Hannah's picks for summer reading!
When 12-year-old Raine and her mother arrive at Sparrow Road, it's dark outside. Viktor, the owner of the creepy old mansion, was making it all even gloomier. At their far off cottage where Raine and her mother sleep, it is silent. Not like it's unusual – everyone is silent at Sparrow Road. It's just the role, for all Raine knows. But what she doesn't know is that the summer will bring art, imagination, music and a big surprise. This is a wonderful – and emotional! – book. reviewed by Olivia Issa, age 11
If you haven't read this gem of a book yet, I don't know what you're waiting for!Wonder is the story of Auggie, a boy with a severe facial deformity who, in 5th grade, goes to school for the first time. But really it's a story about kindness and acceptance and knowing when to take a stand. Told in a chorus of alternating voices, Wonder should be required reading for all middle school classes and is my pick for the Newbery this year.
Sixth grader Moses LoBeau might be the spunkiest
heroine I've read since Moon Over Manifest's Abilene.
Ever since she washed up on the shores of Tupelo
Landing, North Carolina as a baby, Mo's been looking
for her “upstream mother”, writing messages in bottles
and sending them downstream. But when a law-man
comes to town asking about a murder, Mo is deterr
mined to solve the mystery, and she's sure not letting
anyone get in her way. And as the pieces unfold, Mo
might well be reminded of Dorothy's adage – there's no
place like home – even and especially if your home is
anything like Tupelo Landing. Three Times Lucky is a
fast-paced mystery brimming with quirk and heart!
The sisters are back with this third book in The Penderwicks series. Their dad and his new wife are off in England, and Rosalind is in New Jersey. So that leaves Skye as the OAP for two weeks. They head off to Maine to vacation with Jeffrey, but once they're with Aunt Claire, everything goes wrong. At first, Jeffrey can't come. Then Skye loses her list of things about Batty she shouldn't forget. And then Aunt Claire twists her ankle.Will things get better? After Jane nearly breaks her nose, Skye stars to doubt that she can take care of her sisters after all. A sweet, well written sequel that lets us vacation with the Penderwicks again.
reviewed by Olivia Issa, age 11