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Thanks for your request for a Book Match. If you want to read some looong books like Belle Prater's Boy, here are some suggestions:
The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson. When Angel's self-absorbed mother leaves her and her younger brother with their poor great-grandmother, the eleven-year-old girl worries not only about her mother and brother, her imprisoned father, the frail old woman, but also about a mysterious man who begins sharing with her the wonder of the stars. Other books by this author that you might enjoy include The Great Gilly Hopkins and Flip-Flop Girl.
If you're a beginning reader who likes to read series books, here are a couple suggestions. Each title is the first in the series.
26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola. The true-life adventures of the famous children's book author, including dropping out of school on the first day of kindergarten.
Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin. Do those kittens really have wings?
McBroom Tells a Lie by Sid Fleischman. Josh McBroom, his dear wife, and their eleven children outwit mean Heck Jones by using frozen sunlight and a car that runs on popcorn.
If you like longish books, here are some suggestions.
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. Five sisters living on New York's Lower East Side in 1912 get a big surprise when their mother has a new baby.
Cougar by Helen V. Griffith. Is that really the ghost of a horse that Nickel sees?
Dog Friday by Hilary McKay. Who would have thought that a boy who's been attacked by a dog would actually hope that he could adopt the stray dog he found on the beach?
If you like fantasy and family stories, here are some other titles you might enjoy.
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.
George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff. In the midst of a backyard camp out, ten-year-old Matt and four other children find themselves transported back into the time of George Washington and the American Revolution, where they begin to live out American history firsthand and learn the sober realities of war.
Half Magic by Edward Eager. A magical coin grants the children half of whatever they wish for, with unexpected consequences.
Cracker! : The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.
A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.
Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone.
In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.
Crispin : The Cross of Lead by Avi.
Thanks for your request for a book match. If you're looking for a good series, here are some I'd recommend:
Thank you for your BookMatch request. I'm glad to hear you like Mary-Kate and Ashley books. Here are some other titles you may like:
Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
Anastasia's 10th year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.
The Steps by Rachel Cohn
Over Christmas vacation, Annabel goes from her home in Manhattan to visit her father, his new wife, and her half- and step-siblings in Sydney, Australia.
Thank you for your Book Match Request. I have not read Gooseberry Park myself, but I can recommend some fantasy and dog titles you might enjoy.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Chuck and Danielle by Peter Dickinson
Danielle's pet whippet, Chuck, is terrified of absolutely everything, but Danielle is sure that Chuck is going to save the universe one day.
Thanks for requesting a Book Match. If you like books about frontier life and biographies, here are some other titles you might enjoy.
Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm.
As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.