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Book List by Author



Paul Acampora
    Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face

Kwame Alexander

Lloyd Alexander
    Chronicles of Prydain

Laurie Halse Anderson
    Fever, 1793

Tom Angleberger
    The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (series)

Kathi Appelt
    The Underneath

Katherine Applegate
    The One and Only Ivan


Blue Balliett
    Chasing Vermeer (series)

Kelly Barnhill
    The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Nora Raleigh Baskin
    Anything But Typical
    Ruby on the Outside

Joan Bauer
    Hope Was Here

Marion Dane Bauer
    On My Honor

Cece Bell
    El Deafo

Ali Benjamin
    The Thing About Jellyfish

Eric Berlin
    The Potato Chip Puzzles
    The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

Elise Broach
    Shakespeare's Secret

Jeffrey Brown
    Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Joseph Bruchac
    Code Talker

Michael Buckley
    Sisters Grimm

Ann E. Burg
    All the Broken Pieces

T.R. Burns
    Merits of Mischief: The Bad Apple (series)

Frances Hodgson Burnett
    A Little Princess

Dori Hillestad Butler
    Sliding Into Home

Rob Buyea
    Because of Mr. Terupt (series)


Orson Scott Card
    Ender's Game

David Carroll

Nancy J. Cavanaugh
    This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

Soman Chainani
    The School for Good and Evil

Gennifer Choldenko
    Al Capone Does My Shirts
    If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

Beverly Cleary
    Dear Mr. Henshaw

Andrew Clements
    Lunch Money
    No Talking
    The Report Card
    Things Not Seen

Eleanor Coerr
    Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Mick Cochrane
    The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

Esme Raji Codell
    Sahara Special

Suzanne Collins
    The Hunger Games (trilogy)
Ying Chang Compestine
    Revolution is Not a Dinner Party

Ally Condie
    Matched (trilogy)

Leslie Connor
    Waiting for Normal

Cressida Cowell
    How to Train Your Dragon (series)

Christopher Paul Curtis
    Bud, Not Buddy
    Elijah of Buxton

Karen Cushman
    Catherine, Called Birdy


Roald Dahl
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
    James and the Giant Peach

Gitty Daneshvari
    School of Fear (trilogy)

James Dashner
    The Maze Runner (trilogy)

Jacqueline Davies
    The Lemonade War (series)

Kate DiCamillo
    Flora & Ulysses
    The Magician's Elephant
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    Raymie Nightingale
    The Tale of Despereaux
    The Tiger Rising

Erin Dionne
    Notes from an Accidental Band Geek
    The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet

Michael Dorris
    Morning Girl

Susan Draper
    Out of My Mind
    Stella By Starlight

Brianna DuMont
    Famous Phonies

Lois Duncan
    A Gift of Magic

Jeanne DuPrau
    City of Ember


Nicholas Edwards

    Dog Whisperer: Rescue

Deborah Ellis

    The Breadwinner Trilogy

Kathryn Erskine


Eleanor Estes
The Hundred Dresses


Laura Marx Fitzgerald

    Under the Egg

Victoria Forester

    The Girl Who Could Fly


Donna Freitas

    Gold Medal Summer


Neil Gaiman

    The Graveyard Book

Jack Gantos

    Dead End in Norvelt

John Reynolds Gardiner

    Stone Fox

Dan Gemeinhart

    The Honest Truth

Adina Rishe Gewirtz

    Zebra Forest

Stuart Gibbs

    Space Case

    Spy School

John Gosselink

    Free Thaddeus!

Chris Grabenstein

    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Lisa Graff

    Absolutely Almost

    Lost in the Sun

    A Tangle of Knots

Dan Gutman

    The Genius Files

    The Homework Machine



Margaret Peterson Haddix
    Among the Hidden

Nathan Hale
    The Underground Abductor (and Hazardous Tales series)

Shannon Hale
    Book of a Thousand Days
    Enna Burning
    Ever After High
    Forgotten Sisters

    The Goose Girl
    Palace of Stone
    Princess Academy
    Princess in Black
    River Secrets

Katherine Hannigan
    Ida B

Karen Harrington
    Courage for Beginners

Todd Hasak-Lowy
    33 Minutes

Kate Hattemer
    The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

April Henry
    Girl, Stolen

Karen Hesse
    Out of the Dust

Marilyn Hilton
    Full Cicada Moon

Will Hobbs
    Go Big or Go Home
    Take Me to the River

Jennifer Holm
    The Fourteenth Goldfish

Anthony Horowitz
    Alex Rider (series)

Polly Horvath
    Everything on a Waffle

Linda Mullaly Hunt
    Fish in a Tree


Victoria Jamieson
    Roller Girl

Mike Jung
    Unidentified Suburban Object

Norton Juster

    The Phantom Tollbooth


Cynthia Kadohata
    Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam
    Half a World Away
    A Million Shades of Gray

Tim Kehoe
    Vincent Shadow, Toy Inventor

Liz Kessler
    The Tail of Emily Windsnap

David Klass
    Losers Take All
    Stuck on Earth

Bill Konigsberg
    The Porcupine of Truth

E. L. Konigsburg
    From the mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    The View from Saturday

Gordan Korman


Thanhha Lai
    Inside Out and Back Again
    Listen, Slowly

Justine Larbalestier
    How to Ditch Your Fairy

Madeleine L'Engle
    A Wrinkle in Time

Gail Carson Levine
    Ella Enchanted
    The Two Princesses of Bamarre
    The Wish

Kristin Levine
    Paper Cowboy

Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
    Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Josh Lieb
    I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil

Grace Lin
    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Astrid Lindgren
    Pippi Longstocking

Natalie Lloyd
    A Snicker of Magic

Diana Lopez
    Confetti Girl

Cynthia Lord

    Half a Chance
    A Handful of Stars

Lynda Blackmon Lowery
    Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom

Lois Lowry

    The Giver
    Number the Stars

Marie Lu
    Legend (series)

Mike Lupica


Patricia Maclachlan
    Sarah, Plain and Tall

W.C. Mack
    Athlete vs. Mathlete
    Tag Team

Leslie Margolis
    If I Were You

Wendy Mass
    Eleven Birthdays

Stacey Matson
    A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius

Megan McDonald
    Stink (series)

Lisa McMann
  The Unwanteds

Terra Elan McVoy
    Drive Me Crazy

Kate Messner
    All the Answers
    Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.
    The Seventh Wish
    Wake Up Missing

Sarah Mlynowski
    Upside-Down Magic

L.M. Montgomery
    Anne of Avonlea
    Anne of Green Gables

Jennifer Mook-Sang


Beverley Naidoo
    The Other Side of Truth

Donna Jo Napoli
    Daughter of Venice
    The Smile

Jennifer A. Nielsen
    Ascendance Trilogy
    Mark of a Thief
    A Night Divided

Susin Nielsen
    Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom
    The Reluctant Journey of Henry K. Larsen
    We Are All Made of Molecules
    Word Nerd


Robert C. O'Brien
    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Barbara O'Connor
    How to Steal a Dog

Scott O'Dell
    The Black Pearl
    Sing Down the Moon

Kenneth Oppel



R.J. Palacio

Christopher Paolini
    Eragon (series)

Linda Sue Park
    The Kite Fighters
    A Long Walk to Water
    A Single Shard

Susan Patron
    The Higher Power of Lucky

Gary Paulsen
    Hatchet (series)
    Woods Runner

Carol Antoinette Peacock
    The Red Thread Sisters

Richard Peck
    On the Wings of Heroes

Lincoln Peirce
    Big Nate (series)

Lynne Rae Perkins
  Criss Cross

Mitali Perkins
    Secret Keeper

Rodman Philbrick
    Freak the Mighty
    The Last Book in the Universe

Judith Plaxton
    Morning Girl


Spencer Quinn



Ellen Raskin
    The Westing Game

Candice Ransom
    Rebel McKenzie

Wilson Rawls
    Where the Red Fern Grows

Adam Rex
    The True Meaning of Smekday

Jason Reynolds
    All-American Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Ninth Ward

Rick Riordan
    Heroes of Olympus
    Magnus Chase
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    Trials of Apollo

James Riley
    Story Thieves

Karen Rivers
    The Girl in the Well is Me

Geoff Rodkey
    The Tapper Twins

Veronica Roth
    Divergent (series)
Rainbow Rowell
    Eleanor & Park

J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter (series)

Pam Munos Ryan
    Esperanza Rising
    Paint the Wind


Louis Sachar
    The Cardturner
    Sideways Stories from Wayside School
    Small Steps

Gary D. Schmidt
    The Wednesday Wars

Lisa Schroeder
    It's Raining Cupcakes (series)

Monika Schroeder
    Saraswati's Way

Brian Selznick
    The Invention of Hugo Cabret

N. H. Senzai
  Saving Kabul Corner
  Shooting Kabul

Steve Sheinkin

Kashmira Sheth
    Blue Jasmine
    Boys Without Names
    Keeping Corner
Megan Shull
  Amazing Grace   
  The Swap

Neal Shusterman
    The Schwa Was Here

Holly Goldberg Sloan
    Counting By 7s

Holly Smale
    Geek Girl (series)

Roland Smith

Jordan Sonnenblick
    After Ever After
    Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
    Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie
    Falling Over Sideways
    Zen and the Art of Faking It

Dr. Cuthbert Soup
    A Whole Nother Story

Elizabeth George Speare
    The Sign of the Beaver
    The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Jerry Spinelli
    Maniac Magee


Anna Staniszewski
    The Dirt Diary (series)

Phoebe Stone
    Romeo Blue

Trenton Lee Stewart
  The Mysterious Benedict Society

Jeff Strand
    I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Kevin Sylvester
    Neil Flambe (series)


Lauren Tarshis
    I Survived (series)

Raina Telgemeier

Lisa Thompson
    Goldfish Boy

Stephanie S. Tolan
    Surviving the Applewhites

Amber McRee Turner
    Circa Now

Megan Whalen Turner
    The Thief

Pamela S. Turner
    Samurai Rising


Linda Urban
    A Crooked Kind of Perfect


Wendelin Van Draanen

    The Running Dream

Vince Vawter


Padma Venkatraman

    A Time to Dance


Renee Watson
    Piecing Me Together
    This Side of Home

Sarah Weeks (with Gita Varadarajan)
    Save Me a Seat

Elizabeth Wein
    Code Name Verity

Scott Westerfield
    Uglies (trilogy)

Suzanne Weyn
    Invisible World

Gloria Whelan
    Chu Ju's House
    Listening for Lions

Ellen Emerson White
    The President's Daughter (series)

Laura Ingalls Wilder
    The Little House series

Fiona Wood
    Six Impossible Things

Jacqueline Woodson
    Brown Girl Dreaming

Meg Worlitzer
    The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

Patricia C. Wrede
    Dealing with Dragons


Rick Yancey

    The Fifth Wave

Lisa Yee

    The Kidney Hypothetical

    The Rancho Rosetta series

Eve Yohalem

    Escape Under the Forever Sky


Farhana Zia

      The Garden of My Imaan