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 Bride for Anna's Papa: A story of Finnish Immigration

A Bride for Anna's Papa: A story of Finnish Immigration

Isabel R. Marvin
Historical Fiction
For ages 8 to 12
Milkweed Editions, 2004   ISBN: 978-1571316509
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Charlie and Mouse and Grumpy

Charlie and Mouse and Grumpy

Laurel Snyder
Illustrator:  Emily Hughes 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Chronicle Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1452137483
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Danny, Who Fell in a Hole

Danny, Who Fell in a Hole

Cary Fagan
Fiction
For ages 7 to 9
Groundwood Books, 2013   ISBN: 978-1554983124
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Fly Guy's Big Family

Fly Guy's Big Family

Tedd Arnold
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Scholastic, 2017   ISBN: 978-0545663168
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Heroes Don't Run

Heroes Don't Run

Harry Mazer
Historical Fiction  Series
For ages 9 to 12
Simon and Schuster, 2009   ISBN: 978-1416933946
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Just Binnie

Just Binnie

Dick King-Smith
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Puffin (UK), 2005   ISBN: 978-0141316208
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Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish

Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Arthur Howard 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 9
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006   ISBN: 978-0152054434
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One Good Thing About America

One Good Thing About America

Ruth Freeman
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Holiday House, 2017   ISBN: 978-0823436958
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The Case of the Cat with the Missing Ear: From the notebooks of Edward R. Smithf

The Case of the Cat with the Missing Ear: From the notebooks of Edward R. Smithf

Scott Emerson
Illustrator:  Viv Mullett 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 12
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011   ISBN: 978-0689876158
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The Cobble Street Cousins: A Little Shopping

The Cobble Street Cousins: A Little Shopping

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:   Wendy Anderson Halperin 
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 to 9
Simon and Schuster, 2000   ISBN: 978-0689817090
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