Animal Fiction for Grades 6-8

This list features recommended novels in which the animals act like real animals. For fantasies about animals, please see the Animal Fantasy list. Additional animal stories may be listed with Classics. All these stories can be found in Youth (Y) Fiction. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AngusSoldier Dog
A young boy survives World War I with the help of his dog. (249 pp.)
Y Angus
BarrowSaving Zasha
Mikhail and his family risk charges of treason to keep their dog, Zasha. (229 pp.)
Y Barrow
CorcoranWolf at the Door
Living in the shadow of her beautiful and talented younger sister, Lee cares for a wolf pack that needs protection from cattle ranchers. (194 pp.)
Y Corcoran
DinersteinA Circle of Elephants
Nanda Singh, elephant driver, enjoys a special relationship with his tusker, Hira Prashad. (266 pp.)
Y Dinerstein
FlemingThe Goat
Kid and her family move to a building with eccentric residents, including a goat that lives on the roof. (155 pp.)
Y Fleming
GarlickStorm Horse
Flip lives a lonely life on an island--until he rescues a horse and discovers a purpose. (242 pp.)
Y Garlick
GeorgeJulie of the Wolves
A thirteen-year-old Inuit girl escaping a forced marriage is befriended by a wolf pack. (226 pp.)
Y George
GibbsBelly Up
Teddy the zoo sleuth investigates the murder of Henry the hippopotamus. (294 pp.)
Y Gibbs
HeidickerScary Stories for Young Foxes
A group of fox kits attempts to survive in an unforgiving wilderness. (314 pp.)
Y Heidicker
Roy helps save a colony of owls who live at a proposed construction site. (292 pp.)
Y Hiaasen
KadohataCracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam
A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog. (312 pp.)
Y Kadohata
KimmelLegend of Ghost Dog
Tee investigates tales of a ghostly animal that haunts the Alaskan wilderness. (200 pp.)
Y Kimmel
Griffin Bing and his band of misfits make a plan to rescue mistreated zoo animals. (230 pp.)
Y Korman
LesterThe Snow Pony
Dusty finds consolation in hard times from her wild and beautiful horse. (230 pp.)
Y Lester
LondonCall of the Wild
After he is stolen from his human family, Buck learns to adapt to new situations. (110 pp.)
Y London
NowraInto That Forest
After surviving a flood and living among tigers in the wild, two girls must try to readjust to human life. (153 pp.)
Y Nowra
When a newborn bat is separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys. (217 pp.)
Y Oppel
PaulsenRoad Trip
A father and son embark on a road trip to save a homeless border collie. (114 pp.)
Y Paulsen
PyronThe Dogs of Winter
Ivan escapes his abusive family in Moscow and finds protection in a dog pack. (312 pp.)
Y Pyron
RawlsSummer of the Monkeys
There is a handsome reward for anyone who can catch the tree full of monkeys on the riverfront. (239 pp.)
Y Rawls
ReisfeldWhat the Dog Said
After their father dies, Grace and her sister navigate grief by training a service dog. (239 pp.)
Y Reisfeld
SmileyThe Georges and the Jewels
The first in a series about Abby Lovitt, who lives on a California horse ranch. (232 pp.)
Y Smiley
St. JohnThe White Giraffe
Martine uses courage, intelligence, and a gift for healing to save a rare white giraffe. (180 pp.)
Y St. John
WaltersElephant Secret
Sam and her father scrape by caring for rescued elephants until an amazing offer comes through. (345 pp.)
Y Walters
WedekindA Horse of Her Own
Jane, who cares for the horses of rich girls at Sunny Acres farm, helps train a beautiful but skittish new horse. (275 pp.)
Y Wedekind
YoungFinny and the Boy from Horse Mountain
With the help of an injured runaway boy, Finny learns how to train the old, neglected horse she's just acquired. (307 pp.)
Y Young

Last Updated: 11/19


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