Grade 1-5 recommendations:
1. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe, as a young and impulsive wanderer, defied his parents and went to sea. He was involved in a series of violent storms at sea and was warned by the captain that he should not be a seafaring man. Defying all expectations, Crusoe boarded another ship and went on a trip to Africa filled with adventure.
2. Famous Five by Enid BlytonFrankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Famous Five are a group of children who have the sort of adventures most kids dream about, in a world where ginger beer flows and ham rolls are a staple diet. Julian, Dick and Anne get together with their cousin George in the first adventure, Five On A Treasure Island.
3. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
In the story of The Invisible Man, a mysterious man goes to a village called Iping in England, in the middle of a snowstorm. He then stays in an inn that is owned and run by Mr. and Mrs. Hall. What follows is a story filled with adventure, drama, and fast-paced action.
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein tells the story of gifted scientist Victor Frankenstein who succeeds in giving life to a being of his own creation. However, this is not the perfect specimen he imagines that it will be, but rather a hideous creature who is rejected by Victor and mankind in general.
5. Night of the Living Dummy by RL Stine
Lindy and Kris Powell are walking through their neighborhood. The two girls decide to inspect a house that is under construction. While searching through a garbage container near the house, Lindy finds a mysterious ventriloquist's dummy and decides to call him Slappy.
Grade 6-8 recommendations:
1. Refugee by Alan Gratz
This historical book follows the adventures of three different kids. Each searching for their own refugee from the harsh world. One story in the book follows Josef, a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany who boards a boat with his family to escape the threat of concentration camps and sets to sail to the other side of the world. Another story focuses on Isabel, a Cuban girl living in the time of 1994. With riots happening in her country, she and her family sets out on a raft hoping to find safety in America. The third and final story follow Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in the year 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe.
2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
This dystopian book is told in a world where there is no more hunger, disease, no war and no misery and even no death. Because of this, scythes were created, the only ones who can kill others, so they can keep the population under control. Citra and Rowan are two teens stuck with this role. They must master the 'art' killing and failure isn't an option.
3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
This dystopian novel follows the story of a young twelve-year-old boy named Jonas who is stuck living in a society with no past, with no color and with no freedom. Jonas doesn't care though, this is what's normal to him. But when he's given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory he realizes the secrets of his community and the life he's been missing.
4. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
This mystery novel follows the story of Miranda, a sixth grader. One day, she starts to receive mysterious messages from somebody who knows everything about her, including the future. The notes start to suggest that a tragic death is close to the future and only she can prevent it, but what happens when the final note tells her she's too late?
5. Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan
This fiction book follows 12-year-old Willow Chance who finds it comforting to count by 7s. She's always had trouble connecting with people other than her adoptive parents, and she didn't mind... until they both passed away in a car crash. Follow her as she tries to fit in and find a new adoptive family.The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe