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1000+ Lexile books in Tween Fiction: Fantasy, Mystery and Supernatural

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Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison (1000)

Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (1000)

The mysterious howling

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (1010)

The Looking Glass Wars

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper (1010)

King of shadows

The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless by Ahmet Zappa (1010)

The monstrous memoirs of a mighty McFearless

Cousins in the Castle by Barbara Brooks Wallace (1010)

Cousins in the castle

Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen (1010)

Sword of the rightful king : a novel of King Arthur

The Black Canary  by Jane Louise Curry (1020)

The Black Canary

Captain Hook: the Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart (1020)

Capt. Hook : the adventures of a notorious youth

Moonflower and the Pearl of Paramour by J.H. Sweet  (1020)

Moonflower and the pearl of Paramour

Snapdragon and the Odyssey of Elan by J.H. Sweet (1020)

Snapdragon and the odyssey of Elan

The Unvisibles by Ian Whybrow (1020)

The Unvisibles

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (1020)

The case of the missing marquess : an Enola Holmes mystery

Return of the Emerald Skull by Paul Stewart (1020)

Return of the emerald skull

Physik (Septimus Heap) by Angie Sage (1030)

Physik

The Boggart by Susan Cooper (1030)

The boggart

Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1040)

Bernie Magruder & the bats in the belfry

Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1040)

Jade green : a ghost story

Drift House: The First Voyage by Dale Peck (1050)

Drift House : the first voyage

ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor (1070)

ArchEnemy

Libby on Wednesdays by Zipha Keatley Snyder (1070)

Legion of the Dead by Paul Stewart (1080 NC)

Legion of the dead

Hatching Magic by Ann Downer (1080)

Hatching magic

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye (1090)

The ordinary princess

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye by Nancy Springer (1110 NC)

The case of the gypsy good-bye : an Enola Holmes mystery

The Princess and the Curdie by George MacDonald (1120)

The princess and Curdie

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (1120)

The hero and the crown

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer (1120)

The case of the cryptic crinoline : an Enola Holmes mystery

Radiance by Alyson Noel (1120)

Radiance : a novel

Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit (1170)

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1000+ Lexile titles in Kids Fiction: Fantasy, Mystery, Sports & Adventure, Tales

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1000)

The phantom tollbooth

The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies (1000)

The great hamster massacre

Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein (1010 NC)

Uncle Shelby's story of Lafcadio, the lion who shot back

Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis  (1010)

Mr. Chickee's funny money

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum (1020)

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins and Other Nasties: a Practical Guide by Miss Edythe McFate by Lesley Blume (1020)

Modern fairies, dwarves, goblins, & other nasties : a practical guide by Miss Edythe McFate

Goblins by Philip Reeve (1020)

Goblins

The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson (1030)

The flint heart

How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm: the Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking by Cressida Cowell (1040)

How to ride a dragon's storm : the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (1060)

Just so stories

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Dubois  (1070)

The twenty-one balloons

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen (1080 NC)

Mudshark

Enchanted Island of Yew by L. Frank Baum (1100)

The Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1110)

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green (1110)

The adventures of Robin Hood

Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1130)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1140)

The wind in the willows

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1140)

The jungle book

Paddington at Large by Michael Bond (1160)

Paddington at large

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The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

Gregor the OverlanderWhile Suzanne Collins’ other big series, The Hunger Games, is aimed at teens, her Underland Chronicles series is recommended for middle grade readers.

Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, Suzanne Collins was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find…? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part fantasy/​war series, The Underland Chronicles.

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

  1. Gregor the Overlander
  2. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
  3. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods 
  4. Gregor and the Marks of Secret 
  5. Gregor And The Code Of The Claw 

 

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Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan (series)

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They have always scared him in the past-the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .

  1. The Ruins of Gorlan
  2. The Burning Bridge
  3. The Icebound Land
  4. The Battle for Skandia
  5. Sorcerer of the North
  6. The Siege of Macindaw
  7. Erak’s Ransom
  8. The Kings of Clonmel 
  9. Halt’s Peril 
  10. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
  11. The Lost Stories
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New Call Numbers, New Books: Kids vs. Tween Fiction

As we continue our children’s department  reorganization, you might have noticed that our chapter books are in two different places now…Kids and Tweens!

The difference between the two sections is less about the “reading level” or “grade level” of the book, and more about whether a younger child or a tween (ages 10-12 or so) would be interested in reading it.  Stories in the Kids section will be less intense than those in the same category in the Tween section.  The Kids section is great for younger kids who are reading above grade-level but not ready for “older kid” books.  The Tween section is great for upper elementary readers of all reading abilities who find shorter, “easier” chapter books too “babyish”.  Books for teens (grade 6 and up) will remain in their own area separate from the Kids and Tween collections.

Both sections will now be organized by genre.  Kids Fiction will include:

  • General Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Frightful Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Sports & Adventure
  • Tales (folktales, fairy tales, traditional tales)
  • Poetry
  • Puzzles & Humor (I Spy and other picture puzzle books, jokes, riddles, brain teasers, Encyclopedia Brown, etc.)

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Leveled readers and easy/beginning chapter books will still have their own section.

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The Tween section will include:

  • Fantasy
  • General Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Sports & Adventure
  • Supernatural Stories

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Rick Riordan (series)

The lightning thiefPercy Jackson & the Olympians

1. The Lightning Thief

2. The Sea of Monsters

3. The Titan’s Curse

4. The Battle of the Labyrinth

5. The Last Olympian

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1. The Red Pyramid

2. The Throne of Fire

3. The Serpent’s Shadow

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Heroes of OlympusThe lost hero

1. The Lost Hero

2. The Son of Neptune

3. The Mark of Athena

4. The House of Hades

5. The Blood of Olympus (coming out October 2014)

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Quotable Books: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

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Rebecca Stead. When You Reach Me.

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Newbery Winners by Lexile

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The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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If you <3 Harry Potter, why not try…

Fotor0829160935JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series draws readers in with its captivating magical world and combination of epic adventure, humorous exploits and journey of self-discovery.

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Quotable Books: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster

“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.” –The Phantom Tollbooth, Norman Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster

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