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Jun 22, 2005 — Washington Post columnist for kids John Kelly offers these selections as a fun alternative to the usual summer reading-list fare.
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Grades 1-3The Magician's Boy by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Serena Riglietti (Margaret K. McElderry) Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (Candlewick) Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by Yan Nascimbene (Houghton Mifflin) Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen by Marissa Moss, illustrated by C.F. Payne (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books) Read It Aloud: How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon (Harcourt Children's Books)
Grades 4-6Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles (Gulliver Books) Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay (Aladdin) The Giant Rat of Sumatra or Pirates Galore by Sid Fleischman (Greenwillow) Summer Reading Is Killing Me by Jon Scieszka (Viking Books) Toad Rage Morris Gleitzman (Random House) The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop(Houghton Mifflin) Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments From My Life by Dr. Mae Jemison (Scholastic Press) Read it aloud: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (Little, Brown)
Middle SchoolThe City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Random House) An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy (Clarion Books) The Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami (Delacorte Books for Young Readers) The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century by Uri Shulevitz (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Delacourt Books for Young Readers) Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton (National Geographic) Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein (Knopf Books for Young Readers) Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver (HarperCollins) Read It Aloud: Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman by Eleanor Updale (Orchard)
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