february 2019 Best Chapter Books

Updated Feb. 17, 2019
Prince Not-So Charming: Wild Wild Quest book
#1
Prince Not-So Charming: Wild Wild Quest
Written by Roy L Hinuss
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The sixth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series features Prince Carlos going on a quest—and disaster is never far away. Prince Carlos Charles Charming tells a lot more jokes than your standard prince is probably supposed to. But he’s been working hard to live up to his princely expectations. That’s good, because the ultimate prince, Gilbert the Gallant, has gone missing! Carlos, his friend Pinky, and his pet dragon Smudge are assigned to go find Gilbert and complete his quest. But how can Carlos do what the oh-so-perfect Gilbert couldn’t? Especially when Smudge sets their boat on fire before they’ve gone very far? And every princely voyage involves a sea monster! Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Wild Wild Quest shows how even princes struggle sometimes—but the only way to get through it is one step at a time. An Imprint Book

To Night Owl from Dogfish book
#2
To Night Owl from Dogfish
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through text messages.

Missing! book
#3
Missing!
Written and illustrated by Brenda Z Guiberson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Jimmy Hoffa, Barbara Follett, Amelia Earhart, D. B. Cooper-they all disappeared. Throughout history, individuals have gone missing without a trace; their disappearances haunt us. In this companion to Disasters: Natural and Man-Made Catastrophes through the Centuries, Brenda Guiberson explores the stories of seven individuals who have disappeared mysteriously. Thoroughly researched and illustrated with photographs and line drawings, this is exciting middle grade nonfiction. Godwin Books

Pippa's Island 3: Kira Dreaming book
#4
Pippa's Island 3: Kira Dreaming
Written by Belinda Murrell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Kira Cove Public School is hosting a talent quest. Cici, Meg, and Charlie couldn’t be more ex- cited to perform, but Pippa gets butter ies at the thought of singing on stage. After a disastrous audition, can Pippa nd a way to smash her stage fright before the VIP concert?

Fantastic Fist/Mowtown book
#5
Fantastic Fist/Mowtown
Written and illustrated by Gabe Soria, Kendall Hale
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Upon entering a haunted arcade in an abandoned basement storefront, the reader finds themself absorbed into one of two video games in this third title in the play-your-way adventure series, Midnight Arcade. Wandering the city streets at night, you discover an abandoned game palace located in a basement storefront. Presented with a magical game token, you select one of two games you wish to play, Fantastic Fist or MowTown. Your decisions control whether you beat the game, or die. In Fantastic Fist you fight goons and crooked cops to rescue your partner, taken from you in the middle of your wedding. In MowTown you mow lawns with a vengeance, establishing yourself as the hot new lawncare mogul in town. Both games feature unique challenges and life-like game play that will delight readers, and the most important choice in either game for those now trapped inside them, is the one that will keep them alive.

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat book
#6
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat
Written by Johnny Marchiano, Emily Chenoweth and illustrated by Robb Mommaerts
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Klawde is not your average cat. He's an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He's cruel. He's cunning. He's brilliant... and he's about to become Raj Banerjee's best friend. Whether he likes it or not. Klawde had everything. Sharp claws. Fine fur. And, being the High Commander of the planet Lyttyrboks, an entire world of warlike cats at his command. But when he is stripped of his feline throne, he is sentenced to the worst possible punishment: exile to a small planet in a quiet corner of the universe... named Earth. Raj had everything. A cool apartment in Brooklyn. Three friends who lived in his building. And pizza and comics within walking distance. But when his mom gets a job in Elba, Oregon, and he is forced to move, all of that changes. It's now the beginning of summer, he has no friends, and because of his mother's urgings, he has joined a nature camp. It's only when his doorbell rings and he meets a furball of a cat that Raj begins to think maybe his luck is turning around... Heavily illustrated, with a hilarious, biting voice that switches between Raj and Klawde's perspectives, Klawde is the story of an unlikely friendship that emerges as two fish out of water begin to find their footing in strange new worlds.

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies book
#7
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies
Written by Johnny Marchiano, Emily Chenoweth and illustrated by Robb Mommaerts
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Klawde is not your basic cat. He's an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He's cruel. He's cunning. He's brilliant... and he's also Raj Banerjee's best friend. Klawde and Raj are back! As summer turns to fall, our favorite warlord cat remains in his pitiful exiled existence. But Raj has an even scarier prospect than cosmic exile: starting at a new school. And if things didn't seem complicated enough, both cat and human are confronted with two figures from their past they did not expect to pop up in Elba, Oregon... Heavily illustrated, with a hilarious, biting voice that switches between Raj's and Klawde's perspectives, Klawde #2 is the story of an unlikely friendship that emerges as two fish out of water continue to find their footing in strange new worlds.

Pippa's Island 4: Camp Castaway book
#8
Pippa's Island 4: Camp Castaway
Written and illustrated by Belinda Murrell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

The students in class 5M are heading off to camp. Pippa has never been away to camp before, at least not to a deserted tropical island! Everyone looks forward to five blissful days exploring Shipwreck Island's beaches and lagoon. But when the teams get regrouped, Pippa has to learn to cooperate with the other girls. Mrs. Marshall promised challenges and adventure, but she forgot to mention the pranks. After one too many of the boys' tricks, the girls decide to take their revenge. Will class 5M survive Camp Castaway?

Tom Weekly 4: My Life and Other Exploding Chickens book
#9
Tom Weekly 4: My Life and Other Exploding Chickens
Written by Tristan Bancks
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Have you ever ran from the dentist? Are you petrified of clowns? Have giant head lice try to eat you? Have you ever been attacked by Library Ninjas when your book was five years overdue? And have you come up with a genius way to never do homework again? All of these things have happened to me. I'm Tom Weekly. My life is an exploding chicken and the book in your hands is my attempt to glue it back together again.

Banana Pants! book
#10
Banana Pants!
Written and illustrated by Emma Wunsch
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Princess Miranda and Not-a-Princess Maude are total opposites and totally best friends! Fed up with nonstop testing, Miranda and Maude’s teacher makes a surprise announcement: They are going to put on a school play! And, the class decides, it will be called Banana Pants! School is finally a joy, and the project inspires the girls to fight for more positive change. Maude decides to wage a campaign against Styrofoam lunch trays, and she thinks she has the perfect powerful ally in Miranda. But, much to Maude’s frustration, Miranda would rather focus on her own good cause: love! The girls can’t seem to see eye to eye, and in pursuing their good causes separately, they go way too far, resulting in the friendship’s first-ever fight.

Trial by Winter book
#11
Trial by Winter
Written and illustrated by Anne Patton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Dorothy and her family are settling into life on the prairies after a treacherous journey to their homestead. But now winter is approaching, and her dad has gone to work elsewhere, leaving the family to fend for themselves. The Boltons soon discover how brutal and harsh prairie winters can be. With the men away, Dorothy, her mam and her sister, Lydia, attempt to survive, but no matter what they do their sod house continues to get colder and colder and they become desperate for warmth. They must find a way to save themselves, but how?

Prince Not-So Charming: Toad You So! book
#12
Prince Not-So Charming: Toad You So!
Written by Roy L Hinuss
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The fifth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series features Prince Carlos being turned into a toad. Prince Carlos Charles Charming is finally figuring out how to be both a prince and a court jester. But then a mixed-up wizard transforms Carlos into a toad who eats bugs and croaks instead of speaks. Unfortunately, the wizard doesn’t have a spell for reversing it. Even more unfortunately, “Toad Surprise” is on the menu for today’s lunch at Fancy Castle! Can Carlos escape the kitchen and leap back into his normal life—warts and all? Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Toad You So shows it’s hard to live up to the fairy tale—but the first step is letting your true self show through.

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