Branches is a unique line of books specifically designed for newly independent readers who are ready to make the exciting leap from leveled readers, but not quite prepared for a traditional chapter book.
With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
Chabert, Jack Eerie Elementary (books 1-4) JCHP Chabert
Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and,as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them–but he will need some help from his friends.
Only a week into his job as hall monitor and class protector, Sam Graves and his friends Lucy and Antonio are trying to uncover the secrets of Eerie Elementary, their living and malevolent school–and then Lucy gets eaten by her locker.
Cummings, Troy Notebook of doom series ( books 1-10) JCHP Cummings
Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters–and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.
Alexander and his new friend, Rip, are worried that the worms the rain has brought out are really the megaworms that Notebook of Doom describes but they soon discover that the night crawlers are trying to warn them about the monster tunnel fish that are threatening Stermont Elementary.
Elliott, Rebecca Owl Diaries series (books 1-5) JCHP
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.
When Eva Wingdale sees something large and white flying above her she is convinced that it is a ghost, although most of the other owls just laugh at her–until something large and heavy and white lands on the school roof.
Eva’s teacher, Miss Featherbottom, is getting married, but when her special necklace disappears, Eva and her friends set out to track down the thief and return the necklace before the wedding.
Green, D.L Silver Pony Ranch Series (books 1-2) JCHP Green
Nine-year-old Tori is thrilled to be spending the summer at her grandmother’s ranch, even if she has to share a room with her younger sister Miranda, who is eight–there is a beautiful, but very nervous, new pony called Jewel that she would love to ride, but her grandmother feels that this pony is just too much for a child.
While staying at their grandmother’s ranch, sisters Tori and Miranda are practicing to compete in different events at the local horse show–but Ashley, a rude and conceited girl who is stabling her pony at the ranch, is constantly criticizing everthing, their costumes, their ponies, Jewel and Buttercup, and generally draining the fun out of the summer.
Jones Z. Noah Princess Pink and the Land of fake-believe series JCHP Jones
After falling through the refrigerator into the Land of Fake Believe, Princess meets a girl named Moldylocks who takes her to the home of the Three Beards for chili–but when the Beards capture her friend, Princess must come up with a plan to save her.
In her second adventure in the Land of Fake-Believe, Princess Pink meets Scaredy-Pants Wolf, a baker whose business has been robbed by Little Red Quacking Hood–and to save the bakery Princess must figure out why the ducks are suddenly so interested in pies.
In the Land of Fake-Believe the Three Little Pugs’ used car business has sold Scaredy-Pants Wolf a lemon (literally) instead of a delivery van, so Princess Pink gets an opportunity to use her karate moves to get Wolf’s money back–and set the Pugs on the straight-and-narrow path to business success.
Joyner, Andrew Boris series (books 1-6) JABC Joyner
Boris lives in Hogg Bay, in an old bus that used to travel all over the world, but now just sits there–until one day when his parents take him on an adventure.
Boris has a lot of pets, but what he really wants is a Komodo dragon, so he comes up with a plan–and invites his class to come and see his lizard.
School field day is coming up and Boris and his friends are practicing hard because they are determined not to let Eddie win again, but on race day Boris is forced to choose between winning and friendship.
Lubar, David Looniverse (books 1-4) JCHPLubar
When ordinary third-grader Ed finds a coin with the words “strange” and “stranger” on both sides, weird things start happening around him–but when his friends start blaming him for all the weirdness Ed wonders if this coin is not too strange for comfort.
Ever since Ed found the magic coin called Silver Center, strange things keep happening around him, but maybe if he finds the right words he can use the magic to raise money for the soccer team.
Marko, Cyndi Kung Pow Chicken series (books 1-4) JCHP Marko
Gordon Blue and his brother Benny, unlikely superheroes, must save Fowladelphia from Granny Goosebumps, who has filled the city with cookies that cause innocent chickens’ feathers to fall off.
Superheroes Gordon Blue and his brother Benny must rescue an opera star from the evil Dr. Screech before he turns her super high voice into a supersonic weapon.
May, Kyla Lotus Lane Series (books 1-4) JCHP May
Kiki and her best friends, Coco and Lulu, all live on Lotus Lane, attend Amber Acres Elementary School, and have their own club, so when a when a Japanese girl named Mika moves in next door and also chooses fashion design for her art project, Kiki is seriously annoyed.
Coco, one of the Lotus Lane Girls, loves cooking and animals, so when the club decides to plant a vegetable garden to help save snails, organizing a cupcake sale is an obvious idea–but Mika, the new girl next door, is still an unresolved problem. Includes cupcake recipe.
Nees, Susan Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe (books 1-4) JCHP Nees
After her mother helps with her outfit, Missy is afraid her school picture will not be special this year.
Missy wants to take home the class pets, but another girl, Tiffany, has already asked their teacher so Missy and her friend Oscar need to come up with a plan to make Tiffany change her mind.
Stadelmann, Amy Olive and Beatrix (book 1-2) JCHP Stadelmann
Beatrix is a witch, but her twin sister Olive is not, and when Beatrix plays one trick too many on Olive and their classmate Eddie the two decide to get back at her with a bucket of garden spiders–but when the spiders get into a growing potion and turn into giant spiders the three children have to work together to save their town.
Beatrix wins the school science fair every year because she uses magic to cheat, but this year her un-magical twin Olive is convinced that her own project on molds will win–until a fight over space upsets both projects and turns Olive’s mold into a stinky, moldy blob monster which is alive, growing, and threatening to overwhelm the school.
West, Tracey Dragon Masters series (books 1-4) JCHPWest
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
Saving the sun dragon
The dark magic the dragons encountered in their first adventure has made Ana’s sun dragon, Kepri, sick and Drake’s earth dragon, Worm, teleports the himself, Kepri, and the four young dragon masters far away from the castle in search of a cure–but the threat of the dark magic still remains.
Young, Jessica Haggis Tank unleashed series (books 1-2) JCHP Young
Tank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane, and Haggis is a bored, curmudgeonly Scottie–so one afternoon Tank suggests they turn the wagon in the backyard into a ship and play pirate.
Haggis, the Scottie, and Tank, the Great Dane, two dogs with active imaginations, set out to search their neighborhood for dinosaurs to play with.