J FICTION (Grades 3-6)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Sixth-grader Dwight creates an origami finger puppet that looks like Yoda. Dwight talks to his classmates with the puppet, and everyone is surprised by Origami Yoda’s wisdom. 141 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Origami Yoda series.)
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
Henry finds Ribsy, a skinny dog who looks like he needs a home, and then his adventures begin. 155 pgs. (Look for other titles featuring Henry.)
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
Sixth-grader Greg, who has always been good at moneymaking projects, teams up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school. 222 pgs. (Look for other titles by this author.)
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor
Owen catches the biggest bullfrog in Carter, Georgia, but releases it because the frog isn’t happy. After a small submarine falls off of a train, Owen and his friends use it to search for the frog. What will happen when his nosy neighbor Viola finds out about the submarine? 168 pgs.
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
Smart-aleck Nate manages to get detentions from all of his middle school teachers on the same day. This book is a combination of chapter book and graphic novel format. 214 pgs. (Look for other titles featuring Big Nate.)
Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford
After ten-year-old Newt dresses in an assortment of clothes for Halloween, he discovers that he has constructed the costume for Captain Nobody, hero of the day! Can Captain Nobody help his older brother who is in a coma after a car accident? 195 pgs.
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Two boys try to prove that worms can make a delicious meal. Can Billy eat 15 worms in 15 days? 115 pgs.
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald Sobol
Fifth-grader “Encyclopedia” Leroy Brown solves a series of ten mysteries. The solutions are at the back of the book, challenging readers to use their own sleuthing skills. 88 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Encyclopedia Brown series.)
Oggie Cooder by Sarah Weeks
Fourth-grader Oggie Cooder doesn’t fit in at school. His teachers describe him as quirky, and his classmates think he’s weird. When Oggie proves to have an unusual talent, he’s suddenly the star of the school. 172 pgs. (Also look for the sequel: Oggie Cooder, Party Animal.)
Niagara Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler
Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are preparing for a magic show when Hank's creative English assignment causes big trouble. With Hank in detention and grounded for the week, will the show go on? 133 pgs. (Look for other titles by in the Hank Zipzer series.)