Early Chapter Books

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Freedom fire

Daniel José Older

jFICTION Older Daniel
Kids, Fiction, Fantasy, Early Chapter Books

Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum are heading southwest on the back of Stella, the giant pteranodon, to find Montez, her brother, wounded during the siege of Vicksburg; now they are heading into the heart of the fighting, depending on Magdalys' ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs--but one of the companions is not quite what she seems, and Magdalys's talent could make her a target for both sides.

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Fans of the acclaimed first Dactyl Hill chapter book will rejoice for the thrilling second book in the series! Background notes elaborate on the story’s elements. Intelligent, rousing, and abundantly diverse, this is every bit as satisfying as the first installment. Ages 8–12. -Angie

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A case in any case

Ulf Nilsson

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Kids, Early Chapter Books, Mystery, Fiction

When Detective Gordon retires and Buffy is left alone at the police station, she hears strange noises and decides to call on Gordon to help her with the mystery.

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Sweet, gentle, yet hilariously funny Swedish frog detective and his deputy mouse solve sweet, gentle mysteries in the forest. -Anne W

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To Night Owl from Dogfish

Holly Goldberg Sloan

jFICTION Sloan Holly
Early Chapter Books

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, two girls, age eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through letters, emails and text messages.

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This was a great summer read. An epistolary "Parent Trap" story told through the email communication of two 12 year-old girls, adventurous Bett Devlin from California, and neurotic Avery Bloom from New York. After their dads fall in love at a work conference, sisterly friendship is forced upon the girls at a STEM camp in Michigan for the summer while their fathers travel together. I was pleasantly surprised by the twists thrown in and loved the characters! -Mari

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Women's suffrage

Nancy Ohlin

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Early Chapter Books

"When people think about the women's suffrage movement, things like voting rights and protests may come to mind. But what was the movement all about, and what social change did it bring? Find out interesting, little-known facts such as how the suffragists were the first people to ever picket the White House and how the nineteenth amendment granting women the right to vote passed by only one vote when a legislator changed his vote to "yes" after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to "do the right thing.""--

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Alex Gino

jFICTION Gino Alex
Kids, Early Chapter Books, LGBTQ+

Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before teaming up with a friend to reveal her true self.

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This sweet, lovely book follows a 10-year-old girl named Melissa. The bad news is, everybody else thinks that she's a boy named George, because that's the gender and name she was assigned at birth. This book models compassion, acceptance, love, and empowerment. Great for little kids, older kids, and adults--just keep in mind that it was written for readers around the ages 8-12. -Amanda

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Carl Hiaasen

Early Chapter Books

When imposing biology teacher Mrs. Bunny Starch goes missing, Nick and Marta suspect foul play.

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This is one of the best road trip books ever. Ed Asner's narration is excellent, the story is great, and it's sure to please everyone in the car - young and old. -Kara

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The princess in black

Shannon Hale

jFICTION Hale Shannon
Early Chapter Books

Hiding her secret identity as a monster-fighting superhero, Princess Magnolia interrupts her fancy tea with the unsuspecting Duchess Wigtower to stop a big blue monster from endangering her kingdom's goats.

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This is not your typical princess! Get ready to fight crime and save the kingdom with Princess Magnolia. -Casey

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R. J Palacio

jFICTION Palacio, R. J.
Kids, Early Chapter Books

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

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I'm not crying; you're crying. Wonder is one of those books you want everyone to read. -Meredith