Animal fantasy books for grades 5 and 6


Amateau, Gigi. Chancey of the Maury River
After being abandoned, Chancey, an albino Appaloosa horse, finds a new home with Claire who needs him as much as he needs her, but as his eyesight deteriorates, he and Claire start anew as a therapeutic team.

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

Avi. Ragweed (book one in Poppy series)
Ragweed, a young country mouse, leaves his family and travels to the big city, where he finds excitement and danger and sees cats for the first time.

Avi. The Mayor of Central Park
Oscar Westerwit, a squirrel who loves baseball and Broadway musicals, fights back when a gangster rat named Big Daddy Duds and his thugs move uptown in the year 1900, invade Central Park , and evict Oscar and his animal friends from their homes.

Beil, Michael D. Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits
In 1937, ten-year-old Henry Shipley must rely on a talking cat named Lantern Sam and a kindly conductor named Clarence to help solve the kidnapping of a young heiress aboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner passenger train.

Bondoux, Anne-Laure. Vasco, Leader of the Tribe
Following his dreams of finding a safe haven in a new place, Vasco leads a motley group of rats out of the city, through a dangerous sea voyage, and finally to a forest where the rats, now a true tribe, can make a fresh start.

Cox, Judy. The Mystery of the Burmese Bandicoot
Two rats escape from their comfortable life in an elementary school classroom and survive many dangerous adventures as they stow away on a pirate ship in search of a valuable statue.

Deedy, Carmen Agra. The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale
A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread (Newbery section)
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

Edwards, Julie Andrews. The Great American Mousical
Presents the adventures of theatrical mice that live and work in a miniature world beneath Broadway.

Fiedler, Lisa. Mouseheart, Vol. 1
Follows the experiences of an escaped pet shop mouse who descends into a utopian rat civilization before confronting threatening rebels, ravenous cats, and a generations-long battle involving deadly secrets.

Finney, Patricia. I, Jack (series)
Jack, a Labrador Retriever, tells about his daily life of food, walks, and the "apedogs" and "funny-looking dogs" (cats) in his pack, as well as how everything changes when a pretty girl dog moves into the neighborhood. Includes explanatory footnotes written by the cats.

George, Jean Craighead. The Cats of Roxville Station.
Thrown into a river by a cruel human, a young tiger-striped cat fights to survive amid feral cats and other creatures near Roxville train station, aided by Mike, an eleven-year-old foster boy who is not allowed to have a pet.

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

Hill, Chris. Lucky
Lucky is a young red squirrel who was rescued from a hawk, and now must somehow make his home among the Cloudfoot clan of the larger, gray squirrels who live in the city park--and trouble is brewing, for the rival gray squirrels known as the Northenders are planning an invasion.

Hoeye, Michael. Time Stops for No Mouse: a Hermux Tantamoq adventure
When Linka Perflinger, a jaunty mouse, brings a watch into Hermux Tantamoq's shop to be repaired and then disappears, Hermux is caught up in a dangerous search for eternal youth as he tries to find out what happened to Linka.

Holt, Christopher. The Vanishing. Book One of The Last Dogs (series)
When all humans in his world disappear, Max, a yellow Labrador Retriever, searches for Madame Curie who, he knows, will help find his people but as he and friends Rocky and Gizmo search, they face angry wolves, a gang of subway rats, and the Corporation,a supposed "perfect" society for dogs.

Horvath, Polly. Lord and Lady Bunny--almost royalty!
Madeleine and her hippie parents travel to England to run a candy shop. Meanwhile Mr. and Mrs. Bunny also travel to England, where Mrs. Bunny tries to weasel her way into the ranks of royalty.

Jacques, Brian. Redwall (series)
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.

Lasky, Kathryn. The Escape, Book One of Horses of the Dawn (series)
Estrella is a filly, daughter of the lead mare, one of a shipment of horses bound for the new world, but when the ship is becalmed and the horses are dropped overboard to lighten the load, Estrella finds that it is up to her to lead the herd to land and safety.

Lee, Jenny. Elvis and the underdogs
Benji Wendell Barnsworth is a small ten-year-old boy with a big personality. Born premature, Benji is sickly, accident-prone, and at the hospital so often he even has his own punch card. So when Benji wakes up one day from a particularly bad spell, his doctors take the radical step of suggesting he get a therapy dog. But when a massive crate arrives at Benji's house, out walks a two-hundred-pound Newfoundland who can talk! And boy, is he bossy.

Lofting, Hugh. The Story of Doctor Dolittle
The adventures of a kind-hearted doctor, who is fond of animals and understands their language, as he travels to Africa with some of his favorite pets to cure the monkeys of a terrible sickness.

Lowry, Lois. Stay! Keeper’s Story
Separated early in life from his mother and siblings, Keeper tells of his adventures with various human masters and his continual search for his little sister.

McAllister, Margaret. Urchin of the Riding Stars (Book One of the Mistmantle Chronicles)
A group of animals, led by an orphaned squirrel, learns about friendship and loyalty when they band together to defend their island kingdom against evil forces.

Moranville, Sharelle Byars. The Hop
The intertwining stories of a girl traveling to the Rock and Roll Extravaganza and a toad whose home is in danger of being paved over.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Ugly
When the rest of the ducks turn on her little duckling, Ugly, because he isn't like them, Mother Duck sadly leaves him behind 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.

O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Newbery section)
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.

Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing (series)
When a newborn bat named Shade but sometimes called "Runt" becomes separated from his colony during migration, he grows in ways that prepare him for even greater journeys.

Peck, Richard. The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail: a novel.
A very small mouse of unknown origins runs away from school in the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace shortly before the celebration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, celebrating her sixty years on the British throne.

Pryce, Trevor. An Army of Frogs: a Kulipari novel
For years, the frogs of the Amphibilands have lived in safety, protected by an elite group of poisonous frogs named the Kulipari and by the dreamcasting spell of the turtle king that cloaks their lands in mystery. Now the spell is threatened by the Spider Queen, a talented spellcaster, and Lord Marmoo, leader of the scorpions.

Salamon, Julie. Cat in the city
As he tries to make his own way in New York City, a handsome stray cat that becomes known as Pretty Boy finds a series of temporary homes while learning that relying on others, and being relied upon, is a wonderful thing.

Spirit (various authors). Wild Born. Book One of Spirit Animals (series)
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.

Torday, Piers. The Last Wild.
In a world where animals no longer exist, Kester Jaynes feels like he hardly exists either. He's been locked away in a home for troubled children and cannot speak. Then one night some talking pigeons come to help him escape-- and the animals need him to save them too.