Multcolib Staff Picks: Best chapter books grades 3-6, 2013

Ghost Hawk
Ghost Hawk By Cooper, Susan Book - 2013 j COOPER 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.

Flora & Ulysses
Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures By DiCamillo, Kate Book - 2013 j DICAMILLO 2013 In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 17 on 45 copies

Annotation:Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

Beholding Bee
Beholding Bee By Fusco, Kimberly Newton Book - 2013 j FUSCO 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1942, when life turns sour at the carnival that has always been her home, eleven-year-old Bee takes her dog, Peabody, and piglet, Cordelia, and sets out to find a real home, aided by two women only Bee and her pets can see.

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library By Grabenstein, Chris Book - 2013 j GRABENSTE 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape the library and win a fabulous prize.

A Tangle of Knots
A Tangle of Knots By Graff, Lisa Book - 2013 j GRAFF 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever.

The Year of Billy Miller
The Year of Billy Miller By Henkes, Kevin Book - 2013 j HENKES 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad.

Bowling Alley Bandit
Bowling Alley Bandit By Keller, Laurie Book - 2013 j KELLER 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Arnie the talking doughnut is delighted to be Mr. Bing's new pet "doughnut-dog," so when Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls during a big bowling tournament, Arnie suspects foul play and sets out to solve the mystery.

Listening for Lucca
Listening for Lucca By LaFleur, Suzanne M. Book - 2013 j LAFLEUR 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Siena's visions of the past intensify when her family moves to the Maine coast hoping her little brother will begin speaking, and she connects with residents of the house from many years earlier who faced a similar problem.

Elvis and the Underdogs
Elvis and the Underdogs By Lee, Jenny Book - 2013 j LEE 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:All his life Benji, now ten, has been sickly and he has long been targeted by the school bully, but after a seizure Benji gets a therapy dog that is not only big enough to protect him, it can also talk.

P.S. Be Eleven
P.S. Be Eleven By Williams-Garcia, Rita Book - 2013 j WILLIAMSG 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:The Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn, where they adapt to new feelings of independence while managing changes large and small, from Pa's new girlfriend to a very different Uncle Darnell's return from Vietnam.

Gone Fishing
Gone Fishing A Novel in Verse By Wissinger, Tamera Will Book - 2013 j WISSINGER 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 10 copies

Annotation:In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms.

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Our staff weigh in on our favorite chapter books for children in grades 3 through 6 for 2013.

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