Richard Peck
A Long Way From Chicago, The Teacher’s Funeral, Here Lies the Librarian – to name a few
Esme Rajj Codell
Vive Paris!, Sahara Special, Diary of a Fairy Godmother
Sharon Creech
The Wanderer, Love That Dog, Granny Torelli Makes Soup, Bloomability, Walk Two Moons etc
Katherine Peterson
Bridge to Terabithia, Bread and Roses too, Jacob, Have I Loved, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Of Nightingales That Weep etc
Karen Cushman –historical fiction
Midwife’s Apprentice, “Catherine, Called Birdy,” Matilda Bone etc
Hilary McKay a series of books about an unusual family
Saffy’s Angel, Permanent Rose, Caddy Everafter etc.
Eva Ibbotson usually dealing with ghosts, goblins and witches but in a non-scary way. More funny. Roald Dahl-esque.
Polly Horvath
The Trolls, Everything on a Waffle etc
Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Bud, Not Buddy etc
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Set during the yellow fever epidemic in Philidelphia, 16 year old Matilda learns to persevere when she is separated from her mother.
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
13 year old Jessie discovers that her 1840’s village is actually a modern day tourist site and must escape the village to save her family from an epidemic of diphtheria. Check out other titles by this author as well
Love, Ruby Lavender by Debbie Wiles
9 year old Ruby survives the summer while writing to her beloved Grandmother who is on vacation and ultimately copes with her Grandfather’s death.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Reynie answers a mysterious ad in the paper and is recruited, along with three others, to help foil the Evil Dr Curtain’s plan to take over the world.
The Runway Princess by Kate Coombs
Princess Margaret isn’t your everyday princess. She despises embroidery, hates dressing up and spends her time with the gardener’s son…much to the dismay of the King and Queen. When the King locks her in a tower and announces that any man who can kill all of the dragons and defeat all of the bandits and witches in his kingdom can marry his daughter, Princess Margaret has had enough. She escapes the tower and decides to win the contest herself!

The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
14 year old Miri must attend a strict school for potential princesses and discovers she has strengths and talents she didn’t know she had.
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
In 1849, a twelve-year-old girl who calls herself Lucy is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a small California mining town, where Lucy helps run a rough boarding house and looks for comfort in books while trying to find a way to get "home."

Beauty: a Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from a spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

And don’t forget classics like:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Every Burnford
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers