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Redwall Chapter Books

Are you looking for a classic series to add to your family read-aloud time? Do you have a child who loves animals and epic adventure? If your family loves The Chronicles of Narnia or The Hobbit, it’s time to take a look at the Redwall Series!

What Is Redwall?

Redwall book cover

Redwall is an impressive red sandstone abbey in Mossflower, a fantasy world filled with talking woodland animals and page-turning adventure. The creatures that live at Redwall are known throughout the land for being peaceful and helpful. But just as in real life, things are not always calm for these peace-loving animals. Inevitably, trouble finds its way to the abbey, and readers are whisked off into an imaginary world full of humor, mind-bending riddles, intrepid heroes, and rabble-rousing villains.

Take our free Redwall Series Checklist to your local library!

About the Author and the Series

British author Brian Jacques grew up in Liverpool, England, and was greatly influenced by the writings of celebrated authors like Arthur Conan Doyle, Kenneth Grahame, Sir Thomas Mallory, and Daniel Defoe. He discovered his own talent for writing when he was just ten years old. The many different jobs Jacques held as an adult influenced his writing and helped him create action-packed journeys for his readers.

Children who enjoy epic battles and knightly quests will love the Redwall series. The flowery language may be hard for modern readers at first, but then the story takes over and draws the reader in. And since battles are an integral part of the series, the description of some scenes may be too intense for more sensitive readers. But Brian Jacques is an expert at character and plot development, which is one of the reasons readers will keep coming back to read more and more of this 22-book series. 

About the Books

Redwall Mossflower book cover

In Redwall, the first book in the series, readers meet Matthias, a young mouse who yearns for action. Redwall is normally a place of peace and calm, but Matthias is determined to fight off Cluny the Scourge, a wicked rat who longs to claim the abbey for himself. Eventually the abbot realizes Redwall must indeed be defended, and he places Matthias and Constance the badger in charge of protecting the abbey. Matthias’ adventures begin with the quest to find the sword of Martin the Warrior, the original defender of Mossflower. Will Matthias find it in time? Will he be able to save his friends?

In book two, Mossflower, the reader is taken back in time to discover Martin the Warrior’s story. Besides introducing readers to the ancestors of some characters from the first book, Mossflower explores how Redwall came to be and ties together some loose ends for the reader. But as in Redwall, it’s the action that keeps readers turning the pages. Will Martin outsmart the evil wild cat Tsarmina? Whose plot will succeed in the end?

Matthias’ headstrong son Mattimeo takes center stage in Mattimeo, the third book in the series. Like his father before him, Mattimeo doesn’t fit the mold of abbey mouse. His propensity for mischief lands him in trouble on a regular basis. When Slagar the Fox kidnaps Mattimeo and the other children of Mossflower, readers are drawn into the children’s plight from two different angles. What will Matthias and the other parents encounter in their attempt to rescue their children? Will Mattimeo and his comrades be able to escape?

If your child loves the first book in this series, there are twenty-one more for him to enjoy. So beware–you may find yourself engrossed in the world of Redwall for quite some time!

Redwall at a Glance

Redwall Mattimeo book cover

Author: Brian Jacques
Genre: juvenile fiction, fantasy
Interests: adventure, animals, knights, quests
Suggested age range: age 10 and up
Gender preference: boys and girls
In the series: 22 books, 350+ pages each

Series Extras

Redwall Series Library Checklist

Redwall Series library checklist download

Do your kids need a little extra encouragement to read? Take our Redwall Series checklist to your local library and have your child check off books as he reads them.

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Amber H.

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I am loving these chapter book reviews and lists! I’ve found some new stories I think my children are going to love! Thank you!

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I’m excited that our chapter book reviews are helping you find books your children are going to love, Amber! 😊

Lydia R.

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I read Narnia with my older one when he was younger, but I suspect my younger one won’t be as interested. I might try Redwall with him instead since he does like animals.

Robin E.

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Lydia,
Redwall is a great series, but if you would like another suggestion for a fantasy story starring animals, also look at our Green Ember review. There are so many great books out there; I hope you find one your younger child will love!

Jess

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These sounds great. thanks!

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Thank you for your thoughtful ideas!

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Sounds like fun!

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The red wall sounds like a fascinating book

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love this

Yvette

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What a great recommendation!

Gina

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This is something my daughter would love! Thanks for the review.

Shelley Langston

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My son loves adventure series and mice (thank you, Stuart Little), so this looks like a perfect series for us to enjoy together. I will also have to check out the cookbook!

Robin E.

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Shelley,
If your son loves mice that go on adventures, he might like the Mouse and the Motorcycle and The Tale of Despereaux. It does seem there are lots of mice having adventures in literature!

Julia Carvalho

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Thank you for the great tips!

Misty

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These sound interesting

Lynne

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Thank you. The checklist will be a great help!

Brianna

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This would be fun to read!

nicole

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these might be a great way to get reluctant readers involved!

Tami Taulborg

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Thank you for all the great help in teaching reading! These books are going to be added to our list of books to read!

Nancy

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These have been on my to-read list for so long! I think my fantasy-loving daughter would love them.

Brenda

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My daughter just asked to watch The Hobbit. I told her she would have to read the books first.
I think this would be a better match for her reading level and comprehension level.

Robin E.

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Brenda,
Maybe not.

Our recommendation for Redwall for ages 10 and up is for what ages this would be a good read aloud. Scholastic lists Redwall as a 7.8 grade level. It lists a 6.6 grade level for The Hobbit.

However, both Redwall and The Hobbit have wonderful audiobooks available and are very enjoyable to listen to. My oldest child never read The Hobbit, but he listened to it at least three times before leaving for college.

melton

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I really enjoyed reading these stories when I was a young librarian. However, when reading it with my son I felt like there was so much focus on revenge that I postponed reading more of the series for a bit. The animals come to life and the character development is wonderful.

Robin E.

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Thank you for this critical review; we appreciate it.

Karyn

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Can’t wait to read these with my kids!

Mindy

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These look like something my son would really enjoy! Thanks!

Sarah Goodsell

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I love this series. It is fun and if you find the audio books to listen to with your children most of them were done with a full cast and the kids can become immersed in the story.

Robin E.

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Sarah,
Yes! The audiobook version of Redwall is really exceptionally done!

sabrina

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Thank you SO much for this post! I’ve been looking for a new series for my kiddos. The checklist is very helpful and much appreciated.

Robin E.

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I hope your kids enjoy it, Sabrina!

Liz

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When I taught 4th grade, many of my students loved this books. I am glad for the reminder of them!

Sarah Houser

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This is my 1st graders favorite series right now! Glad to see it endorsed on a quality site like this!

Robin E.

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Sarah,
We are happy to see that this series is so well loved!

Samantha

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Looks like a wonderful series!

April T

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Thanks!

Jessica Justice

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This seems like such a cute little series. I can’t wait to pick up so I can read it with my son.

Tiffanie h

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Love great chapter books for my kids.

Susan

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Love the library checklist…Now to see if our library has these books!

Jocelyn K

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Thanks!

Tara

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I need to start reading more to my pre-kindergartener. He loves books!

Rachael Kuhaneck

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This looks like a great series! I will def. check it out!

Kristin G

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I’m looking forward to getting the audio version. Thanks for the info!

Robin E.

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Kristen,
The audiobook version of Redwall is dramatized, and especially wonderful. Enjoy!

Darla

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My boys love Redwall!!

Jessica

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I’ve been on the lookout for good chapter books. Thank you! I’ll add this to my list. I love series.

Robin E.

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Jessica,
You are welcome. I hope you enjoy them!

Pauline

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I’ve long been interested in the Redwall serie but, for some reason, we’ve never read it. I think now would be a good time to start reading this serie to my son. We’re going to the library tomorrow and I’m putting this serie on our list of books to borrow!

Robin E.

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Pauline,
I’m glad this blog post could encourage you to finally enjoy this series! Have fun.

Marybeth

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We loved reading this series to our son many years ago! I’m going to put it on the must read list for bedtime for our daughter. The audio version is wonderful too!!

Robin E.

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Marybeth,
Yes! The audiobook version is wonderfully dramatized.

Jassica Heffron

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This looks like something my kids will love!

Jeannie

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Which level of All About Reading would a child need to be completing in order to read the Redwall series independently or with parental assistance?

Robin E.

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Jeannie,
This isn’t as straight forward as it seems. All About Reading groups words in a logical manner based on similar rules or patterns regardless of their supposed grade level, which allows students to progress quickly and confidently. The levels don’t correlate to specific grades, because the order of the words in AAR is not “grade-level” order.

The Redwall series is at a high reading level; Scholastic’s website says it’s at a 7.8 grade level. We are recommending it here as a read aloud for parents to read to their children, especially older elementary students. I think some students would be able to tackle it, especially with help, after AAR 3, but many students wouldn’t be ready for it until after AAR 4.

Nancy S.

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We loved this series! I didn’t know there was a cookbook associated with it, and I think my boys would really get a kick out of trying some recipes from there. :)

Robin E.

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Enjoy, Nancy! We love cooking with our books and studies too.

Mart

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Just what we have been looking for in a reading book! Just about to buy our first!

Chelsey Stafki

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These sound great! My son and I just started reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe together. He is 7 and so far it is keeping his interest very well. Once we get through all of the chronicles, this would be a great series to start with next. Thanks for the info!

Christina

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We named our Matthias after Redwall’s Matthias. Cool name, cool mouse, cool kid. Plus it’s a New Testament name, so even cooler!

Nikole

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These sound perfect for my kids! Thanks for sharing!

Tracey

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This sounds like a series that my son would enjoy.

Carolyn Boyd

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I’ve heard a few people recommend the red wall series. Excited to add it to our reading list.

Sylva

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This is a favorite book for my sons. we listened to the first audiobook in the car on a trip. Fabulous.

Mary Lynn

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Love this post and this series.

Sonya Morris

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I have never heard of the Redwall series! These will be great for my kids when they get to that reading level!

Molly

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We love the Redial series over here!

Lynn Mathews

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Always looking for read aloud options, this is one I am not familiar with. Thanks!

Judith Martinez

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I had never heard of the Redwall books until my oldest kids discovered them. They all seem to love them!

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This looks like such a great book and a great reading program!

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These programs look amazing. I am looking forward to learning more about them. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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I have never heard of this book but it looks like one my kiddos would really enjoy thanks for the introduction.

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Awesome!

Kate

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I need to write these books down!

Rachel

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These look so interesting! I’ll definitely have to check them out!

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Definitely have to check these out!

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Lauren Rascoll

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Thanks

Kim R

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These look great, thanks for sharing!

Julie

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I can’t wait to read these with my kiddos in a few years.

Lynne B

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My older children were loving these so much they’ve now gotten my husband, who does the bedtime reading, to read them to everyone. They are definitely a favorite.

rebecca m

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Redwall is on my list! I can’t find them at my library, so I’m trying to figure out how to read them.

juana newberry

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I’m definitely going to check it out!! My boys would love these!

Lisa T.

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Oh my, can’t believe you all promote this series. We bought 15 of Brian’s books for my kids! They are hooked!

Robin E.

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Wow, Lisa, that’s one to two whole shelves of one series!

Leslie

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My sons loved this series. I need to start it with my youngest son next.

Mitzi

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Thanks for the write up. I’ve wondered what the story of this series is about. I’m putting this in my list of things to read for my eldest daughter.

tikisha

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I can’t wait to read these with my kids

Tracey M.

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I’ve never heard of this series. Thank you for sharing. I am going to show this to my daughter and find out if our new library carries the books. She’ll love the Redwall cookbook! She also enjoys reading animal adventure books.

Lacey C

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I worked in a elementary librry and always wanted to read these. Now I’m motivated:)

Heather

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This sounds like a good story, thany you.

Rebecca

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Thank you for sharing this. We are always looking for something new to read 😊

Victoria

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I loved these book when I was in middle school. They were captivating for me. I’m looking forward to sharing them with my kids when they’re a little older!

Molly Grigg

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Looks fun. Better to have them read things they enjoy. I pushed “classics” until the archaic language and old verbose writing styles made them not want to read at all.

Malinda

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This looks like a great series! We are going to read the Tale of Despereaux coming up, but this may be next. The year of the mighty mouse!

Andrea Contreras

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My son loves this series!

Elizabeth B

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Thanks for sharing this! I hadn’t heard of this series and we’re always looking for new read-alouds.

breanna Stoutenburgh

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I can’t wait to read this with my kids! Beautiful illustrations.

Tamara

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What a beautiful book

Elissa Hardy

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I forgot all about these books…my son would love them!

Katie

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Thanks!

Billie

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Looks like a good book my kiddos would enjoy!

Corisa

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Looks like a good homeschool book for all my kiddos

We tried one of these a few years ago as a read-aloud but I think my kids were too young. I might have to try them again.

Robin E.

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Katrina,
Yes, it’s important to not give up on a book if you attempt it too young. I tried Mountain Born with my kids when they were 5 and 3 and it was a total flop. Yet, when I retried it when they were 9 and 7 it was well loved. Listening comprehension skills, like reading, develop and grow.

Tamara

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My son lived this.

Barbara

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Our family has never used any all about learning products. The giveaway would be nice for our family to try it. Thank you for the giveaway

Terri Baehr

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Hello, the link that is here for the library checklist Redwall books, comes up with the other chapter books and not the Redwall series.
Thanks so much!

Merry at AALP

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Hi Terri, If you click the picture icon, you’ll get the correct list. We’ll get the other link changed, sorry about that!

Tiffany S

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very interested! great find!

Stephanie Dorothy

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My oldest son would love these!

Rebecca Harris

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Oh my goodness! How have I never heard of this series?? Checking it out!! Thanks!

Jamie

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My boys love these stories so much! And my emerging reader is listening to the series on Audible – the books are dramatized and outstanding!!!!

Robin E.

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Jamie,
I just checked the dramatized audiobook out from our local library. It IS really good! Thanks!

Jessica

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I hadn’t heard of this book…I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

Becky Carter

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Redwall is dad’s read aloud to the kids. We loved it!

Madonna

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My son and I will have to check this one out. Thanks

Monica

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These look great!

Jessica

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These look great! My son would love them

Julia A

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My son has read several in this series. Great read.

Sarah Lynne Dupree

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I just got this book for the kids….I will be getting the extras to go with it. Thank you!

sheri

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Looks like a great book series with lots of action for boys who are difficult to get to read.

Love your blog! I think I’ll be visiting more often!

Jennifer H

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I loved these books when I was a kid!

Ali

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Can’t wait to get all my girls reading!

Leesa Boyles

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These books are amazing!

Tami Lewis

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These look like books my son would love! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel Flint

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This is great!! My daughter is a good reader, but I’ve struggled to find books she is interested in. She is 10 and starting the 5th grade. They have to read 25 books this year and this series would nearly fill that. Yay! Can’t wait to get started!!

Robin E.

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Glad to be of help, Rachel!

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