Stand Up and Whistle is an intelligently written work that young readers will certainly enjoy. It powerfully combines social protest, environmentalism, and some very effective education on ecosystems—especially as it pertains to the often-overlooked role of more modest creatures like prairie dogs.
Introducing the concept of death to children is obviously difficult. Rebecca Elliott (The Owl Diaries) approaches this potential minefield-of-a-subject with a novel combination of tenderness and candor in Missing Jack.
Where the Red Fern Grows is the classic story of the bond between a boy and his dogs. It's been making readers' hearts skip beats since 1961 and now it has a special edition cover to celebrate the 50+ years it has been in print.