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Is your kid wild about animals? They may also love one of Booklist‘s favorite middle-grade novels starring creatures of all kinds!


Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon

By Torben Kuhlmann

A long time ago a mouse learned to fly… and crossed the Atlantic. But what happened next?

Recommended for grades 1–4.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

By Kelly Barnhill

Luna, whose magical abilities are emerging, was raised in the forest by a witch, a swamp monster, and a dragon. When a young man from the Protectorate is determined to kill the witch, Luna must use her magic to protect her family.

Recommended for grades 5–8.

The Goat

The Goat

By Anne Fleming

When Kid accompanies her parents to New York City for a six-month stint of dog-sitting and home-schooling, she sees what looks like a tiny white cloud on top of their apartment building.
Rumor says there’s a goat living on the roof, but how can that be?

Recommended for grades 4–7.

Gorilla Dawn

Gorilla Dawn

By Gill Lewis

Imara and Bobo, two children being held by rebel soldiers, are determined to return a captive baby gorilla back to the forest before it is sold.

Recommended for grades 5–8.

Hercufleas

Hercufleas

By Sam Gayton

To protect her village from a giant, Greta recruits a champion: Hercufleas! He may be tiny, but this young flea is certain he’s destined for greatness. Being a hero is harder than it seems, though, and Hercufleas and Greta face unexpected choices—and consequences—in their desperate attempts to save the village, and each other.

Recommended for grades 5–8.

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded

By Sage Blackwood

Repeatedly landing in trouble at her finishing school because of her preference for practicing magic instead of manners, Chantel enlists her friends to protect the kingdom when her teacher goes missing along with the city’s protective magic.

Recommended for grades 5–8.

The Poet's Dog

The Poet's Dog

By Patricia MacLachlan

A dog with unusual communication talents loses his poet owner before rescuing two children trapped in a snowstorm and leading them to the poet’s cabin, where the children explore the memories that the poet has left behind.

Recommended for grades 4–7.

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

By Megan Shepherd

Living in a children’s hospital where the grandeur of the building’s past is reflected in mirrors that line its once-elegant corridors, young Emmaline discovers an injured winged horse that has escaped from its mirror world and needs protection from a malevolent hunter.

Recommended for grades 3–5.

Storm Horse

Storm Horse

By Nick Garlick

Menaced by bullies in his new home on a remote Dutch island farm after the death of his father and disappearance of his mother, twelve-year-old Flip risks his life to rescue a drowning horse that becomes his devoted friend as they endeavor to earn their keep together.

Recommended for grades 4–7.

Word of Mouse

Word of Mouse

By James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

A rare blue mouse who has the ability to read, write, and talk to humans makes a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory and must use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors and find his missing family.

Recommended for grades 3–6.

Booklist‘s selections were made from books reviewed between July 2016 to March 1, 2017.

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