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.

Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf

Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf

Paul Stewart , Chris Riddell
Fiction  Series
For ages 9 to 12
Random House, 2012   ISBN: 978-0385736978
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Claude on the Big Screen

Claude on the Big Screen

Alex T. Smith
  Series
Peachtree Publishers, 2017   ISBN: 978-1682630099
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Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters

Lesley M.M. Blume
For ages 9 to 12
Random House, 2008   ISBN: 978-0440421108
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Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy

Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy

Gareth Wronski
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Simon and Schuster, 2017   ISBN: 978-1481471770
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Making Bombs for Hitler

Making Bombs for Hitler

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Historical Fiction
For ages 10 to 12
Scholastic Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-0545931915
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Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent

Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent

Marie-Louise Gay
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Pajama Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-1772780215
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Snowshoe Thompson

Snowshoe Thompson

Nancy Smiler Levinson
Illustrator:  Joan Sandin 
Historical Fiction
For ages 5 to 7
HarperCollins, 1995   ISBN: 978-0064442060
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The Girl Who Saved Christmas

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Matt Haig
Illustrator:  Chris Mould 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Random House, 2017   ISBN: 978-1524700447
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The Poet's Dog

The Poet's Dog

Patricia MacLachlan
Fiction
For ages 6 and up
HarperCollins, 2016   ISBN: 978-0062292629
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The True Gift: A Christmas Story

The True Gift: A Christmas Story

Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrator:  Brian Floca 
Fiction
For ages 7 to 9
Simon and Schuster, 2009   ISBN: 978-1416990819
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Walter: The Story of a Rat

Walter: The Story of a Rat

Barbara Wersba
Illustrator:  Donna Diamond 
Fiction
For ages 8 and up
Boyds Mills Press, 2012   ISBN: 978-1590789483
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Winter Sky

Winter Sky

Patricia Reilly Giff
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Random House, 2014   ISBN: 978-0375838927
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