Best of 2014: Chapter Books the Girls Tore Through

2014 chapter books a book long enough

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 Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

*Poached by Stuart Gibbs

Realistic Fiction

Nest by Esther Ehrlich (ages 10 and up)

Rain Reign by Ann Martin

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (ages 11 and up)

Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Ava and Pip by Carol Weston

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

Multicultural Fiction

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney (ages 11 and up)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Historical Fiction

*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

Graphic Novels

The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Kate the Great, Except When She's Not by Suzy Becker

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

*Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

You can take a look at all the beautiful covers here, (no Pinterest account required):

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Fangtastically Creepy Bookish Things: Sherlock Holmes Print

This is simply a marvelous print I found available from Pemberly Pond via Etsy. Pemberly Pond is the brainchild of Italian sisters Lalla and Luisa Lodetti, who "love literature, illustration, calligraphy, hand lettering and especially Jane Austen." My kind of gals. Their items are gorgeous and make fabulous gifts for the lit geek in your life. 

sherlock holmes print