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 in Ancient Egypt

Adventures in Ancient Egypt

Linda Bailey
Illustrator:  Bill Slavin 
Fiction  Series
For ages 8 to 10
Kids Can Press, 2000   ISBN: 978-1550745467
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After the Ashes

After the Ashes

Sara K. Joiner
Historical Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Holiday House, 2015   ISBN: 978-0823434411
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Darkmouth: The Legends Begin

Darkmouth: The Legends Begin

Shane Hegarty
Fiction  Series
For ages 9 to 12
HarperCollins, 2015   ISBN: 978-0062311252
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I, Houdini

I, Houdini

Lynne Reid Banks
Fiction
For ages 8 to 12
Random, 2003   ISBN: 978-0440419242
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Loot

Loot

Jude Watson
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Scholastic , 2014   ISBN: 978-0545468022
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Piper Green and the Fairy Tree

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree

Ellen Potter
Illustrator:  Qin Leng 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
Random House, 2015   ISBN: 978-0553499230
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Prairie Evers

Prairie Evers

Ellen Airgood
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Penguin, 2012   ISBN: 978-0399256912
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Prince Fly Guy

Prince Fly Guy

Tedd Arnold
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Scholastic, 2015   ISBN: 978-0545662758
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Princess Pistachio

Princess Pistachio

Marie-Louise Gay
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Pajama Press, 2015   ISBN: 978-1927485699
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Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
David R Godine, 2010   ISBN: 978-1567924206
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The Blood Guard

The Blood Guard

Carter Roy
Fiction  Series
For ages 9 to 12
Two Lions, 2014   ISBN: 978-1477847251
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The Year of the Fortune Cookie

The Year of the Fortune Cookie

Andrea Cheng
Illustrator:  Patrice Barton 
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 to 9
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015   ISBN: 978-0544455924
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This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

Nancy J Cavanaugh
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013   ISBN: 978-1402281068
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