Welcome to our junior fiction area!
Our junior fiction and non-fiction books range from beginner chapter books to middle-grade novels. We also have a special display specifically for Maine Student Book Award books.
Check out our programs and activities!
Lego Club Challenge
Our Lego Club is open to all and meets in person at the library every Thursday at 4pm. Can't make it to Lego Club? No problem! We offer special challenges on Thursdays, but the Legos are available to play with at anytime in the library.
STEAM Zone Challenge
Minecraft Cub Challenge
We're excited to announce the start of the Berwick Public Library's Minecraft Club. We will be posting missions, adventures, games, tutorials, and more. Minecraft Club meets in person on Wednesdays at the library at 4pm. You can bring your own laptop or use a library computer.
Join our Minecraft Club discord at https://discord.gg/THQZ58a for tips, screenshots, videos and more!
Maine Student Book Award Books
Looking to read a Maine Student Book Award book? We have a special display of MSBA books located in our junior fiction area. MSBA books are also marked with a special bright pink sticker on the spine.
Looking for some recommendations?
Check out some of Alaina's picks!
Seance Tea Party
by Reimena Yee
This graphic novel is so whimsical and enchanting. Lora is twelve years old and, while her friends would rather talk about boys and makeup, she would rather play make believe. While Lora drifts further from her friends, she is able to hold onto her childhood through her friendship with a friendly young ghost. This is such a magical and heart-wrenching story about friendship and the anxiety children can feel about growing up.
by Ben Guterson
When book-loving orphan Elizabeth Somers is sent to the magnificent Winterhouse Hotel for the holidays while her terrible aunt and uncle are on a trip, she discovers a magical book, secret powers, a mystery, and a curse only she can break. This is a very quiet, slow-paced, puzzle story that is perfect for anyone who has ever proudly declared "I'm a Hermione!" It's like a mash up of Harry Potter and The Westing Game with a dash of Matilda and Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library.
Look Both Ways
by Jason Reynolds
This is a short, sweet, gorgeously written story featuring a wide group of children during their various experiences walking home from school. Although each chapter focuses on a specific child or group of friends, other children from other chapters will occasionally make an appearance in the "background" to show how these stories are all woven together. This book covers everything from boogers to grief. For a small book, it packs a big punch.
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
by Dusti Bowling
Aven Green is devastated when her parents buy a rundown western theme park in Arizona. Not only does it mean moving across the country, it also means Aven will be the new girl everyone stares at because she was born without arms. At her new school, Aven becomes fast friends with two other outcasts - Connor, who has Tourette's Syndrome, and Zion, who is teased for being overweight. Together, the friends uncover a mystery at the theme park that they are determined to solve. This is a story about friendship and family with a dash of mystery thrown in. Aven is kind, hilarious, and full of positive energy, and her friendship with Connor and Zion is both heartwarming and inspiring - they support one another, push each other to overcome challenges, and lift each other up when they are struggling.
by Carrie Firestone
Molly Frost is fed up with her school's dress code, which targets girls and makes them feel ashamed of their bodies. To protest, she starts a podcast to document the unfairness of the dress code, which eventually leads to a rebellion. While this book centers around dress codes, it is also very much a friendship story. Not just about supporting friends, but also building new relationships and recognizing that some friendships have expiration dates - and that's not a bad thing!
Enola Holmes Series
by Nancy Springer
Did you know the Netflix movie Enola Holmes is based on a series of books? And that the book series has been turned into a graphic novel series? Enola is the teenage sister of the famous Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. When her mother mysteriously vanishes, Sherlock and Mycroft want to send Enola to boarding school so she can learn to be a proper young woman - but Enola has other ideas! Following clues left behind by her mother, Enola escapes to London, where she gets entangled in various mysteries.