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Animal Stories for Older Readers

The majority of these stories are written for readers in grades 5-8. Click on the cover for information about location in the Library and availability.

The Underneath
Kathi Appelt
An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

Whittington
Alan W. Armstrong
Whittington, a feline descendant of Dick Whittington's famous cat of English folklore, appears at a run-down barnyard plagued by rats and restores harmony while telling his ancestor's story.

I, Houdini
Lynne Reid Banks
A boastful hamster with exceptional talent as an escape artist recounts his experiences chewing, wriggling or squeezing his way out of various closed areas in his quest for the great Outside.

Bearwalker
Joseph Bruchac
Although the littlest student in his class, thirteen-year-old Baron Braun calls upon the strength and wisdom of his Mohawk ancestors to face both man and beast when he tries to get help for his classmates who are being terrorized during a school field trip in the Adirondacks.

Bundle at Blackthorpe Heath
Mark Copeland
Twelve-year-old Art, with the help of a ladybug named Rufus, uncovers a fly's plot to ruin his family's traveling insect circus.

Larry, the King of Rock and Roll
Iris Rainer Dart
Not only can Larry the dog talk, he can also sing, but when these unusual talents come to the attention of his family, the public and dogdom, Larry is faced with problems he never imagined.

 

Jack and Rebel, the Police Dog
by Jack the Dog as told to Patricia Finney
Jack the labrador retriever tells the tale of his adventures at home and with his old friend Rebel, the police dog and how the two of them broke up a burglary ring that had been robbing houses while police were occupied with political protests. Includes explanatory footnotes written
by the cats and a glossary explaining Jack's terminology.

Really Raoulino
Dina Fischbein
Captured from his island and brought to the zoo, nobody knows what kind of animal he is, even Raoulino. But, Raoulino is homesick so he and some of his new zoo friends plot an escape. They're successful, but once they are out in the big city, how do they all find their way to their respective homes?

Toad Rage
Morris Gleitzman
Determined to understand why humans hate cane toads and to improve relations between the species, Limpy embarks on a dangerous trek from his swamp to the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Other titles in the series:
 

A Boy and His Bear
Harriet Graham

Dickon rescues his bear cub from certain death from the hands of bear catchers in Medieval England. Told in part from the point of view of the cub.

The Wind in the Willows 
Kenneth Grahame
The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger.

King of the Wind
Marguerite Henry

Traces the abuses and triumphs of the Arabian stallion who became the founding sire of the thoroughbred breed and of the mute Arab boy who tended him as long as he lived.

Sheep
Valerie Hobbs

After a fire destroys the farm where he was born, a young border collie acquires a series of owners and learns about life as he seeks a home and longs to fulfill his life's purpose of shepherding sheep.

 

Waggit's Tale
Peter Howe

When Waggit is abandoned by his owner as a puppy, he meets a pack of wild dogs who become his friends and teach him to survive in the city park but when he has a chance to go home with a kind woman who wants to adopt him, he takes it.

Also in the series:

 

The Last Wild Place
Rosa Jordan

While dealing with problems at home and also with his best friend, sixth grader Chip discovers a family of Florida panthers in a marshy wood behind an abandoned home, he puts aside his own predicaments and concentrates on finding a safe home for the wild animals.

 

The Chicken Doesn't Skate
Gordon Korman

Wild things happen at the South Middle School when Milo's science project, Henrietta the chicken, becomes the hockey team's mascot and their only chance for a winning season.

 

The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise known as De Fawg Pin
Donna Jo Napoli
Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of a new life as he mates, raises a family and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family.

 

Ugly
Donna Jo Napoli

When the rest of the ducks turn on her little duckling, Ugly, because he isn't like them, Mother Duck sadly leaves him in order to protect her other children. With the help of some new friends, Ugly makes his way alone, but he doesn't know where he's going or what he's looking for.

 

The Leanin' Dog
K. A. Nuzum

In wintry Colorado during the 1930's, eleven-year-old Dessa Dean mourns the death of her mother, but the arrival of an injured dog and the friendship they formed is just what they need to change their lives forever.

 

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Robert C. Obrien

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

 

Dogboy
Christopher Russell

In 1346, twelve-year old Brind, an orphaned kennel boy raised with hunting dogs at an English manor, accompanies his master along with half of the manor's prized mastiffs to France where he must fend for himself when both his master and the dogs are lost at the decisive battle of Crecy.

Also in the series:

Black Beauty
Anna Sewell

A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.
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