Multcolib Kids Picks: Great Adventures, Rising to the Challenge

Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus!
Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! By Atinuke Book - 2011 j ATINUKE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She can't wait to fly across the world and visit her granny in Canada. But can she find enough warm clothes for the cold winter weather? And will her family miss her?--P. [4] of cover. gr. 1-3

The Puzzler's Mansion
The Puzzler's Mansion By Berlin, Eric Book - 2012 j BERLIN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Winston attends a weekend of puzzles at a famous musician's mansion, but when he and other young guests pursue a thief, they find themselves in big trouble. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text. gr. 3-6

Mission Unstoppable
Mission Unstoppable By Gutman, Dan Book - 2011 j GUTMAN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:On a cross-country vacation with their parents, twins Coke and Pepsi, soon to be thirteen, fend off strange assassins as they try to come to terms with their being part of a top-secret government organization known as The Genius Files. gr. 5-8

Maggie & Oliver, Or, A Bone of One's Own
Maggie & Oliver, Or, A Bone of One's Own By Hobbs, Valerie Book - 2011 j HOBBS 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A dog whose beloved owner has died and an orphaned ten-year-old girl find each other while enduring poverty and homelessness in early-twentieth-century Boston. gr. 4-6

One Dog and His Boy
One Dog and His Boy By Ibbotson, Eva Book - 2012 j IBBOTSON 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:When lonely, ten-year-old Hal learns that his wealthy but neglectful parents only rented Fleck, the dog he always wanted, he and new friend Pippa take Fleck and four other dogs from the rental agency on a trek from London to Scotland, where Hal's grandparents live. gr. 3-6

Alvin Ho
Alvin Ho Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters By Look, Lenore Book - 2009 j LOOK 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Alvin's father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their home-town hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns that he can be brave despite his fear of everything. gr. 2-4

Wildwood By Meloy, Colin Book - 2011 j MELOY 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 69 copies

Annotation:When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants. gr. 3-7

Emily's Fortune
Emily's Fortune By Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Book - 2010 j NAYLOR 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:While traveling to her aunt's home in Redbud by train and stagecoach, quiet young Emily and her turtle, Rufus, team up with Jackson, fellow orphan and troublemaker extraordinaire, to outsmart mean Uncle Victor, who is after Emily's inheritance. gr. 3-6

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg By Philbrick, W. R. Book - 2009 j PHILBRICK 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War. gr. 5-8

A Dog's Way Home
A Dog's Way Home By Pyron, Bobbie Book - 2011 j PYRON 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:After a car accident strands them at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved sheltie, Tam, overcome months filled with physical and emotional challenges to find their way back to each other. gr. 4-7

Thriller Book - 2011 j THRILLER 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This volume provides a collection of ghostly and mysterious stories by a variety of popular authors. gr. 3-8

Gator on the Loose!
Gator on the Loose! By Stauffacher, Sue Book - 2010 j STAUFFACH 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Chaos ensues when Keisha's father brings an escaped alligator home to Carter's Urban Rescue and it gets out of the bathroom while Grandma is guarding it. gr. 4-6

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Overcoming a challenge is at the heart of these adventures for grades 3 through 8.