Great Books for Upper Elementary Girls:
Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach…..Misfit sixth-grader, Hero, finds herself in a mystery involving a diamond and a strange new neighbor.
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech…..When her mother leaves home suddenly, 13-year old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route.
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger…..When her favorite teacher is fired, a junior high student must come out of her shell.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau…..In the year 241, 12-year old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger in her decaying but beloved city.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman…..Looking for excitment, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own.
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale…..While attending a strict academy for potential princesses, 14-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
Ida B: And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan…..Fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family’s apple orchard until her mother begins treatment for cancer.
The Music of the Dolphins by Karen Hesse…..After rescuing a girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world.
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller…..Life becomes more interesting for Ananka Fishbein when she discovers an underground room beneath her New Yorkcity neighborhood and meets a mysterious girl named Kiki Strike.
The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor…..Eleven-year-old, motherless Alice is entering junior high without a clue; she decides the answer to all her problems is finding a gorgeous and perfect role model.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan…..Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California on the eve of the Great Depression.
So Totally Emily Ebers by Lisa Yee…..In a series of letters to her absent father, 12-year-old Emily deals with moving cross country, her parents’ divorce, a new friendship, and her first serious crush.