Check out a set of books for your class or book discussion group.
Sets consist of 20-30 books. They are stored at the Lee Road Library, but can be picked up at any of our branches.
Sets cannot be placed on hold via the online catalog, so please call or stop in to arrange for pickup.
- Al Capone Does My Shirts
Choldenko, Gennifer 2004
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
- At Her Majesty’s Request
Myers, Walter Dean 1999
This is a true story of an orphaned African princess who was taken to England where Queen Victoria took care of her.
- Because of Winn-Dixie
DiCamillo, Kate 2000
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Fla., and all the good things that happen because of her ugly dog Winn Dixie. Newbery Honor Book.
- Belle Prater’s Boy
White, Ruth 1996
When Woodrow’s mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents’ home in a small Virginia town where he befriends his cousin and together they find the strength to face the terrible fears and losses in their lives. Newbery Honor Book.
- The BFG
Dahl, Roald 1982
Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
- Bud, Not Buddy
Curtis, Christopher Paul 1999
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of a man he believes is his father. Newbery Medal Award.
- Catherine, Called Birdy
Cushman, Karen 1994
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English knight keeps a journal in which she expresses her longing for adventure and her efforts to avoid being married off. Newbery Honor Book.
- Charlotte’s Web
White, E. B. 1952
The story of Wilbur, the pig, smallest of the litter, who is raised by the farmer’s daughter, and who finds a friend in Charlotte, the spider. Newbery Honor book.
- The Chocolate Touch
Catling, Patrick Skene 1952
A boy aquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.
- City of Ember
Duprau, Jeanne 2003
In the year 241, Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
Hamilton, Virginia 1990
Cammy is jealous of her “perfect” cousin, Patty Ann, until tragedy strikes and fills her with guilt.
- Dead End in Norvelt
Gantos, Jack 2011
Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore.
- Ella Enchanted
Levine, Gail Carson 1997
In this novel based on Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. Newbery Honor Book.
Van Draanen, Wendelin 2001
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
- The Friendship
Taylor, Mildred D. 1987
Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s.
Clements, Andrew 1996
When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allan invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
- Gregor the Overlander
Collins, Suzanne 2003
When Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
- Half Magic
Eager, Edward 1954
Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes, but only halfway. The summer quickly changes from boring to exciting for her and her brother and sisters, as they are thrust into one adventure after another.
Paulsen, Gary 1987
After a plane crash, Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, surviving only with the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother. Newbery Honor book.
Sachar, Louis 1998
At Camp Green Lake, a boys’ detention center, the boys build character by spending all day, every day, digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. What could the warden be looking for under the dried-up lake? Newbery Medal Award.
Hiaasen, Carl 2002
New to Florida, Roy spots the running boy–running away from the school bus, carrying no books and wearing no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail, which leads him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, and a renegade eco-avenger. Newbery Honor Book.
- The Hundred Dresses
Estes, Eleanor 1944
An immigrant girl in an American school is ridiculed for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. When she tells her classmates that she has one hundred dresses at home, she unwittingly triggers a game of teasing that eventually ends in a lesson for all. Newbery Honor Book.
- Island of the Blue Dolphins
O’Dell, Scott 1960
Accidentally left alone on an isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years surviving and finding a measure of happiness in a solitary life. Newbery Medal Award.
- Johnny Tremain
Forbes, Esther 1971
A silversmith’s apprentice becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. Newbery Medal Award.
- Letters from Rifka
Hesse, Karen 1992
In letters to her cousins, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from 1919 Russia and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others migrate to America.
- The Lightning Thief
Riordan, Rick 2005
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea.
- A Long Way from Chicago
Peck, Richard 1998
A boy recounts his annual summer trips with his sister to rural Illinois during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. Newbery Honor Book.
- Maniac Magee
Spinelli, Jerry 1990
After the death of his parents, Magee’s life assumes legendary proportions, as he accomplishes astounding athletic feats which awe his contemporaries. Newbery Medal Award.
- Missing May
Rylant, Cynthia 1992
After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her Uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living. Newbery Medal Award.
- Mississippi Bridge
Taylor, Mildred D. 1990
In this pre-Civil Rights era story, a bus careens off a bridge, killing all of the white passengers, after an African-American family is ordered off the bus to make room for them.
- More Stories Julian Tells
Cameron, Ann 1986
More episodes in the life of Julian including a bet with his best friend Gloria, a secret project, and what happens when his brother Huey decides to be Superboy.
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Atwater, Richard 1938
The unexpected delivery of a large crate changes the life of Mr. Popper. Newbery Honor Book.
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
O’Brien, Robert C. 1971
Having no one to help her, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long-lived. Newbery Medal Award.
- My Side of the Mountain
George, Jean Craighead 1972
Finding a tree for a home and a falcon for a companion, Sam runs away to live in the woods of the Catskill Mountains.
- On My Honor
Bauer, Marion Dane 1986
When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience. Newbery Honor Book.
- Our Only May Amelia
Holm, Jennifer L. 1999
As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.
- Out of the Dust
Hesse, Karen 1997
Fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. Newbery Medal Award.
- Ramona the Pest
Cleary, Beverly 2006
Ramona works hard at being noticed in kindergarten.
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Taylor, Mildred D. 1976
A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand. Newbery Medal Award.
- Rules of the Road
Bauer, Joan 1998
Jenna Boller wishes there were as many warning signs on the highway of life as there are on the highways she drives from Chicago to Texas with her cranky shoestore-owning boss, Mrs. Gladstone.
- Sarah, Plain and Tall
MacLachlan, Patricia 1985
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come and live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. Newbery Medal Award.
Fleischman, Paul 1997
One by one a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden. In doing so, the gardeners themselves are transformed.
- Sees Behind Trees
Dorris, Michael 1996
A Native American boy with a special gift to “see” beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mysterious beauty.
- Shadow Spinner
Fletcher, Susan 1998
When Marjan, a thirteen-year-old crippled girl, joins the sultan’s harem in ancient Persia, she gathers for Scheherazade the stories that will save the queen’s life.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds 1991
When he finds a beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a man known to mistreat dogs. Newbery Medal Award.
- Stone Fox
Gardiner, John Reynolds 1980
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
- The Tale of Despereaux
DiCamillo, Kate 2003
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. Newbery Medal Award.
- The Talented Clementine
Pennypacker, Sara 2007
Eight-year-old Clementine, convinced that she has no talents, tries to find a way to avoid participating in the class talent show.
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Blume, Judy 1972
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.
- True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Charlotte, the lone “young lady” on a ship in 1832, learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious. Newbery Honor Book.
- Tuck Everlasting
Babbitt, Natalie 1975
A spring whose water prevents one from ever growing old is the secret of the Tuck family.
- The View from Saturday
Konigsburg, E. L. 1996
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who selects them to represent their sixth grade in the Academic Bowl competition. Newbery Medal Award.
- Walk Two Moons
Creech, Sharon 1994
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. Sal knows this journey is the only chance to reunite her family. Newbery Medal Award.
- The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Curtis, Christopher Paul 1995
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma, in Alabama, in the summer of 1963. Newbery Honor Book.
- The Westing Game
Raskin, Ellen 1978
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. Newbery Honor Book.
- The Whipping Boy
Fleischman, Sid 1986
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. Newbery Medal Winner.
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Speare, Elizabeth George 1958
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft. Newbery Medal Award.
- A Wrinkle in Time
L’Engle, Madeleine 1962
Meg Murry travels into the fifth dimension with her younger brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin to find her father, a scientist who disappeared during a top secret government experiment. Newbery Medal Award.