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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
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
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, 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.
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 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.
Since you liked Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, you might also enjoy
the following books, which have some combination of action, adventure,
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
Thank you for using our book match service! The library collection
contains many titles that are appropriate for a 9 year old child. Some of our most popular include:
Judy Moody (the first book in the Judy Moody Series) by Megan McDonald.
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (part of the Ramona series) by Beverly Cleary.
Here is a list of titles I think you may enjoy. Good luck and keep reading!
The Ravenmaster's Secret by Elvira Woodruff
Eleven-year-old Forrest lives at the Tower of London prison, where his
father tends the Tower ravens and guards inmates. Forrest's only friends
are his pet raven, his father's prisoners (who all end up dead), and
Ned, the young rat catcher. Soon Forrest's father gets a new prisoner:
Maddie, the beautiful daughter of a Scottish spy. Immediately Forrest
I'm glad you liked The Grizzly Sisters by Cathy Bellows.
Cathy Bellows has also written another picture book entitled Four Fat
Rats. I'm including that in the following list of other picture books I think you'll enjoy.
Four Fat Rats by Cathy Bellows
Four fat sassy rats leave home and eat a wide swathe through the world,
alienating everybody on the way.
Epossumondas by Coleen Salley
A retelling of a classic tale in which a well-intentioned young possum
continually takes his mother's instructions much too literally.