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Debbie H’s Chapter Book Picks

Citrus Picks are hand-picked and curated book suggestions from our amazing team of library staff members. Scroll through this list to read about each selection. If you’re interested in checking out any of the books or items listed below, simply click on the cover to place through our online catalog. Happy reading!

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

Marcus Vega doesn't speak Spanish

Pablo Cartaya

After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus‘s mother takes him and his younger brother, who has Down syndrome, to Puerto Rico to visit relatives they do not remember or have never met, and while there Marcus starts searching for his father, who left their family ten years ago and is somewhere on the island.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

Dan Gemeinhart

Twelve-year-old Coyote and her father rush to Poplin Springs, Washington, in their old school bus save a memory box buried in a park that will soon be demolished.

Annie's Life in Lists

Annie's Life in Lists

Kristin Mahoney with Illustrations by Rebecca Crane

Fifth-grader Annie writes lists to keep track of changes in her life when her family moves from Brooklyn to the small town of Clover Gap.


Mark Goldblatt

In Queens, New York, in 1969, twelve-year-old Julian Twerski writes a journal for his English teacher in which he explores his friendships and how they are effected by girls, a new student who may be as fast as Julian, and especially an incident of bullying.

Here in the Real World

Here in the Real World

Sara Pennypacker

Immersing himself in a fantasy world of knights and chivalry, introverted Ware is sent to a summer camp designed around social interactions and begins building a castle-like private space while clashing with a fellow misfit.

Caterpillar Summer

Gillian McDunn

Cat and her brother Chicken have always had a very special bond–Cat is one of the few people who can keep Chicken happy. When he has a “meltdown” she’s the one who scratches his back and reads his favorite story. She’s the one who knows what Chicken needs. Since their mom has had to work double-hard to keep their family afloat after their father passed away, Cat has been the glue holding her family together.


Gordon Korman

Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids–trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?

The Great Treehouse War

Lisa Graff

Fifth-grader Winnie, with notes from her friends, writes of turning her treehouse into an embassy after her newly-divorced parents become unreasonable, where she is joined by nine others with complaints.

The Girl Who Could Not Dream

The Girl Who Could Not Dream

Sarah Beth Durst

Sophie’s parents run a secret shop where dreams are bought and sold. When Sophie dreams, her dreams become real, so she is forbidden to have any. Sinister events are set in motion when she is accidentally seen by one of her parents’ customers, and it’s up to Sophie to save her family.

The Warden's Daughter

The Warden's Daughter

Jerry Spinelli

Living with her warden father in an apartment above a 1950s prison, Cammie O’Reilly struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother, who died saving her from harm when she was a baby, and interacts with some of the reformed inmates.

The Great Upending

Beth Kephart

If eleven-year-old Sara and her brother Hawk can complete a task involving the reclusive author renting out the silo on their farm for the summer, they will receive reward money that will pay for Sara’s life-saving surgery.

The Day I Was Erased

Lisa Thompson

Twelve-year-old Maxwell, convinced his whole town hates him, wishes he had never been born then, realizing he actually iimportant, tries to get his life back with the help of an elderly neighbor, Reg.

Debbie Hurley
Youth Services Librarian at Homosassa Branch

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