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Fantastic Books

Below you will find Oprah Winfrey's suggested reading titles for students listed in three groups.  The groups are: ages 6  through 9, ages 9 through 12,  and ages 12 and up.  

Ages 6 through 9

Amelia Bedilia by Peggy Parish From the Publisher: Ever since Amelia Bedelia made her debut almost 30 years ago, young readers have been laughing out loud at the antics of this literal-minded but charming housekeeper who never fails to confound the Rogers family. Parish's ground-breaking bestseller is now available for the first time in an I Can Read format.
Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe From the Publisher: It all begins when the Monroes go to see the movie Dracula. At the theater, Toby finds something on his seat -- a baby rabbit, which he takes home and names Bunnicula. It proves to be an apt name, at least as far as Chester the cat is concerned. Well-read and observant, Chester soon decides that there is something odd about the newcomer. For one thing, he seems to have fangs. And the odd markings on his back look a bit like a cape. Furthermore, Bunnicula sleeps from sunup to sundown and is awake only at night. Is Bunnicula really a vampire? Only Bunnicula knows for sure. But the story of Chester's suspicions and their consequences -- as told by his canine pal, Harold -- make uproarious reading.   
Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco From the Publisher: In this special Passover story, Larnel Moore, a young African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship through their mutual concern for an abandoned cat named Tush. Together they explore the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures.
  
Pinky and Rex by James Howe From the Publisher: Pinky has twenty-seven stuffed animals, and Rex has twenty-seven dinosaurs. They have everything the same, and that's the way it should be with best friends. So what do they do when there's only one pink dinosaur in the museum gift shop, and they both want it? Could Pinky's pesky little sister Amanda have the answer?
   
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold (Illustrator), J. Davis (Editor) From the Publisher: Cassie, who flew above New York in Tar Beach, soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother BeBe meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story's end.

Ages 9 through 12.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary From the Publisher: Mr. Quimby's going to college, Mrs. Quimby's going to work. Now that Ramona is eight, she can go to a new school with a new teacher and ride the bus all by herself. But after school she has to stay with Grandmother Kemp and be nice to that bratty little Willa Jean until Beezus--who's temperamental enough to ruin anyone's day--comes to take her home. Life isn't as easy for Ramona as it used to be. All the Quimbys have to adjust, and Ramona gets her chance to prove that she's "big enough for her family to depend on."
   
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl From the Publisher: A whole new audience will be discovering Roald Dahl's classic first story for children this spring with the nationwide release of Disney's James and the Giant Peach. To celebrate, Knopf is proud to present this handsome gift edition of Dahl's work, with new illustrations by Caldecott Honor Book artist Lane Smith.
   
Matilda by Roald Dahl From the Publisher: For hundreds of kids, The Trunchbull is pure terror. For Matilda, she's a sitting duck. Roald Dahl is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, and his books have been children's favorites for generations. Puffin is proud to offer a strong new look for nine of our classic Roald Dahl titles. The distinctive cover treatment, with new art by Quentin Blake, will make these books easily recognizable. In addition, Quentin Blake's funny, quirky illustrations now appear in all of the books.
   
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amous by Robert Lawson From the Publisher: Did you ever wonder where inventors get their ideas? Benjamin Franklin was one of the most famous inventors in American history, and according to this amusing book, he got most of his ideas - the good ones at any rate - from a mouse!
  
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White From the Publisher: This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur - and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of their own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to be quite a pig.
  
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis From the Publisher: It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but he's on a mission. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: posters of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression! Bud's got an idea that those posters will lead to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him.

Ages 12 & up.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt From the Publisher: In this ALA Notable Book, 10-year-old Winnie Foster discovers the magic spring that has given the Tuck family eternal life. She is faced not only with the difficult decision of whether or not to drink from it, but whether to tell all when a stranger wants to know the secret in order to sell the water.
  
The View From Saturday by I.L. Konigsburg From the Publisher: How had Mrs. Olinski chosen her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team? It happened at least partly because Noah had been the best man (quite by accident) at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather. It happened because Nadia discovered that she could not let a lot of baby turtles die. It happened when Ethan could not let Julian face disaster alone. And it happened because Julian valued something important in himself and saw in the other three something he also valued. This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories -- one for each of the team members -- that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers.
   
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George From the Publisher: To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is not longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her. Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, and she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father's teachings, Miyax struggles day by day to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways and the new. Which will she choose? For she is Miyax of the Eskimos - but Julie of the Wolves.
  
Junebug by Alice Mead From the Publisher: Reeve McLain, Jr.--Junebug--has a big dream that keeps him going. He dreams that someday he and his younger sister and mother will move from the awful housing project where drugs, gangs, and guns are part of everyday life. Junebug's tenth birthday is coming up, and he knows the gangs and drug dealers will be after him to join them. But he has a big birthday plan to keep his hope alive. He's going to launch his glass-bottle collection filled with notes of his dreams and wishes. Maybe some way, somehow, Junebug's dream will come true.
  
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett From the Publisher: Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
  
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt From the Publisher: 1999 National Book Award Winner Toby Wilson is having the toughest summer of his life. It's the summer his mother leaves for good; the summer his best friend's brother returns from Vietnam in a coffin; and the summer that Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, arrives in their sleepy Texas town. There are heartaches, friendships gained, and old friendships renewed. And it's Zachary Beaver who turns the town of Antler upside down and leaves everyone, especially Toby, changed forever. 
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