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About Fiction Focus, 2nd Edition

Authored by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, Guided Reading Fiction Focus, 2nd Edition offers enormous collections of the BEST fiction titles carefully leveled by America's leading experts on Guided Reading.

This 2nd Edition is packed with exciting books and instructional resources that explicitly support teachers guiding students through reading a variety of texts with ease and deep understanding, with the ultimate goal of independent reading.

  • More Fiction than ever: 80% Fiction, 20% Nonfiction
  • Brand-new titles including Graphic Novels
  • 160-page Teacher's Guide written by Fountas and Pinnell
  • Running Records for every level

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Buy multiple-level grade sets and save 15%!

Kindergarten (4 levels, A-D)

40 titles, 6 copies each, 240 books

Grade 1 (9 levels, A-I)

90 titles, 6 copies each, 540 books

Grade 2 (10 levels, E-N)

100 titles, 6 copies each, 600 books

Grade 3 (8 levels, J-Q)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 4 (8 levels, M-T)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 5 (7 levels, Q-W)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Grade 6 (7 levels, T-Z)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Complete Set (26 levels, A-Z)

260 titles, 6 copies each; 1,560 books

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Buy multiple-level grade sets and save 15%!

Kindergarten (4 levels, A–D)

40 titles, 6 copies each, 240 books

Grade 1 (9 levels, A–I)

90 titles, 6 copies each, 540 books

Grade 2 (10 levels, E–N)

100 titles, 6 copies each, 600 books

Grade 3 (8 levels, J–Q)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 4 (8 levels, M–T)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 5 (7 levels, Q–W)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Grade 6 (7 levels, T–Z)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Complete Set (26 levels, A–Z)

260 titles, 6 copies each; 1,560 books

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader® software, version 4.0 or higher to view and print items marked PDF. Get Adobe Reader® for FREE.

Fiction Focus, 2nd Edition Reading Levels

Books: "Helping" and "Little Animals"

Level A

These simple texts have one line of one to six words per page, easy-to-see print, and ample space between words. Children can focus on print and gradually increase their control over words. Most of the texts in Level A focus on topics familiar to children.

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Level A Titles

  • Boxes — Davidson
  • Helping — Johns
  • Hop, Skip, and Jump — Cherrington
  • Little Animals — Reed
  • My Houses — Peters
  • My Dog Fluffy — Cherrington
  • Playing — Davidson
  • Run, Rabbit! — Landman
  • The Storm — Davidson
  • Time — Davidson
Books: "Zebras Don't Brush" and "Fishing"

Level B

Texts focus on a simple story line or single idea, with direct correspondence between text and pictures; one or two lines of print per page, with a variety of punctuation; many texts at this level feature repeating patterns in the text.

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Level B Titles

  • The Ants Go Home — Johns
  • Fishing — Reed
  • Getting There — Johns
  • Home Run! — Peters
  • Let's Play — Peters
  • Look at Us — Johns
  • My Feet — Reed
  • Night Shift — Ryan
  • Off to the City — Davidson
  • Zebras Don't Brush Their Teeth! — Evans
Books: "Hide and Seek" and "One Frog, One Fly"

Level C

Texts explore familiar topics in a variety of ways to offer new viewpoints to the reader; simple sentences may have introductory clauses set off by punctuation; text may be patterned but is not as predictable as in Levels A and B.

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Level C Titles

  • The Big Blue Sea — Scott
  • Brave Dave and the Dragons — Reed
  • Hide and Seek — Reed
  • It's Time to Eat! — Davidson
  • Little Blue Fish —Evans
  • Little Duckling Is Lost — Nelson
  • The Oak Street Party — Peters
  • One Frog, One Fly — Blaxland
  • Pass the Pasta, Please — Johns
  • Patterns — Berger & Moreton
Books: "Noisy Breakfast" and "The Little Red Hen"

Level D

Texts cover familiar topics but introduce new, more abstract ideas; illustrations support the text but, more attention to print is required; text contains more compound and, multisyllable words and a full range of punctuation.

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Level D Titles

  • A Rainy Day — Evans
  • After School Fun — Nelson
  • The Dog Walker — Reed
  • The Little Red Hen — Cherrington
  • The Little Turtle — Lindsay
  • Noisy Breakfast — Blonder
  • Wake Up, Wake Up! — Wildsmith
  • What Do You See? — Shapiro
  • Where in the World? — Nelson
  • Who Lives Here? — Reed
Books: "Living Things" and "Let's Play Soccer"

Level E

Stories have more or longer episodes; informational texts present more complex ideas; texts are longer than in previous levels, with more pages or more lines of text on each page; sentences carry over several pages, with more complex punctuation.

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Level E Titles

  • Flap and Sing: Birds — Douglas
  • Fred's Wish for Fish — Landman
  • Fresh Fall Leaves — Franco
  • I Go With Grandpa — Landman
  • Let's Play Soccer — Douglas
  • Living Things — Avery
  • The Magic Pot — Smith
  • No Snacks, Jack! — Reed
  • Painting — Scott
  • The Yard Sale — Cherrington
Books: "Loose Tooth" and "A Bug, a Bear, and a Boy"

Level F

Concepts presented in texts at this level are more distant from familiar topics; larger variety of frequently used words and many more new words; text reflects patterns of written, rather than oral, language.

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Level F Titles

  • Animals Are Living Things — Drew
  • At Home in a Nest — Wilton
  • Big Rivers — Ryder
  • The Cows Are in the Corn — Young
  • Elephants — Noonan
  • The Enormous Turnip — McBeath
  • The Grass Grows — Gibbs
  • Growing Pumpkins — Ives
  • Investigators: Life Cycles Animals Grow Up — Nelson
  • Where Do People Hike? — Roberts
Books: "At the Apple Farm" and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"

Level G

In texts at this level, the language changes on each page, rather than repeating in patterns; texts offer challenges in ideas and vocabulary, with some introduction to technical language; variety of print styles and text layout require reader's close attention and flexibility.

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Level G Titles

  • At the Apple Farm — Albanese & Smith
  • The Deep Blue Sea — Wood
  • The Gingerbread Man — Cherrington
  • I Just Forgot — Mayer
  • In Our Yard — Reed
  • Is This a Moose? — Armstrong
  • Justin's New Bike — Hill
  • Rabbit's Party — Bunting
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff — Shapiro
  • A Very Silly School — Cherrington
Books: "An Unusual Show" and "Good Morning, Monday"

Level H

Texts are similar in difficulty to level G, but the texts vary more widely in size of print, length of sentences, and type of language; texts are less repetitious in events and language structures, with expanded vocabulary.

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Level H Titles

  • Aunt Maud's Mittens — Landman
  • The Father Who Walked on His Hands — Mahy
  • Good Morning, Monday — Keenan
  • Hop! Spring! Leap! — Bayrock
  • Little Red Riding Hood — Shapiro
  • Sammy the Seal — Hoff
  • Sione's Talo — Nelisi
  • Trains — Albanese
  • An Unusual Show — Blonder
  • Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? — Reed
Books: "The Fat Cat" and "The Wax Man"

Level I

Texts feature longer and more complex stories than in levels G and H, with more highly elaborated information; multisyllabic words arranged in longer sentences and paragraphs that require complex word solving; illustrations enhance meaning but provide less support for understanding the meaning of the text.

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Level I Titles

  • Animals at Night — Berger
  • Dolphins and Porpoises — Berger
  • The Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale — Kent
  • Mama Zooms — Cowen-Fletcher
  • Nana's Place — Gibson
  • Shoo, Fly Guy! — Arnold
  • Two Crazy Pigs — Nagel
  • The Wax Man — Loya
  • We're Going On a Nature Hunt — Metzger
  • The Wheels on the Race Car — Zane
Example Sheets: "Doreen Cronin" and "Very Strange Fish"

Level J

Beginning chapter books appear for the first time at this level, requiring readers to recall information over more than one sitting; fewer illustrations with whole pages of text in some texts.

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Level J Titles

  • Antonio's Music — Emery
  • The Big, Brown Pot — Mahy
  • Big Cats — Evans
  • Big Smelly Bear — Teckentrup
  • In the Barrio — Ada
  • Just Us Women — Caines
  • Kenny and the Little Kickers — Marzollo
  • Poppleton Has Fun — Rylant
  • Safety in Numbers — Evans
  • Young Cam Jansen and the Spotted Cat Mystery — Adler
Example Sheets: "Doreen Cronin" and "Very Strange Fish"

Level K

This level includes chapter books and short informational texts with difficult concepts; readers learn about concepts and events outside their own experiences; readers need to use a variety of strategies to figure out different writing styles.

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Level K Titles

  • Allie's Basketball Dream — Barber
  • Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle — Jacobson
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! — Willems
  • The Frog Prince — Tarcov
  • The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog! — Rylant
  • The Gym Teacher From the Black Lagoon — Thaler
  • Ibis: A True Whale Story — Himmelman
  • Johnny Appleseed — Moore
  • On My Way to Buy Eggs — Chen
  • Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe — Williams
Arrangement of books including "Amelia Badelia Under Construction"

Level L

Texts at this level are much longer and more complex, and include biographies; longer texts include many multisyllabic words and expand readers' vocabularies; some texts present abstract or symbolic themes.

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Level L Titles

  • Alligator Baby — Munsch
  • Amelia Bedelia Under Construction — Parish
  • Anansi the Spider: A Tale From the Ashanti — McDermott
  • Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery — Adler
  • Little Bill: The Worst Day of My Life — Cosby
  • Miss Nelson Has a Field Day — Allard
  • Picking Apples & Pumpkins — Hutchings
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys From Mars — Pilkey
  • The Triple Rotten Day (It's Robert!) — Seuling
  • Young Thurgood Marshall: A Fighter for Equality — Carpenter
Books: "Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots" and "Stink"

Level M

Texts include more complex language and require readers to make interpretations; most texts at this level have greatly expanded vocabulary; many texts at this level have smaller print with narrower word spacing.

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Level M Titles

  • Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move — Viorst
  • The Case of the Food Fight — Preller
  • Dancing With the Indians — Medearis
  • How a House Is Built — Gibbons
  • Ivy + Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go — Barrows
  • A New Coat for Anna — Ziefert
  • The Penguin and the Pea — Perlman
  • Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid — McDonald
  • Stuart Goes to School — Pennypacker
  • Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (Bailey School Kids) — Dadey & Jones
Books: "Fables" and "Our Crazy Class Election"

Level N

Vocabulary continues to expand and go beyond readers' own experiences; variety of texts offer readers a chance to interpret information and speculate on alternate meanings.

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Level N Titles

  • Alfie the Apostrophe — Donahue
  • Comic Guy: Our Crazy Class Election — Roland
  • Fables — Lobel
  • Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist: Frantastic Voyage — Benton
  • Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year — Waters & Slovenzlow
  • Mice and Beans — Ryan
  • A Spy in the White House — Roy
  • Suitcase — Walter
  • Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings — LeGuin
  • Zen Shorts — Muth
Books: "The Patchwork Quilt" and "Chocolate"

Level O

Longer texts at this level present varied vocabulary that will require readers to interpret the meaning of the text; texts have more sophisticated subjects and more complex sentence structures.

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Level O Titles

  • Amber Brown Is Green With Envy — Mazer
  • Angel Child, Dragon Child — Surat
  • Can You Fly High, Wright Brothers? — Berger & Berger
  • Chocolate Fever — Smith
  • Jake Drake, Know-It-All — Clements
  • Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye — Stilton
  • The Patchwork Quilt — Flournoy
  • Pinduli — Cannon
  • Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark — McGovern
  • The Talented Clementine — Pennypacker
Books: "Davinci" and "Who Stole The Wizard of Oz?"

Level P

Informational texts at this level include history and biography, enabling readers to learn how to gain information from a variety of structures; concepts may include issues of early adolescence.

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Level P Titles

  • Countdown to the Year 1000 — McMullan
  • Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci — Scieszka
  • Helen Keller's Teacher — Davidson
  • Koya DeLaney and the Good Girl Blues — Greenfield
  • The Magic School Bus® and the Science Fair Expedition — Cole
  • La Mariposa — Jiménez
  • The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure (Alec Flint Super Sleuth) — Santopolo
  • The Talking Eggs San Souci
  • Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? — Avi
  • You Can't See Your Bones With Binoculars, A Guide to Your 206 Bones — Ziefert
Books: "Just Juice" and "You Be the Detective"

Level Q

Selections contain themes to foster group discussion; relationship of illustrations to text also offers opportunities for exploration and discussion; texts contain difficult words, some from languages other than English.

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Level Q Titles

  • Abby Takes a Stand — McKissack
  • Amulet: Book One, the Stonekeeper — Kibuishi
  • Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery — Howe
  • Champ — Jones
  • Just Juice — Hesse
  • The Life and Times of the Peanut — Micucci
  • Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt — Gibbons
  • Oggie Cooder — Weeks
  • Punished — Lubar
  • You Be the Detective — Miller
Arrangement of books including "Rules"

Level R

Texts in this level contain sophisticated vocabulary to challenge readers; some of the longer chapter books require sustained reading effort over several sittings; texts represent a range of times in history.

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Level R Titles

  • Achoo! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Germs — Romanek
  • The Island — Paulsen
  • Julian Rodriguez, Episode One: Trash Crisis on Earth — Stadler
  • More Than Anything Else — Bradby
  • Pocahontas and the Strangers — Bulla
  • The Report Card — Clements
  • Rules — Lord
  • The Trumpet of the Swan — White
  • Wackiest White House Pets — Davis
  • When Marian Sang — Ryan
Books: "Tru Confessions" and "4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year"

Level S

Selections challenge readers to make connections with previous reading and with historical events; words present many shades of meaning that require readers' interpretation; this level includes chapter books in a variety of genres.

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Level S Titles

  • 4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year — Schwartz
  • Beethoven Lives Upstairs — Nichol
  • Bluish — Hamilton
  • A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray — Martin
  • Granny Torrelli Makes Soup — Creech
  • In the Shade of the Níspero Tree — Bernier-Grand
  • Let It Begin Here! Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution — Fradin
  • Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers — Paulsen
  • Tru Confessions — Tashjian
  • The Million Dollar Shot — Gutman
Books: "Raven HIll Mysteries" and "Replay"

Level T

At this level, readers encounter a variety of nonfiction text structures; expanded vocabulary requires readers to consider both literal and connotative meaning.

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Level T Titles

  • The 10 Deadliest Plants — Littlefield
  • The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin — Giblin
  • Chasing Vermeer — Balliett
  • Dirty Tricks — Rodda
  • Drita, My Homegirl — Lombard
  • Fair Weather — Peck
  • Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story — Warren
  • The Power of Un — Etchemendy
  • Replay — Creech
  • Something Upstairs — Avi
An arrangement of books including "The Graduation of Jake Moon"

Level U

Texts cover a breadth of topics and present specific, technical information; illustrations require interpretation and connection to text; text requires readers to employ a wide range of reading strategies.

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Level U Titles

  • The Adventures of Marco Polo — Freedman
  • All of the Above — Pearsall
  • Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy — Nimmo
  • Creepy Creatures (Goosebumps Graphix) — Stine
  • Ginger Pye — Estes
  • The Graduation of Jake Moon — Park
  • Heaven — Johnson
  • Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel — Avi
  • The Tale of Despereaux — DiCamillo
  • Tangerine — Bloor
An arrangement of books including "pictures of hollis woods"

Level V

Texts present complex issues and use technical language; topics are distant from students' experience in terms of time and geographic area, and may include realistic historical information and more difficult themes.

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Level V Titles

  • The 10 Most Wondrous Ancient Sites — Drake
  • Becoming Naomi León — Ryan
  • Birdwing — Martin
  • Desperate Journey — Murphy
  • Ellis Island — Jango-Cohen
  • The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas (Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars) — Mack
  • The Firework-Maker's Daughter — Pullman
  • Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule — Robinet
  • Foster's War — Reeder
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods — Giff
Books: "Bone" and "The Lightning Thief"

Level W

Texts present complex information requiring readers to employ a wide range of content knowledge and to understand the basic organizational structures of nonfiction; topics explore the human condition and social issues; texts vary in length; print is generally in a small font.

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Level W Titles

  • Blood on the River: James Town 1607 — Carbone
  • Chu Ju's House — Whelan
  • Guilty By a Hair! — Prokos
  • Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War — Allen
  • Home of the Brave — Applegate
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret — Selznick
  • The Lightning Thief — Riordan
  • Lights, Camera, Amalee — Williams
  • Out From Boneville (Bone) — Smith
  • Tunnels (Book 1) — Gordon
Books: "Scientists" and "Girl Genius"

Level X

This level covers increasingly mature themes and requires extensive prior knowledge; texts are designed to present a significant amount of new information.

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Level X Titles

  • Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole — Myers
  • A Break With Charity: A Story About the Salem Witch Trials — Rinaldi
  • Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War — Bobrick
  • Four Pictures by Emily Carr — Debon
  • A Girl Named Disaster — Farmer
  • Millicent Min, Girl Genius — Yee
  • Somewhere in the Darkness — Myers
  • Storm Thief — Wooding
  • The Usborne Book of Scientists: From Archimedes to Einstein — Reid & Fara
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit — Kerr
Books: "The Jumping Tree" and "Geronimo"

Level Y

Texts feature themes similar to previous levels, with more explicit detail; requires critical reading skills to evaluate the quality and objectivity of the text.

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Level Y Titles

  • Artemis Fowl (Book 1) — Colfer
  • The Boy Who Dared — Bartoletti
  • Geronimo — Bruchac
  • Get On Out of Here, Philip Hall — Greene
  • Heroes of the Holocaust — Zullo
  • The Jumping Tree — Saldana, Jr.
  • Larklight — Reeve
  • Pemba's Song: A Ghost Story — Nelson & Hegamin
  • Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count Dracula — Goldberg & Itzkowitz
  • The Yearling — Rawlings
Books: "Malcolm X" and "Stormbreaker"

Level Z

This level presents a challenge for more widely read students, requiring critical reading skills; topics include controversial social and political issues; readers experience complex examples of nonfiction organizational structure.

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Level Z Titles

  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic — Murphy
  • The Best Ghost Stories Ever — Krovatin
  • Detective Stories — Pullman
  • Finding My Hat —Son
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Rowling
  • Jane Eyre — Bronte
  • Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary — Myers
  • Stormbreaker: The First Alex Rider Adventure — Horowitz
  • The Time Machine — Wells
  • Toning the Sweep — Johnson