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Fever 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson
Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday
Megan McCafferty, Sarah Dessen, Jacqueline Woodson, Carolyn Mackler, Steve Almond, M.T. Anderson, Julianna Baggott, Cat Bauer, Emma Forrest, David Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski, Sonya Sones, Zoe Trope, Ned Vizzini, Joseph Weisberg, Tanuja Desai Hidier
Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story
Adam Rex
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Jenny Lawson
Front and Center (Dairy Queen Series #3)
The Fenway Foul-Up - David A. Kelly, Mark Meyers Evaluating short chapter books, those for early independent readers is tricky - the text can't be too complex, but if it's too simple it feels babyish and the kids don't want to read it. I felt like this one fell on the 'too easy, too young' side of the spectrum, which isn't a strike against it, necessarily, but it wasn't what I expected. I guess I was looking for a little bit more - more characterization, specifically. The plot and mystery were very appropriate for younger readers, and I just felt like the two main characters could have used a little bit more depth. But for kids who are just getting past those beginning stages, this could be a good first chapter book.