Great Chapter Books

by User Not Found | Feb 28, 2022

Some of the great chapter books for children that were published in 2021.

Born behind Bars
by Padma Venkatraman

The story of Kabir, a young, low caste boy in India who has grown up in prison because his mother is serving time for a crime she did not commit. One day Kabir is told he is too old to be at the prison and is turned over to an "uncle" who turns out to be a fraud. Kabir runs from him and meets a street girl with a parrot on her shoulder. Will she betray him or take him under her wing?

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Just Like That
by Gary D Schmidt

Meryl Lee Kowalski has suffered a loss and her parents decide to send her to boarding school in Maine--Elene's Preparatory Academy for girls. She is forced to deal with rich girls that snub her and some teachers that don't approve of her. Friendship comes from an unlikely place--a boy named Matt Coffin who shows up in town with no known past and a pillowcase full of money. As Meryl Lee learns about loss, Matt learns about finding a home. Read The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK.

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Finding Junie Kim   
by Ellen Oh

 

Junie wants to keep her head down and stay unnoticed when hate words about Blacks, Latinos, and Asians appear on the gym wall. Her friends want to protest, but she doesn't think that's a good idea. Her friends drop her, and Junie spends more time with her grandparents. As they tell her stories of their experiences during the Korean war Junie has to rethink whether keeping her head down is the best policy.

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The One Thing You'd Save
by Linda Sue Park

When the teacher asks her class what one thing hey would save if they were in a fire (family and pets are safe), the class comes up with some funny and some thought-provoking ideas. Many students change their minds as they listen to their classmates. What is really important? What would you save?

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The Republic of Birds
by Jessica Miller

Tsaretsvo has been divided from the Republic of Birds after a fight about owning the egg of a firebird. When Aleksei Oblomov accidentally mis-measures the Sky Metro, he and his family are banished from their life of privilege by the the Tsarina, and are sent to live near the Republic of Birds. Twelve year old Olga is half excited and half scared when she sees one of the magical Yagas that live in the borderland. She has never fit in like her talented little sister. Maybe she will fit in at her new home.--IF she can keep her emerging magic hidden.

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Better with Butter
by Victoria Piontek. Marvel is afraid of almost everything--from amusement park rides to food poisoning, from making friends to public speaking. But when Marvel stumbles on a group of older kids teasing a baby goat, she forgets her fear and rescues it. Butter is a fainting goat. She falls down, but she gets right back up. Marvel helps Butter, and Butter helps Marvel--until Marvel is told she might have to give Butter up forever.

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Starfish   
by Linda Fipps

 

 

When Ellie dressed up in a whale swim suit at her fifth birthday party and jumped into the pool, she made a big splash and got nicknamed Splash. Days are filled with bullying about her weight. She gets plenty of admonitions like, "You'd be pretty if. . ." It seems like the final straw when Ellie finds out she has to go to a therapist, but it becomes empowering to learn how to stand up for herself without attacking the other person. It takes special courage to confront her mother who believes shaming her will help her lose weight. Told by an author who experienced many of the experiences in the book during her childhood.

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Ground Zero
by Alan Gratz

This book follows two stories: One is about Brandon and his father who on 9-11 go to the "Windows of the World Restaurant: at the top of the World Trade Center where Brandon's dad works. They get separated when Brandon decided to run down to the gift shop to buy a present for a friend. They other story takes place in 2020, and it follows Reshmina and her family in Afghanistan on a day their village is being raided. Their family hates Americans because Reshmina's sister was killed by an American drone on her wedding day. Great dialogue between Reshmina and a wounded American soldier about America's role in Afghanistan.

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The Shape of Thunder
by Jasmine Warga

What do you do when your best friend's brother hurts your sister? That's what happened to Cora, and she hasn't talked to her best friend, Quinn for over a year. On Cora's 12h birthday, Quinn leaves a box and note for Cora suggesting how they can resolve their grief. This book is about friendship and loss, and how believing in impossible things can help you heal.

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The Lion of Mars
by Jennifer l. Holm

Bell is your ordinary 11-year-old boy. He loves cats and he loves cake. One thing sets him apart: Bell has spent his 11 years living on the Planet Mars. Bell likes living on Mars, but then people in the U.S. compound are ordered to stay away from other country's compounds because they can't be trusted. What do you do when all the adults become ill and you need help? Who do you trust then?

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