Recommended Reads

Here’s a compilation of some of my favorites by subject. Since it’s often hard to find books that appeal to boys, an asterisk means the book would appeal to boys or has a male protagonist.  If I have done a review of the book, you can click on the title to go to my review.


Historical Fiction
Shakespeare's Stealer by Gary Blackwood (Elizabethan England)*

Will Sparrow by Karen Cushman (Elizabethan England)*

Curiosity by Gary Blackwood (1835 America)*

May B by Caroline Starr Rose (a novel-in-verse about pioneer life)

The Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen (American Revolutionary War)

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis (1901 Canada)*

Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse (Jewish Russian immigrant 1919)

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor (racism in 1930s South)

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper (racism in 1930s)

Odin's Promise by Sandy Brehl (Norway—Nazi occupation)

The Orphan and the Mouse by Martha Freeman  (1940s)

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis*

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood (1960s South)

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (1960s integration)

Books about Kids with Disabilities

Paperboy by Vince Vawter (stuttering)*

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (cerebral palsy)

My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt (main characters’ parents are “slow”)

Contemporaries and/or Literary Novels

All Four Stars by Tara Daimon

The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson

Blue Like Friday by Siobhan Parkinson (Irish author)

Second Fiddle: Or How to Tell a Blackbird from a Sausage by Siobhan Parkinson (Irish author)

Wild Wings by Gill Lewis* (Scottish author)

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening by Danette Haworth

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holzcer

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall


A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck*

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells*

The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollenstone Craft Detective Agency, Book 1) by Jordan Stratford

Stories with an Omniscient or Intrusive Narrator
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood (whole series)

A Whole Nother Story series by Cuthbert Soup*

The Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Fantasy and Fairy Tales

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

My Very Unfairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

Maddie West and the Tongue Taker by Bryan Falkner

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye 

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