BOOKS FOR A HOT SUMMER!!
HARRY POTTER FANS! CHECK THIS OUT!
Are you sad because there's no new Harry Potter book this summer? Well, if
you're in the mood for a story that'll last all summer long, check out
trilogy by Philip Pullman. It will satisfy your Harry Potter craving. This
magical fantasy series is more than mighty!!! It all starts with
when Lyra, a girl from a magical and mystical world, saves
her uncle from being poisoned. Then Lyra's best friend Roger is kidnapped.
That soon pulls Lyra into an incredible, dangerous, web of adventure
filled with daemons, witches, and talking polar bears! And through it all,
Lyra hears people talking secretly of a mysterious substance called Dust.
But what IS Dust? And why are some people so obsessed by it? Lyra must
find out. Her search continues in
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass
where she travels beyond her own world to find out more about Dust. As her
journey continues, a war bigger than any other war in history develops.
Believe it or not, the future of the entire universe all depends on mighty
Lyra! But can Lyra survive the destiny that awaits her? You'll just have
to read the books to find out! If you're 10 years old or older, don't
waste any more time, check out
His Dark Materials
series by Philip
Pullman!! It's published by Knopf.
ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN
It's summer in Antler, Texas. Toby and his buddy Cal hang out at the
Bowl-A-Rama and drink Bahama-Mamas to cool down. It's just another boring
summer, until Zachary Beaver comes to town. Zachary is not your ordinary
kid. He's 643 pounds and he lives in a trailer! People pay two dollars
admission to stare at Zachary! Toby and Cal are the first on line to see
the weird 643 pound kid. After their first glimpse at Zachary they keep
coming back. But Zachary is a real kid with real feelings, not a circus
event. Plus hanging out with Zachary keeps Toby's mind off the fact that
his mom isn't around and it helps Cal forget that his brother Wayne is
fighting in the Vietnam War.
Zachary Beaver Came to Town
by Kimberly Willis Holt is a hard book to explain, because it's not just
about a fat kid. It's also about being any kid in any town. I mean if you
ever had parents who confuse you, or if you ever had a fight with your
best friend, or if you ever felt like no one understands you, then you
will relate to this book. After I read it, I felt like I really met and
knew Toby, Cal, and Zachary. Check it out if your 9 - 12 years old. It's
published by Henry Holt.
BEACH IN THE SUMMER OF 1944
If you haven't read
by Patricia Reilly Giff, you should! It will take you back in time, to the
summer of 1944. Lily spends her summers in Rockaway Beach, New York.
Rockaway was much different back in 1944 than it is now, especially
because there was a war going on. Imagine if your dad suddenly went to
Europe to fight in a war! This happens to Lily! Her dad leaves at the
beginning of the summer to help the Europeans in World War II. Lily tries
to enjoy sunny Rockaway Beach. She even tries to become friends with a new
mysterious boy named Albert. Albert escaped from a Nazi occupied country
called Hungary. However, the ocean is a constant reminder that her dad's
not with her. How can Lily enjoy a carefree summer vacation, fishing and
swimming when her dad is across the ocean facing death everyday? You'll
have to read Lily's Crossing, published by Yearling Newbery to find out.
It will definitely warm you up in the middle of winter, especially if
you're 8 to 12 years old.
Do you have a reading list at school? Do you want to throw the list in the
garbage and go out and play? Fred, Sam, and Joe in the book,
Reading Is Killing Me,
by Jon Scieszka refuse to even look at their Summer Reading List until the
list attacks them - literally!!!! They are stuck in a crazy time warp
where all the characters in every book you could possibly imagine are
alive. The gigantic chicken in The Hoboken Chicken Emergency attacks them!
Fred, Sam, and Joe also encounter Dracula, Frankenstein, Charlotte of
Charlotte's Web, the Headless Horseman, and Peter Rabbit! You will never
look at a Summer Reading List the same way again! Fred, Sam, and Joe call
themselves the "Time Warp Trio" and if you like this adventure
you should check out their other books all published by Viking.
FIRST WOMAN TO VOTE!!!
Freedom, by Pam Munoz Ryan is about the real life of Charlotte
Darkey Parkhurst who in 1868 was the first woman to ever vote in the United
States! However, when she filled out her ballot, she was disguised as
a man. Charlotte first posed as a boy at age 12 to escape a terrible orphanage.
She quickly learned that the more she pretended to be a boy the more money
she made, the more opportunities she was given, and the more respect she
earned from everyone around her. Charlotte overcame many hardships, like
losing sight in one eye, and became a legendary stage coach driver! This
book is published by Scholastic and itís a must read for 8 - 12
year old action fans, history buffs, and horse lovers! Find out more information
about Charlotte Darkey Parkhurst here!
How would you feel if you were suddenly left alone without any parents,
brothers or sisters? Dave in Dave at Night
has just become an orphan. His Aunts and Uncles do not want to adopt him.
Dave winds up at the Hebrew Home for Boys or "Hell Hole for Brats",
(thatís what all the kids call the place). The Home is cold and dreary.
Dave has to sleep in a large room full of other 11-year-olds. The food
in the cafeteria is horrible, but that doesnít bother Dave. Heíd just
like a bite of the food before the older kids steal all of it! Heís in
a terrible situation, but Dave has adventures by sneaking out of the orphanage
into the wonderful world of Harlem in the 1920ís. New York City in this
book is a lot different then the city you know today. I canít tell you
more or Iíll give the whole story away. Let me just say that I wish you
have buddies as great as the ones Dave has. The author is Gail Carson
Levine (one of Mighty Lizís favorite writers) and the publisher is
out these reviews from other kids.
Read all the way to the bottom to see how you can win a cool prize!
POTTER # 4
Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.
I read it and it's really good. It's about Harry's Fourth Year. Two
schools come to Hogwarts for a wizard contest. Andsomeone dies in the
contest. by Mighty Robert from Minnesota
Mighty Robert from Minnesota
THIS LITTLE PIGGY
. . . .
like the book Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. It's about
a pig named Wilbur who is going to get killed by farmers. Wilbur meets
a spider named Charlotte and she says she will be Wilbur's friend and
she will help him not get killed. Charlotte does many things to stop
the farmers from killing Wilbur. From a rating from 1 to 10 I would
give it a ten. You must read this book.
Mighty Jonathon from Tiferes Yisroel
EVEN MORE HARRY
I really like all
the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. I read each of them
3 times. On a 1-10 rating I give the Harry Potter books a perfect 10.
by Mighty Justine from P.S. 193
I read this book
called Mirage by Soheir Khashoggi. It was a realistic fiction.
It is the engrossing story of Amira Badir (a.k.a Jenna Sorrel) a young
girl from a wealthy and powerful family. Mirage takes you behind the veil
of secrecy to expose the real lives of Islamic women in the Middle East.
This book made me realize that I am lucky to live in the U.S! But it also
made me realize that there are women suffering from oppressive men. I
felt many emotions while reading this book.† I believe that my Aunt Tina
would like to read this book.
by Mighty Jenee from Crawford
In the book Matilda,
by Roald Dahl, a young girl tries to get away from her parents.† She meets
a special teacher that she later starts living with.
by Mighty Brian from Crawford
by Matt Christopher is a good book.† I liked it because I play baseball
to and making the all star team is really tough.† The story is about a
kid named Bus Mercer, who is a shortstop for his baseball team the Peach
Street Mudders.† When Bus finds out the all star team coach is at there
game he trys to show of for them, but he ends up messing up and thinks
that the all star team is never going to pick him.† I'm not gonna tell
you more JUST READ IT.
by Mighty Patrick from Crawford
of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain really isn't my type of book but I
think it is a good book.† It does have a plot rivaled by all other books,
which I really enjoy. Tom and his friends are pesky and annoying but I
guess boys will be boys (or something like that).
by Mighty Colton from Crawford
Check out Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. A young poor kid named
Charlie won a prize to tour the famous chocolate factory. It changes his
by Mighty Michael from Crawford