Author Feature: A.M. Luzzader

If you have a middle grade reader who is ready for more challenging chapter books but isn't quite ready to make the jump from series fiction like The Magic Treehouse to something more intense like Percy Jackson, A.M. Luzzader has the series for you! Check out her A Mermaid in Middle Grade series here or her Hannah Saves the World series here. And there's more! Check out the series starters I share below, and I hope you find a next great fit for your middle grade reader.




Sister princesses Juniper and Olivia are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their aunt, Duchess Melissa. Unfortunately, the castle needs to be cleaned before Aunt Melissa arrives, and Queen Jennifer does not have enough time to complete everything that needs to be done. If only she had enough time to put her magic wand to good use! Princess Olivia is thrilled about the prospect of a magic wand, and she promises to be responsible when her mother offers it to Olivia in her stead. Despite her best intentions, though, Olivia makes some big mistakes that must be remedied in order to put the castle back in order. This delightful beginner chapter book is a charming story for fans of tales that feature magic and princesses. Short chapters include frequent black and white illustrations and sufficient white space to give newer readers a visual respite while helping the story move forward with ease. Ample repetition of words and phrases gives readers the confidence they need to become comfortable with new vocabulary while advancing through the story, as well. Fans of Sofia the First and similar storytelling styles will appreciate the approach of this story as Princess Olivia makes mistakes and learns from them. At the end of the book, readers will find a list of A.M. Luzzader's other books for young people. One of a series of adventures, this story is one that readers will love as they get to know Princesses Olivia and Juniper while simultaneously improving their own reading skills. This is a lovely addition to library collections for newly independent readers to share on their own or with caregivers.










Eight-year-old Kate loves her school, particularly because it focuses on teaching magic, and her two best friends attend along with her. Even though they are not in the same class, Kate is determined to make the most of what the school year has to offer. Kate’s teacher specializes in potions, so she finds herself crafting myriad concoctions that do anything from letting her speak to animals to bouncing around the classroom. Unfortunately, Kate is a picky eater and is not willing to taste the potions she makes, which prevents her from experiencing the fun her friends share. But, when one potion is too enticing to resist, Kate faces her fears and discovers that sometimes things taste better than she expects. This delightful beginner chapter book is a charming story for fans of tales that feature magic and friendship. Short chapters include frequent black and white illustrations and sufficient white space to give newer readers a visual respite while helping the story move forward with ease. Ample repetition of words and phrases gives readers the confidence they need to become comfortable with new vocabulary while advancing through the story, as well. Fans of Sofia the First and similar storytelling styles will appreciate the approach of this story as Kate resists trying new things and ultimately finds that her hesitations are often unfounded. At the end of the book, readers will find a list of A.M. Luzzader's other books for young people. One of a series of adventures, this story is one that can be read in any order, and readers will love learning about Kate and her friends while simultaneously improving their own reading skills. This is a lovely addition to library collections for newly independent readers to share on their own or with caregivers.





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