Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
By Robert C. O’Brien
DB 23562, BR 16422, Available as BARD download
A widowed mother mouse with housing problems seeks the help of a colony of rats. She discovers that the rats, who are super-intelligent laboratory specimens, have developed a highly sophisticated civilization which includes computers. For grades 4-7. 1972 Newbery Award. 1971.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
The Once and Future King
By T.H. White
DB 63195, Available as BARD download
Four novels retelling the Arthurian legend from Arthur's birth through the end of his reign: The Sword in the Stone, The Queen of Air and Darkness, The Ill-Made Knight, and The Candle in the Wind. (1958)
The One and Only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate
DB 75687, BR 19679, Available as BARD download
Ivan the gorilla has lived comfortably for years in a down-and-out, circus-themed mall. But when baby elephant Ruby arrives, Ivan decides that he must find her a better life. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2012.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
By Laura Hillenbrand
DB 51968, BR 14930, Available as BARD download
Recounts the rise of an "undersized, crooked-legged" thoroughbred horse who in 1938 was the year's number-one newsmaker over Franklin Roosevelt, Hitler, and Lou Gehrig. Hillenbrand tells Seabiscuit's story through the three men who made a true long shot into a winner: owner Charles Howard, trainer Tom Smith, and jockey Red Pollard. Bestseller. 2001.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
By David Wroblewski
DB 66656, BR 17799, Available as BARD download
Wisconsin, 1970s. Gar and Trudy Sawtelle raise an intuitive and intelligent dog breed on their farm. One dog, Almondine, can communicate with the Sawtelle's mute son Edgar. After Gar's BR other arrives, Gar dies and fourteen-year-old Edgar flees into the forest with three of the dogs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.
By Tad Williams
DB 47092, Available as BARD download
Young Fritti Tailchaser, an apricot-orange cat, enjoys the company of Hushpad, an attractive female. When Hushpad suddenly disappears, Tailchaser sets out on a long journey, facing unexpected dangers in order to find her. For junior and senior high readers. 2017.
By Paul Auster
DB 48519, Available as BARD download
Told from the dog's point of view, a story of boon companions: Mr. Bones, a devoted mutt, and Willy G. Christmas, a self-named, homeless, terminally ill writer. Willy's final wishes are to bequeath his literary endeavors to a former teacher and to find a new owner for Mr. Bones. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1999.
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him
By Luis Carlos Montalván
DB 74020, Available as BARD download
Former army captain recalls returning stateside with numerous physical injuries--including traumatic brain injury--and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after two tours in Iraq. Describes acquiring a service dog named Tuesday and ways the canine helped him recover. 2011.
By Dean Koontz
DB 25982, Available as BARD download
A fable-like tale that blends suspense, fantasy, and sentiment. World-weary Travis Cornell stumbles upon a super-intelligent golden retriever with uncanny powers in a California wood. The dog, Einstein, reveals how he and a vile murderous creature called "The Other" were created by U.S. scientists in a secret genetic experiment. The plot includes a romance and follows a psycho killer hired by Soviet spies. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1987.