Chapter Book

The Terrible Two by Jeff Mack and Adam Barnett

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the terrible two_web.jpgMiles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.

It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.

In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time.

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay

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lulu in the duck_web.jpgWhen Lulu finds a duck egg that has rolled out of its nest, she takes it to class to keep it safe. Lulu isn’t allowed to bring pets to school. But she’s not really breaking the rules because it’s just an egg. Surely nothing bad will happen…

Judy Moody was in a Mood by Meghan McDonald, illustrated by Peter Reynolds

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judy moody_web.jpgJudy Moody was in a mood, not a good mood, a bad mood. Third grader Judy Moody comes to school on the first day in a bad mood, but that all changes when she gets an assignment to create a collage about herself.

Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell by Wanda Coven, illustrated by Priscilla Burris

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Heidi Heckelbeck seems like any other eight-year-old, but she has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise. Careful to keep her powers hidden (but excited to use them all the same), Heidi’s learning to live like any other kid—who just happens to be witch. And with easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers. 

Thanks to meanie Melanie Maplethorpe, Heidi is cast as a scary tree in the school play, The Wizard of Oz. Heidi decides to get even with Melanie by casting a spell on her. The result of the spell? Melanie—who has the lead role as Dorothy—will forget her lines. As the day of the play nears, Heidi carefully collects all the ingredients she needs. But when she casts her spell, will Heidi’s revenge be as sweet as she thinks?

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton

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geronimo stilton_web.jpgHoley Cheese! Imported from Italy, this snazzy series debut about a globetrotting mouse journalist spreads the cheesy puns nice and thick. On an average day, Geronimo Stilton edits The Rodent’s Gazette, the newspaper of New Mouse City, capital of Mouse Island. But at the coaxing of his sister, Thea, and various relatives, Stilton sates his yen for adventure-and adventure writing by embarking on various excursions and recording and illustrating his exploits in a diary that serves as source material for his books. Stilton, Thea, cousin Trap and nephew Benjamin board a ship in search of buried treasure on a secret deserted island. The trip is filled with peril and plenty of humor, though the treasure isn’t what anyone expected. The book’s lightning pace and its numerous chapters, as well as a full-color design that displays keywords in color type and fun fonts, will hook kids in a flash. And those with a taste for Stilton’s breezy style will surely want to devour future “whisker-licking-good stories,” as the author calls them.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee

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clementine_web.jpgWhile sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building. Series.

The Zack Files by Dan Greenberg, illustrated by Jack. E Davis

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the zack files_web.jpgOff the wall humor! Features illustrated first chapter books about Zack, an unflappably normal 10-year-old to whom strange things keep happening.