Christmas picks: Chapter books and novels

After the picks for Babies and Toddlers and the one for Preschoolers, here is a selection of chapter books and novels.

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Tried and True

My Happy Life Gecko Press illustrated chapter books      Detective Gordon the first case book, Ulf Nilsson, Gitte Spee, chapter book for kids Snake and Lizard anniversary edition Joy Cowley Gavin Bishop Gecko Press Dunger book, Joy Cowley, novel for kids  The Ice Sea Pirates by award-winning Frida Nilsson

New Releases

Where Dani Goes, happy Follows. my happy Life Series by Gecko PressWhere Dani Goes, Happy Follows

by Rose Lagercrantz & Eva Eriksson

Writing with exceptional insight and humor, author Lagercrantz develops Dani’s emotional maturity in this story, giving her a growing awareness of both life’s complexity and adult fallibility, all the while maintaining Dani’s bone-deep optimism.
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal ‘Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books: Some of the Best of 2019’

This series just gets better and better.
Horn Book

Read the first chapter here.


The RunawaysThe Runaways by Ulf Stark. A children's novel by Gecko Press

by Ulf Stark & Kitty Crowther

A touching, realistic, gently humorous story of how a sensitive boy copes with his treasured grandfather’s decline.​ 
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews

Autumn-hued illustrations by Crowther (Stories of the Night) juxtapose the dull hospital against glorious piney islands and a light-filled sea. 
Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly

Expressive full-page illustrations add color to the pages while supporting the story’s tone. An unusual adventure story with a core of mutual grandfather-grandson affection.
Starred review, Booklist

Read the first chapter here.

Zanzibar by Catharina Valckx. An early chapter book published by Gecko PressZanzibar

by Catharina Valckx

An uplifting, warmhearted early chapter book about a crow, who proves you can move mountains (or even dromedaries) and perform truly heroic deeds if you believe in yourself.

This story about finding the extraordinary in everyone gives readers something to crow about. 
Kirkus Reviews

Valckx’s witty text and vignette pen and ink illustrations are sure to make Zanzibar popular with a whole host of new readers.
Outside In World

Read the first chapter here.


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