Books With A Surprise Ending!

Kids , Book List

It's Only Stanley

Title: It's Only Stanley
By: Jon Agee
Published: 2015

Very strange noises that keep awakening the Wimbledon family one night have an even stranger source.

Ages 5 - 8.

The Giant Jumperee

Title: The Giant Jumperee
By: Julia Donaldson
Published: 2017

Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a loud voice coming from inside his burrow: "I'm the Giant Jumperee and I'm scary as can be!" shouts the stranger. Rabbit's friends Cat, Bear, and Elephant come to help, but they're no match for the mysterious, booming voice. But who is the Giant Jumperee?

Ages 3 - 5.

Bark, George

Title: Bark, George
By: Jules Feiffer
Published: 1999

A mother dog tries to teach her pup how to bark, and is surprised at why he wasn't learning.

Ages 4 - 8.

The Mightiest

Title: The Mightiest
By: Keiko Kasza
Published: 2001

The Lion, the Bear, and the Elephant compete to see who can do the best job scaring a tiny old woman, but she has a surprise for them.

Ages 2-6.


Title: Snapdragon
By: Kat Leyh
Published: 2020

Snap's town has a witch. At least, that's the rumor. In reality, Jacks is just a Crocs-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells the skeletons of roadkill online. It's creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it's kind of cool, too. As Snap gets to know her, she realizes that Jacks may in fact have real magic--and an unlikely connection to Snap's family's past.

10-14 years.

The Westing Game

Title: The Westing Game
By: Ellen Raskin
Published: 1978

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Ages 8 - 13.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

Title: After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
By: Dan Santat
Published: 2017

After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.

Ages 4-8.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Title: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
By: Julia Sarcone-Roach
Published: 2015

When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit.

Ages 3-7.

Spencer's New Pet

Title: Spencer's New Pet
By: Jessie Sima
Published: 2019

Spencer excitedly takes his new pet to the park, the veterinarian's office, and a birthday party, but for a pet balloon, those places are full of danger.

Ages 4-8.

When You Reach Me

Title: When You Reach Me
By: Rebecca Stead
Published: 2009

Four mysterious letters change Miranda's world forever.

Ages 9-12.

The Thief

Title: The Thief
By: Megan Whalen Turner
Published: 2017

Ages 8-12.

I Won

Title: I Won
By: Ruth Wielockx
Published: 2015

"The competitors hurry to their vehicles. Which is the fastest? The scooter, the fire engine or the tricycle? Maybe it's the racing bike? And who actually won?"

Ages 3-up.

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