“Kenny & the Dragon” by Tony DiTerlizzi

Kenny & the Dragon
by Tony DiTerlizzi
151 pages

A young rabbit named Kenny becomes friends with a dragon named Grahame – “just like the cracker, except with an ‘e’ at the end.” Soon after, the townsfolk discover the dragon and are determined to exterminate it. Kenny must find a way to save his new friend despite his nervousness and “river-stone-in-the-stomach feeling.”

This is a great read-aloud for children of all ages, and a quick read for adults and older children. My 10 and 8 year olds read this in less than 2 hours. It’s a cute story and the illustrations are fantastic.

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“FOUND” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I read FOUND by Margaret Peterson Haddix
FOUND is the first book in the Missing Series.
Jonah and Chip never hung around together until they learn they have something in common, being adopted. When they receive mysterious letters and their parents do not have a lot of information about where they came from. Jonah and Chip go looking for answers by themselves. What they find makes wonder if they should wish they could return to being normal thirteen-year-old boys playing basketball in the driveway.
I have read many science fiction/fantasy/mystery books. Lot of the books I have read you can guess what is going to happen. With FOUND that is not the case.FOUND is an exciting book to read Margaret Haddix keeps you in suspense. Just when you think you have it figured out she takes you by surprise. I am excited to see what mystery She has next for us.The second book in the Missing Series is SENT it should come this fall Aug/Sept.

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“The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, the first book in the series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is a fun and educational journey for most of the family. Although it is classified as a young adult novel, my husband and I (in our 30s) as well as our seven year old son thoroughly enjoyed it. This story tells of our young hero, Percy Jackson, who has ADHD and dyslexia and has never lasted more than one year at any school. He soon comes to find out that this is because his father is one of the Greek gods, who are still alive and well and producing half-blood children. If I were to tell much more, it would spoil the plot. I encourage you to read this humorous and exciting tale of friendship and learning to believe in oneself. There is some violence (mostly fighting monsters) but none of it was graphic; I would consider it a PG rating. I also enjoyed teaching my son about Greek mythology as we encountered different gods and monsters throughout the book. Submitted by Julia Beckham

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“Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy” by Ally Carter

Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy – Ally Carter

This young adult novel by Ally Carter is a delightful, fun read. Cammie Morgan attends a school that on the outside seems like a 200 year old mansion. Inside, however, is a maze of twists, turns and rooms that unveils as a school to train future spies. Classes aren’t just geography and world cultures, but also classes in Covert Operations with surprise “pop quizzes.” While she has been attending this school for a while, her life is turned upside-down when this all-girls school suddenly has the unthinkable happen. Fifteen boys are invited to attend the school. Suddenly, Cammie has to figure out how to maintain her spy appearance with boys who may be better spies than she is. This is the second book in the series and continues to follow the same sort of twists and turns as the first book, I’d Tell You I Love You, But then I’d Have to Kill You.
– Eric Ferrin

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“The Gym Teacher From The Black Lagoon”

“The Gym Teacher From The Black Lagoon” I picked up this book to read to my kids and they loved it. It was a good way to help them prepare to go back to school and the pictures were fun. It opened up a conversation about not prejudging a situation before you know the facts. I would recommend this book for elementary aged boys. -Jen

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“Small Steps” by Louis Sachar

Small Steps

Small Steps by Louis Sachar carries on the story of the character Armpit from Sachar’s Newberry award winning book Holes . However, beyond the character’s continuation in this book, the two books have little in common. While both books are charming, they are charming in very different ways. Small Steps is written around the idea that Armpit should take small and realistic steps to succeed in his life. It is a boy-growing-up book rather than the fast paced adventure that Holes was. Because of this Small Steps may be more appropriate for a group a couple of years older than the readers of Holes with a higher patience level for the slower parts of the book.Small Steps also includes some material that would be more appropriate for an older teenage group. It has some very brief discussion of more adult topics and brief language.The story is set up in Austin, Texas where Armpit is trying to get himself back into a normal life. He has befriended a young girl with cerebral palsy. Armpit’s care for this girl adds to the story general feeling of Armpit being a genuinely good kid.Overall, Small Steps is a pretty good teenage drama/coming of age –ish story, but isn’t one of Sachar’s best works.

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