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.
Me and Marvin Gardens
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.
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.