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Any Which Wall

Any Which Wall

Any Which Wall

Susan, Roy, Henry & Emma live in Iowa. It’s summer, it’s hot and they’re bored. They do have bikes though, so they take off exploring. They really don’t expect to have much happen, but riding bikes is at least more interesting than sitting on the porch bored and hot. Imagine their surprise when they find a mysterious brick wall rising up out of the middle of a cornfield.

The kids try to think of all the different reasons the wall might be there. Thinking about this is at least interesting and something to do, but the sun is still hot. The kids are hot. The kids are thirsty. One of them wishes for a root beer float and suddenly the kids find themselves transported to a diner…serving root beer floats! Now this is a discovery!

Through trial and error the kids figure out the rules that make the wishing wall work. They find that they can wish their way through time or space. Each friend takes a turn making a wish and crazy adventures follow. Whenever magic is concerned, it’s always important to keep in mind, “be careful what you wish for!” I thought it was a nice change of pace to read a magical story where the fate of mankind doesn’t hang in the balance…a kind of magic that makes a root beer float appear when you really need one!

In the story, the kids like the Edward Eager Half Magic series of books. These are real books that you can read too. In the Hal f Magic books, bored kids find a magic coin. The problem with the coin is you only get half your wish, so lots of crazy adventures happen. Author: Laurel Snyder

If you like this one, you also might like The Penderwicks. There isn’t any magic in the Penderwick books but the kids have fun adventures anyway riding their bikes, exploring and doing the things kids do when there aren’t adults around…because if you aren’t out on your bike exploring with your friends, you’ll never find a magic coin or a magic brick wall!
Half Magic The Penderwicks The Penderwicks of Gardham Street
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Kid Review: Guardians of Ga’Hoole, The First Collier

Kid Review: Guardians of Ga’Hoole, The First Collier

The First Collier

The ninth book in a series of fifteen books/the first book in a mid-series trilogy, and a great book with a clever plot. Author: Kathryn Lasky Reveiwer: Keithen

I have read several books by Kathryn Lasky but had never heard of this series until Keithen turned in this review. (I guess librarians just don’t know everything!) If there are fifteen books in the series kids must like these books! The main characters are owls. Interesting! Here is a description of the series from the publisher:

“Out of the darkness, heroes will rise…Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger are an unlikely band of heroes. They have come together from different kingdoms to fight a fiecrce, mysterious enemy. Together, the four friends have traveled to the Grat Ga’Hoole Tree to train with a mythic community of owls who rise nightly to perform noble deeds. Soon they will have the wisdom and bravery required to destroy the evil that lurks in their midst.”

Friends, danger, heroes, destroying evil…sounds really, good, I’m going to put this one on hold.

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Kid Review: Holes

Kid Review: Holes

Holes
Elease says:

I think Holes was excellent. It was well written, and had a good plot. I especially liked how the story all tied together. Two thumbs up.

I agree with Elease, Holes is excellent! Here is a summary from the online catalog: “As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.” Holes won the Newbery Medal in 1999 – along with a whole bunch of other awards. In 2003 Louis Sachar gave the Indianapolis McFadden Lecture. Kids lined up for hours to have him sign their books. He was a really good sport too and stayed until the line was finished. Author: Louis Sachar

  • Amazon Look Inside Holes
  • Louis Sachar Official Website
  • Google Books Holes (Scroll to the last pages and read the bonus material, “Real Dirt” from Louis Sachar’s family about being related to an author that is a kids’ favorite.)
  • Holes on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudio
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Trouble in Timbuktu

Trouble in Timbuktu

Trouble in Timbuktu I think that this book was a good perspective on what dreams and future you can have if you just believe in yourself. Think about what the two people in this story are trying too tell you about their life. Author: Cristina Kessler Reviewed by Amanda

I haven’t read this one, but here is a summary from the online catalog: “Ignoring her parents’ wishes, as well as the customary place of women in Timbuktu society, twelve-year-old Ayisha joins her twin brother in trying to stop a pair of tourists from stealing an ancient manuscript.”

Trouble in Timbuktu sounds good and I think I’ll take Amanda’s advice and put that one on hold. I would like to learn about Timbuktu – which is actually a real place. It is a city in the West African nation of Mali. It’s not just an imaginary far away place, like when we sarcastically describe someplace as, “in Timbuktu!” – meaning – really, really far away.

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Kid Review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series

Kid Review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series

The Lightning Thief

This summer, I blogged about the last book in the Percy Jackson & The Olymians series, The Last Olympian. Kids can’t seem to say enough about Percy. Here is what a couple kids had to say about the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief:

This book and the series that follows it is just- awesome. I really recommend this book for someone who might love greece- mythology- or action. This book is written from a twelve year olds point of view ( but the author is much older) and he turns out to be the son of Posiedon the Water God. There are 6 books and they all follow each other up with more action and exitement any other book can show you. I love this book and you might too. Author: Rick Riordan Reviewed by: Emma

i love this book. just because it is about greek myhtology, doesnt mean that it is boring. it informs you with so much, yet it is so fun to read. rick riordan made an amazing book, and we should all be proud. greek mythology is something that is very special, and no one really pays too much attention to it. but this book reunites all greek mythology fans. from god to gorgon! from satyr to cyclops! be proud of what this world has made. Author: Rick Riordan Reviewed by Emily

The Last Olympian

And finally, a kid word about The Last Olympian. The Last Olympian is so cool let alone the rest of the series! Reviewed by: Storm

  • Official Website Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • Blue Trident Fan Site
  • #1: The Lightning Thief on CD and Downloadable Audiobook
    #2: The Sea of Monsters on CD and Downloadable Audiobook
    #3: The Titan’s Curse on CD and Downloadable Audiobook
    #4: The Battle of the Labyrinth on CD and Downloadable Audiobook
    #5: The Last Olympian on CD and Downloadable Audiobook

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