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 Traitor Among Us

A Traitor Among Us

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
Historical Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Eerdmans, 1998   ISBN: 978-0802851505
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Anna's Blizzard

Anna's Blizzard

Alison Hart
Illustrator:  Paul Bachem 
Historical Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Peachtree Publishers, 2017   ISBN: 978-1682630020
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Barnaby Grimes: Return of the Emerald Skull

Barnaby Grimes: Return of the Emerald Skull

Paul Stewart , Chris Riddell
Fiction  Series
For ages 9 to 12
Random House UK, 2008   ISBN: 978-0552556224
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Biscuit and the baby

Biscuit and the baby

Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Fiction  Series
For ages 4 to 6
HarperCollins, 2006   ISBN: 978-0060094614
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Cassie Binegar

Cassie Binegar

Patricia MacLachlan
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
HarperCollins, 2002   ISBN: 978-0064401951
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Ian Fleming
Illustrator:  Joe Berger 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 12
Candlewick, 2013   ISBN: 978-0763666668
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Dragon’s Egg

Dragon’s Egg

Sarah L. Thomson
Fiction
For ages 8 to 12
HarperCollins, 2007   ISBN: 978-0061288487
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Miracles on Maple Hill

Miracles on Maple Hill

Virginia Sorensen
Illustrator:  Beth and Joe Crush 
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Harcourt, 2003   ISBN: 978-0152047184
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Pup and Hound Scare a Ghost

Pup and Hound Scare a Ghost

Susan Hood
Illustrator:  Linda Hendry 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Kids Can Press, 2007   ISBN: 978-1554531431
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The Cobble Street Cousins: Special Gifts

The Cobble Street Cousins: Special Gifts

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:   Wendy Anderson Halperin 
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 to 9
Simon and Schuster, 2000   ISBN: 978-0689817151
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Simon's Dream (The Fog Mound)

Simon's Dream (The Fog Mound)

Susan Schade
Illustrator:  Jon Buller 
Fiction  Series
For ages 8 to 12
Simon and Schuster, 2009   ISBN: 978-0689876899
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The Tales of Olga Da Polga

The Tales of Olga Da Polga

Michael Bond
Illustrator:  Catherine Rayner 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Oxford University Press, 2012   ISBN: 978-0192731944
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