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Kid's Books That Adults Might Like

YA and Juvenile fiction books can ALSO be enjoyed by adults- they're generally a quicker read, full of drama and action, and can be a vehicle for an outstanding story.  Here are a few books I think readers of adult fiction would also enjoy:

 Audacity by Melanie Crowder    call # J CRO  ( written in verse)

Inspired by the real life story of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, this novel depicts the garment worker's struggle at the turn of the twentieth century.  It's a quick read packed with information about the culture of Manhattan's Lower East Side and the conditions that helped form the largest women's strike in American history. 

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds   call# YA REY ( also written in verse)

This book reminds me of a good cup of coffee, with a slightly bitter but not unpleasant taste that lingers after you're done.  I could not get it out of my head, and even though it's a quick read, I bet it will stay with you.  A young man wants revenge for his brother’s death, and that’s all I’m saying because - spoilers. This is a YA book covering topics that should be discussed with your teenagers, your family, your friends- you owe it to yourself to read it first.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman   call # YA SHU    

Here's some dystopian fiction that asks some pretty deep questions about death and society while taking the reader on an adrenaline-packed adventure of a ... lifetime?  If you are squeamish, don't read this book.  It's an easy read, but the subject matter is definitely for older kids and adults.  If you love sci-fi thrillers with serious social commentary, and can handle some grisley siturations, try this book.  I will not give spoilers! 

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein    call# YA WEI   

Ok, I know this book is about Nazis and spies and airplanes, but it’s also about friendship and trust and women finding their power in a world gone insane.  I loved this book, but just like Scythe, I must warn you that it is not for the faint of heart - It’s YA for a reason.  

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo  call # J DIC           AND/OR

One Dog And His Boy by Eva Ibbotson  call # J IBB

I am a sucker for a good dog story and can’t decide which one of these is my favorite.  Both books are uplifting, character driven stories highlighting our furry friends and the bonds we share with our pets and each other.  

Children's Books About Pets

Here's a collection of some of my favorite picture books that focus on the family pet!  I like themes...

Easy Readers and Picture Books

Henry and Mudge Series  by Cynthia Rylant ( Easy Reader Level 2, RYL)

AND the Mr. Putter and Tabby Series, also by Cynthia Rylant  ( Easy Reader Level 2, RYL) 

Fly Guy Series by Tedd Arnold   ( Easy Reader Level 2 ARN) 

The Best Pet Of All  by David LaRochelle     E LAR 

Memoirs Of A Goldfish by Devin Scillian    E SCI

The Cat Man Of Aleppo  by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha    (E LAT) 

 I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff  ( E ORL)

Mr. Scruff by Simon James  ( E JAM)

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings  ( E CUM)

Non Fiction 

(We have a variety of excellent non-fiction books about pets- these are just three of my favorites) 

May I Pet Your Dog: The How To Guide For Kids Meeting Dogs( And Dogs Meeting Kids) by Stephanie Calmenson  E 636.7 CAL

Two Bobbies: A True Story Of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival  by Kirby Larson   J 636.08 LAR

Mother To Tigers by George Ella Lyon   E 590.7 LYO

In The Mood For A Mystery ?

Here are a few good ones we have on the shelf...

Picture Books

Who Stole Mona Lisa? by Ruthie Knapp

Nurse, Soldier Spy:  The Story of Sarah Edmonds by Marissa Moss

Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick

Olivia And The Missing Toy by Ian Falconer


Emerging  Readers

Secrets of American History Series ( a Level 3 reader- we have several) 

Dig to Disaster: A Miss Mallard Mystery by Robert Quackenbush

Mac B, Kid Spy  by Mac Barnett

A to Z Mystery series by Ron Roy

Geronimo Stilton and/or Thea Stilton series ( under Geronimo Stilton)



The Secret of Shadow Ranch ( A Nancy Drew Mystery)  by Carolyn Keene

The Tower Treasure ( A Hardy Boys Mystery)  by Franklin W. Dixon

Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case Of The Sleeping Dog  by Donald J. Sobol


Mysteries for older Juv. Fiction readers

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen ( many books by Carl Hiaasen)

Spy School Series by Stuart Gibbs ( many books in this series) 

The Bicycle Spy  by Yona Zeldis McDonough

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart


Young Adult

Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham