• Banks, Lynn Reid. The Indian-in-the-Cupboard books. A boy inherits a magic key that makes plastic figurines real when locked into a cabinet. He gets into scrapes. The plastic people help him defend his family's dwelling from skinheads.
  • George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain. A boy runs away from New York and successfully becomes a mountain man.
  • Lowry, Lois. The Anastasia Krupnik books. A girl named Anastasia Krupnik does tons of interesting shit and learns IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS from her eccentric parents.
  • O'Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Mrs. Frisby is afraid of the rats and the great owl, but she conquers her fears to save her son. Mr. Ages helps. So does Justin. The rats know about electricity.
  • Porter, Eleanor. Pollyanna. An orphan who is glad all the time goes to live with a woman who is not at all appreciative of her continual gladness. When she gets hit by a car and stops being glad, the woman realizes she misses the gladness after all.
  • Robertson, Keith. The Henry Reed books. Henry Reed and his friend Midge Glass pursue a variety of entrepreneurial activities and they can because it's the 50s.
  • Seredy, Kate. The Good Master. A naughty Hungarian girl is adopted by a good Hungarian family and learns to be good too.
  • Steig, William. Abel's Island. A mouse is stranded as a castaway on an island. He meets an absentminded frog. He escapes.
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. Lord of the Rings books. Short people experience adventures and eventually return to their peaceful homes.
  • Voigt, Cynthia. The Tillerman books. Sad yet exciting stories about orphans.
  • White, E.B. Stuart Little. A mysterious and biologically improbable set of circumstances leads to a human couple having a mouse baby. But who cares, he has a tiny car and there are illustrations and it is AMAZING.
  • White, E.B. The Trumpet of the Swan. A mute swan intuitively understands English and learns the trumpet in order to woo his love interest (who is not really that wonderful herself but at least he still has watercress sandwiches).
may 22 2010 ∞
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