Book List:126 titles
  • A heart-wrenching novel in verse about a poor girl surviving the Irish Land Wars, by a two-time Newbery Honor-winning author.For Anna, the family farm has always been home... But now, things are changing. Anna's mother has died, and her older sibling...


  • A boy and girl must survive on their own on a remote Japanese-occupied island during World War II. Fans of Hatchet and Julie of the Wolves will be riveted by the story of 11-year-old Izzy and 14-year-old Matt who are left alone on an Alaskan island w...


  • Thirteen-year-old American girl Genevieve has spent the summer of 1939 at her grandmother’s farm in Alsace, France. Then she makes an impulsive choice: to stay in France. It proves to be a dangerous decision. World War II erupts. The Nazis conquer ...


  • Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff writes a tender, timeless story about a girl who stopped speaking long ago, and how she finds her way back to her voice. For fans of Listening for Lucca, Fish in a Tree, The Rules, and Mockingbird. ...


  • Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff tells a vivid, contemporary story about a remarkable boy who risks everything for his family and a bold girl who helps him. At home in Mexico, Mateo knows where he belongs: with Mami, Abuelita, little...


  • Two-time-Newberry-Honor-winner Patricia Reilly Giff’s Hunter Moran hunts for a long-buried treasure―tearing up the town and getting into some tight spots in the process in a humorous and heartwarming third book about Hunter. A companion to "Hunte...


  • Girls will adore two-time Newbery Honoree Pat Reilly Giff's sweet, funny picture book adventure about a spirited little girl, her irrepressible dog, and her new doll! Patti Cake has a new doll. Her name is On Sale. She's afraid of the dark--just...


  • Sirens! A scary sound, especially to Siria, whose brave pop is a firefighter. Siria loves everyone at Pop's city firehouse. She also loves to study the stars. Her mother named her after the brightest start in the winter sky. When Siria hears...


  • When Hunter and his twin brother, Zack, hear from Sarah Yulefski that there is going to be a kidnapping in Newfield, they are on high alert. But the most shocking news is yet to come: they figure out that Steadman, their younger brother, is the kidna...






  • Jilli and Jim solve the mystery of the monster in their garden in the third book in the endearing new chapter book series by two-time Newbery Honor Book author Patricia Reilly Giff. It is time to plant a vegetable garden! Best friends Jilli and J...


  • The Zigzag Zebras have been challenged by the Timpanzi School Tigers to a race. They'll have to practice hard. Too bad Gina is a better opera singer than a runner. Ramon has them running all over -- in the schoolyard, down Stone Street, back into the...


  • It's 1944, W.W. II is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But right before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna a secre...


  • The endearing new chapter book series by two-time Newbery Honor Book author Patricia Reilly Giff. There's a blizzard outside and Jilli is curled up with a good book. As she reads about the Sneaky Arctic Snow Fox to her dog, Fiercely, the winds beg...


  • harlie has lots of ideas. Need something to go sky high? Ah-ha! The zinger-winger! Need to launch a cheese popper into soup? The amazing popper-upper! But the zinger-winger zings more than wings and the popper-upper plops. Charlie isn't allowed to in...


  • Twins Hunter and Zack have a small problem to solve: they must save their town from a diabolical dentist who is planning to blow it to smithereens. But first they have to hold a funeral for an incriminating report card before it breaks their mother's...


  • This week the kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center are being creative, and trying new things. But that's not so easy for Destiny. All of her ideas turn into disasters -- until she finds out what a good poet she is. The sixth book in award-winning...


  • An endearing new chapter book series by two-time Newbery Honor author of the bestselling Polk Street series. Jilli and Jim are best of friends. But today, Jim has some news. Something scary is happening next door. Workmen are building something th...


  • Mitchell really doesn't want to go camping with the other kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center. Sleeping in the woods with creepy crawly things, coyotes, and bears? Yikes! But his best friend Habib is going, and it's Mitchell's birthday that weekend. ...


  • Rachel, Cassie, and Joey live in the city with their Pop, until Pop's search for work lands the family on a run down farm. Dreamy Rachel loves to read, and doesn't know much about the country. Times are hard there, too -- the school and library are c...


  • In the fourth book in the Zigzag Kids series, it's showtime at the Zelda A. Zigzag Afternoon Center. Gina loves to sing and she's determined to be the star of the play. She's already told everybody she knows to come see her. But her friend Destiny w...


  • When Charlie hears that special buzz in his head, he knows it means one thing: an idea for a new invention. But Charlie's ideas tend to backfire -- such as the flying feet that don't really fly. If only Charlie could make his inventions work, people ...


  • Elizabeth is drawn into a dramatic story from the American Revolution when she discovers a portrait of her ancestor, a girl called Zee, who has a striking resemblance to Elizabeth. The girls' lives intertwine and Elizabeth's present-day story alterna...


  • The author of the beloved Kids of the Polk Street School series introduces a new generation of readers to a multicultural group of kids who enjoy all the activities of an after-school center. It's Discovery Week at the Zigzag Afternoon Center! Eve...


  • The author of the beloved Kids of the Polk Street School series introduces a new generation of readers to a multicultural group of kids who enjoy all the activities of an after-school center. I'M #1! That's what Mitchell McCabe's favorite T-shirt...


  • A contemporary and irresistible story from Patricia Reilly Giff Lidie lives in Jales, Brazil, where she's free to ride, to be a wild girl, and to dream of going to live with her father and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Finally Lidie is ...




  • Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack's room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He's desperate to find out who he ...


  • Brooklyn, 1875: Bird Mallon lives on Water Street where you can see the huge towers of the bridge to Manhattan being built. Bird wants nothing more in life than to be brave enough to be a healer, like her mother, Nory, to help her sister Annie find l...






  • Meggie Dillon's life has been turned upside down by World War II. Meggie's father has announced that they must help the war effort andmove to Willow Run, Michigan, where he'll work nights in a factory building important war planes that will help figh...


  • SEWING! NO ONE could hate it more than Dina Kirk. Endless tiny stitches, button holes, darts. Since she was tiny, she’s worked in her family’s dressmaking business, where the sewing machine is a cranky member of the family.When 13-year-old Dina l...


  • Hollis Woods is the place where a baby was abandoned is the baby's name is an artist is now a twelve-year-old girl who's been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. Hollis Woods is a mountain of trouble. She runs away even from the...


  • We will dance on the cliffs of Brooklyn.Maggie’s Door is the story of the journey from Ireland to America told by both Nory and her neighbor and friend Sean Red Mallon, two different stories with the same destination—the home of Nory’s sister M...


  • It’s August 1941, and Brick and Mariel both love the Brooklyn Dodgers. Brick listens to their games on the radio in Windy Hill, in upstate New York, where his family has an apple orchard; Mariel, once a polio patient in the hospital in Windy Hill, ...


  • Tired of being compared with her popular older sister, Casey decides she will make herself over in Fourth-Grade Celebrity.In The Girl Who Knew It All, Casey visits her pal Tracy, a know-it-all with a guilty secret: She can't read....


  • Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff tells the story of how a remarkable girl and her family face the Irish Famine in this riveting and unforgettable new novel. Nory Ryan's family has lived on Maidin Bay on the west coast of Ireland f...


  • Max was a drop-in. He dropped into my life one summer day, nearly killing himself doing it. He was all skin and bones and filthy, all meow, with a look that said, "How about a handout? I'll take anything." None of Minnie's money-making ideas have ...


  • From the creator of the best-selling Kids of the Polk Street School series comes The Adventures of Minnie and Max, a new series about a spunky female detective and her trusty feline sidekick, Max. In Mary Moon Is Missing, Minnie and her cat Max are o...


  • Philadelphia fun! Richard "Beast" Best and the kids in Ms. Rooney's class are off to see the Liberty Bell, the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin's inventions, and historic places where American colonists met and decided to start a new co...



  • Rosie is thrilled when Miss Deirdre chooses Cinderella as the class ballet. Rosie knows the performance will make the perfect birthday present for her grandfather. But he's planning to go to England Can Rosie convince him to stay?"Fans of Giff's 'Ki...



  • Bright lights, big city--Ms. Rooney's class is heading for NYC They'll see dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History and they'll visit the Bronx Zoo, the Statue of Liberty, and many more sights. They'll even be in a Flag Day parade. Ms. Ro...


  • Facing a long summer without ballet classes, Rosie decides to stage her own performance of Swan Lake, in which she will star, but someone else's identical plans threaten to overshadow her production. Reprint....


  • As in past years, Lily will spend the summer in Rockaway, in her family's summer house by the Atlantic Ocean. But this summer of 1944, World War II has changed everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, has moved to a wartime factory town, and, m...


  • Rosie is thrilled that her class is performing The Sleeping Beauty, but things aren't turning out quite right. Rosie is stuck with her least favorite part, the scenery isn't built, and there's no one to play the part of the prince. Mean- while, it's ...




  • Training his dog, Lucky, during a boring summer, Ronald hopes that his new neighbor will be a boy his age and a fellow dog lover, and he is disgusted when the neighbor turns out to be a girl who loves cats. Reprint....







  • The whole neighborhood is preparing for a street festival to raise money for a new pool. Benjamin Bean can hardly wait. It's going to be a fantastic fiesta with dancing from Columbia, food from Equador, and music from Mexico.  Even getting ready is...


  • Attending an art show with artist Sen+a1ora Sanchez, where she is featured in one of the artist's paintings, Sarah is dismayed when Sen+a1ora Sanchez's dog runs away in the middle of everything, setting off a search through New York City. Original....


  • Accidentally trampling Mrs. Alonzo's prize garden, Richard "Beast" Best and Emily Arrow find themselves in a heap of trouble when Mrs. Alonzo offers a big reward for the names of the responsible culprits. ...


  • Sarah Cole cannot wait for the birthday of her best friend, Anna Ortiz, and is busy planning a special surprise party, but her plans are threatened when her mother goes off on a trip and their baby-sitter, Sen+a1ora Sanchez, speaks very little Englis...


  • Christmas look pretty bleak for Benjamin Bean until he meets his new neighbor, Sen+a1ora from Ecuador, who is trying to learn English, in an easy-to-read tale that offers nine simple Spanish lessons. Original....


  • Caramba! Sarah Cole can't believe it. Benjamin  Bean has wrecked her whole weekend. In front of the  whole class, he told Mrs. Halfpenny that Sarah  would do a report on Columbus with him. But Sarah  doesn't know one thing about Columbus. Now...


  • Saying goodbye for the summer to her Spanish friend, Anna, who is going away on vacation, Sarah plans to use a special library book to learn Spanish, but her plans are thwarted when the book is inadvertently left locked in Anna's house. Original....



  • The Polk Street kids run into plenty of surprises on a two-day class trip to the nation's capital and all its sites, complete with two maps and a children's guide to museums, monuments, and other Washington attractions. Original....


  • It's going to be a great Thanksgiving week! Ms. Rooney's class is having a special feast and competing in a Good Neighbors Contest. But for Emily Arrow lots more is going on: Her mother is going to have a baby very soon. Everything would be perfect i...


  • When his neighbor J. P. informs new student Matthew Jackson that the kids in their class are terrible and the teacher is known as The Shark, Matthew dreads beginning school and must tackle a difficult assignment. Reprint....


  • In honor of Polk Street School's Postcard Day, Ms. Rooney's class plans a special tour of the post office during which they will mail postcards to children all over the U.S., but Emily Arrow's trip does not go as she had planned. Original....





  • Michelle Swoop is elated that the Lincoln Lions Band has been invited to be in the huge St. Patrick's Day parade, a nationally televised event, until she sees the ugly uniforms that the band will have to wear. Original....


  • Although he is certain that he could win a prize with his own drum solo in the upcoming Simson City Valentine's Day competition, Willie Roberts is torn when his pals beg him to join their terrible act. Original....




  • It's time to bring out the costumes, makeup, and props and start rehearsing. Now you can not only read about your favorite Polk Street characters, you can act out the stories In plays. Show Time at the Polk Street School Includes three plays based on...


  • Pa-dum. Pa-dum. Pa-dum. There's going to be a marching band at the Lincoln School! Drums...fifes...new uniforms...parades! Chrissie Tripp is going to sing right up. She just knows she'll make a great band kid. She's so sure, she tells her new friend,...




  • Oh, no! Mother's Day is almost here and Emily Arrow's plans are a mess. She can't think of a good present. Even the marigold she planted at school won't grow. How can she give her mother an old milk carton full of dirt? Luckily Emily gets the best...



  • It's springtime and it’s almost Richard "Beast" Best's birthday. His sister, Holly, is even giving him a surprise party. Or so he thinks. But what will she do when she finds out that Beast has squashed her egg-carton jewelry box? Meanwhile, Beas...




  • Halloween should be fun, but Beast is in big trouble. He was working really hard on his spelling homework when Ms. Rooney read The Halloween Horror to the class. Then she told the students to write to the author. "Say anything," Matthew sugge...


  • Help! Someone's a thief. It's a hot summer day at the beach. The sand is crammed with bodies. Arno the killer kindergarten kid is building an apartment complex on his mother's feet. Somewhere a teenager is screaming. Who has stolen Gladys-Mindy's ...


  • Oh, no! Arno the killer kindergarten kid is back. And Dawn Bosco's grandmother is his baby-sitter. How will Dawn and Jill ever have fun at the zoo with him along?Luckily, Dawn. the Polka Dot Private Eye, finds a mystery to solve. Someone has lost a n...


    • 1990
    • / General Fiction
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    Matthew can't understand why his family had to leave New York and the Polk Street School for Ohio, but he knows he hates it. His new room -- an unfinished attic -- is awfully far away from everyone else. And no one has seen Barney since they started ...



  • "Help Us Find Treasure" Dawn Bosco can't wait! Her camp counselor, Miss Perry, has just handed out clues for a treasure hunt. Dawn's itching to put on her Polka Dot Private Eye hat and find the hidden treasure. But her friend Lizzie Lee's hot on the ...


  • Dawn Bosco's on her way to summer camp. She can't wait for the fun to begin, but when her shell mirror and a favorite pin disappear, it's time for the Polka Dot Private Eye to investigate.Dawn's sure one of the kids from the Coolidge School--a Cool-I...


  • Poopsie Pomerantz is sure that ballet lessons will make her slim and graceful. But her friend Tracy Matson makes fun of Poopsie's efforts, saying there's no hope for chubby Poopsie. Tracy is surprised when Poopsie announces she's getting the starring...


  • "Don't look," Mrs. Zachary said. "I want it to be a surprise." Stacy's thrilled to see the class's baby pictures go up on the bulletin board -- until Twana spoils the day by saying Stacy's picture looks like a hippopotamus. Now Mrs. Zachary says sh...


  • "You never help people," Jiwon says. Her friend is right. Stacy can't remember the last time she'd helped anyone! Now Mrs. Zachary wants her class to be people-helpers and prepare a Spectacular Stone Soup together. Stacy works hard to be helpful, b...


  • That's what Stacy thinks the new girl Annie is.  And having to be Annie's partner in class is  horrible too. Annie stores her snack in the wrong place,  and she has no front teeth. Her whistling scares  away the birds outdoors. Annie just doe...


  • "Hurry," Mrs. Zachary said. "We're going to do something exciting." Stacy can't wait to start her new class project, making an "About-Me" box. Into it will go special things that she likes. Jiwon's putting a scrap of her old baby dress in her Ab...


  • " Little kids don't go to jail." At least Stacy's hoping they don't It's not easy to be good all the time. Stacy just had to try on the beautiful gold shoes her friend Jiwon brought to school to sell in the class store. Now the shoes are lost, and i...


  • Stacy Arrow's first day of school isn't going well at all. She was only trying to help when she told Jiwon, the girl with the black hair, that her drawing of herself looked like a cow. And she didn't mean to scare her with stories about man-eating sn...


  • Ronald is an awkward but enthusiastic baseball beginner who is grateful to be on the team. Initially discouraged because he cannot hit the ball, Ronald eventually discovers his error . . . and he starts to improve. . . . The colorful, expressive illu...



  • Dawn Bosco freezes in horror as her cat Powder Puff jumps out of her arms and into a car. Before Dawn can stop it, the car drives away. Poor Powder Puff!This is a job for Dawn, the Polka Dot Private Eye--and she's ready. The only clues she has, she t...


  • Youthful sleuth Abby Jones finds her investigation complicated by an unlikely prime suspect, the mysterious Tootsie Tanner and her disappearing twin, Tillie, a rumor of a runaway, and a terrifying baby-sitting job...



  • Emily Arrow's blue ring is missing. What could have happened to it? Dawn Bosco knows the whole class thinks she stole it, just because she borrowed Emily's unicorn once. But that was weeks ago.With the detective kit her grandmother has given her -- a...


  • "Milk, Bread, Cheese, Food For Angel " reads the shopping list inside the shiny red purse Dawn Bosco finds in the school yard. Also inside is some sandy grit that looks like cracker crumbs and seventeen cents. This is Dawn's chance to solve anoth...



  • Casey Valentine can't wait for the new school year to begin. She's sure she will be elected president for the second year in a row. And the best news is that her good friend Tracy Matson is moving to Casey's town. They'll be in fifth grade together!B...


  • It's August, and Emily has big plans at the library. She's going to read lots of books and tack a paper fish next to her name for each one. Then Dawn Bosco says she can read more books than Emily. Not only that, both Emily and Dawn want to keep Pickl...


  • Summertime. It's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Richard "Beast" Best and Matthew Jackson can't wait to dive into Emily Arrow's cool blue pool. But when they get there, Mrs. Arrow tells them that Emily has gone off to summer school. Summ...




  • Hurray, it's June The last month of school Emily Arrow and the other children in Ms. Rooney's room are excited about the class picnic at the park. Mrs. Stewart, the student teacher, is even going to take class pictures. But Emily's worried. She wan...


  • What's worse than a blue Monday? For Richard "Beast" Best, it's a purple Monday spent climbing a fat brown rope with fat brown knots. Beast wishes he could climb up that rope like Emily Arrow and Matthew Jackson. Just looking at it hanging down fr...


  • April is invention month. "We're going tomake our own inventions," says Ms. Rooney, "andwork together ingroups." Though Emily Arrow knows it's important for eachgroup to think, listen, and share, she still wishesshe were the leader of her inventio...


  • R-O-A-R! The March wind sounds like a gigantic lion. Richard "Beast" Best thinks March is the worst month of the whole year. Mr. Mancina, the principal, has reminded him it's almost time for report cards. If he doesn't get good grades, he might be l...


  • It's the first day back to school after winter vacation, and Richard Best is off to a bad start. Who ever heard of a January without any snow? And as usual, he has already forgotten something--the ruler Ms. Rooney had told him to bring for dinosaur d...


  • February is fun. It's time for everyone in Ms. Rooney's room to make cards for the Valentine box. Emily Arrow couldn't be happier when Dawn Bosco gives her some colored stars to decorate her cards. She plans to make a special one for Ms. Vincent, ...


  • December is a time for gift giving. This month everyone in Ms. Rooney's room has chosen a special person to be kind to. All the kids are happy with their secret friends except Emily Arrow. Because she was the last one to pick, Emily is stuck with fat...


  • It's almost Thanksgiving, and Richard Best can't stop thinking about Ms. Rooney's Candy Corn contest. Whoever can guess the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar on Ms. Rooney's desk gets to keep them all. The only problem is Richard h...


  • It's September again. What does it mean for Richard "Beast" Best to be left back? It means being teased by his old friends while he's stuck facing the same old teacher in the same old classroom. He even has to take a special reading class with "babi...



  • Emily Arrow may be a poor reader, but she's terrific in math and is also the fastest runner in her class. In October school gets even better when a newcomer from Florida, Dawn Tiffanie Bosco, joins the class and sits next to her. When Emily sees tha...





    • 1982
    • / General Fiction
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    Grace O'Malley is doing just fine taking care of her father and her youngest sister, Amy. She certainly doesn't want her cousin Fiona from Ireland to move in and take over. Grace has enough to worry about, what with Amy's diabetes and her own problem...



  • With a memo book full of notes, junior detective Abby Jones and her pal Potsie piece together confusing clues and soon they are trying to unravel more than one mystery. Squeezing through windows, sneaking onto subways, and slithering into an empty...


  • What is Walter Moles to do? A budding ecologist,  he'd rather pick up bugs with his pooter than  field baseballs. But the honor of the fourth grade is  at stake because the fifth grade had challenged it  to a baseball game.In the  excitemen...



  • It looks like a lonely summer ahead for Tracy Matson. She's the only girl her age in the small town of High Flats. And Leroy Wilson, the only boy, thinks she's a know-it-all, even after Tracy tries to make friends by giving him a chocolate-icing-on-r...


    • 1979
    • / General Fiction
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    Meet Casey, Tracy, and Company--full of laughs, surprises, and adventures--friends forever! Casey Valentine thinks she has about as much style as a lump of vanilla pudding. She's also sick of being compared to her popular older sister, Van. But this...