By Stephen King
DB 17301, BR 19302, Available as BARD download
Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the beloved pet of the Joe Cambers family in a small Maine town. One day Cujo pursues a rabbit into a cave and is bitten by a rabid bat. Circumstances conspire to conceal his growing illness until a horrid succession of bloody deaths terrorizes everyone around including the Cambers. Strong language. Bestseller. 1981.
By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
DB 23831, Available as BARD download
A quasi-science fiction novel told by the million-year-old ghost of Leon Trotsky Trout, decapitated Vietnam veteran. In his tale, a handful of unlikely castaways on an island in the Galapagos gradually realize they are destined to become the ancestors of the future human race because the rest of the world becomes sterile and dies out. 1985.
Gorillas in the Mist
By Dian Fossey
DB 19930, Available as BARD download
A recognized authority on the mountain gorilla recounts her fifteen-year field study of this endangered species in the African rain forest. She provides a detailed scientific study of the gorilla, emphasizes the need to stop poaching, and describes her own experiences with three generations of mountain gorilla families. 2016.
Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale; or, How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
By Gwen Cooper
DB 69557, BR 18591, Available as BARD download
Author describes adopting Homer, a small abandoned kitten whose infected eyes were surgically removed. Details the adventures of spunky, active Homer over the next dozen years--living with two other cats in New York apartments, surviving 9/11, and endearing himself to everyone he met including (eventually) the author's future husband. 2009.
Life of Pi
By Yann Martel
DB 54950, Available as BARD download
Pi Patel, the sole human survivor of a shipwreck, is in a lifeboat with an injured zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and an adult Bengal tiger. Strangely, after 227 days in the Pacific, the boy and the tiger make landfall. Some violence. 2001.
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
By John Grogan
DB 61561, BR 16584, Available as BARD download
A columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer reminisces about the untrainable labrador retriever that he and his wife acquired as Florida newlyweds. Recalls Marley's hilarious escapades and his capacity for love as the Grogans become the parents of three kids. Bestseller. 2005.
Me and Marvin Gardens
By A. S. King
DB 87855, Available as a BARD download
Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the polluted creek that runs through what little is left of his family's once-extensive farmland. But one day by the creek Obe finds a strange creature that eats plastic, and he knows he must protect it. For grades 3-6. 2017.
Moby-Dick, or, The Whale
By Herman Melville
DB 34184, BR 1608, BR 14641, Available as BARD download
Sailor Ishmael narrates this allegory of human potential and limitations. Seeking adventure, Ishmael signs on as a harpooner with Captain Ahab's whaling ship. Once at sea, the crew discovers that, despite dire warnings from other ships and a prophet, Captain Ahab is obsessed with killing Moby Dick, the white whale responsible for his missing leg. Violence. 1851.
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.