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.

Adventures with Waffles

Adventures with Waffles

Maria Parr
Illustrator:  Kate Forrester 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Candlewick Press, 2015   ISBN: 978-0763672812
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Below

Meg McKinlay
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Candlewick Press, 2013   ISBN: 978-0763661267
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Cody and the Fountain of Happiness

Cody and the Fountain of Happiness

Tricia Springstubb
Illustrator:  Eliza Wheeler 
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Candlewick Press, 2015   ISBN: 978-0763658571
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Edward's Eyes

Edward's Eyes

Patricia MacLachlan
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Simon and Schuster, 2009   ISBN: 978-1416927440
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Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question

Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question

Martha Freeman
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Simon and Schuster, 2017   ISBN: 978-1481472647
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Half a Chance

Half a Chance

Cynthia Lord
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Scholastic Press, 2016   ISBN: 978-0545035347
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Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Georgia Byng
Fiction  Series
For ages 8 to 12
HarperCollins, 2003   ISBN: 978-0060514099
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Mr. Putter and Tabby Take the Train

Mr. Putter and Tabby Take the Train

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Arthur Howard 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2000   ISBN: 978-0152023898
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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

Julie Sternberg
Illustrator:  Matthew Cordell 
Fiction
For ages 5 to 7
Amulet Books, 2011   ISBN: 978-0810984240
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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Henry Holt, 2015   ISBN: 978-0805097443
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The Trouble with Jeremy Chance (Historical Fiction for Young Readers)

The Trouble with Jeremy Chance (Historical Fiction for Young Readers)

George Harrar
Historical Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Milkweed Editions, 2007   ISBN: 978-1571316691
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