Chapter Books for Intermediate Readers

Each year 50 newly published chapter books are selected to be on the Villa Library “50 Nifty Chapter Book” recommended book list.

Books are selected to appeal to a wide range of interests and reading abilities at Villa Academy.

Reviewing sources and recommendations used include: American Library Association, Booklist, School Library Journal, National Book Award, Newbery Award, Caldecott Award, Young Reader’s Choice, Washington Children’s Choice Award, Sibert Award, and CS King Award.

Here is this year’s list!

2016 – 2017

50 Nifty Intermediate Books


Al-Mansour,   The Green Bicycle

Apelfeld,   Adam and Thomas

Applegate,   Crenshaw

Baptiste,   The Jumbies

Barnett,   The Terrible Two Get Worse

Baskin,   Ruby on the Outside

Benjamine, The Thing About Jellyfish

Bertman,   Book Scavenger

Bradley,   The War That Saved My Life

Brown,   Wild Robot

Cabot,  From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

DeCamp,   My Near Death Adventures

DiCamilla,    Raymie Nightingale

Fiedler,    Mouseheart

Gibbs,    Spaced Out

Gino, George

Grabenstein, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

Graff, Lost In the Sun

Grau, Dr. Critchlored’s School for Minion

Green,   New Kid

Griffin,   Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11

Hahn,   Took: A Ghost Story

Hardinge,   Cuckoo Song

Hiaasen,  Skink No Surrender

Hill,  Bo at Iditarod Creek

Hunt,   Fish In a Tree

Hunt,   One For the Murphys

Jones,   Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Kelly,   Blackbird Fly

Korman,    Masterminds Criminal Destiny

Law,    Switch

Lloyd,    The Key to Extraordinary

Lord, A Handful of Stars

Marshall,    In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

Messner,    All the Answers

Milford,    Greenglass House

Morrison,    Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

Nelson,    The Book Itch

Oppel,    The Nest

Pennypacker,   Pax

Pincus,   The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.

Platt,    Incommunicado

Preus,    The Bamboo Sword

Ryan,    Echo

Sachar,    Fuzzy Mud

Sales,    Once Was a Time

Selznick,    The Marvels

Shurtliff,   Rump

Smith,   Hoodoo

Starmer,   The Whisper

Stead,   Goodbye Stranger

Turnage,   The Odds of Getting Even

Tyra,    Last In a Long Line of Rebels

White,    The Thickety A Path Begin

Williams-Garcia,    Gone Crazy in Alabama