5th - 6th Grade

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Will is an artistic boy whose father works on the new mega-train, The Boundless.  It is miles long, and is considered the greatest train ever built.  It is so enormous that it even has a traveling circus!  When Will stumbles upon a crime in progress, he needs to hide on the train to protect himself from the criminals. As he works his way from the caboose to the front, he encounters a circus owner/performer with designs on a magical painting in the front of the train. Together, and with a girl aerialist, they outwit the criminals.  

Bird by Crystal Chan

Jewel never knew her brother John. Jewel’s grandfather nicknamed her brother Bird, and encouraged him to pretend he could fly. Bird jumped off a cliff and died the day Jewel was born. No one talks about Bird or how he died, and her grandfather doesn’t speak at all. One night Jewel climbs her favorite tree and discovers someone else is already there, and his name is John. The two become fast friends, sharing their hopes and dreams for the future. 

The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnson

Before the Thorskards moved to Trondheim, Ontario, the small town didn’t have a permanent dragon slayer.  Most large towns and cities employ dragon slayers, but with the profession lacking new talent, supply and demand creates problems for the average town. Having famous dragon-slayer Lottie Thorskard move to town is like winning the lotto!  Dragons are a constant threat, their insatiable appetites competing with mankind’s need for fossil fuels.

Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

“Home isn’t just a house or a city or a place.”  After being constantly on the move for the last five years, Felicity has finally made a friend and wishes more than anything that her wandering mother will let them stay in Midnight Gulch, a town that was once considered magical.  When she participates in the town Duel (a talent contest), everyone’s luck changes and perhaps the magic has returned after all.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello, the world famous game maker, has designed a fabulous,high-tech new library for his home town.  He’s also having a lock-in with the twelve children in town who win his essay contest, “Why I’m excited about the new Public Library.” Kyle Keely, average guy, loves Mr. Lemoncello’s games, and really wants to win; but his brief essay, “Because there might be balloons,” seems like a loser.

Wild Born by Brandon Mull

The children of Erdas are required to drink Nectar when they turn eleven to see if they will become one of the few to have a spirit animal.  Four children are about to discover that they each have spirit animal bonds which are rare links between human and animal that give great powers to both.  Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf.  Abeke, the young warrior, calls Uraza the leopard.  Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a general, and Rollan, an orphan from the streets, calls Essix the falcon.

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