Bookstores and Amazon are usually dominated with the latest books from the big publishers. Everywhere you go or look, you often see the same handful of books. But most of the best books are independent books. These hidden gems are needles in a haystack that you need to learn how to find.

I often feature great, independent reads in my blog posts to highlight these hard-to-notice, fantastic books. Here are several wonderful indie books for your child to discover:

Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie Washington is not just good at spelling, she is great at it. She has earned a perfect 100 score on all of her spelling tests. Her proud parent push her to complete in the Xavier Academy spelling bee, but she isn’t interested.

That is until her classmate Nathan Jones challenges her. Sophie can’t let that irritating Know-It-All win. So she begins to study hard for the bee. But it proves to be more difficult that she anticipated with her pesky little brother and a busy social calendar. Will Sophie be able to ignore the constant distractions and become the Queen of the Bee?

Age Range:
8 – 12

Grade Level:
2 – 6

Paperback:
120 pages

Formats:
Hardcover, paperback, ebook

Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara by J. B. Cantwell

Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara by J. B. Cantwell

12 year old Aster Wood didn’t have the faintest clue that a portal to another world was secretly waiting for him in the back of him grandmother’s attic. Then suddenly he is pulled through to a place across the cosmos that nobody on Earth even knows exists. There is discovers a land unlike anything that he’s ever dreamed of.

Known as the Maylin Fold, the grass grows green, the wolves glow brightly like the full moon, and wizards assume themselves with ancient magic. Now Aster must find the long lost sorcerer named Almara to discover the truth behind his family’s past and what is coming in Earth’s future. But Almara has not only left behind clues, but angry enemies.

Paperback:
291 pages

Formats:
Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Teddy Defenders by Justin M. Stone

Teddy Defenders by Justin M. Stone

You are never too old to have a teddy bear. Especially when they are fighting zombies, monsters, and all sorts of magic beasts in order to protect you at night.

When a young boy is kidnapped and taken to the land of monsters, it’s up to his trusty teddy bear Ari to rescue him. Along the way, Ari will uncover a much grander plot that threatens all of the children of the world.

Will Ari the teddy bear be able to cross the dark world and rescue his boy before it is too late? Will he be able to stop the plot against all children of the world? Young readers will laugh out loud in reading the adventurous, fun story.

Paperback:
240 pages

Formats:
Paperback, eBook

Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley

Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley

Moving for the fourth time in two years is the same old story for seventh grader Monty Hyde. A new school, new neighborhood, new bullies to pick on him, and no friends. His dad works all of the time and his older brother is too popular to notice. So he becomes the lonely outcast yet again.

But this time everything is different. He discovers a mysterious replication serum in his basement. So he decides to make himself a friend from scratch.

Little does he know that his creation will turn out to be a hairy, stinky eight-foot tall monster that maybe has been eating the neighborhood kids. Monty knows that he must fix everything and undo his experiment. The problem is that the monster is the best friend he has ever had.

Age Range:
9 – 12

Grade Level:
4 – 6

Paperback:
232 pages

Formats:
Paperback, eBook

Permy and the Cyclops Baker by Benjamin Ellefson

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