The City Library: Library Journal's Library of the Year 2006
The Bad Beginning
After the sudden death of their parents, three children must depend on each other and their wits to thwart the distant relative pursuing their fortune. First in a series.
Snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), Sophie concocts a plan to save the world from other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
The Boxcar Children
Introduces the orphaned Alden family children, who make an abandoned boxcar their home and demonstrate their independence and ability to "make do." First in a series.
Wilbur the pig is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be Christmas dinner. His spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.
The Cricket in Times Square
Chester the cricket and his friends help bring success to a Times
Dear Mr. Henshaw
In letters to his favorite author, Leigh reveals problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and finding his place in the world.
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
The true story of Victorian artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who built life-sized models of dinosaurs.
Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time
In 1862, shipwrecked Professor Arthur Denison and his son find
After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, a silver dragon is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the legendary valley known as the Rim of Heaven. They encounter friendly and unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggle to evade a relentless old enemy.
In this novel based on the Cinderella story, Ella struggles against a childhood curse that forces her to obey orders.
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini
A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists, whose amazing feats are remembered long after his 1926 death. Profiling his early years, personal life, and great accomplishments in show business, the story comes to life through a review of his greatest tricks and most amazing feats.
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg
After a hurricane injures Mother Dove, whose magical feathers and precious
The Field Guide
When the Grace children stay at Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a fascinating field guide and begin to have some unusual experiences. First in a series.
The Forests of Silence (Series: Deltora Quest)
The evil Shadow Lord plans to take over the land of Deltora and enslave its people. To stop him, 16-year-old Lief and former palace guard Barda must find seven magic stones.
The Forging of the Blade
Ten-year-old Kenric leaves the village of Penrith to look for his father and discovers that evil Lord Mordig is plotting to take over the kingdom.
When clever Nick Allen decides to turn his teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, he invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Claudia and her younger brother sneak off to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, right into a mystery that makes headlines!
Golden and Grey: An Unremarkable Boy and a Rather Remarkable Ghost
When a downhearted ghost becomes the "invisible friend" of an eleven-year-old outcast, the two help each other find a place in their respective worlds.
The Great Brain
The exploits of the Great Brain of Adenville, Utah are described by his younger brother, a frequent victim of the Great Brain's schemes. First in a series.
Gregor the Overlander
When eleven-year-old 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.
The Indian in the Cupboard
A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday. Then the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him. First in a series.
Into the Wild (Series: Warriors)
Four clans of wild cats have shared the forest for generations. When the warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures
When a twelve-year-old orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and biggest secret are jeopardized
The Magician's Nephew
When Digory and Polly try to return a wicked witch to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia. There they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech. First in a series.
The Merchant of Death (Series: Pendragon)
Bobby Pendragon seems like a normal fourteen-year-old. He has a family, a home, and a beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby--he is going to save the world. Before he can object, he is swept to an alternate dimension inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.
Midnight for Charlie Bone (Series: Children of the Red King)
Charlie's life undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
A cold-hearted, proud toy rabbit loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
The Phantom Tollbooth
Milo cures his boredom with a journey on which he learns the importance of words and numbers.
The escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.
Pirateology: The Sea Journal of Captain William Lubber, Pirate Hunter General, Boston, Massachusetts
Within the fictitious journal of an 18th-century sea captain, readers learn about the golden age of piracy--from storm-tossed sailing ships to tantalizing treasure islands, pirate flags and fashions to wily weapons and wicked ways.
A deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever. Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.
Rowan of Rin
Because only he can read the magical map, young, timid Rowan joins other villagers on a mountain climb to try and restore the village water supply. Fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back. First in a series.
The Ruins of Gorlan
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
First in a series.
Running Out of Time
When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1995 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists.
When Marty finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, he tries to hide the dog from both his family and the dog's mean-spirited owner. First in a series.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the 13th floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story. First in a series.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever-increasing problem. First in a series.
Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
The adventures of a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to ruin them all.
Titanic: The Ship of Dreams
Numerous pop-up spreads, pull tabs, booklets, and full-color illustrations provide a detailed tour of this incredible vessel.
The Trouble with Tink
A pots-and-pans fairy who loves fixing things loses her hammer and now everything she tries to repair goes wrong. In order to get her talent back, she may have to visit a former friend who hurt her feelings. One in series.
When the rest of the ducks turn on her little duckling because he isn't like them, Mother Duck sadly leaves him behind in order to protect her other children. With the help of some new friends, Ugly makes his way alone, but doesn't know where he's going or what he's looking for.
Urchin of the Riding Stars
A group of animals learns about friendship and loyalty when they band together to defend their island kingdom. First in a series.
Wait Till Helen Comes
Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister but try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost to her doom.
Wizard at Work
A young wizard looks forward to a quiet summer but instead is drawn into adventures with princesses, unicorns, and ghosts.
The Word Eater
Lerner Chanse, a new student at Cleveland Park Middle School, finds a worm that magically makes things disappear. She hopes it will help her fit in or get revenge at her hated school.
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