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Cold-Weather Chapter Books for Independent Readers

From gripping stories of survival to tales of winters long ago, these chapter books will warm up your independent reader's season.
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by Jim Murphy Illustrated by Jim Murphy

With his powerful and intriguing narrative style, Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy tells the harrowing story of the Blizzard of 1888.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book #2
by C. S. Lewis Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

Air-raids over London during WWII compel four siblings — Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy — to be sent away from the city to the house of a kindly but remote Professor "who lived in the heart of the country." There is much to discover in the country: woods, mountains, owls, eagles, maybe even hawks and snakes.

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The Cry of the Icemark
Series: Icemark Chronicles, The, Book #1
by Stuart Hill

After the death of her beloved father, fourteen-year-old headstrong princess Thirrin Freer Strong-In-The-Arm becomes warrior queen of her homeland, Icemark, defending it from a formidable invader.

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CD: $31.47

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Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates
Series: Apple Classics
by Mary Mapes Dodge
Set against a backdrop of frozen canals in a winter wonderland, the year's most exciting event in a little Dutch village is about to take place. But will Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel, with their hand-carved wooden skates, be able to compete against their well-trained young friends who own fine steel blades?
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Julie of the Wolves
Series: Julie
by Jean Craighead George Illustrated by John Schoenherr

Since the death of her mother, Miyax, an Eskimo girl in Alaska, has been raised by her father, Kapugen, who has been bringing her up in the ways of a traditional Inuit. It is a life based on the rhythms of the natural world.

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Paperback Book: $4.79

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The Long Winter
by Laura Ingalls Wilder Illustrated by Garth Williams

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-1881 in their little house in the Dakota territory. Blizzards cover the little town in snow, cutting off all supplies.

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Moominland Midwinter
by Tove Jansson Illustrated by Tove Jansson
Everyone knows that the Moomins sleep through the winter, but this year Moomintroll has woken up in January. After his initial shock at seeing his familiar haunts under the snow, Moomintroll discovers that winter is worth waking up for after all.
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Mr. Popper's Penguins
by Richard Atwater , Florence Atwater Illustrated by Robert Lawson
Mr. Popper painted and papered houses in the pretty little city of Stillwater. To look at him with his vacant expression and paint-spattered clothes and hair, one would never imagine that he would one day be the most famous person in Stillwater. Once the house-painting season is over, Mr.
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Paperback Book: $6.00

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Polar Bear Patrol
by Judith Stamper Illustrated by Steve Haefele

Get ready for some serious science fun when the Friz takes the kids on a chilling adventure through the North Pole!

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Paperback Book: $3.99

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Series: Shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater
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Hardcover Book: $12.59

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Paperback Book: $7.99

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CD: $23.97

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Stone Fox
by John Reynolds Gardiner Illustrated by Marcia Sewall

Few characters are as determined as ten-year-old Willy, once he learns that his grandfather is sick in bed because he has no reason to live.

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Winter Poems
by Barbara Rogasky Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

Twenty-five carefully selected poems (and excerpts of poems) encourage young readers to consider the many moods of the season, as late fall turns into winter and winter gives way to early spring. Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Thomas Hardy, Edna St.

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Winter Room, The
by Gary Paulsen

This Newbery Honor Book by master storyteller Gary Paulsen is now available in this After Words paperback edition!

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Cool as Ice
by Matt Christopher
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