"Last Holiday Concert" by Andrew Clements

When the choir teacher loses his job due to budget cuts, someone must take over the show.  And who better to do it than Hart Evans, the most popular 6th grader who soon learns that he doesn't know the first thing about leadership.


"Ballet Shoes" by Noel Streatfield (first in a series referred to as the 'Shoe Books')

Three orphan girls are adopted by a wonderful man who enrolls them in a dance school.  One becomes an actress, one becomes a dancer and the third finds a very interesting career.


"Sugar Plum Ballerinas" by Whoopie Goldberg & Debra Underwood (a series)

Alexandrea's mother decides to move she should take ballet lessons (even though Al doesn't want to dance).  Against her daughter's wishes, she enrolls Alexandrea in the Nutcracker School of Ballet.  Good life lessons on supporting friends.


"Masterpiece" by Elise Broach

A great museum mystery about a boy, a beetle, truth and friendship!


"The Wright 3" by Blue Balliett

Another wonderful mystery that focuses around a house built by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Petra, Calder and Tommy must solve coded messages, pentominoes and an intricate web of art and surprise to find the answers.


"From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg

Claudia, and her younger brother Jamie, run away from home and go to live in the Metropolitian Museum of Art.  Once there, they stumble upon a mystery and meet a remarkable friend.


"A Crooked Kind of Perfect" by Linda Urban

Ten-year-old Zoe dreams of being an amazing piano player, but her parents sign her up for organ lessons instead.  What's a girl to do?