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Sounder
Sounder

by William H. Armstrong (1969)

 


Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself
Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself

by Judy Blume (1977)

 


Sixth grade
              style queen (Not!) Sixth grade style queen (Not!)

by Sherryl Clark (2007)


Love that dog Love that dog

by Sharon Creech (2001)

First book in the Love that dog series


The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963
The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)

 


The
              miraculous journey of Edward Tulane
The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane

by Kate DiCamillo (2006)

 


Because of
              Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo (2000)

 


Mockingbird
Mockingbird

by Kathryn Erskine (2010)

 


War game
War game

by Michael Foreman (1989)

 


The snow goose
The snow goose

by Paul Gallico (1940)

 


Pictures
              of Hollis Woods
Pictures of Hollis Woods

by Patricia Reilly Giff (2002)

 


Old Yeller
Old Yeller

by Fred Gipson (1956)

First book in the Old Yeller series


Once
Once

by Morris Gleitzman (2005)

First book in the Felix and Zelda series


Two weeks
              with the queen
Two weeks with the queen

by Morris Gleitzman (1989)

 


Summer of my
              German soldier
Summer of my German soldier

by Bette Greene (1973)

First book in the Summer of my German soldier series


The silver
              donkey
The silver donkey

by Sonya Hartnett (2004)

 


The endless
              steppe
The endless steppe

by Esther Hautzig (1968)

 


Out of the dust
Out of the dust

by Karen Hesse (1997)

 


See you at Harry's
See you at Harry's

by Jo Knowles (2012)

 


Love, Aubrey
Love, Aubrey

by Suzanne LaFleur (2009)

 


Chinese Cinderella
Chinese Cinderella

by Adeline Yen Mah (1999)

 


A corner of the universe
A corner of the universe

by Ann M. Martin (2002)

 


Lexiland
Lexiland

by Suzi Moore (2013)

 


Born to run
Born to run

by
Michael Morpurgo (2007)

 


War horse
War horse

by Michael Morpurgo (1982)

First book in the War horse series


Ties that
              bind, ties that break
Ties that bind, ties that break

by Lensey Namioka (1999)

 


Call me hope
Call me hope

by Gretchen Olson (2007)

 


Wonder
Wonder

by R.J. Palacio (2012)

First book in the Wonder series


Bridge to
              Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson (1977)

 


Black Beauty
Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell (1877)

 


Let me whisper
              you my story
Let me whisper you my story

by Moya Simons (2010)

 


Roll of
              thunder, hear my cry
Roll of thunder, hear my cry

by Mildred D. Taylor (1976)

Second book in The Logan family saga series
Can be read & loved without having read any previous books in this series


Storm boy
Storm boy

by Colin
Thiele (1963)

 


Cookie
Cookie

by Jacqueline Wilson (2008)

 


Vicky angel
Vicky angel

by Jacqueline Wilson (2000)

 



If you want more


What
              every girl except me knows
What every girl except me knows

by Nora Raleigh Baskin (2001)

  


Kezzie
Kezzie

by
Theresa Breslin (1993)

First book in the Kezzie series


Lily's
              crossing
Lily's crossing

by Patricia Reilly Giff (1997)

First book in the Lily's crossing series


When
              friendship followed me home
When friendship followed me home

by Paul Griffin (2016)

 


Onion tears
Onion tears

by Diana Kidd (1989)

 


Dear Olly
Dear Olly

by Michael Morpurgo (2000)

 


Dandelion
              clocks
Dandelion clocks

by Rebecca Westcott (2014)

 


The story
              of Tracy Beaker
The story of Tracy Beaker

by Jacqueline Wilson (1991)

First book in the Tracy Beaker series



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