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Par Jane Smiley. 2014
Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her…father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life. Followed by "A good horse". Grades 5-8. 2014.
Par Julia Donaldson. 2017
Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a loud voice coming from inside his burrow: "I'm the Giant Jumperee and…I'm scary as can be!" shouts the stranger. Rabbit's friends Cat, Bear, and Elephant come to help, but they're no match for the mysterious, booming voice. But who is the Giant Jumperee? Grades K-3. 2017.
Par Lynne Cherry. 1990
When a man walks into the rain forest and begins to chop down a great kapok tree, all the different…animals that live in the tree try to convince him of the importance of sparing their home. Grades K-3 and older readers. 1990.
Par Roddy Doyle. 2000
The small furry Gigglers' favourite punishment for adults who are unfair to children is to place dog poo in their…path. Now the Gigglers are after Mr. Mack and plan to use his family's dog, Rover (who can talk), to supply the poo. But perhaps they are making a mistake. Grades 2-4. 2000.
Par Roald Dahl. 1985
A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican,…and a monkey. Together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true. Grades 3-6. 1985.
Par Jack Prelutsky. 2002
A collection of rhyming poems set in such places as Tuscaloosa, Tucumcari, and the Grand Canyon. These funny verses are…about people and animals, often doing unusual things, like "Seven snails and seven snakes/ swam around the five Great Lakes." For grades K-3. 2002.
Par Jean Rabe. 2004
Long ago, the Creators established the Finest Court, a race of intelligent, moral horses that names shepherds to secretly guide…and guard the Fallen Favorites. Young Gallant-Stallion, a newly-appointed shepherd, escapes the violent massacre of the prince's wedding party, carrying away 13-year-old Meven, the new prince, and Meven's younger sister, Kalantha. Gallant-Stallion and his charges know that the assassins, directed by an evil avian mastermind, are tracking them, and embark on a series of adventures as they as they try to set things right - and stay alive. For junior and senior high readers. Some descriptions of violence. 2004.
Par Robert Hough. 2001
Par Philip Pullman. 1999
In order to become a master maker of fireworks like her father, Lila runs away to seek royal sulphur from…a sacred volcano. But her father did not reveal all his secrets, and only the timely arrival of her friend Chulak and his white elephant, Hamlet, saves her. Grades 3-6. 1999.
Par Chris D'Lacey. 2005
When college student David Rain rents a room in an unusual boardinghouse full of clay dragons, he has no idea…that they, along with some lively squirrels, will help jumpstart his writing career. Grades 5-8. 2005, c2001.
Par Stephen Reardon. 2007
1886. The winter floods bring to light the remains of a long-dead Icenian warrior. Henry Turner, the son of a…farm bailiff, gifted with an intuitive understanding of their heavy work horses, feels he is unaccountably chosen for a mysterious purpose. Turning his back on the Cambridgeshire village and the future everyone assumes he has with Annie Lilley, Henry Turner is taken on as a groom by a former army officer with an estate in turbulent Ireland and a sinister past. While in the officer's London house, Henry befriends a Sioux Indian with similar gifts to his own. Together they seek to understand the mind of the Icenian warrior as he compels them to fulfil his purpose and, in doing so, discover their own destinies. For junior high and older readers. 2007.
Par Frances Wilbur. 1998
When lonely thirteen-year-old Cassie finds a large white dog in her backyard, she begins to feed him secretly. She does…odd jobs for her neighbours to earn dog-food money. Then she discovers that her pet is really a wolf and determines to save it from capture. Grades 4-7. c1998.
Par Dick King-Smith. 1993
Jack Daw has always loved birds. When his class visits Wildlife Park and he sees an ostrich for the first…time, Jack is fascinated by the huge bird. He steals an ostrich egg marked for snake food. At home he slips his prize under an unsuspecting goose and, forty-one days later, Oliver hatches. Although his surrogate parents are confused by his odd appearance, Oliver soon becomes the pride and joy of his goose mother and Jack. Grades 3-6. 1993.
Par David Zieroth. 2002
The tales that come with growing up on a prairie farm, and then leaving it for the big city, are…recounted. Included are such happenings as a calf getting hit by lightning, a bag of squirming kittens, and the aftershocks of war passed down through the generations. For junior high readers. 2002.
Par José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa. 2010
1551. King Joao III of Portugal gives Archduke Maximilian an elephant named Solomon as a wedding present. Accompanied by the…Archduke, his new wife, and the royal guard, Solomon and his keeper, Subhro, make their way through the storied cities of northern Italy; they brave the Alps and the terrifying Isarco and Brenner Passes; they sail across the Mediterranean Sea and up the Inn River, until at last they make their grand entry into the imperial city. Traversing a continent riven by the Reformation and civil wars, this tale of friendship and adventure is tempered by reflections of the flaws and weaknesses of humanity. 2010. Uniform title: Viagem do elefante.
Par A. A Milne. 2003
Par Eleanor Lowenton Clymer. 1983
Caroline is exploring her new country home when she discovers an old painting of an extraordinary horse. Her whole family…becomes involved in unraveling the mystery of the animal's identity and fascinating history. For grades 4-7. 1983.
Par Daniel Manus Pinkwater. 1999
Par Alexander McCall Smith. 2004
Gathered here is a beguiling selection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold by the best-selling author of The…No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. From animal fables to mysterious forces residing in the landscape, this collection demonstrates the wealth and variety of African folk tales and the particular magic of Africa's spiritual roots. 2004.
Par David Bouchard. 1997
A Chinese fable about the origins of the zodiac. The Great Buddha sends eleven animals and one dragon on a…great race to the gates of the Jade City. The order that they arrive in, not who wins the race, is what becomes important. Grades 2-4. 1997.