If You Enjoyed A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony
Snicket, Try These
Aiken, Joan - The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
When Bonnie's parents set off on a sea voyage, they leave
their daughter and her cousin in the care of a cruel governess,
Miss Slighcarp. Soon, the servants are dismissed, the furniture
is sold and the girls are sent off to an orphan school. The
girls make a daring escape and try to save Bonnie's home,
Willoughby Chase. 258p.
Avi - Emily
When her bankrupt father deserts the family, Emily is sent
to live with her uncle, an untrustworthy banker. Emily gets
mixed up with a bank robbery and the mysterious Deadwood Dick.
Dahl, Roald - Matilda
Matilda is an amazing child whose parents don't appreciate
her. Matilda uses her special powers to help her favorite teacher,
Miss Honey, and to pay back the evil school principal, Miss
Trunchbul, who hates children. 240p.
Dickens, Charles - The Adventures of Oliver Twist
Poor orphaned Oliver is sold to a harsh employer after he's
thrown out of a Victorian-era workhouse. He sets off on his
own for London where he's taken in by a gang of young
Fleischman, Sid - The Whipping Boy
Jemmy, a street-wise urchin, serves as the servant and whipping
boy to spoiled Prince Horace. Bored with castle life, Prince
Horace forces Jemmy to run away with him. After the two are
grabbed by cutthroats, they have more adventures than they
can stand! 90p.
Garfield, Leon - The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris
Two mischievous schoolboys, Bostock and Harris, try an experiment
with Harris's baby sister Adelaide which leads to a series
of zany misadventures. 223p.
Garfield, Leon - Young Nick and Jubilee
Two orphans who live by their wits on the streets of Victorian
London try to better their lives by attending school, but need
to find someone to pose as their father before the charity
school will accept them. 134p.
Gliori, Debi - Pure Dead Magic
Strange things are happening at StregaSchloss, the home of
the Strega-Borgia family. Dad's missing, Mom's
busy taking witch lessons, the children have a strange new nanny, and a whole
litter of pet rats have vanished. Titus, Pandora and baby Damp
discover that Dad's been kidnapped by gangsters and their
attempt to save him involves magic wands, the internet, a talking
spider and the yeti that lives in their basement! 182p.
Hoeye, Michael - Time Stops for No Mouse
In a world populated by mice, Hermux Tantamoq's neat
little life is turned upside down when dashing, daredevil aviatrix
Linka Perflinger rushes into his shop with a broken watch and
quickly steals his heart. When she doesn't come back
to pick up her watch, Hermux is determined to find out what
happened to her. 250p.
Ibbotson, Eva - Island of the Aunts
The lives of three youngsters are changed forever when they
are kidnapped by aging sisters who need help caring for their
many magical creatures on a remote island. 281p.
Ives, David - Monsieur Eek
When a chimpanzee arrives in the strange town of MacOongafoondsen,
the people mistake him for a French spy and put him on trial
for being a thief. Emmaline is the only one who sees the ridiculousness
of this and volunteers to be the chimp's lawyer. 179p.
Maguire, Gregory - Seven Spiders Spinning
Seven prehistoric tarantulas hatch from an iceberg, are discovered
by a group of girls, and wreak havoc in Miss Earth's
class. Book 1 of the Hamlet Chronicles. 132p.
Pullman, Philip - Spring-Heeled Jack
On a moonless night in London, Rose, Lily, and little Ned escape
from an orphanage. Evil lurks in London and Spring-Heeled Jack,
a quirky character, aids the children with springs in his shoes.
This melodramatic tale has a comic-book feel. 112p.
Roberts, Willo Davis - Jo and the Bandit
While traveling to Texas to stay with their uncle, Jo and Andrew's
stagecoach is robbed by five bandits. Jo and Andrew decide
to help one of the bandits change his evil ways to avoid prosecution.
Rowling, J.K. - Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer's
This wickedly fun fantasy begins when an orphan, Harry Potter,
learns that he is a wizard and is invited to attend the Hogwarts
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 309p.
Sachar, Louis - Holes
When Stanley tries to run away from the juvenile detention
facility to which he has been unfairly sent, he accidentally
helps lift his family's multi-generational curse. 233p.
Stanley, Diane - Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine
Sara notices some weird things happening at school when a book
series written by author I.M. Fine becomes the book to read.
Wallace, Barbara Brooks - Ghosts in the Gallery
After Jenny's mother dies, she is sent to live at Graymark
House with the grandfather she has never met. Winston Graymark
denies that she is related to the family, but lets her work
in the great, gloomy house as an unpaid servant since she has
nowhere else to go. Soon, Jenny realizes that something dangerous
and ghostly is going on at Graymark House… 136p.
Prepared by Sara Pemberton and Sharon Hrycewitz, September