I've been keeping a Pinterest board of all the chapter books the girls read this past year that were published either in hardcover or paperback in 2014. This is list of the books that one or the other of my 9 and 11 year old tweens said they really enjoyed. They read like gonzos, which is nice for me. And they're pretty good about letting me know what they enjoy and what they think is meh.
Everything below is appropriate for kids ages eight-ish to 12, unless I've noted otherwise. I've divided the books up by genre so that you can match them to your young reader's interest. If you see an asterisk by the title, that means there are books in the series that come before the one I've listed, which kids will probably want to read before tackling these.
And later this year (which is quickly coming to a close!), I'll feature my top ten picks for new chapter books published in 2014!
The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
*The Books of Elsewhere: Still Life by Jacqueline West
*Janitors: Strike of the Sweepers by Tyler Whitesiders
*The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
*Ever After High: A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague
*The Bravest Princess by E. D. Baker
*Once Upon the End by James Riley
Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins
*The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen (ages 10 and up)
*The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis (ages 10 and up)
The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson
West of the Moon by Margi Preus
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