Tails & Tales -- Intermediate

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow – Jessica Day George 

When a great white bear promises untold riches to her family, the Lass (as she's known) agrees to go away with him. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle. To unravel the mystery, the Lass sets out on a windswept journey beyond the edge of the world. Based on the Nordic legend East of the Sun, West of the Moon, with romantic echoes of Beauty and the Beast, this re-imagined story will leave fans of fantasy and fairytale enchanted.

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 Saving Winslow – Sharon Creech

Louie doesn't have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he's determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army. Everyone worries that Winslow won't survive, especially Louie’s quirky new friend, Nora, who has experienced loss of her own. As Louie's bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined. 

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Kodi – Jared Cullum

Katya and her Meema are spending another normal summer at their cottage in Alaska, when a chance accident leaves Katya face-to-face with the biggest creature she's ever seen, an enormous kodiak bear, soon to become her closest friend. But when Katya must suddenly return home to Seattle, the two are torn apart, leaving Kodi to do whatever it takes to reunite with his fragile human friend. It's a wild adventure packed with breathtaking views, new companions, and danger around every turn. 

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Panda-monium – Stuart Gibbs

FunJungle is frenzied, awaiting the arrival of its most thrilling animal yet—Li Ping—a rare and very expensive giant panda that the zoo went to enormous lengths to secure. But when the truck transporting Li Ping shows up, its precious cargo has vanished into thin air. The FBI steps in to investigate, but when someone threatens to blackmail Teddy’s girlfriend, Summer, if he doesn’t solve the crime, his involvement in this mystery is no longer black and white.

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The Line Tender – Kate Allen

Lucy Everhart's marine-biologist mother was on a boat far off the coast of Massachusetts, collecting shark data when she died suddenly. Lucy was seven. Five years later, another great white brings yet another tragedy to sleepy Rockport. To survive the fresh wave of grief, Lucy must grab the line that connects her depressed father, a stubborn fisherman, and a curious old widower, to her mother's unfinished research on the Great White's return to Cape Cod. If Lucy can find a way to help this unlikely quartet follow the sharks her mother loved, she'll finally be able to look beyond what she's lost, and toward what's left to be discovered. 

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Chomp – Carl Hiaasen

When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father. 

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When Friendship Followed Me Home --  Paul Griffin

Ben Coffin has never been one for making friends. As a former foster kid, he knows people can up and leave without so much as a goodbye. Ben prefers to spend his time with the characters in his favorite sci-fi books…until he rescues an abandoned mutt from the alley next-door to the Coney Island Library. Scruffy little Flip leads Ben to befriend a fellow book-lover named Halley—yes, like the comet—a girl unlike anyone he has ever met. Ben begins thinking of her as “Rainbow Girl” because of her crazy-colored clothes and her laugh, pure magic, the kind that makes you smile away the stormiest day.  Rainbow Girl convinces Ben to write a novel with her.  But as their story unfolds Ben’s life begins to unravel, and Ben must discover for himself the truth about friendship and the meaning of home.  

I FIC Griffin

Bad Unicorn – Platte Clark  

Max Spencer is an underachiever, but when a carnivorous unicorn, Princess the Destroyer, and an evil wizard, Rezormoor, bring him (the only one who can read the legendary Codex of Infinite Knowability) to their magical realm, he must find the courage to save himself, his friends, and the entire human race. 

I FIC Clark

Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry

On the island of Chincoteague, off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland, lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely-seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her—that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can’t live without her. The frenzied roundup that follows on the next Pony Penning Daydoes indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether. 

I FIC Henry

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp – Kathi Appelt 

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.  

I FIC Appelt

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – Jacqueline Kelly

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate learns about love from the older three of her six brothers and studies the natural world with her grandfather which leads to an important discovery. 

I FIC Kelly

A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans – Laurence Yep

Crusty dragon Miss Drake's new pet human, precocious ten-year-old Winnie, not only thinks Miss Drake is her pet, she accidentally brings to life her "sketchlings" of mysterious and fantastic creatures hidden in San Francisco, causing mayhem among its residents. 

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Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam – Cynthia Kadohata 

Cracker is one of the army’s most valuable weapons: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive. 

I FIC Kadohata

The Quest Begins (Seekers 1) – Erin Hunter 

Three young bears of different species--one black, one polar, and one grizzly--travel on a perilous quest to the Northern Lights, escorting a shape-shifting grizzly cub whose destiny will affect them all. 

I FIC Hunter

A Wolf Called Wander – Rosanne Parry

A young wolf cub, separated from his pack, journeys 1000 miles across the Pacific Northwest, dealing with forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before finding a new home. Based on the true story of a wolf called OR-7. 

I FIC Parry

Lety Out Loud – Angela Cervantes

Lety Munoz loves volunteering at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter because the dogs and cats there don't care if she can't always find the right word. When the shelter needs a volunteer to write animal profiles, Lety jumps at the chance, but grumpy classmate Hunter also wants to write profiles--so now they have to work as a team. Hunter devises a secret competition to decide who will be the official shelter scribe. Lety reluctantly agrees, but she's worried that if the shelter finds out about the contest, they'll kick her out of the volunteer program. Then she'll never be able to adopt Spike, her favorite dog at the shelter. 

I FIC Cervantes

The Wild Robot – Peter Brown 

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? Most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her. 

I FIC Brown

The Black Stallion – Walter Farley

Alec Ramsay and a wild, black stallion survive a shipwreck together. While they are stranded on a desert island in the Red Sea, they develop a bond of trust. After being rescued, their lives continue to be intertwined as they journey to America and race together. 

Classic Farley

Draw Manga Now!: Supercute Animals and Pets – Christopher Hart

Supercute Animals and Pets teaches readers how to draw animals from a fox, to a cow, to a penguin, all in the style of manga. After an introduction to basic body constructions, faces, tails, legs, and more, readers will have a chance to follow along Hart's in-depth step-by-steps. 

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Wild Born (Spirit Animals 1) – Brandon Mull

As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirit beasts -- a bond that gives great powers to all of them. 

I FIC Spirit

Phoebe and her Unicorn – Dana Simpson

When Phoebe meets a unicorn named Marigold who grants her one wish, Phoebe wishes Marigold would become her best friend, and the two set off on adventures big and small. 

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When You Trap a Tiger – Tae Keller  (Newbery Winner 2020)

Would you make a deal with a magic tiger to save someone you love? When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with her to heal her Halmoni. This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life.

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The Girl Who Speaks Bear -- Sophie Anderson

Discovered in a bear cave as a baby, 12-year-old Yanka dreams of knowing who she really is. Although Yanka is happy at home with her loving foster mother, she feels out of place in the village where the other children mock her for her unusual size and strength. So when Yanka wakes up one morning to find her legs have become bear legs, she knows she has no choice but to leave her village. She has to find somewhere she truly belongs, so she ventures into the Snow Forest with her pet weasel, Mousetrap, in search of the truth about her past. But deep in the forest there are many dangers and Yanka discovers that even the most fantastic stories she grew up hearing are true. And just as she draws close to discovering who she really is, something terrifying happens that could trap her in the forest...forever 

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