—Submitted by Los Gatos Librarian Henry Bankhead
1. Ramona the Pest, Beverly Cleary
Ramona embarks on her first day of kindergarten. It
is supposed to be the greatest day of her life, but Ramona quickly
learns school isn't all fun and games when she doesn't make any friends.
Two orphaned peasant children discover a mysterious pouch, the contents of which lead them to the majestic Castle Corona, where their lives may be transformed forever.
3. The Tale of Desperaux, Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
4. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.
5. Superfudge, Judy Blume
Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother, Fudge.
6. No Talking, Andrew Clements
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.
7. Stuart Little, E.B. White
Stuart Little, the small mouse with the large heart and taste for adventure, sets forth into the world with some mighty big plans: to ride a Fifth Avenue bus; to win a sailboat race in Central Park; and to find his lost friend, the lovely bird Margalo.
8. The Case of the Fiddle-Playing Fox, John Erickson
While working on a mysterious case involving disappearing eggs and a fiddle-playing fox named Frankie, Hank the Cowdog falls for Miss Beulah, the beautiful collie.
9. Matilda, Roald Dahl
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
10. The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.