These short novels are less than 200 pages long and a great transition for beginning readers who are maturing out of leveled reader books. Recommended for children ages 5-8.

  • Katie Woo series
    Manushkin, Fran

    Best Season Ever: Katie and her friends Pedro and JoJo disagree over which season of the year is the best. (24 pages.)

  • Fly Guy series
    Arnold, Tedd

    Hi! Fly Guy: When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong. (30 pages.)

  • DC Super Pets!

    Royal Rodent Rescue: "The evil Siamese cat Rozz has kidnapped a royal hamster. Luckily, Streaky the Super-Cat is on the case! But when Rozz wears kryptonite in her collar, the Cat of Steel must find a way to rescue the rodent and save himself as well"--p.4 of cover. (48 pages.)

  • The Infamous Ratsos series
    LaReau, Kara

    Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. (55 pages.)

  • Cam Jansen series
    Adler, David

    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds: A fifth-grader with a photographic memory and her friend Eric help solve the mystery of the stolen diamonds. (58 pages.)

  • Rosalie the Rapunzel Fairy
    Meadows, Daisy

    Rachel and Kirsty are having a great time at the Wetherbury Storytelling Festival. But when they come to read the story of Rapunzel, she has long blue hair and an ugly face! Could this be the work of nasty Jack Frost? (65 pages.) Please note: more Rainbow Magic books may be found in the paperback section of the library.

  • Magic Tree House series
    Osborne, Mary Pope

    Dinosaurs Before Dark: Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs. (68 pages.)

  • Junie B. Jones series
    Park, Barbara

    Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus: In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home. (69 pages.)

  • Stanley's Worldwide Adventures series
    Pennypacker, Sara

    The Mount Rushmore Calamity: Hoping to escape the attention brought on by the accident that flattened Stanley, the Lambchop family drives to South Dakota, where they become involved in a wild west adventure at Mount Rushmore. (71 pages.)

  • Owl Diaries series
    Elliott, Rebecca

    Eva's Treetop Festival: Having a Bloomtastic Festival at school to celebrate spring is a great idea--but Eva Wingdale, a young owl, discovers that it is also a lot of work, and there is nothing wrong with asking her friends for help. (71 pages.)

  • Princess Posey series
    Greene, Stephanie

    Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade: Posey's fear of starting first grade is alleviated when her teacher invites the students to wear their most comfortable clothes to school on the first day. (83 pages.)

  • Lola Levine series
    Brown, Monica

    Lola Levine is Not Mean!: Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game. (88 pages.)

  • Great Mouse Detective series
    Titus, Eve

    Basil of Baker Street: A mouse who lives in Sherlock Holmes' cellar evolves a daring plan to uncover the identity of a kidnapper. (88 pages.)

  • The Princess in Black series
    Hale, Shannon

    "Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!"-- from Amazon. (89 pages.)

  • Dragon Masters series
    West, Tracey

    Rise of the Earth Dragon: Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King's soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo--and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers. (90 pages.)

  • Nikki & Deja series
    English, Karen

    Birthday Blues: As her eighth birthday approaches, Deja's biggest concern is whether her father will attend her party, until her aunt is called away on business and a classmate schedules a "just because party" on the same afternoon. (92 pages.)

  • Zoey and Sassafras series
    Citro, Asia

    Merhorses and Bubbles: Making a terrible discovery at the stream about a mysterious threat that is endangering its magical creatures, Zoey and Sassafras race against time to discover the source of the problem and save the Merhorse species. (96 pages.)

  • Space Taxi series
    Mass, Wendy

    Archie Takes Flight: On "Take Your Kid to Work Day," eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another. (101 pages.)

  • Captain Awesome series
    Kirby, Stan

    Captain Awersome to the Rescue: When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster. (105 pages.)

  • Ivy + Bean
    Barrows, Annie

    When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected. (113 pages.)

  • Ellray Jakes series
    Warner, Sally

    EllRay Jakes is a Rock Star!: Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes decides to "borrow" his father's crystals to impress his classmates, but his plan to return the crystals before his father notices goes awry. (116 pages.)

  • The Bad Guys series
    Blabey, Aaron

    The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry. (138 pages.)

  • Judy Moody series
    McDonald, Megan

    Around the World in 8 1/2 Days: Judy Moody's new friendship with Amy Namey causes problems with her old friends and the school project they are working on together. (157 pages.)

  • Stick Dog series
    Watson, Tom

    "Stick Dog and his four friends - Stripes, Mutt, Poo-Poo and Karen - will do anything to steal some sweet-smelling hamburgers from a family at Picasso Park!"-- Provided by publisher. (189 pages.)

  • The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut series
    Keller, Laurie

    Bowling Alley Bandit: Arnie the talking doughnut is delighted to be Mr. Bing's new pet "doughnut-dog," so when Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls during a big bowling tournament, Arnie suspects foul play and sets out to solve the mystery.

  • Galaxy Zack
    O'Ryan

    This series is featured in paperback and may not be listed on Novacat search results.