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Animal Fiction for Grades 6-8

This list features recent animal stories in which the animals act like real animals. For fantasies about animals, please see the Animal Fantasy list. Additions animal stories may be listed with Classics. All these stories can be found in Youth (Y) Fiction. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.
Banks Tiger, Tiger    (Two tiger cub brothers are taken from the jungle by ancient Romans. One becomes a pampered pet and the other becomes a man-eating "entertainment act." )
Adler More Than a Horse    (with the help of hew new friends, twelve-year-old Leeann wins the friendship of a crusty wrangler.)
Burnford Bel Ria    ( Follows the wanderings of a little performing dog in France, England, and at sea during World War II.)
Corcoran Wolf 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.)
Eckert Incident at Hawk's Hill    (In this first book in a series, a six-year-old wanders into the Canadian prairie and spends a summer under the protection of a badger.)
Ellis Swimming with Whales    (A fourteen-year-old boy struggles with divorce, an offer to move away, and his desire to remain near the whales near his Patagonian home.)
Gallico The Snow Goose    (Against the backdrop of World War II, a disabled painter and a village girl tend an injured snow goose. )
George Julie of the Wolves    (A thirteen-year-old Inuit girl escaping a forced marriage becomes lost and is befriended by a wolf pack.)
George Shark Beneath the Reef    (On the Island of Coronado, a young Mexican fisherman comes of age as he becomes aware of the politics, corruption, and changes around him.)
George Water Sky    (A boy who goes to Barrow, Alaska, to live with friends of his father for awhile learns about whaling in the Inuit culture.)
Graham A Boy and His Bear    (Dickon rescues his bear cub friend from certain death at the hands of bear catchers in Medieval England. Told in part from the point of view of the cub.)
Griffiths Blackface Stallion    ( Follows the life of a wild horse living in the desert of northern Mexico as he grows from a foal to a magnificent stallion with a herd of his own.)
Hart Shadow Horse    ( Thirteen-year-old Jas tries to prove that the owner of the farm where she works has killed her favorite horse, Whirlwind.)
Hesse The Music of Dolphins    (An adolescent girl who was raised by dolphins attempts to fit into human culture.)
Hiaasen Hoot    (Roy helps save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.)
Hobbs Bearstone    (A troubled Indian boy goes to live with an elderly rancher whose caring ways help the boy become a man.)
Hobbs Jackie's Wild Seattle    (Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her little brother, Cody, help out at a wildlife rescue center.)
Kadohata Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam    (A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.)
Kamida Night Mare    (Thirteen-year-old Janet trains a magnificent white mare to be a show horse, unaware of its true nature or that of its owners.)
Koja Straydog    (Rachel, a teenager with a healthy dose of both aptitude and attitude, begins to feel at home volunteering at an animal shelter.)
Lester The Snow Pony    ( Prolonged drought has strained Dusty's ranching family to the breaking point, but she finds consolation with her wild and beautiful horse.)
Napoli North    (Tired of his overprotected life and intrigued by the life of African American explorer Matthew Henson, twelve-year-old Alvin spends a season with a trapper near the Arctic Circle.)
Neville It's Like This, Cat    (Fourteen-year-old New Yorker Dave Mitchell makes friends with a stray cat, gets to know a troubled young man, and begins to see his father as a human being, not just a parent.)
O'Hara My Friend Flicka    (Through his devotion to the colt Flicka, a young Western boy gains responsibility and a better understanding of his brusque father.)
Paulsen Dogsong    (A fourteen-year-old Inuit boy takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled seeking his "song" of himself.)
Peck A Day No Pigs Would Die    ( To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done.)
Pinkwater Cloud Horse    (Kate inherits a legacy of understanding and love for the free-spirited cloud horses of Iceland from a beautiful Viking girl.)
Quintana The Baboon King    (Banished from his tribe, Morengáru the hunter must make a life for himself among a troop of baboons.)
Rawls Summer 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. )
Russell Dogboy    (In 1346, twelve-year-old Brind, an orphaned kennel boy, must fend for himself after his master and the dogs die at the battle of Crécy.)
Skurzynski The Hunted    (The Landon family travels to Glacier National Park to investigate why grizzly bear cubs are disappearing and becomes involved with a ten-year-old Mexican runaway boy.)
Wallace Red Dog    (Living with his family in the rugged, often dangerous, Wyoming mountains in the 1860's, twelve-year-old Adam is left in charge of the household during his stepfather's absence.)

Last Updated: 4/15

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