Bridge to Terabithia
This superb Newbery Medal-winning novel by Katherine Paterson tells the story of the blossoming of an unlikely friendship between Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke and its tragic aftermath. Katherine Patterson's graceful intertwining of fantasy and realistic psychology has touched readers ever since the book's 1977 publication and it's also been made into a major motion picture.
Recommended for ages 9 + up.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney has worked as a newspaper designer and computer programmer, and at a number of other occupations. His popular Web comic, which began in 2004, has now made its way to print as a laugh-out-loud "novel in cartoons," adapted from the series.
Recommended for Ages 8-13.
Harry Potter Boxed Set (Books 1-7)
The exciting tales of Harry Potter, the young wizard-in-training, have taken the world by storm, and fans just can't get enough of the magical world of Hogwarts and beyond. If you buy one of the Harry Potter books written by J. K. Rowling, you're going to want to read more. Here are the first 7, in one boxed set.
Stanley Yelnats is under a family curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. Now he's been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes.
Hoot Carl Hiaasen, bestselling author of Basket Case and other hilarious Floridian capers, serves up a high-spirited fight for the environment in his first work aimed at younger audiences. With some suspenseful scenes and lots of humor, this delightful book is quite a hoot. [Ages 9-12]
Magic Tree House Boxed Set: Books 1-28
When they are in the tree house, Jack and Annie only have to say those simple words and the tree house starts to spin, faster and faster. . . . And then, poof!—the kids find themselves flying on the backs of dinosaurs, exploring the surface of the moon, and slipping down the deck of the Titanic.
The 28 adventures are now together in a collectible box that looks just like the magic tree house.
Recommended for ages 5-10.
Peter and the Starcatchers
An orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to save the world from evil. Award-winning authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson tell a wonderful story that precedes J. M. Barrie's classic "Peter Pan."
Recommended for ages 10+up
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The National Book Award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman Alexie ("Resevoir Blues") has based his book on his own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art. It tells the story of the adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
The Book Thief
Australian-born Markus Zusak grew up sitting at the kitchen table, glued to his chair, listening to his mother's tales of her childhood in Nazi Germany. These tales serve as a springboard for his unique and unusual novel about the power of words to both destroy and comfort.
Recommended for Ages 12 and up
The Graveyard Book
This magical and terrifying adventure has been written by the beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman author of the New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline.
Recommended for Ages 10-up.
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins, the author of the middle-grade fantasy series The Underland Chronicles begins anew, exploring a future landscape. Her story is about sixteen-year-old Katniss, who is smart, athletic, and fast. She can take down a rabbit with a bow and arrow, hitting it straight through the eye. Will these skills be enough to survive the Hunger Games?
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Recommended for ages 8-12.
The Mysterious Benedict Society
When a peculiar ad appears in the newspaper: "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete.
The Tale of Despereaux
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. This popular best seller, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering has also been made into a colorful animated movie.
Recommended for ages 7 - 12
The Travel Team
Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court; but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. This basketball novel by New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica is as exciting as any Hollywood sports movie.
Thirteen Reasons Why
This brilliant first novel by Jay Asher is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life.
Recommended for Frade 7 and up
Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer capture the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This stunning set includes three hardcover books, two full-color posters and exclusive tattoos, and makes the perfect gift for fans of this bestselling vampire love story.
Warriors Super Edition: Bluestar's Prophecy (Warriors Series)
In the midst of ThunderClan, a kit is born. According to a prophecy, blue-grey she-cat Bluekit will possess a firelike power that win her a dominant place in her Clan's ranks, but even that gift can not protect her from one swift foe. Erin Hunter is the nom de plume of three British writers who create these animal-centric fantasies in the tradition of Brian Jacques's Redwall books. [Ages 12 up]