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

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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