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The Boxcar Children Series Book Poster Image
age 7+
Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
(1942)
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Half Magic: Tales of Magic, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 7+
Delightful, charming classic has adventure, humor, heart.
By Edward Eager
(1999)
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The Sasquatch Escape: The Imaginary Veterinary, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 7+
Quirky fantasy adventure perfect for Magic Tree House grads.
By Suzanne Selfors
(2013)
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Encyclopedia Brown Series Book Poster Image
age 7+
Boy solves crimes that stump adults in fun, funny mysteries.
By Donald J. Sobol
(2007)
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Precious Ramotswe Series Book Poster Image
age 7+
Kind, brave 9-year-old solves fun mysteries in Botswana.
By Alexander McCall Smith
(2012)
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The Impossible Crime: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 7+
Inspired silliness in laugh-out-loud spy mystery.
By Mac Barnett
(2018)
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The Borrowers Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Classic tale a bit slow but retains its appeal.
By Mary Norton
(2003)
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Legends of Zita the Spacegirl Book Poster Image
age 7+
Sequel has even more awesome bravery and action.
By Ben Hatke
(2012)
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Secrets of Droon Series Book Poster Image
age 7+
Simple but inventive series great for first fantasy reading.
By Tony Abbott
(1999)
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Milo Speck, Accidental Agent Book Poster Image
age 7+
Funny fantasy encourages problem-solving, resilience.
By Linda Urban
(2015)
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Ollie's Odyssey Book Poster Image
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age 7+
Illustrated stolen-toy tale has heart and scary scenes.
By William Joyce
(2016)
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The Bailey School Kids Series Book Poster Image
age 7+
Four adventurous friends solve mysteries in engaging tales.
By Debbie Dadey, Marcia Thornton Jones
(1991)
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Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King: The Guardians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 7+
Early days of Santa Claus are busy but not wholly engaging.
By William Joyce, Laura Geringer
(2011)
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