· Eragon by Christopher Paolini – slow start but an excellent story about a boy who finds a dragon egg.
· Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – After having me as a teacher for a year, you don’t need any explanation of this one.
· The White Mountains by John Christopher- First book in the Tripods series; huge, three-legged machines take control of Earth but a boy named Will rebels. This is a classic science fiction series and I really liked them.
· Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson – First of several books about kids with unusual powers fighting the forces of evil, very fast paced books.
· The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker – Very funny first in a series about a girl who becomes a frog…princess!
· The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – Cute, funny story about a mouse on a quest; I didn’t really want to read this because the cover and description didn’t appeal to me, but I ended up loving it!
· Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – an unlikely friendship between to fifth graders leads them to create their own kingdom together; a good story about friendship.
· The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – First of the Chronicles of Narnia series. Often people read this one and stop on the second because it is so different, but really all of the books are wonderful so you should read them all. Even if you saw the movie, read the book.
· Septimus Heap by Angie Sage – fantasy book about a boy on a journey with many adventures along the way.
· Dear America books – If you like historical fiction, read these.
· Mysteries by John Bellairs – including The House with a Clock in its Walls but this author wrote several good books, some with the same characters as Clock but others with a boy named Johnny Dixon.
· Redwall series by Brian Jacques – There are 18 books in this series, all fantasy books with animals as characters. Begin with Martin the Warrior.
· The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud – I love all three of these books about a boy who summons a genie from the past. Really wonderful!!!
· Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Andersen – historical fiction about a fever spreading in Philadelphia, and how a girl copes with all of the changes in her life; this is an excellent book.
· The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen – I haven’t read it but have heard it is very good.
· Among the Hidden by Margaret Haddix – first in a series.
· People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau – the second book after The City of Ember, which I read to you.
· Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo – first one is Midnight for Charlie Bone
· The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein – first of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
· The Clique by Lisi Harrison – How can the new girl Claire cope with Maisie and her clique of rich friends?
· Everest, Dive, and Island books by Gordon Korman – Each one is a trilogy, and all are fast paced, realistic fiction stories.
· Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt – Would you want to live forever? That is the dilemma in this excellent book (which is better than the movie)
· Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – Imagine being stranded on an island, with no other people.
· The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken – creepy book about two kids with an evil governess. I almost read this aloud because I love it but didn’t have time.
· Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky – I haven’t read them but boys seem to like them. Girls perhaps too?
· So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
· Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – great science fiction book; imagine playing a video game in the future…
· Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale
· The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix
· Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz and the subsequent Alex Rider books
· D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire – This is the book I took lots of myths from during our Greek unit.
· Truesight by David Stahler Jr. – Kind of a spooky book about a society where no one can see, hard to put down.
· Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – I love this book about a boy and his two hunting dogs!
· Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor – another great dog book.
· The Children of the Lamp books by P.B. Kerr – Twins who discover they have magical powers
· The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks – Very entertaining book about a toy Indian that comes to life.
· From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
· The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer – OK, I haven’t read it yet but have heard it is very good.
· The Hunger Games – Imagine the game of Survivor in the future with kids.
· Julie of the Wolves by Jeanne Craighead George – a girl has to survive in a winter wilderness with only wolves for company.
· My Side of the Mountain by Jeanne Craighead George – A boy lives by himself on a mountain; it doesn’t sound that exciting but it actually is.
· mysteries by Joan Lowery Nixon – generally involve someone being murdered but are not graphic or gory! Very suspenseful and hard to put down.