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Bridging to chapter books for boys

This is the fifth installment in a series about Children and Books.

Last week I covered beginning chapter book series for girls. This week I give equal-time to series titles that will especially appeal to boys who have graduated from the easy-reader section but are not quite ready to tackle full-length chapter books.

Zack Files by Dan Greenburg

With titles like “My Great Grandpa’s in the Litter Box” and “Elvis, the Turnip, and Me,” we know Dan Greenburg, creator of the Zack Files, at least has a sense of humor. Inspired by his own son Zack, Greenburg has combined his love of humor, his interest in things paranormal, and his talent for writing to create books kids like Zack will want to read. The Zack Files series is so popular it was made into a television series on the ABC Family Network. The Truckee Library also has the first season available on DVD.

‘The Secrets of Droon’ by Tony Abbott

For the younger set at a pre-Chronicles of Narnia reading level, “The Secrets of Droon” series is a perfect way to whet their appetite for fantasy. With over 30 adventures on the shelves, protagonist Eric and his two friends Neal and Julie discover a secret doorway in Eric’s basement that leads to the rainbow stairs. The stairs reach down into the wondrous world of Droon ” a land where all kinds of amazing things occur.

‘Dragon Slayers Academy’ by Kate McMullan

Another popular series for younger readers is the “Dragon Slayers Academy.” Sounding suspiciously like Harry Potter, protagonist Wiglaf is the sensitive son in a family of louts, who heads off to the Dragon Slayers Academy along with his faithful pet pig, Daisy. Considered by some critics to be somewhat lacking in characterization, these lightweight, humorous adventures feature fast-moving plots with a minimum of violence.

‘Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot’ by Dav Pilkey

Ricky Ricotta is a little mouse who befriends a robot and together they go on amazing adventures and battle bad guys. Pilkey also writes the Captain Underpants series, which is equally popular with boys just a bit older than this series targets.

‘Horrible Harry’ by Suzy Kline

Harry is one of those characters who is made up of parts of children whom readers all know. He is a non-conformist second grader who plays pranks and gets into mischief but still ends up a being a great friend.

‘Flat Stanley’

by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley is an entertaining series about a boy who has a bulletin board fall on him making him flat. Stanley, however, is very resilient and finds the bright side of being flat he is able to catch a thief, fly a kite, go off to space and even become invisible.


by Megan McDonald

Stink is the younger brother of Judy Moody, showcased in last week’s column. Author Megan McDonald explains: “Once, while was visiting a class full of Judy Moody readers, the kids, many with spiked hair à la Judy’s little brother, chanted, ‘Stink! Stink! Stink! Stink! Stink!’ as I entered the room. In that moment, I knew that Stink had to have a book all his own.”

Other titles to check out are the Scooby Doo series, “Martin Bridge” by Jessica Scott Kerrin, “Martin Redpost” by Louis Sachar, and the Ghosthunters series by Cornelia Funke.


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Tuesday Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. (ages 2 to 3 years)

Babes in Bookland on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 months to 2 years)

Storytelling with Mrs. Fix on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (ages 3 years and up)

Spanish Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ages 2 and up)

Bookshelf’s Dry Camp Book Club at the Library

Meets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome.

Now on display at the library:

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda D’Toole

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