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Reading supplementary novels as an integral part of the reading program allows for broader reading opportunities and greater skill development. Select one or more books listed in the front of each Reading teacher’s edition. Or for further flexibility, select from the titles listed in the chart below. The books in this chart have been generally arranged according to the ease of readability. See more information on Lexile Measurements.

Each BJ Booklink includes a pocket folder with lesson plans and reproducible work pages for developing literature and comprehension skills. It also includes directions for enrichment activities, linking the novels to content areas (science, Heritage Studies, math) and life skills (cooking, music, crafts). A copy of the novel is needed for each student.

Lexile typical text measures by grade:

Grade 1—230L to 415L
Grade 2—450L to 565L
Grade 3—600L to 725L
Grade 4—645L to 780L
Grade 5—730L to 845L
Grade 6—860L to 920L
Grade 7—880L to 960L
Grade 8—900L to 1010L

Once in Blueberry Dell

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 1.7–2.5
Item #: 088377, 233999, 231464
Lexile Measurement: 550

Description: The moles of Blueberry Dell try to outdo each other in preparing for the visit of the High Prince.

Page Count: 32
Illustrations: 14 color
Genre: fanciful fiction

Buttercup Hill

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 0.9–1.9
Item #: 239038, 231654, 228825
Lexile Measurement: 340

Description: Hopkin Fleet and his mother bring some sunshine to Mrs. Flop and Droopy.

Page Count: 48
Illustrations: 15 color
Genre: fiction

Looking for Home

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 2.4–3.2
Item #: 229203, 244673, 228809
Lexile Measurement: 450

Description: Humor and sympathy cross the generations in this story of two homesick children and their new neighbor.

Page Count: 84
Illustrations: 20 black-and-white
Genre: family fiction

The Treasure of Pelican Cove

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 2.5–3.5
Item #: 043182, 118240, 115444
Lexile Measurement: 410

Description: While everyone is scrambling for hidden treasure, Jimmy’s dog disappears.

Page Count: 112
Illustrations: 8 black-and-white
Genre: mystery

Pulling Together

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 1.2–1.9
Item #: 057596, 118257, 115410
Lexile Measurement: 450

Description: Matthew takes a risk and makes a sacrifice in hopes that his family can keep their beloved horses.

Page Count: 144
Illustrations: 40 black-and-white
Genre: historical fiction

On Yonder Mountain

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 2.6–3.7
Item #: 037358, 188524, 188508
Lexile Measurement: 460

Description: Sarah joins her brothers in the one-room schoolhouse and discovers what true friendship means.

Page Count: 128
Illustrations: 24 black-and-white
Genre: historical fiction

Jenny Wren

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 2.7–4.0
Item #: 028316, 120592, 120584
Lexile Measurement: 600

Description: A homeless girl longs for someone she can trust.

Page Count: 144
Illustrations: 14 black-and-white
Genre: family fiction

These Are My People

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 3.1–3.9
Item #: 021782, 120634, 120626
Lexile Measurement: 670

Description: Gladys is convinced that God wants her to work as a missionary in China.

Page Count: 152
Illustrations: 15 black-and-white, 1 map
Genre: biography

The Case of the Dognapped Cat

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 4.0–5.0
Item #: 037358, 188524, 188508
Lexile Measurement: 540

Description: Dogs have been mysteriously disappearing from Mark’s small town, so the Crimebusters team gets right to work.

Page Count: 154
Illustrations: 8 black-and-white
Genre: mystery

Medallion

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 3.1–3.5
Item #: 023523, 121020, 121012
Lexile Measurement: 610

Description: Prince Trave vows to prove himself by winning the gold medallion.

Page Count: 222
Illustrations: 21 black-and-white,1 map
Genre: family fantasy

Arby Jenkins, Mighty Mustang

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 3.5–4.2
Item #: 106138, 124412, 124404
Lexile Measurement: 670

Description: Arby’s troubles at summer camp begin when he is separated from his best friend and has to share a bunkhouse with Stuart, the kid who calls him “Four-Eyes.”

Page Count: 142
Illustrations: 7 black-and-white
Genre: family fiction

Trouble at Silver Pines Inn

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 3.8–4.7
Item #: 106484, 121939, 121921
Lexile Measurement: 620

Description: Treasure is what’s on Nick’s mind when he gets to Silver Pines Inn, but all he finds is trouble.

Page Count: 156
Illustrations: 8 black-and-white
Genre: mystery

Mountain Born

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 5.2–5.7
Item #: 072108, 120618, 120600
Lexile Measurement: 870

Description: Peter learns to care for the lamb that becomes his special pet (Newbery Honor book)

Page Count: 112
Illustrations: 28 black-and-white
Genre: historical fiction

The Secret of the Golden Cowrie

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 5.4–6.1
Item #: 042887, 121913, 121905
Lexile Measurement: 760

Description: A beautiful shell and a puzzling secret turn into adventure for Connie.

Page Count: 200
Illustrations: 6 black-and-white, 1 map
Genre: mystery

A Father’s Promise

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 5.3–6.1
Item #: 031229, 124479, 124461
Lexile Measurement: 730

Description: Being a Jew in German-occupied Poland during World War II teaches Rudi to trust his earthly father as well as his heavenly Father.

Page Count: 268
Illustrations: 10 black-and-white, 13 photos, 1 map
Genre: historical fiction

Carolina’s Courage

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 4.4–4.9
Item #: 044404, 118265, 115477
Lexile Measurement: 940

Description: Carolina Putnam is a little girl, but she finds out what it means to have the spirit of a true pioneer.

Page Count: 142
Illustrations: 30 black-and-white
Genre: historical fiction

The Lost Prince of Samavia

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 3.7–4.4
Item #: 209486, 256958, 256933
Lexile Measurement: 900

Description: When Marco’s father sends him and his friend, the Rat, on a secret mission for the country of Samavia, their adventure takes them farther than they ever dreamed.

Page Count: 350
Illustrations: not illustrated
Genre: classic fiction

Children of the Storm

BJ BookLinks: guide & novel
BJ BookLinks: guide only
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Range: 4.3–5.3
Item #: 192401, 256941, 256925
Lexile Measurement: 910

Description: Natasha Vins’s autobiography reveals the struggles and triumphs of her faith in God amidst persecution and hardships in the Soviet Union.

Page Count: 150
Illustrations: 37 photos, 1 map
Genre: autobiography
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