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If you like Bud Not Buddy...

I'm so glad you liked Bud Not Buddy! It's one of my favorite books, too! Here are three titles I'd like to suggest.

Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
When orphaned Dave is sent to the Hebrew Home for Boys and treated
cruelly there, he sneaks out at night and is welcomed into the music-
and culture-filled world of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Black Canary by Jane Louise Curry

If you liked The Golden Compass...

We're delighted you're using the Book Match service and, like you, I enjoyed The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
Did you know it's the first in Pullman's trilogy, His Dark Materials?  The other two titles are The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.  Meanwhile, here are three other titles I'd like to recommend.

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper
While in London to perform with a theatre group, Nat suddenly finds
himself transported back to 1599 and performing under the direction of Shakespeare himself.

If you liked The Count of Monte Cristo...

I'm so glad to know you enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo!
Although it's been a long time since I read it, I agree it's very
exciting reading. So, here are three titles I'd like to recommend.

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson.
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

If you like humorous and mystery stories

If you enjoy both humorous and mystery books, here are some recommendations:

Beanpole / by Barbara Park.
Thirteen-year-old Lillian, miserable about being a "beanpole" and a
loser, stops feeling sorry for herself when she learns the difference
between a loser and a winner.

The dark stairs : a Herculeah Jones mystery / by Betsy Byars.
The intrepid Herculeah Jones helps her mother, a private investigator, solve a puzzling and frightening case.

Hey, new kid! / by Betsy Duffey

If you like horror stories...

 Here are three titles I hope you'll find deliciously spine-chilling.

The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
Tired of the rules that have bound them ever since "the bad thing happened," twelve-year-old Diana ignores her brother's warnings and befriends the daughter of the new caretaker, setting in motion events that lead to the release of the spirit of an evil, crazy woman who once ruled the old Willis place.

Undercurrents by Willo Davis Roberts

If you like "A Puppy in a Puddle"...

Thank you again for your Book Match request. I have included a few
beginning mystery titles and series that you might enjoy. Since you liked Puppy in a Puddle by Ben M. Baglio, I would suggest that you might also enjoy some of the other titles in the Animal Ark series. Here are some book titles I hope you enjoy:

Dog at the door by Ben M. Baglio
This book is in our Juvenile paper back collection - the Animal Ark series

Encyclopedia Brown and the case of the two spies / Donald J. Sobol ;
illustrated by Eric Velasquez

If you like books by Kate DiCamillo

If you like books by Kate DiCamillo, here are some suggestions for books I think she might enjoy:

First, if you enjoyed Kate DiCamillo's writing style, you could always try more by the same author. Arguably, DiCamillo's most famous novel is Because of Winn Dixie.

Another great book to try is Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.
It's a story of friendship and loss revolving around two friends who
create their own magical land, Terabithia, and are pretty much
inseparable until the day one of them is left to rule the land alone.

If you like Jan Brett...

I also love Jan Brett's books because her art work is so special. If
you have not seen any of her others you should look for them. Some of
my favorites (more snow pictures) are: Annie and the Wild Animals, The
Mitten: a Ukranian Folktale, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Christmas
Trolls, and The Hat. If you visit the library you can find most of her
books in the Juvenile Easy Collection. There are many to choose from
and a librarian will be happy to help you.

Some other good stories with beautiful art work are:

If you like classic children's books

If you like reading children's classics, here are some recommendations:

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
A classic series of fantasy books about the land beyond the wardrobe. Four brothers and sisters
enter a fantasy land where they help Aslan, the lion, triumph in battle
with the White Witch.

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
A young boy is sold by his wicked uncle as a slave and is helped by an outlaw.

If you liked "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliett...

Since you liked Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, you might also enjoy
the following books, which have some combination of action, adventure,
or mystery:

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of
running away...so she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO
somewhere, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And so,
after some careful planning, she and her younger brother, Jamie, escaped