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 Long Line of Cakes

A Long Line of Cakes

Deborah Wiles
Fiction  Series
For ages 8 to 12
Scholastic Press, 2018   ISBN: 978-1338150490
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Annie's Life in Lists

Annie's Life in Lists

Kristin Mahoney
Fiction
For ages 9 to 12
Random House, 2018   ISBN: 978-1524765095
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Bob

Bob

Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
Fiction
For ages 8 to 11
Feiwel & Friends, 2018   ISBN: 978-1250166623
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Claude in the Country

Claude in the Country

Alex T. Smith
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
Peachtree Publishers, 2016   ISBN: 978-1561459186
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Harry Miller's Run

Harry Miller's Run

David Almond
Fiction
For ages 8 to 10
Candlewick Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-0763689759
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Ivy and Bean: What's the Big Idea?

Ivy and Bean: What's the Big Idea?

Annie Barrows
Illustrator:  Sophie Blackall 
Fiction  Series
For ages 6 to 9
Chronicle Books, 2010   ISBN: 978-0811866927
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Listening for Crickets

Listening for Crickets

David Gifaldi
Fiction
For ages 9 to 11
Henry Holt , 2008   ISBN: 978-0805097405
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My Heart Is Laughing

My Heart Is Laughing

Rose Lagercrantz
Illustrator:  Eva Eriksson 
Fiction
For ages 6 to 8
Gecko Press, 2014   ISBN: 978-1877579523
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