Kids' Summer Reading by Hilary Williamson, June 2006 just looked over my son's summer reading list. Though he's finishing high school next year, it brought back memories of how hard it was to find chapter books that interested him when he was younger. There seems to be so much more choice now than there was then. Need books to occupy youngsters on lazy summer days or family vacation trips? Here are some great choices for kids from early readers to tweens - split into adventures starring boys, girls, and both ... I Young Heroes: by Fergus Crane: Far-Flung Adventures Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell Fergus Crane rides a Flying Horse, to rescue friends from pirate teachers. by Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! David & Rudy Baldacci Nerdy Freddy Funkhouser's plan to save the family business goes hilariously awry. by Half-Moon Investigations Eoin Colfer Brilliant young PI Fletcher Moon investigates theft and arson. by The Hardy Boys, Undercover Brothers: Extreme Danger Franklin W. Dixon American Teens Against Crime investigate an extreme sports event. by How to Speak Dragonese Cressida Cowell Hiccup foils the Roman Empire's ' Fiendishly Clever Plan'. by Strange Visitor: Superman Returns Louise Simonson Superman takes on Metallo, while a Supermenace tries to do his job. by Two Hot Dogs with Everything Paul Haven A mouth-watering tale of hot dogs, miracles, and mystery. by The Postman Always Brings Mice Holm, Hamel & Brad Weinman Features international cat of mystery, James Edward Bristlefur. Young Heroines: by Beck and the Great Berry Battle Laura Driscoll & Judith H. Clarke Can Beck use her animal-talent to halt a war? by Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer J. T. Petty & Will Davis Clemency must work hard to undo the consequences of careless words. by Cloning Around: Princess Natasha #1 KOL Princess Natasha of Zoravia (aka high school student, aka trained spy). by Franny K. Stein - Mad Scientist Jim Benton Fran gets frustrated by her friends' unscientific hobbies. by Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats Alexander McCall Smith & Laura Rankin Harriet's twin detective aunts need her help in a case involving ' wicked cheats'. by Whales on Stilts! M. T. Anderson & Kurt Cyrus Lily foils a mad scientist from taking over the world. Starring Boys & Girls: by Carnival at Candlelight: Magic Tree House #33 Mary Pope Osborne Jack and Annie head to Venice, Italy 260 years ago at Carnival time. by Fall of the House of Mandible Dan Greenburg & Scott M. Fischer The Shluffmuffin twins foil the Mandible Sisters once more. by Flyte: Septimus Heap Book Two Angie Sage Septimus and Jenna must foil DomDaniel's nefarious plans. by Gideon the Cutpurse Linda Buckley-Archer Antigravity device sends Kate and Peter back to 1763 England. by The House of Arden E. Nesbit Mouldiwarps sends Edred and Elfrida on forays in the past. by In the Garbage: Andrew Lost #13 J. C. Greenburg & Jan Gerardi Andrew's invented Goa Constrictor consumes everything in sight! by My Teacher is an Alien Bruce Coville Susan and Peter see their teacher peel off his face; what will they do? by The Opal Deception Eoin Colfer Genius pixie villainess Opal Koboi engineers a jailbreak. by Small Steps Louis Sachar Armpit and Kaira take small steps to get their lives together. by Space Dogs Justin Ball & Evan Croker A clever plot involving canine space travel, heroes and villains. by Starlight: Warriors, The New Prophecy #4 Erin Hunter There are seeds of conflict as the Clans settle their new territories. nterested in exploring science with kids? Get some ideas at the I and Exploratopia sites, and watch out for a bookful of intriguing activities - developed by a team from the San Francisco Exploratorium Museum - in the Fall. Have a wonderful, active summer, and when you have a chance to relax, pick up a book. Exploratorium
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