hero and the Crown

Merrill             The Pushcart War

Nesbitt             The Phoenix and the Carpet
Five Children and It

Nix                  Sabriel

O’Brien           Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Oppel              Airborn

Pearce              Tom’s Midnight Garden

Pierce              Alanna: The First Adventure

Rowling          Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone et al

Sleator             Into the Dream
The Night the Heads Came
The Insterstellar Pig

Wrede             Dealing with Dragons

Yolen              Dragon’s Blood
Pay the Piper

Adams             Watership Down

Eddings           Pawn of Prophecy

Alexander       Book of Three

Asimov            Foundation

Bradbury         Martian Chronicles

Goldman         The Princess Bride

LeGuin            Wizard of Earthsea

Pullman           The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife
Amber Spyglass

Tolkien            The Hobbit

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Deuker         Gym Candy
High Heat
Heart of a Champion
On the Devil’s Court

Gutman Honus and Me
The Million Dollar Shot

Haven            Two Hotdogs with Everything

McGough      Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees

Ritter              Choosing Up Sides

Testa Some Kind of Pride

Weaver           Hard Ball
Farm Team
Striking Out

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Abrahams        Down the Rabbit Hole

Bellairs            The House With A Clock in Its Walls

Broach             Shakespeare’s Secret

Bunting           Someone Is Hiding on Alcatraz Island

Byars               Dead Letter

Colfer              Artemis Fowl

Coville             The Skull of Truth

Donnelly         A Northern Light

Duncan            A Gift of Magic
Summer of Fear

Feinstein         Last Shot

Haddix             Running Out of Time

Hahn                Doll in the Garden

Hamilton         House of Dies Drear

Hoeye              Time Stops for No Mouse

Hoobler Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

Kehret I’m Not Who You Think I Am

Lubar               Hidden Talents

Newman          Case of the Baker Street Irregulars

Nixon               The Stalker

Peck                  Ghosts I Have Been

Pullman           The Ruby in the Smoke

Raskin              The Westing Game

Roberts            The Girl With the Silver Eyes
View from the Cherry Tree

Snyder             The Egypt Game

Stanley The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine

Taylor              Sniper

Updale              Montmorency:  Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (series)

Van Draanen Sammy Keyes (series)

Wallace            Peppermints in the Parlor
Twin in the Tavern

Wright             The Dollhouse Murders

Yep Chinatown Mystery series

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