12 year-old Julian is stuck at his Aunt and Uncle’s house for the summer while his mom is working in China. What’s worse, they are planning to send him to math camp…not regular summer camp or boy scout camp…math camp. Julian hates math. Julian gets the distinct impression that the purpose of math camp is to get him out of the house and somebody else’s problem.
When Julian meets an internet pen pal who is trying to keep his Uncle Sibley from cutting down a grove of redwood trees, Julian secretly heads to the redwoods instead of boarding the bus to math camp. Julian and his new friend Robin hatch a daring plan to save the redwoods from Julian’s Uncle’s company. If Julian thought he and his Uncle didn’t get along much before, just wait until they square off in the woods over some very, very valuable trees!
This one is a great kids against the establishment adventure. Julian and his friends find the right ways to fight against something they believe is wrong. How great that part of the fight is staying in a treehouse 30 feet off the ground and only accessible by ropes and pulleys! Author: S. Terrell French
After I read Operation Redwood I liked reading Redwoods by Jason Chin, a book that tells all about coastal redwoods. They are really unbelievable, mammoth trees that grow from a teeny, tiny seed. Some redwoods are over 2,000 years old. That means their seeds sprouted during the Roman Empire! If you like reading about kids making an effort to help the environment, try Scat and Flush – both very funny too. Judy Moody is a little bit younger kid trying to do the same thing.
Penhaligon Brush is quiet, trustworthy and loved by the people in his town, Ramble-on-the-Water. He’s the town apothecary – he mixes herbal remedies for his neighbors. Penhaligon is also a fox, well, part fox anyway.
When Penhaligon receives a strange message from his brother he sets out for his brother’s home in a neighboring village only to find that the whole village is desserted and dark. Then he is attacked and finds himself thrown in the dungeon by a smelly ferret army led by the evil wildcat Derek. The quiet, mild mannered fox turns out to be tough, smart, and good with a sword! He rallies together the good guys and they hatch a clever plan to save each other, their Princess and their villages. Author: S. Jones Rogan
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Penhaligon’s adventures continue in book #2, The Curse of the Romany Wolves. If you like reading about warrior animals, try one of the next three. Each one is the first in a series, so if you like one of them there are more to follow.
Dr. Spartacus Wilde is super handsome, super athletic, super strong, super smart and has super gadgets. What a fun guy to have for a dad! He’s like Indiana Jones and the Dad from the Spy Kids movies all rolled into one. 12 year-old Brian and 10 year-old Wren are Dr. Wilde’s lucky kids. To be a Wilde is to love adventure and danger. The kids’ house is even set up for adventure with slides and zip lines, advanced computer equipment and more.
When their Grandpa (another adventure loving Wilde) disappears in South America, the family is quickly on the case. There is nothing this family can’t do, including confronting the alien frogs of doom! Author: Tim Byrd Series: Doc Wilde This is the first – more are on the way!
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.
A plane makes an unscheduled landing at an airport. There is no record of it landing, not even radar images. No airport personnel seem to know where the plane came from or who could be on it. The cockpit windows are dark. The plane just sits on the runway with no passengers getting off. Finally, an airline employee looks in the plane and discovers that each seat is occupied…by a baby…and there are no adults on board…not even a pilot!
Fast forward 13 years to friends Jonah and Chip who begin receiving mysterious warnings in the mail that say “You are one of the missing” and “Beware! They’re coming back to get you.” What do the letters mean? With the help of Jonah’s sister, the boys set out to find the story of their past. Using computers and cell phones the kids follow clues and learn that their adoptions are somehow tied to the FBI. The warning letters keep coming. People the kids talk to about their situation seem to appear and disappear out of nowhere.
This is a really exciting, original adventure/mystery. Don’t think you’ll get all the answers at the end either – Found is just the beginning. Book #2 called Sent will come out August 25, 2009. There will be seven books in all. Author: Margaret Haddix Series: The Missing
If you like Margaret Haddix, try her series The Shadow Children. If you are reading The 39 Clues – Margaret Haddix will be the author writing the last book, #10, that will come out in 2010. If you haven’t tried the 39 Clues yet, start with book #1 The Maze of Bones.
Find out more about Chip and Jonah in book #2 Sent and book #3 Sabotaged or try one of these other time-bending adventures: