Portfolio Category: Chapter Books

The Season of Styx Malone:

Ten year-old Caleb Franklin, living with his family in a small Indiana town, is tired of just feeling ordinary.  The prospect of a more exciting summer appears to improve, however, when Caleb and his 11 year-old brother, Bobby Gene, meet a new neighbor, the older and very cool Styx Malone.  When the younger boys get…
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Operation Frog Effect

Told through the voices of eight students in Ms. Graham’s fifth-grade class, this book tells the story of how these very different kids deal with issues like bullying, immigration, women’s rights, and homelessness.  Encouraged by their teacher to immerse themselves in the topics they study, these friends, ex-friends, and never will be friends, use notes,…
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The Story Collector

Viviani Fedeler and her family live in the New York Public Library.  As the daughter of the library’s superintendent, she, her brothers, and best friend Eva have the stacks as their playground.  Convinced by weird noises and visions that the library is haunted by a careless construction worker who died there years ago, she sets…
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Polar Bear Explorers’ Club

Stella Starflake Pearl has always wanted to be an explorer like her adoptive father, Felix, a member of the Polar Bear Explorers’ Club.  Unfortunately, girls are forbidden to be club members or go on the group’s expeditions. When Stella is unexpectedly granted permission to join Felix and the other explorers on a daring journey to…
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The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

Gabriel Haberlin, a just-turned 12 year-old white boy living in the small South Carolina town of Birdsong in 1946, is riding his brand new bicycle when he is almost hit by a car.  In fact, if Mr. Meriwether Hunter, an African-American WWII veteran, hadn’t been there to push Gabe out of the way, the accident…
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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write.  These learning challenges are further compounded by his grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s friend, Benny, fell off a ladder in the Buttle family orchard and died.  Police officer, Lieutenant Baird, has been badgering Mason with questions…
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