Book picks similar to
Under the Mermaid Angel by Martha Moore


young-adult
fiction
middle-grade
realistic-fiction

Ten Kids, No Pets


Ann M. Martin - 2006
    Martin's funny, insightful take on pets and family -- now with a spectacular new cover.There are ten siblings in the Rosso family. Ten individuals with ten different ways of looking at things. But they all have one thing in common: Each of them wants a pet. The only problem is that their mom does not: "No pets," she has always said. "Ten kids is enough."But now that the Rosso family is moving from the big city to the country, there are big changes ahead, including a new farmhouse and lots of nature. But the Rosso kids will still need to figure out a plan to change mom's mind. . . .

Harry Sue


Sue Stauffacher - 2005
    Her mom's in the slammer and she wants to get there, too, as fast as possible, so they can be together. But it's not so easy to become a juvenile delinquent when you've got a tender heart.

Only Emma


Sally Warner - 2005
    When four-year-old Anthony Scarpetto moves in for a week while his parents are away, Emma is not happy. He's loud, he smells, and he touches her stuff. And that's only half of it! Emma has started at a new school, and has finally begun to make friends. But how can she invite anyone over when annoying Anthony is there? Emma is in for a surprise, though. As the week goes by, she starts to realize that having a "little brother" may not be as bad as she thought.

Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby


Jane O'Connor - 1979
    But her dreams of a fun-filled summer are shattered when Merle breaks her ankle on the day before their scheduled departure. Now Abby must face a long summer filled with homesickness, nasty bunkmates, and mystery meat -- all without Merle. Will Merle still be the same best friend when she finally returns home? Will Abby ever really fit in at camp? And will the campers ever be able to identify the mystery meat?O'Connor's overall tone is funny, relaxed; but underlying her wit is something meaningful, a realism of characterization that separates Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby in quality from the bulk...of summercamp fiction. -- School Library JournalThe story is nicely put together and has moments of genuine humor; it is light, satisfying fare for middle graders, especially the camp veterans. -- BooklistO'Connor clearly remembers her own camp days, complete with silly songs and snooping on the counselors! -- Kirkus Reviews

The Melendy Family


Elizabeth Enright - 1986
    This book is a collection of three novels about the Melendy Family: The Saturdays, The Four Story Mistake, and And Then There Were Five.

Sixth-Grade Sleepover


Eve Bunting - 1989
    Janey worries that the sixth grade Rabbit Reading Club's all-night sleepover will expose her fear of the dark, but it turns out that she is not the only member with a secret.

Chocolate-Covered Ants


Stephen Manes - 1993
    Reprint.

Spider Boy


Ralph Fletcher - 1997
    At first Bobby's content with writing in his journal and caring for Thelma, his pet tarantula, but now he's stuck working on a school project with Lucky, another student. Bobby finds that Lucky's not bad for a girl, and things look even better when he sees a chance to get revenge on Chick Hall, the school bully. But Bobby's not ready for Chick's retaliation.

Winning Team


Dominique Moceanu - 2012
    Or, at least she was at her gymnastics training gym in Ohio. But when her family moves to Texas for a world-class facility, Britt is suddenly a zero in the eyes of her new teammates. The other girls-graceful Christina, perfect Noelle, and quiet Jessie-aren't exactly excited by the arrival of the pint-sized powerhouse. Especially since Britt has a way of saying the wrong thing at all the wrong times. But, Britt's not scared of a challenge: she's an Elite Gymnast, and she didn't get there without taking some major risks. She's determined to become friends with the other Texas Twisters, whether they want her to or not.

Cassie Binegar


Patricia MacLachlan - 1980
    But during an eventful summer by the sea, she begins to learn that some things do not stay the same forever. Colorful characters [and] Cassie's continuing and believable growth in understanding herself and others [make] this novel so distinctive." 'C.

The Case of the 202 Clues


Nina Alexander - 1998
    Her best dogfriend, Sparky, had also disappeared. And then Clue was snatched right from under our noses!Oh no! How are we ever going to find so many missing dogs when we were totally clueless?

A Blue-Eyed Daisy


Cynthia Rylant - 1985
    He hasn't been able to hunt, either, so it's strange when he brings home a hunting dog, a beagle named Bullet. But Bullet is only the first odd thing that happens to Ellie the year she's eleven. She sees a favorite uncle go off to war; a boy in her class has a fit in the middle of geography and another is accidentally killed while target shooting; and Okey drives his Chevy pickup off the mountain, with near-tragic consequences. But still Ellie manages the ordinary pleasures of making a best friend and getting kissed for the first time -- it's no wonder she confides to Bullet on her twelfth birthday, "Some year."

Journey to an 800 Number


E.L. Konigsburg - 1999
    Bo is looking forward to moving into his stepfather's big house and attending the snooty Fortnum School in the fall. Everything about Bo's new life is going to be first class, just like his new navy blazer with the Fortnum crest on the pocket.But while his mother is on her honeymoon, Bo has to spend a month with his father Woody, an itinerant camel-keeper who entertains at shopping malls and conventions around the country. Woody is decidedly "not" first class, and neither is the eccentric cast of characters Bo meets on their travels. But Bo learns a lot from them that isn't taught at Fortnum...about love and loyalty and the art of pretending -- and that class and first class are not necessarily the same thing.

Poison Most Vial


Benedict Carey - 2012
    Ramachandran is stone-cold dead, and Ruby Rose’s father is the prime suspect. It’s one more reason for Ruby to hate the Gardens, the funky urban neighborhood to which she has been transplanted. Wise but shy, artistic but an outsider, Ruby must marshal everything and everyone she can to help solve the mystery and prove her father didn’t poison his boss. Everyone? The list isn’t too long: there’s T. Rex, Ruby’s big, goofy but goodhearted friend; maybe those other two weird kids from class; and that mysterious old lady in the apartment upstairs, who seems to know a lot about chemistry . . . which could come in very handy.

Lost in London


Cindy Callaghan - 2013
    So when she gets the chance to take part in a London exchange program, she's thrilled to ditch her small town in Delaware and see the world across the pond.Unfortunately, Jordan's host sister in London, Caroline, isn't exactly enthusiastic about entertaining an American girl. Despite the chilly welcome, Jordan finds herself loving the city and Caroline's group of friends, who are much nicer than Caroline herself.And then a major misstep leaves Jordan and Caroline trapped together overnight—inside Daphne's, the world's largest department store. Given they have complete access to all the fancy shoes, designer dresses, and coolest makeup around, there are worse places to be stuck. But when the girls' fun has not-so-fun consequences, Jordan's wish for excitement abroad turns into a lot more than she ever bargained for...