... for grades 5 and 6

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Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting. 1975. *
Youth Fiction BAB
Ten-year-old Winnie Foster makes two discoveries in the woods next to her home: a magical spring and a family named Tuck with an amazing secret that they beg her to keep.
Banks, Lynne Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard. 1980. *
Youth Fiction BAN
Nine-year-old Omri gets a plastic Indian and a locking cupboard for his birthday. What seems like a boring present turns into an incredible adventure as the Indian comes to life.
Barry, Dave and Ridley Pearson. Peter and the Starcatchers. 2004. *
Youth Fiction BAR
How did Peter Pan get to be Peter Pan? That’s the question the authors try to answer in this swashbuckling, action-packed adventure story, complete with nasty pirates, blood-thirsty savages, hungry crocodiles – and lots of laughs along the way!
Billingsley, Franny. The Folk Keeper. 1999.
Youth Fiction BIL
In this magical realm, strange, menacing creatures known as the Folk live underground, causing trouble and mischief to humans. Folk-Keepers have the job of appeasing them. Young, magically gifted Corinna Stonewall is the Folk-Keeper at the orphanage where she lives. When an elegant lord and lady suddenly appear and take her to their manor by the sea, Corinna begins to understand who she truly is, and what her unusual gifts really mean.
Brittain, Bill. The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree. 1983.
Youth Fiction BRI
Thaddeus Blinn is a traveling salesman whose sign reads, "I can give you whatever you ask for – only 50 cents." Three people at the Coven Tree church social take him up on it, with surprising results.
Cooper, Susan. The Boggart. 1993.
Youth Fiction COO
Twelve-year-old Emily returns from a visit to a Scottish castle with a keepsake – a desk. Little does she know that the desk is inhabited by a boggart, an ancient magical spirit who has lived in the castle for centuries. As the boggart makes himself known, Emily witnesses the clash of old magic and modern technology with funny and sometimes frightening results.
Coville, Bruce. Jennifer Murdley's Toad: A Magic Shop Book. 1992. *
Youth Fiction COV
Fifth-grader Jennifer Murdley is constantly teased by her classmates, and today has been a particularly bad day. When the teacher assigns an essay about pets, Jennifer buys a discounted toad at Mr. Elives' Magic Shop. What she doesn’t know is that this toad can talk – and more!
Edwards, Julie Andrews. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. 1974.
Youth Fiction EDW
The Whangdoodle, a wise and generous creature, lived in great numbers in the Middle Ages when people believed in monsters and unicorns. But now that people use only a small part of their imaginations, this beautiful creature is on the verge of extinction. Professor Savant is looking for the last remaining Whangdoodle, and enlists three children to help him.
Flanagan, John. The Ruins of Gorlan. 2005. *
Youth Fiction FLA
In this first title in The Ranger’s Apprentice series, 15-year-old Will is anxiously waiting for Choosing Day, when the youth of Gorlan will be given their apprenticeships. Will hopes with all his heart that he will be sent to Battleschool, but he knows that because he is small, this is unlikely. Instead, he is apprenticed as a Ranger, protector of the Kingdom.
Ibbotson, Eva. Island of the Aunts. 2000.
Youth Fiction IBB
You would never think of three kindly old ladies as kidnappers. But Etta, Coral, and Myrtle have no choice. The strange and exotic sea creatures they take care of are becoming more than they can manage, and they need help. So they travel to England with some anesthetizing darts, and bring back Minette and Fabio – two very surprised children!
Langton, Jane. The Fledgling. 1980. *
Youth Fiction LAN
Eight-year-old Georgie's family is worried about her: Georgie insists that she can fly. In fact, Georgie knows that she can lift off the ground and lightly touch down. But she needs someone to teach her how to soar. Looking up into the sky one autumn day, she finds her teacher – a large Canada goose who has noticed her, just as she has noticed him.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. 1997. *
Youth Fiction LEV
A fairy godmother casts a spell on Ella at birth: she must obey every direct command. In this retelling of the Cinderella story, Ella must struggle to break the spell, overcome her wicked stepsisters and ultimately win the prince of her dreams.
Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 1994 (originally published in 1950). *
Youth Fiction LEW
Four children discover that the back of a wardrobe in an old English country house is actually a gateway to Narnia, a magical land of talking animals and mythical creatures. But the land is under an evil spell, which condemns it to eternal winter.
Martin, Ann. The Doll People. 2000. *
Youth Fiction MAR
A family of antique porcelain dolls has lived in the same dollhouse for 100 years. But in 1955, the Aunt Sarah doll disappeared. Annabelle doll is determined to find out what happened to her, but first must contend with the Funcrafts, a brash family of plastic dolls who has just moved in.
O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. 1971. *
Youth Fiction OBR
Mrs. Frisby is a mouse in trouble: her husband has been eaten by the farm cat, and her youngest son is dangerously ill and must not be moved. But she must move her home to avoid the farmer’s plow. Desperate, she turns to the rats who live under the rose bush for help – and learns about their amazing past and their remarkable abilities.
Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn. 2004. *
Youth Fiction OPP
Matt Cruse works as a cabin boy on the luxury passenger airship Aurora. One day, the ship encounters a battered hot air balloon adrift in the skies. The balloon’s only occupant is a dying man, who speaks of beautiful creatures soaring in the air over a mysterious island. When Matt meets the man’s granddaughter a year later, he realizes that such creatures might actually exist, and he sets out to find them.
Pierce, Tamora. Sandry’s Book. 1997. *
Youth Fiction PIE
Sandry, Briar, Tris, and Daja are four young abandoned children, each of whom is in desperate circumstances. They are rescued and brought together by the wise and mysterious Niko, who has chosen them for a reason:  – each has unrealized magical powers.
Pratchett, Terry. The Wee Free Men. 2008. *
Youth Fiction PRA
Tiffany is a witch-in-training whose little brother has been kidnapped by the Queen of Elves. Armed with a trusty frying pan, Tiffany sets out to get him back.
Rodda, Emily. Rowan of Rin. 2001.
Youth Fiction ROD
The people of Rin live in the shadow of the Mountain, which is ruled by a fierce dragon. When the water supply disappears and the dragon’s roars cease, young, timid Rowan is called upon to accompany a delegation of villagers up the Mountain to investigate.
Rodgers, Mary. Freaky Friday. 1972.
Youth Fiction ROD
A thirteen year-old girl wakes up one morning to discover that she is in her mother's body!
Rupp, Rebecca. The Dragon of Lonely Island. 1998.
Youth Fiction RUP
Hannah, Zachary and Sarah Emily travel to the coast of Maine for a summer getaway with their mystery-writer mother. Exploring the island they discover a “tridrake,” – a three-headed dragon.
Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand. 2003.
Youth Fiction STR
Nathaniel's parents sell him to the government at the age of five, to become a magician's apprentice. Over the next seven years he studies with a master magician, but secretly reads advanced magic manuals, gaining more skill than he should have – and using it.
Winthrop, Elizabeth. The Castle in the Attic. 1985. *
Youth Fiction WIN
William is delighted when his housekeeper gives him a present – a realistic toy medieval castle complete with a tiny knight to guard it. His delight turns to shock when he picks up the knight and it comes alive in his hand!