Children’s Fiction (J)

Author Title Call Number
AinIzzy Kline Has Butterflies: A Novel in Small Moments
Izzy is nervous about her first day of fourth grade, and with new changes at home, there are plenty of reasons for her to feel the butterflies in her stomach. (161 pp.)
J Ain
BauerLittle Cat's Luck
A little cat named Patches leaves her house and sets out to find a special place to call her own. (211 pp.)
J Bauer
Grace has grown up in slavery. As difficult as life on the Virginia plantation is, at least she has her family: Momma, her younger brothers, Thomas and Willy, Aunt Sara, and Uncle Jim. When she overhears Master and Mistress plotting to sell her brothers, she and her family decide to run away that same night. But without time to plan their escape and go north along the Underground Railroad, their only choice is to head deep into the woods of the Dismal Swamp. (345 pp.)
J Burg
CreechLove That Dog
A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem. (86 pp.)
J Creech
Donwerth-ChikamatsuSomewhere Among
Ema's life in Tokyo changes for the worse when she and her American mother, who is pregnant, must move in with her Japanese grandmother the summer before 9/11 changes the world. (441 pp.)
J Donwerth-Chikamatsu
EngleMountain Dog
When his mother goes to prison, Tony learns about unconditional love from his uncle's search-and-rescue dog. (215 pp.)
J Engle
FrostApplesauce Weather
When the first apple falls from the tree, Faith and Peter know that it's applesauce weather, even though Peter is getting a little old for such things. It also means Uncle Arthur should be here to tell his stories, with a twinkle in his eye as he spins tales about how he came to have a missing finger. But this is the first year without Aunt Lucy, and when Uncle Arthur arrives, there's no twinkle to be found and no stories waiting to be told. Faith is certain, though, that with a little love and patience, she and Peter might finally learn the truth about that missing finger. (103 pp.)
J Frost
GreenMacy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess
Dealing with her mother's remarriage to a man with twin daughters and her family's upcoming move, deaf sixth-grader Macy is told that she must help her elderly neighbor Iris Gillan, who is getting ready to move to a nursing home. (234 pp.)
J Green
GrimesGarvey’s Choice
Garvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading--anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey's life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father--by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. (108 pp.)
J Grimes
HavillGrow: A Novel in Verse
Two misfit children and other members of a Minneapolis, Minnesota, neighborhood are brought together by a woman creating a community garden. (159 pp.)
J Havill
LaiInside Out & Back Again
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. (262 pp.)
J Lai
All John cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes and spending time with his best friends at school until his closest friend, Dom, is hospitalized, leaving John and the gang wondering what to do for him. (121 pp.)
J Murphy
RoseMay B.
When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier. (231 pp.)
J Rose
RossBartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind
Bartholomew Biddle's life has always been pretty ordinary, but when a huge wind blows past his window one night, he feels the call of adventure, grabs his bedsheet and starts flying. Soon he's soaring far above his little town, heading wherever the wind takes him. But will he be able to find his way home again? (92 pp.)
J Ross
RussellTofu Quilt
Growing up in 1960s Hong Kong, a young girl dreams of becoming a writer in spite of conventional limits placed on her by society and family. (125 pp.)
J Russell
ShovanThe Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
A story told in verse from multiple perspectives of the graduating fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary. The kids join together to try to save their school from being torn down to make way for a supermarket. (246 pp.)
J Shovan
SpinelliThe Dancing Pancake
Eleven-year-old Belinda "Bindi" Winkler and her family find their way through tough times with the love and support of the community that grows around their newly opened restaurant, "The Dancing Pancake." (248 pp.)
J Spinelli
SternbergLike Pickle Juice on a Cookie
When nine-year-old Eleanor's beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one. (122 pp.)
J Sternberg
WestonPrince Puggly of Spud: and the Kingdom of Spiff
When Prince Puggly attends a ball in the Kingdom of Spiff, he is laughed at by all the Spiffs, except for the Princess of Spiff who helps him teach her fellow Spiffian citizens a lesson. (207 pp.)
J Weston
Imaginative and adventurous Katrina eludes her maniacal guardian to help Morty, a member of a vanishing breed of zorgles, with his quest to uncover the fate of the fabled zorgles of Zorgmazoo as well as of other creatures that seem to have disappeared from the earth. (281 pp.)
J Weston
WissingerGone Fishing: A Novel in Verse
Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms. (120 pp.)
J Wissinger
Zimmer42 Miles
As her thirteenth birthday approaches, JoEllen decides to bring together her two separate lives--one as Joey, who enjoys weekends with her father and other relatives on a farm, and another as Ellen, who lives with her mother in a Cincinnati apartment near her school and friends. (73 pp.)
J Zimmer

Children’s Illustrated Fiction (J Illus.)

Author Title Call Number
Bird, an artistic young African American boy, expresses himself through drawing as he struggles to understand his older brother's drug addiction and death, while a family friend, Uncle Son, provides guidance and understanding. (40 pp.)
J Illus. Elliott
McKissackStitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt
As a young African American girl pieces her first quilt together, the history of her family, community, and the struggle for justice and freedom in Gee's Bend, Alabama unfolds. (40 pp.)
J Illus. McKissack

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