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Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats
by David Bowles
Cousins Malia, Ivan and Dante are visiting their Aunt Lucy for the summer. On the way to a waterpark, they meet an old woman who suggests they take a shortcut through an alley. They come out on 13th Street, but it's really a strange world filled with dangerous beasts. This beginning chapter book series is perfect for kids ages 5-8 who love “scary” stories that are also funny. Occasional progress markers as well as the number of words, chapters and pages read at the end of the book gives readers a sense of accomplishment.