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!
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.
Spirit-seeing Kat has pretty much overcome her fear of communicating with ghosts. Author: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel Series: Suddenly Supernatural Reviewer: Bra-Lynn
I haven’t read this one but after I watched the author’s video below – I thought it looked pretty good. I love Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, so I’m thinking I’ll like this series too. Creepy and fun when characters can communicate with the dead! Besides, Bra-Lynn says it’s good!
Summary from the Online Catalog: “Kat accompanies her best friend Jac to a musicians’ conference at the Whispering Pines Mountain House, where she works to free the spirit of a dead medium and helps Jac resolve a serious conflict.”
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
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
Isabelle is an orphan. She works in a factory to pay the rent and buy food for herself and the ailing elderly lady who adopted her. Her job? Sticking address labels on umbrella boxes…all…day…long. And she’s only ten! It rains all the time in her town. She doesn’t even know what sunshine feels like.
Even though this life sounds miserable, Isabelle is sure that one day, something special will happen to her and one day, something special does! Isabelle unexpectedly receives a perfect red apple from a very unusual source. This gift begins Isabelle’s journey to her home, not her room in the attic of the decrepit boardinghouse, but her real home – Fortune’s Magic Farm. The Farm is Isabelle’s real home, it’s the place where the ingredients for magic potions are grown. At the Farm, Isabelle meets some people like herself – special people who have an important job to do saving the world from misery and unhappiness. Author: Suzanne Selfors
Isabelle reminds me a lot of Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Charlie is also down on his luck when he finds the golden ticket – his ticket to a magical place that is actually meant for him, like he was destined to go there. Isabelle is destined to go to Fortune’s Magic Farm too.
I loved the characters in this book. In Isabelle’s crummy town, Runny Cove, there are some real meanies. On Fortune’s Magic Farm there are some really fun, crazy characters – crazy in a good way – like Willy Wonka.