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 Bargain for Frances

A Bargain for Frances

Russell Hoban
Illustrator:   Lillian Hoban 
Fiction
For ages 4 to 6
HarperCollins, 2003   ISBN: 978-0064440011
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Alone in an Untamed Land: The Filles du Roi Diary of Helene St. Onge

Alone in an Untamed Land: The Filles du Roi Diary of Helene St. Onge

Maxine Trottier
Historical Fiction  Series
For ages 10 and up
Scholastic Canada, 2003   ISBN: 978-0439989695
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Baby

Baby

Patricia MacLachlan
Fiction
For ages 8 to 11
Random House, 2009   ISBN: 978-0440411451
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Barkus

Barkus

Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrator:  Marc Boutavant 
Fiction
For ages 5 to 7
Chronicle Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1452111827
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Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far

Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far

Catharina Valckx
Illustrator:  Nicholas Hubesch 
Fiction
For ages 5 to 7
Gecko Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-1776571246
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Caleb’s Story

Caleb’s Story

Patricia MacLachlan
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 and up
HarperCollins, 2002   ISBN: 978-0064405904
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Charlie & Mouse

Charlie & Mouse

Laurel Snyder
Illustrator:  Emily Hughes 
Fiction
For ages 5 to 7
Chronicle Books , 2017   ISBN: 978-1452131535
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Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose

Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose

Diana Leszczynski
Fiction
For ages 8 to 12
Yearling, 2010   ISBN: 978-0440422549
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Penelope Bailey Takes the Stage

Penelope Bailey Takes the Stage

Susanna Reich
Historical Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Cavendish Square Publishing, 2006   ISBN: 978-0761452874
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The Fog Mound: Faradawn

The Fog Mound: Faradawn

Susan Schade
Illustrator:  Jon Buller 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 12
Simon and Schuster, 2008   ISBN: 978-0689876875
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