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Animal Fiction for Grades 6-8

This list features recommended novels in which the animals act like real animals. For fantasies about animals, please see the Animal Fantasy list. Additional animal stories may be listed with Classics. All these stories can be found in Youth (Y) Fiction.
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Author Title Call Number
AngusSoldier Dog
A young boy survives World War I with the help of his dog.
Y Angus
BarrowSaving Zasha
Mikhail and his family brave treason charges to keep their dog Zasha.
Y Barrow
CorcoranWolf at the Door
Living in the shadow of her beautiful and talented younger sister, Lee cares for a wolf pack that needs protection from cattle ranchers.
Y Corcoran
GeorgeJulie of the Wolves
A thirteen-year-old Inuit girl escaping a forced marriage becomes lost and is befriended by a wolf pack.
Y George
GrahamA Boy and His Bear
Dickon rescues and befriends a bear cub, saving it from certain death at the hands of bear catchers in Medieval England.
Y Graham
HiaasenHoot
Roy helps save a colony of owls from a proposed construction site.
Y Hiaasen
HobbsBearstone
Cloyd calls on Ute traditions to save an elderly rancher and help a bear in danger.
Y Hobbs
KadohataCracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam
A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.
Y Kadohata
KimmelLegend of Ghost Dog
Tee investigates tales of ghostly animal that haunts the Alaskan wilderness.
Y Kimmel
KojaStraydog
Rachel, a teenaged misfit with a healthy dose of both aptitude and attitude, begins to feel at home volunteering at an animal shelter.
Y Koja
LesterThe Snow Pony
Prolonged drought has strained Dusty's ranching family to the breaking point, but she finds consolation with her wild and beautiful horse.
Y Lester
LondonCall of the Wild
Stolen from the family with whom he lived as a beloved pet, Buck learns to adapt to new situations.
Y London
NapoliNorth
Inspired by the life of African-American explorer Matthew Henson, Alvin spends a season with a trapper near the Arctic Circle.
Y Napoli
NowraInto That Forest
After surviving a flood and two years among Tasmanian tigers, two girls are rescued and must try to readjust to human life.
Y Nowra
O'BrienLara's Gift
In 1914 Russia, it's rare for a woman to become a kennel steward. But Lara has a special bond with the dogs.
Y O'Brien
PaulsenDogsong
A fourteen-year-old Inuit boy takes a 1400-mile journey by dogsled.
Y Paulsen
PaulsenRoad Trip
A father and son embark on a road trip to save a homeless border collie.
Y Paulsen
PeytonBlind Beauty
Tessa's passion for riding and her love for an ugly horse named Buffoon help her endure an unhappy life with a hateful stepfather.
Y Peyton
PinkwaterCloud Horse
Kate inherits a legacy of understanding and love for the free-spirited cloud horses of Iceland from a beautiful Viking girl.
Y Pinkwater
PyronThe Dogs of Winter
Ivan escapes his abusive family in Moscow and finds protection in a pack.
Y Pyron
RawlsSummer of the Monkeys
A fourteen-year-old boy finds a tree full of monkeys along an old Ozark River. His grandpa says there is a handsome reward for anyone who can catch them.
Y Rawls
ReisfeldWhat the Dog Said
Grace and her older sister navigate grief from their father's death by training a service dog for the disabled.
Y Reisfeld
SmileyThe Georges and the Jewels
The first in a series about Abby Lovitt, who lives on a California horse ranch.
Y Smiley
St. JohnThe White Giraffe
In this first book in a series, Martine uses courage, intelligence, and a gift for healing to save a rare white giraffe.
Y St. John
TaylorThe Hostage
Jamie has second thoughts about giving up a killer whale he and his father have captured for reward.
Y Taylor
WallaceRed Dog
Living in the rugged, Wyoming mountains in the 1860s, twelve-year-old Adam takes charge of the household during his stepfather's absence.
Y Wallace
WedekindA Horse of Her Own
Jane, who cares for the horses of rich girls at Sunny Acres farm, helps train a beautiful but skittish new horse.
Y Wedekind
YoungFinny and the Boy from Horse Mountain
With the help of an injured runaway boy, Finny learns how to train the old, neglected horse she's just acquired.
Y Young

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