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 Boy No More

A Boy No More

Harry Mazer
Historical Fiction  Series
For ages 9 to 12
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006   ISBN: 978-1416914044
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Bramble and Maggie: Snow Day

Bramble and Maggie: Snow Day

Jessie Haas
Illustrator:  Alison Friend 
Fiction
For ages 5 to 7
Candlewick Press, 2016   ISBN: 978-0763673642
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Iris and Walter and the substitute teacher

Iris and Walter and the substitute teacher

Elissa Haden Guest
Illustrator:  Christine Davenier 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 9
Harcourt Paperbacks, 2006   ISBN: 978-0152053765
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Lulu and the Cat in the Bag

Lulu and the Cat in the Bag

Hilary McKay
Illustrator:  Priscilla Lamont 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 9
Albert Whitman and Company, 2013   ISBN: 978-0807548042
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Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: The Fall of the Amazing Zalinda

Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: The Fall of the Amazing Zalinda

Tracy Mack, Michael Citrin
Fiction  Series
For ages 9 to 12
Scholastic, 2009   ISBN: 978-0545069397
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Skylark

Skylark

Patricia MacLachlan
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 and up
HarperCollins, 2004   ISBN: 978-0064406222
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The Borrowers Afloat

The Borrowers Afloat

Mary Norton
Fiction  Series
For ages 8 to 12
Harcourt, 2003   ISBN: 978-0152047337
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Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator:  Chris Van Dusen 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
Candlewick Press, 2016   ISBN: 978-0763673116
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White Fur Flying

White Fur Flying

Patricia MacLachlan
Fiction
For ages 6 to 8
Simon and Schuster, 2013   ISBN: 978-1442421714
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Banjo of Destiny

Banjo of Destiny

Cary Fagan
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Groundwood Books, 2011   ISBN: 978-1554980864
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