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.

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts

Victoria Schwab
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Scholastic Press, 2018   ISBN: 978-1338111002
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Death by Airship

Death by Airship

Arthur Slade
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Orca Book Publishers, 2019   ISBN: 978-1459818705
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Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster

Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster

James Howe
Illustrator:   Marie-Louise Gay 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 9
Candlewick, 2018   ISBN: 978-0763647094
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Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News

Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News

Annie Barrows
Illustrator:  Sophie Blackall 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 9
Chronicle Books, 2011   ISBN: 978-0811866934
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News from Me, Lucy McGee

News from Me, Lucy McGee

Mary Amato
Illustrator:  Jessica Meserve 
Fiction
For ages 6 to 8
Holiday House, 2018   ISBN: 978-0823438716
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Rosetown

Rosetown

Cynthia Rylant
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Simon and Schuster, 2018   ISBN: 978-1534412774
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Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrator:   Wendy Anderson Halperin 
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010   ISBN: 978-0316041355
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The Bookshop Girl

The Bookshop Girl

Sylvia Bishop
Illustrator:  Poly Bernatene 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Peachtree Publishing Company, 2018   ISBN: 978-1682630457
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Willowood

Willowood

Cecilia Galante
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Simon and Schuster, 2010   ISBN: 978-1416980223
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Words of Stone

Words of Stone

Kevin Henkes
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
HarperCollins, 2005   ISBN: 978-0060782306
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