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Read-Alone Books for Fluent Readers

At Hedgehog Books, it is our mission to offer you superior books to read aloud and read alone. Our teaching staff has spent many years fine-tuning their classroom libraries in order to share the very best books with children. All of our top 10 picks have been classroom tested and reviewed by our educational staff.

 

Jack Plank Tells Tales

Jack Plank Tells Tales
by Natalie Babbitt

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Ages 9-12; for fluent readers

What's a pirate who's not very good at plundering to do? That's what Jack Plank needs to figure out when his crew abandons in the Caribbean town of Saltwash to find work. But this landlocked ex-pirate isn't suited to be a farmer, fortune-teller, fisherman, or anything else, for that matter. However, he can tell a tale. But that won't pay the bills…or will it? Luckily, his new friend eleven-year-old Nina helps him realize that things have a way of working out—especially when you least expect it!

   

 

The Joys of Love

The Joys of Love
by Madeleine L'Engle

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Ages 9-12; for fluent readers

During the summer of 1946, twenty-year-old Elizabeth is doing what she has dreamed of since she was a little girl: working in the theatre. Elizabeth is passionate about her work and determined to learn all she can at the summer theatre company on the sea where she is an apprentice actress. She's never felt so alive. And soon she finds another passion: Kurt Canitz, the dashing young director of the company, and the first man Elizabeth's ever kissed who has really meant something to her. Then Elizabeth's perfect summer is profoundly shaken when Kurt turns out not to be the kind of man she thought he was.

Moving and romantic, this coming-of-age story was written during the 1940s. As revealed in an introduction by the author's granddaughter Léna Roy, the protagonist Elizabeth is close to an autobiographical portrait of L'Engle herself as a young woman—"vibrant, vulnerable, and yearning for love and all that life has to offer."

   

 

Also Known As Harper

Also Known As Harper
by Ann Haywood Leal

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Ages: 10-14; for fluent readers

Harper Lee Morgan's world may be crumbling around her, but her buoyant spirit rises above it all.

Harper is an aspiring poet, which isn't surprising, seeing as how she's named after her mama's favorite writer, Harper Lee. And life is giving her a lot to write about just now. Daddy up and walked out, leaving them with too many bills and too little money. Then Harper's family gets evicted. With Mama scrambling to make ends meet, Harper has to stay home from school to take care of her little brother. Their whole world has been turned upside down, which Harper could just about handle if it wasn't for the poetry contest at school. More than anything, she wants to read her poems out loud.

   

 

The Chronicles of Narnia™: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia™: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

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Ages 9 and up; for fluent readers

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

   

 

Black Beauty

Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell

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Ages 9 and up; for fluent readers

Black Beauty tells his story from his very first memory of frolicking with his mother, Duchess, in an idyllic meadow, through his harrowing experience in the city and all that comes after. This is the tale of his fellow horses, too: tragic Ginger, good-natured Merrylegs and the brave Captain. Meet the people who love Black Beauty, his cruel masters and the brave men, women, boys and girls who confronted the tyrants and helped Black Beauty along the way in our exclusive club edition of the best loved classic.

   

 

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

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Ages 9-13; for fluent readers

When Anne Shirley sees Green Gables farm for the first time, she thinks it will make the most wonderful home. More importantly, she's so happy that she's finally going to be a part of a family who loves her, and if she's lucky, she'll get a best friend, too. But Marilla Cuthbert, and her brother, Matthew who own Green Gables were expecting the orphanage Anne came from to send them a boy. A girl with a runaway imagination who talks a mile a minute is not what they had in mind. Happily, she's exactly what they need!

   

 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Ages: 9-13; for fluent readers

Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved classic starts as all great pirate adventures do: with the discovery of a mysterious treasure map. Madness and mayhem ensue as Jim, the Captain and their motley crew embark on a treacherous journey on the high seas to engage in the ultimate treasure hunt. But when they discover that Long John Silver and his band of rowdy pirates have secretly infiltrated the ship with plans to lead a mutiny against the captain and claim the treasure for themselves, will Jim and the Captain be courageous and clever enough to outwit their deadly foes?

   

 

Brisingr

Brisingr
by Christopher Paolini

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Ages 9-13; for fluent readers

Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep. First is Eragon's oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran's beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix's clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices—choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.

Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

   

 

City of Orphans

City of Orphans
by Avi

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Ages 10 -14; for fluent readers

The streets of 1893 New York are crowded, filthy, and dangerous. If you are a newsboy like 13-year-old Maks Geless, you need to watch out for Bruno, leader of the Plug Ugly Gang. But that's just part of Maks' troubles. When Maks' sister Emma is imprisoned for stealing, he knows she's innocent, but how can he prove it? Maks, as boy detective and his friend Willa confront a world of wealth and crime, while struggling against powerful forces threatening new immigrants, including his own family.

   

 

Escape tp Witch Mountain

Escape to Witch Mountain
by Alexander Key

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Ages 9-13; for fluent readers

Tony can move objects with his mind and Tia has a remarkable ability to open locked doors and communicate with animals, but they have no memory of their past. Because of their supernatural powers, they suspect that they come from another world. Their desperate search to find others like them who still call Earth home, pits them against men who want to use their special powers for evil. Can Tony and Tia escape to Witch Mountain before it's too late?