Book Suggestions

Home Life Academy book suggestions for elementary age children:

* The Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
* From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
*The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
* The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
* The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
* The Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald J. Sobol
* The Shoe Books (Ballet Shoes, Dancing Shoes, Theater Shoes) by Noel Streatfeild
* Hatchet and its sequels by Gary Paulsen
* The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
* Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
* My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craigshead George
* The Dear America series by various authors
* James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl
* Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
* The Cam Jansen series by David Atler
* Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
* Any book by Judy Blume
* The Secret Garden and The Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett
* Triplet Trouble by Debbie Dadey
* The Puppy Sister by S.E. Hinton
* Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
* Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish
* How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
* The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
* The Betsy-Tacy Books by Maud Hart Lovelace
 
HomeLife Academy book suggestions for middle school children:
 
Banks, Lynne Reid. Mystery of the Cupboard
After moving to a home his mother recently inherited, Omri uncovers the mystery of the house and its link to a magic cupboard. A sequel to 

Indian in the Cupboard.

 

Broach. Shakespeare’s Secret 
Hero moves into a new town and finds she is living in an old house with an unusual past. With the help of the police chief’s son and her neighbor, Hero tries to unravel the mystery.  

  

Bruchac, Joseph. A Boy Called Slow: The True Story of Sitting Bull. The true story of a child so deliberate and methodical he was called Slow; he turns out to be Sitting Bull, the Lakota’s greatest leader. 

  

Creech, Sharon. Absolutely Normal Chaos  

Mary Louis is keeping a journal as an English class assignment. Through the entries, the events of her summer come alive.

 

Cushman, Karen. The Midwife’s Apprentice  

A homeless girl in Medieval England finds a place when she becomes a midwife’s apprentice.

 

Cushman, Karen. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple   

Lucy isn’t happy when her mother moves the family from New England to California for the Gold Rush. 

 

Di Camillo. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread   

Tale of a tiny mouse with huge ears, a princess that he loves, a servant girl who wishes to be a princess and a rat named Roscuro, who yearns for soup.

 

Freedman, Russell. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery  

A biography of one of this century’s most outstanding, inspirational women.

 

Fritz, Jean. You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?  

This engaging historical biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton presents a lively look at her impatient, outspoken personality as she fought for women’s suffrage.

 

Giff. Nory Ryan’s Song  
Twelve-year-old Nory Ryan helps her family and neighbors survive during the 1845 potato famine in Ireland. 

Hesse, Karen. Letters from Rifka
In a series of letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl reveals the struggles of her family’s flight from Russia in 1919.

 

Hesse, Karen. Music of the Dolphins 

The thoughts of a young girl, who was raised by dolphins from 4 years old after a plane crash, are recorded by a scientist as she is reintroduced to a civilized way of life. 

 

Hite, Sid. It’s Nothing to a Mountain
After the death of their parents, Lisette and Riley go to live with their grandparents in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. There they experience a series of adventures that change their lives.

 

London, Jack. The Call of the Wild 

The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

 

Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie
In an effort to gain independence, a poor girl from a Vermont farm leaves home and becomes a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts during the 1840s.

 

Paulsen, Gary. Brian’s Winter
What would have happened if Brian Robeson, the subject of Hatchet, had not been rescued when he had? Brian must confront the Canadian winter; he scrambles to reinforce his shelter and make animal skin clothing and arrowhead tools to help him improve hunting techniques.

 

Rawls, Wilson. Where The Red Fern Grows
A young boy living in the Ozarks works hard to fulfill his dream of purchasing two redbone hound dogs and training them to be champions.

 

Wallace, Bill. Buffalo Gal

Fifteen-year-old Amanda finds herself leaving her refined life to accompany her mother to the Oklahoma Territory on a crusade to save the buffalo.

Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Talkative, ten-year-old Rebecca goes to live with her spinster aunts, one harsh and demanding, the other soft and sentimental, with whom she spends seven difficult but rewarding years growing up.

 

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