Fiction Reviews for ages 5 to 12

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These days we are very lucky to have a truly wide variety of early readers, chapter books, and middle readers available to us. Some of them are also quite lovely to look at with delightful illustrations throughout. The importance of the early reader in the reading life of a child is often unrecognized. The next step, the chapter book, offers a child that very first chance to properly read a book on his or her own. The middle reader takes a child into a new world of fiction and gives the reader a real taste of what a novel can be like.

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You can find other books of this kind in the Non-Fiction, Features, and Series sections of the journal.

A Most Magical Girl

A Most Magical Girl

Karen Foxlee
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Random House, 2016   ISBN: 978-0553512854
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Billy Creekmore: A Novel

Billy Creekmore: A Novel

Tracey Porter
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
HarperCollins, 2007   ISBN: 978-0060775704
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George's Secret Key to the Universe

George's Secret Key to the Universe

Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007   ISBN: 978-1416954620
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I Am Drums

I Am Drums

Mike Grosso
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Clarion Books, 2016   ISBN: 978-0544707108
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Mary Anning's Curiosity

Mary Anning's Curiosity

Monica Kulling
Illustrator:  Melissa Castrillon 
Historical Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Groundwood Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1554988983
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Mr. Putter & Tabby Spin the Yarn

Mr. Putter & Tabby Spin the Yarn

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Arthur Howard 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2007   ISBN: 978-0152060954
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The Cobble Street Cousins: In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen

The Cobble Street Cousins: In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:   Wendy Anderson Halperin 
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 to 9
Simon and Schuster, 2000   ISBN: 978-0689817083
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Wandmaker

Wandmaker

Ed Masessa
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Scholastic Press, 2016   ISBN: 978-0545861748
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Witch's Broom

Witch's Broom

Ruth Chew
Fiction
For ages 7 to 9
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015   ISBN: 978-0449815786
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wolfie and Fly

wolfie and Fly

Cary Fagan
Illustrator:  Zoe Si 
Fiction
For ages 6 to 8
Tundra Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1101918203
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Waiting for the Magic

Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrator:  Amy Bates 
Fiction
For ages 7 and up
Simon and Schuster, 2011   ISBN: 978-1416927457
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