Archive for the ‘Chapter Books’ Category

The People Could Fly

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
This is a fabulous collection of American black folktales. Beyond Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, Hamilton captures a unique ensemble of tales told in authentic dialects reflecting the diversity of the black American experience. Funny, grotesque, and inspiring, these stories will resonate with people of all cultures. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Peter and the Starcatchers

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, illustrated by Greg Call
How did Peter Pan become Peter Pan? Where is Neverland? And, how did fairies first come about? Find out in this exciting tale of adventure, mystery and magic. Authors Barry (humorist) and Pearson (mystery-suspense writer) combine their divergent talents to create a unique spin on a classic tale. It’s a fun romp through sea, land, and air! Recommended for ages 9 and up.

The End of the Beginning

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Avi, illustrated by Tricia Tusa
The End of the Beginning
Avon the snail loves to read adventure stories. Unhappy with his own life, he sets off down his branch in search of thrilling adventure and finds plenty with the help of his new friend, Edward the ant. Brimming with witty and insightful dialog, the story is a joy to read for both old and young. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Up and Down with Kate

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
written and illustrated by Kay Charo
Up and Down with Kate
This easy reader includes four chapters about a young elephant named Kate. With the help of her family members, Kate learns to deal with her emotions of fear, frustration, and sorrow. The bright pictures make this easy reader fun to read as well. Recommended for ages 4-8.

The Penderwicks

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks
A charming tale about four sisters sharing a summer of adventure in a rented cottage on the grounds of an opulent mansion. While there, they learn some things about love, family, rose gardening, writing style, and bulls. In addition, they help their landlord-neighbor, a boy named Jeffrey, face his domineering mother in his quest to become a concert pianist. Recommended for ages 8-12.