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GRRL's top 20 of 2020: chapter books for kids

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Check out what titles were most popular with kids in 2020.


J. K. Rowling, Jim (Illustrator) Kay
Description: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Call Number: J FIC Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
J. K Rowling
Description: When the chamber of secrets is opened again at the Hogswart School of Witchcraft and Wizadry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.
Call Number: J FIC Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jeff Kinney
Description: An unexpected inheritance allows the Heffley family to make major improvements to their home, but construction causes so much trouble they consider just moving, instead.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Dav Pilkey
Description: Petey the Cat is out of jail, and he has a brand-new lease on life. While Petey's reevaluated what matters most, Li'l Petey is struggling to find the good in the world. Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their paws together and work as a team? They need each other now more than ever -- Li'l Petey (and the world) is counting on them!
Call Number: J FIC Pil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi
Description: The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li'l Petey. But when Petey's own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good.
Call Number: J FIC Pil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
J. K Rowling, Mary. ill GrandPré
Description: Harry Potter, a fourth-year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, longs to escape his hateful relatives, the Dursleys, and live as a normal fourteen-year-old wizard, but what Harry does not yet realize is that he is not a normal wizard, and in his case, different can be deadly.
Call Number: YA FIC Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
J. K Rowling
Description: During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.
Call Number: J FIC Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi
Description: When Dog Man is sent to the pound for a crime he didn't commit, his friends work to prove his innocence.
Call Number: J FIC Pil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Rick Riordan
Description: Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Call Number: J FIC Rio
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jeff Kinney
Description: Greg Heffley and his family escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation, but sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous creatures all threaten their vacation.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jeff Kinney
Description: When snow closes Greg Heffley's middle school, he and his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, face a fight for survival as warring gangs turn the neighborhood into a wintry battlefield.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi
Description: When a new bunch of baddies bust up the town, Dog Man is called into action -- and this time he isn't alone. With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, our heroes must save the day by joining forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World's Most Evil Cat. But can the villainous Petey avoid vengeance and venture into virtue?
Call Number: J FIC Pil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
J. K. Rowling
Description: Harry Potter, now a fifth-year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, struggles with a threatening teacher, problematic house elf, the dread of upcoming final exams, and haunting dreams that hint toward his mysterious past.
Call Number: J FIC Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jeff Kinney
Description: Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts to steer clear of trouble when he returns to middle school and tries to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg's most humiliating experience of the summer.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jeff Kinney
Description: The pressure's really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his creative side. As if that's not scary enough, Halloween's just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie... and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg's troubles?
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
J. K Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Description: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince takes up the story of Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at this point in the midst of the storm of this battle of good and evil.
Call Number: J FIC Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jeff Kinney
Description: After being dumped by his best friend and having a hard time finding new friends in middle school, Greg decides to change his luck and turn all his decisions over to chance.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jeff Kinney
Description: In his first journal, middle schooler Rowley Jefferson, Greg Heffley's sidekick, records his experiences and misguided decision to write a biography of Greg, who, in his own mind, is destined to become rich and famous.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jeff Kinney
Description: Middle-schooler Greg Heffley nimbly sidesteps his father's attempts to change Greg's wimpy ways until his father threatens to send him to military school.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi, George (Fictitious character) Beard, Harold (Fictitious character) Hutchins
Description: When a new sitter arrives and a movie star goes missing, Dog Man and Cat Kid investigate, but Petey, the world's most evil cat, complicates their case.
Call Number: J FIC Pil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling, Jim (Illustrator) Kay
J FIC Row
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : The Meltdown
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
J. K Rowling
J FIC Row
Dog Man. 05, Lord Of The Fleas
Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi
J FIC Pil
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : Wrecking Ball
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
J. K. Rowling
J FIC Row
Dog Man. 08, Fetch-22
Dav Pilkey
J FIC Pil
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
Dog Man. 07, For Whom The Ball Rolls
Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi
J FIC Pil
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : Double Down
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
J. K Rowling, Mary. ill GrandPré
YA FIC Row
Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince
J. K Rowling, Mary GrandPré
J FIC Row
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
J. K Rowling
J FIC Row
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
Dog Man. 06, Brawl Of The Wild
Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi
J FIC Pil
Diary Of An Awesome Friendly Kid : Rowley Jefferson's Journal
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan
J FIC Rio
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : The Last Straw
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : The Getaway
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
Dog Man. 04, Dog Man And Cat Kid
Dav Pilkey, Jose Garibaldi, George (Fictitious character) Beard, Harold (Fictitious character) Hutchins
J FIC Pil

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Chris Colfer
Description: A companion book to the Land of Stories series will appeal to new and old fans alike, who will delight in favorite classics such as Cinderella; Sleeping Beauty; Little Red Riding Hood; Jack and the Beanstalk; and more.
Call Number: J 398.2 Col
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire
Description: "Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life " -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Urs
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Tui Sutherland
Description: When a young NightWing has the first prophecy in generations of the end of Pyrrhia, five young dragons are tasked with saving the world.
Call Number: J FIC Sut
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Gail Carson Levine, Sarah Naughton, Todd Hobin, Full Cast Audio (Firm)
Description: In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is.
Call Number: YA FIC Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
James Riley
Description: In the village of Giant's Hand Jack's grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says "Punk Princess," and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her.
Call Number: J FIC Ril
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Jen Calonita
Description: Forced to attend Enchantasia's Royal Academy, Devin teams up with other misfits to investigate why Olivina, the fairy godmother/headmistress, is obsessed with villains rather than teaching them to be proper princes and princesses.-- Provided by Publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Kate O'Hearn
Description: When Pegasus crashes onto the roof of Emily's Manhattan apartment, her life changes forever. Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. She must join forces with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from certain death.
Call Number: J FIC OHe
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Peter Lerangis
Description: Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis' power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities.
Call Number: J FIC Ler
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Daniel Kirk
Description: When Matt and his family move to a new development, they stumble into the miidle of massive upheaval in the fairy world, and as the elves' territory disintegrates and the dark factions try to seize control, an apprentice mage sees in Matt the key to saving the realms from destruction.
Call Number: J FIC Kir
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Description: Feeling that she is neither fully human nor "Folk," a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.
Call Number: J FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Soman Chainani, Iacopo Bruno
Description: Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.
Call Number: J FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Sayantani DasGupta
Description: On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey, until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents' fantastical stories, like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and how she comes from a secret place not of this world.
Call Number: J FIC Das
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Liz Kessler, Sarah Gibb
Description: After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.
Call Number: J FIC Kes
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Jessica Townsend, Jim Madsen
Description: "A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JLP FIC Tow
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
Lisa McMann
Description: In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.
Call Number: J FIC McM
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2021
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A Treasury Of Classic Fairy Tales [Audiobook]
Chris Colfer
J 398.2 Col
The Low Road
Daniel Kirk
J FIC Kir
Breadcrumbs
Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire
J FIC Urs
The Moorchild
Eloise Jarvis McGraw
J FIC McG
Darkness Of Dragons
Tui Sutherland
J FIC Sut
The School For Good And Evil
Soman Chainani, Iacopo Bruno
J FIC Cha
Fairest [Audiobook]
Gail Carson Levine, Sarah Naughton, Todd Hobin, Full Cast Audio (Firm)
YA FIC Lev
The Serpent's Secret [Audiobook]
Sayantani DasGupta
J FIC Das
Half Upon A Time
James Riley
J FIC Ril
The Tail Of Emily Windsnap
Liz Kessler, Sarah Gibb
J FIC Kes
Misfits
Jen Calonita
J FIC Cal
The Trials Of Morrigan Crow [Large Print]
Jessica Townsend, Jim Madsen
JLP FIC Tow
Pegasus : The Flame Of Olympus
Kate O'Hearn
J FIC OHe
The Unwanteds
Lisa McMann
J FIC McM
The Colossus Rises
Peter Lerangis
J FIC Ler

Spy School Readalikes!

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Finished all the Spy School books? We've got more good reads for you! 


Stuart Gibbs
Description: The CIA forces twelve-year-old Charlotte "Charlie" Thorne, a rebellious genius, to use her code-breaking skills on an epic global chase to locate Einstein's last equation before dangerous agents discover it and unlock the solution to harnessing energy.
Call Number: J FIC Gib
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Chris Rylander
Description: "When a desperate man in a nondescript black suit asks thirteen-year-old Carson Fender to deliver a mysterious package for him, the middle schooler discovers there's something going on in his sleepy North Dakota hometown he had never expected--something involving the CIA"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Ryl
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Andrea Beaty
Description: Robbie Darko is an old-school, pull-a-rabbit-out-of-your-hat-style magician, but despite his best efforts, something always goes wrong with his tricks until crotchety Grandma Melvyn moves in and teaches him something about the true meaning of magic.
Call Number: J FIC Bea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
James Ponti
Description: In Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Florian Bates, a consulting detective for the FBI, and his best friend Margaret help thwart the biggest art heist in United States history.
Call Number: J FIC Pon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Henry H. Neff
Description: For over three thousand years, the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium. But the family’s magic has been fading, and with it their power over the empire. Whether it’s treachery from a rival house, the demon Lirlanders, or rebel forces, many believe the Faeregines are ripe to fall. Hazel, the youngest member of the royal family, is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But the empress has other plans for her granddaughter, dark and dangerous plans to exploit Hazel’s talents and rekindle the Faeregine mystique.
Call Number: J FIC Nef
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
L. R. (Lamar R.) Giles
Description: When adventurous cousins Otto and Sheed Alston accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets between the unmoving seconds are not as much fun as they expected.
Call Number: J FIC Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery
Description: One day, Mac (smartest boy in his class in a small town in California) receives a telephone call from the Queen of England, recruiting him to find the crown jewels (well, actually just the Coronation Spoon) and so Mac embarks on his first adventure as a secret agent--with the assurance that the Queen will give him a note excusing him from school.
Call Number: J FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Dan Gutman, Michael Goldstrom, Inc Blackstone Audio
Description: Twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald didn't want to jump off a cliff. They didn't want to get hit by poisoned darts from blowguns either. And they certainly don't want to get locked in their burning school, thrown into a pit at the top of a sand dune, or drowned in a vat of liquefied SPAM. But what are you supposed to do when you're being chased by your insane health teacher and two guys in bowler hats who are trying to kill you? On a cross-country vacation with their parents, they fend off strange assassins as they try to come to terms with their being part of a top-secret government organization known as The Genius Files. One thing's for sure, it'll be a snap for Coke and Pep to write their essays on "How I Spent My Summer Vacation."
Call Number: J FIC Gut
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Beth McMullen
Description: Twelve-year-old Abigail is shocked to discover her elite boarding school is really a cover for a huge spy ring, and must undergo Spy Training 101 in order to save her mother, who happens to be the spy ring's top agent.
Call Number: J FIC McM
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Michael Buckley, Ethen Beavers
Description: While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.
Call Number: J FIC Buc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Kimberly Baker, Tim Probert
Description: Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA.
Call Number: J FIC Bak
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Kevin Sands
Description: In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.
Call Number: J FIC San
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Jackson Pearce
Description: Overweight and non-athletic, twelve-year-old Hale may have been born and raised to be a spy for the Sub Rosa Society but it seems he is unlikely to become a Field Agent until his parents are captured by the evil League and Hale sets out on a solo mission to save them.
Call Number: J FIC Pea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Mark Shulman, Juliana Neufeld
Description: "Following clues left by their missing father, twelve-year-old twins Bickford and Rebecca Kidd sail from the Caribbean to New York City with their siblings to finish the dangerous quest of their world-famous treasure-hunting parents"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Gordon Korman
Description: Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.
Call Number: YA FIC Kor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
Jason Pinter
Description: When average kid Zeke Bartholomew is kidnapped and mistaken for a spy, he finds himself in the middle of a dangerous mission to stop the evil mastermind Le Carré from turning the children of the world into mindless zombies.
Call Number: J FIC Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2021
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Charlie Thorne And The Last Equation
Stuart Gibbs
J FIC Gib
Mrs. Smith's Spy School For Girls
Beth McMullen
J FIC McM
Codename Zero
Chris Rylander
J FIC Ryl
Nerds : National Espionage, Rescue, And Defense Society
Michael Buckley, Ethen Beavers
J FIC Buc
Dorko The Magnificent
Andrea Beaty
J FIC Bea
Pickle : The Formerly Anonymous Prank Club Of Fountain Point Middle School
Kimberly Baker, Tim Probert
J FIC Bak
Framed!
James Ponti
J FIC Pon
The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
J FIC San
Impyrium
Henry H. Neff
J FIC Nef
The Doublecross : (And Other Skills I Learned As A Superspy)
Jackson Pearce
J FIC Pea
Last Last-day-of-summer
L. R. (Lamar R.) Giles
J FIC Gil
Treasure Hunters
James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Mark Shulman, Juliana Neufeld
J FIC Pat
Mac Undercover
Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery
J FIC Bar
Ungifted
Gordon Korman
YA FIC Kor
Mission Unstoppable [Audiobook]
Dan Gutman, Michael Goldstrom, Inc Blackstone Audio
J FIC Gut
Zeke Bartholomew : Superspy
Jason Pinter
J FIC Pin

Babysitter's Club Readalikes!

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We've found some readalikes we think you'll enjoy!!

 


Victoria Jamieson
Description: Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.
Call Number: J FIC Jam
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Marissa Moss
Description: Amelia and her friend start a babysitting business.
Call Number: J FIC Mos
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Caroline Cala
Description: Mayhem ensues in their sleepy California beach town when three best friends, motivated by unlimited snacks, no parents, and earning money for an epic seventh-grade party, find an old copy of "The Babysitters Club" and decide to start their own babysitting business.
Call Number: J FIC Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Sarah Courtauld
Description: This is the story of two very different sisters--Eliza, who longs to ride into battle against villains and dragons, and Lavender, who would give anything to be a pampered princess. Before the end of the story both of them have had a chance to fulfill their dreams, though not quite in the way they intended. Accompanied by their depressed goat, Gertrude, with their granny's warnings about the Black Death ringing in their ears, they head out into the forest and come face to face with an evil count who definitely does not have their best interests at heart.
Call Number: J FIC Cou
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Charise Mericle Harper
Description: Ashley's summer is filled with babysitting, letters to her best friend at camp, and a wish jar filled with secret revelations that help her understand her mother in a whole new way.
Call Number: YA FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Leslie Margolis
Description: In Brooklyn, New York, twelve-year-old dog-walker Maggie, aided by her twin brother Finn and best friend Lucy, investigates someone she believes is stealing pets.
Call Number: J FIC Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Ann M. Martin
Description: Kristy decides to form a baby-sitters club with her friends, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacy, but they run into unexpected problems which threaten to break up the club.
Call Number: J FIC Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Coco Simon
Description: Mia tries to make friends with Olivia, the new girl, but when Olivia makes fun of the other Cupcake Club girls and tells Mia she shouldn't hang out with them, Mia must make a decision about her new friendship.
Call Number: J FIC Sim
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Jennifer L Holm, Elicia Castaldi
Description: The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scarey, just ask Ginny.
Call Number: J FIC Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Peggy Elizabeth Gifford, Valorie Fisher
Description: With summer coming to an end, about-to-be-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred different things to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book.
Call Number: J FIC Gif
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Sherri Winston
Description: To gain leadership skills needed to run a cupcake-baking empire when she grows up, Brianna runs for president of the fifth grade--expecting little competition--until a new girl enters the race.
Call Number: J FIC Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Sarah Weeks, Gita Varadarajan
Description: Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems--but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.
Call Number: J FIC Wee
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Laurie B. Friedman, Jennifer Kalis
Description: Mallory enters fourth grade with high hopes for her best year ever, but instead she starts by breaking the teacher's rules and then feels left out when her best friend likes the same boy she does.
Call Number: J FIC Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Rachel Renée. Russell, Nikki Russell, Erin Russell
Description: Nikki tries to be a pet sitter, but realizes it's harder work than she thought.
Call Number: J FIC Rus
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, Lynn Redgrave
Description: A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow The Doll Code of Honor.
Call Number: J FIC Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh
Description: Before becoming the first female private investigator in Botswana, eight-year-old Precious Ramotswe tracks down a thief who has been stealing her classmates' snacks.
Call Number: J FIC McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Annie Barrows
Description: Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day.
Call Number: J FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Megan McDonald, Pamela A. Consolazio
Description: Stevie Reel feels like she's the glue holding her family together, expecially since Boss Queen Alex has gotten so wrapped up in her school play - and her leading man - that she doesn't have time for the Sisters Club. Is it up to the middle-sister Stevie to save the day? Dive into the real-life ups and downs of sisterhood with the author of the best-selling Judy Moody series.
Call Number: J FIC McD
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Jim Benton
Description: It is summer vacation, and Jamie, Angeline, and Isabella need money so that they can go to Screamotopia Amusement Park, but none of their money-making schemes are very profitable.
Call Number: J FIC Kel
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Grace Lin
Description: Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.
Call Number: J FIC Lin
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
Jennifer L Holm, Becca Battoe
Description: In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
Call Number: J FIC Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2020
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All's Faire In Middle School
Victoria Jamieson
J FIC Jam
Save Me A Seat
Sarah Weeks, Gita Varadarajan
J FIC Wee
Amelia's Guide To Babysitting
Marissa Moss
J FIC Mos
Step Fourth, Mallory!
Laurie B. Friedman, Jennifer Kalis
J FIC Fri
Best Babysitters Ever
Caroline Cala
J FIC Cal
Tales From A Not-so-perfect Pet Sitter
Rachel Renée. Russell, Nikki Russell, Erin Russell
J FIC Rus
Buckle And Squash : The Perilous Princess Plot
Sarah Courtauld
J FIC Cou
The Doll People [Audiobook]
Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, Lynn Redgrave
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Girl's Best Friend
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The Magic Half
Annie Barrows
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Easy Biographies

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Here are some easy reading biographies for kids!


Michael J. Rosen, Matt Tavares
Description: "Young Benjamin Franklin wants to be a sailor, but his father won't hear of it. The other trades he tried bored him through and through. But each time he fails to find a career, he took some important bit of knowledge with him, and that tendency is exactly what made him the versatile genius we remember today." -- inside front jacket flap.
Call Number: E Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2020
Megan Hoyt, Iacopo Bruno
Description: Gino Bartali pedaled across Italy for years, winning one cycling race after another, including the 1938 Tour de France. Gino became an international sports hero! But the next year, World War II began, and it changed everything. Soldiers marched into Italy. Tanks rolled down the cobbled streets of Florence. And powerful leaders declared that Jewish people should be arrested. To the entire world, Gino Bartali was merely a champion cyclist. But Gino's greatest achievement was something he never told a soul--that he secretly worked with the Italian resistance to save hundreds of Jewish men, women, and children, and others, from certain death, using the one thing no authority would question: his bicycle.
Call Number: E Hoy
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Kelly Starling author Lyons, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman, Philip G. Freelon
Description: "A biography of Philip Freelon, whose rich family history and deep understanding of Black culture brought him to the role of lead architect for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Lyo
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Dave McGillivray, Nancy Feehrer, illustrator Shululu (Hui Li)
Description: "Finish Strong: Seven Marathons on Seven Continents in Seven Days is the inspiring true story of Dave McGillivray's epic marathon experience! In 2018, McGillivray formed a team called "Hold the Plane" to enter the World Marathon Challenge. The first stop was a desert. And not the kind of desert that has lots of sand and cacti. No, the first marathon took place in Antarctica! From there, Team Hold the Plane flew to Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Lisbon, Portugal; Cartagena, Columbia; and finally, Miami, Florida, United States!"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Erin McGill
Description: "A clever, funny, and informative look at the pets--from Calvin Coolidge's wallaby to Teddy Roosevelt's flying squirrels--that have passed through the White House gates."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Suzanne Slade, Elisa Paganelli
Description: "Scientist June Almeida's skill in using the electron microscope helped identify viruses, and when she was 34 years old, she discovered the first human coronavirus"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Sla
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Amy Guglielmo, Brett Helquist
Description: "Salvador Dalí struggles to follow the rules and fit in with his peers, until one day he realizes that artists can be and do anything they like. This realization gives him the freedom to truly be himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Gug
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Elizabeth Spires, Emily Arnold McCully
Description: "When Kate Kaird immigrated with her young son Jacob from Germany to America in 1882, she couldn't have predicted the surprising turn her life would take. She soon met and married John Walker, keeper of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. They moved to Robbins Reef Lighthouse in New York Harbor in 1885 and she became assistant keeper. At first Kate wondered if she could live in such a lonely place, but she gradually grew to love life at Robbins Reef. When her husband died several years later, she was determined to stay on. After convincing the Lighthouse Board that she could do the job alone, Kate was appointed permanent keeper of the lighthouse, becoming one of the first women on the Eastern seaboard to be put in charge of an offshore lighthouse. She lived there 34 years and was known for her many rescues." -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: E Spi
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Tracy Maurer, Ginnie Hsu
Description: "A lively picture book biography of Lady Bird Johnson, with a focus on her environmentalist passion and legacy as First Lady"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Mau
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Karin Hepburn Ferrer, Dominique Corbasson, François Avril
Description: "Meet Audrey Hepburn as you've never seen her before in Little Audrey's Daydream: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, an empowering children's book by her son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Karin Hepburn Ferrer. Little Audrey's Daydream tells the story of Audrey Hepburn's life from her own perspective as a child growing up in Belgium and Holland, and into her adult life as an actress, mother, and humanitarian. Little Audrey's Daydream is an essential addition to the library of all Audrey Hepburn fans and a beautiful introduction to the life of Audrey Hepburn for children." -- Amazon.com
Call Number: E Fer
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara, Pauline Morgan
Description: Discover the life of Megan Rapinoe, the world record-breaking footballer and activist. Chasing a ball in the school playground, Megan discovered her calling at a young age. Even if she didn't always fit in at school, she was a star on the field- and her teammates thought so too. Her passion, skill and leadership took Team USA to Olympic Gold and a World Cup victory, while she continues to champion women's and LGBTQ+ rights and representation in sport.
Call Number: E San
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Peter Sís
Description: "In 1938, twenty-nine-year-old Nicholas Winton saved the lives of almost 700 children trapped in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia-a story he never told and that remained unknown until an unforgettable TV appearance in the 1980s reunited him with some of the children he saved. Czech-American artist, MacArthur Fellow, and Andersen Award winner Peter Sís dramatizes Winton's story in this distinctive and deeply personal picture book. He intertwines Nicky's efforts with the story of one of the children he saved-a young girl named Vera, whose family enlisted Nicky's aid when the Germans occupied their country."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Sis
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Sigal Samuel, Vali Mintzi
Description: Osnet, the world's first female rabbi, was born almost five hundred years ago, during a time when few girls were allowed to read. Her father was a great scholar whose house was filled with books, and she convinced him to teach her. She grew up to teach others, becoming a wise and famous scholar in her own right. -- adapted from inside front jacket flap and Amazon.com.
Call Number: E Sam
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Evan Griffith, Joanie Stone
Description: The biography of Jeanne Villepreux-Power, whose curiosity about undersea life led her to pioneer the use of glass tanks for research.
Call Number: E Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Kathryn Lasky, Julianna Swaney
Description: "Ever since Williamina Fleming was little she was curious, and her childhood fascination with light inspired her life's work. Mina became an astronomer in a time when women were discouraged from even looking through telescopes. Yet Mina believed that the universe, with its billions of stars, was a riddle--and she wanted to help solve it. Mina ultimately helped to create a map of the universe that paved the way for astronomers." -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: E Las
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Moira Rose Donohue, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman
Description: "Black American jazz drummer William Henry "Chick" Webb led one of the big bands of the swing era, earning him the nickname the "King of the Savoy.""-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Don
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Jill Heinerth, Jaime Kim
Description: "A picture book autobiography about Jill Heinerth's experiences as a female diver, exploring life under the water."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Hei
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Marcie Wessels, Beatriz Castro
Description: "A picture book biography of Ralph Baer, nicknamed "The Father of Videogames," which shows how a great inventor found a way to transform the early television set into a vehicle for gaming"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Isabelle Marinov, Deborah Marcero
Description: "How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where did it come from? This is the story of Edwin Hubble, a boy fascinated by the stars who surmounted many hurdles to follow his dreams of becoming an astronomer. Using the insights of great mathematicians and endlessly observing the sky, he succeeded in confirming two things that altered human life forever: that there are more galaxies than our own, and that the universe is always expanding. Hubble's message to us is to find peace in the vastness of the mystery surrounding us, and to be curious. "We do now know why we are born into the world," he said, "but we can try to find out what sort of world it is.""-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Julie Leung, Julie Kwon
Description: An inspiring picture book biography about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military.
Call Number: E Leu
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Heather Lang, Jana Christy
Description: "Meg Lowman was always fascinated by the natural world above her head. The colors, the branches, and, most of all, the leaves and mysterious organisms living there. As a scientist, Meg set out to climb up and investigate the rain forest tree canopies-- and to be the first scientist to do so. But she encountered challenge after challenge. Male teachers would not let her into their classrooms, the high canopy was difficult to get to, and worst of all, people were logging and clearing the forests. Meg never gave up or gave in. She studied, invented, and persevered, not only creating a future for herself as a scientist, but making sure that the rainforests had a future as well."-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: E Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
Tootie Nienow, Erika Medina
Description: Brought to life by Erika Medina's dynamic and joyful illustrations, There Goes Patti McGee! walks us through Patti first place win in the women's division of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship. She wowed the judges with with what would become her signature move--the rolling handstand. Inspiring and unapologetic, Patti McGee proves that anyone can skate.
Call Number: E Nie
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 31, 2021
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A Ben Of All Trades : The Most Inventive Boyhood Of Benjamin Franklin
Michael J. Rosen, Matt Tavares
E Ros
Nicky & Vera : A Quiet Hero Of The Holocaust And The Children He Rescued
Peter Sís
E Sis
Bartali's Bicycle : The True Story Of Gino Bartali, Italy's Secret Hero
Megan Hoyt, Iacopo Bruno
E Hoy
Osnat And Her Dove : The True Story Of The World's First Female Rabbi
Sigal Samuel, Vali Mintzi
E Sam
Dream Builder : The Story Of Architect Philip Freelon
Kelly Starling author Lyons, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman, Philip G. Freelon
E Lyo
Secrets Of The Sea : The Story Of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist
Evan Griffith, Joanie Stone
E Gri
Finish Strong : Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days
Dave McGillivray, Nancy Feehrer, illustrator Shululu (Hui Li)
E McG
She Caught The Light : Williamina Stevens Fleming : Astronomer
Kathryn Lasky, Julianna Swaney
E Las
If You Want A Friend In Washington
Erin McGill
E McG
Stompin' At The Savoy : How Chick Webb Became The King Of Drums
Moira Rose Donohue, Laura (Illustrator) Freeman
E Don
June Almeida, Virus Detective! : The Woman Who Discovered The First Human Coronavirus
Suzanne Slade, Elisa Paganelli
E Sla
The Aquanaut
Jill Heinerth, Jaime Kim
E Hei
Just Being Dalí : The Story Of Artist Salvador Dalí
Amy Guglielmo, Brett Helquist
E Gug
The Boy Who Thought Outside The Box : The Story Of Video Game Inventor Ralph Baer
Marcie Wessels, Beatriz Castro
E Wes
Kate's Light : Kate Walker At Robbins Reef Lighthouse
Elizabeth Spires, Emily Arnold McCully
E Spi
The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars : A Life Of Edwin Hubble
Isabelle Marinov, Deborah Marcero
E Mar
Lady Bird Johnson, That's Who! : The Story Of A Cleaner And Greener America
Tracy Maurer, Ginnie Hsu
E Mau
The Fearless Flights Of Hazel Ying Lee
Julie Leung, Julie Kwon
E Leu
Little Audrey's Daydream : The Life Of Audrey Hepburn
Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Karin Hepburn Ferrer, Dominique Corbasson, François Avril
E Fer
The Leaf Detective : How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets In The Rainforest
Heather Lang, Jana Christy
E Lan
Megan Rapinoe
Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara, Pauline Morgan
E San
There Goes Patti Mcgee! : The Story Of The First Woman's National Skateboard Champion
Tootie Nienow, Erika Medina
E Nie