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Being Brave


Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes. Read one of these chapter books about brave kids and be inspired to take an adventure of your own.


Grayling's Song

Karen Cushman

Grayling doesn't want to be a hero, but to save her mother from a dark enchantment, she seeks out the few second-string magic makers who haven't been immobilized by the spell and goes off in search of her mother's grimoire, or book of

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Our Friend Hedgehog

Lauren Castillo

Sometimes you make a friend, and it feels like you have known that friend your entire life. . . . Hedgehog lives on a teeny-tiny island with only her stuffed dog, Mutty, for company. When a great storm carries Mutty away, she embarks on a quest to fi

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The Wolf's Boy

Susan Williams Beckhorn

Born with a clubfoot and marked as tabat-the unlucky one-Kai and his wolf Uff must brave the long winter together and learn what it takes to survive on their own. A powerful tale set in Paleolithic times from award-winning author Susan Williams Beckh

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Mystery of the Golden Temple

Lisa Travis

Welcome to Thailand! Nong May and her family have had a lot of bad luck lately. When nine-year-old Jess arrives in Thailand and accidentally breaks a special family treasure, it seems to only get worse. It turns out the treasure holds a secret that c

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Number the Stars

Lois Lowry

It is 1943 and for 10 year old Annemarie life is still fun. But there are worries too - the Nazis have occupied Copenhagen and there are food shortages, curfews and the threat of being stopped by soldiers and Annemarie's best friend is a Jew.

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The Cellar

Ellen Howard

Even though her brothers tease her about not being big enough to do any of the important jobs on the farm, Faith proves that she is brave enough to go down into the dark cellar for apples.

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Epic: The Junior Novel

Annie Auerbach

Epic tells the story of a hidden civilization. The battle between good and evil rages until a teenage girl is magically transported into this forest kingdom to help save their world, and ours. The Jinn are tiny forest creatures who love all growing t

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Leah Braves the Flood

Julie Kathleen Gilbert

In 1919 Boston, an orphaned eighth-grade girl plans to head west to become a cowboy until the giant tank of molasses in her neighborhood explodes.

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Ramona the Brave

Beverly Cleary

In this touching and funny story, the ebullient Ramona, feeling brave and grown-up, enters first grade. Quickly she finds that her new teacher, Mrs. Griggs, appears perplexed by pupils who like to be different. Since Ramona cannot help being differen

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Bobby the Brave (sometimes)

Lisa Yee, Dan Santat

Fourth-grader Bobby is hurt when he hears his father, a former professional football player, say that the two of them are nothing alike, but finally summons the courage to talk about it after he suffers a public asthma attack.

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The Dragonslayers

Bruce Coville

A brave squire, an earnest page, and a strong-willed princess set out, each for individual reasons, to try to slay the dragon created to carry out a witch's revenge.

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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Lenore Look

Here's the first book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers. Alvin, an Asian American second grader, is afraid of everyt

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