Category Archives: Animal Stories

The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown Grades 4 & up When a crate carrying an advanced robot with artificial intelligence washes up on a remote island, curious sea otters press the power button and set in motion a chain of … Continue reading

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FunJungle Mysteries

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs Grades 3 & up Henry the Hippo, the not-so-beloved mascot of FunJungle, has just been found dead in Hippo River, possibly murdered. Since the FunJungle management wants to keep it on the down low, Teddy … Continue reading

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Waiting for Unicorns

Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala Grades 4 & up Talia’s father is a scientist who studies whales. The summer after her mother dies, he brings Talia with him to Churchill, Manitoba in the Arctic Circle while he studies beluga … Continue reading

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Centaur Rising

Centaur Rising by Jane Yolen Grades 4 & up Arianne is growing up on a horse farm in the mid-60s with her mother and her younger brother, Robbie. Her rockstar father left them after Robbie was born with severe birth … Continue reading

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The Orphan and the Mouse

The Orphan and the Mouse by Martha Freeman Grades 3 & up (I really wish this book had a better cover. It short sells the exciting story inside by havingĀ a really boring cover.) Caro is a an orphan living in … Continue reading

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The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure and The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin Grades 1 & up Those four crazy chicks from Doreen Cronin’s The Trouble with Chickens are back, but this time they are the ones solving the mysteries. When a squirrel comes … Continue reading

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Mouseheart

Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler Grades 4 & up Hopper and his siblings Pinky and Pup are growing up in a comfortable life in a pet shop, until the day they find out they are being raised as “feeder” mice — … Continue reading

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My Life Is a Zoo series

How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating Grades 4 & up Jess Keating perfectly captures the painful reality of middle school in this fabulous series! Ana Wright is the daughter of zoologists and granddaughter … Continue reading

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Firefly Hollow

Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee Grades 2 & up Firefly isn’t like the other fireflies, she wants to fly to the moon. Cricket isn’t like the other crickets, his dream is to become a great catcher. Vole is the last … Continue reading

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Ice Whale

Ice Whale by Jean Craighead George Grades 4 & up When Toozik, a Yup’ik Eskimo boy, witnesses the birth of a Bowhead Whale (or Ice Whale) in 1848 he knows that he has seen something miraculous and that their spirits … Continue reading

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