Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (2012)

chompThis Everglades adventure has humor, action, a well-developed cast of characters, and biting–lots of biting.

Recommended grade level: 5-9

Pages: 290 (for ISBN 9780375868429)

Genre(s) and keywords: adventure, humor, survival

Tone/Style: quirky, humorous

Pace: moderate

Topics: animals, swamps, reality TV, domestic abuse

Themes: parent/child relationships, protecting others, dishonesty on television

Summary: Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he’s grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. Continue reading

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle (2013)

51Oei844sIL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A simple but emotion-packed middle grade boy-and-his-dog story.

Recommended grade level: 3-6

Pages: 224 (for ISBN 9780805095166)

Genre(s) and keywords: novel in verse, realistic fiction, animal fiction, reluctant readers, Latino/Latina

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (2012)

51DLkub2rOL._SX352_BO1,204,203,200_An unhappy but resigned gorilla uses art and inspiration from a new friend to fight for a brighter future in this quiet, thoughtful Newbery Medal winner.

Recommended grade level: 3-6

Pages: 307, with pictures (for ISBN 9780061992254)

Genre(s) and keywords: animal fiction, award winner

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