and Hermione are back in the second installment of the Harry Potter
series. An excellent sophomore effort and as good as the
Sorcerer's Stone. Rowling uses her vivid writing to illustrate
characters as though you were attending classes at Hogwarts. Once you
begin reading, you cannot put the book down. The Garamond Type adds a
of Secrets is a great read-aloud for the classroom, or at home.
35, Engine 40
Juliana Lee Hatkoff and Craig M
to 9 years
Pub. Date: January
Publisher: Turtle Pond
35, Engine 40 was written by Juliana Lee Hatkoff and Craig Hatkoff
and illustrated by Joshua Scott in January 2002; and published by
Turtle Pond Publications in Adobe Acrobat eBook format.
true story about six-year-old Juliana Hatkoff's feelings after 9/11,
and how she handled them. The book is dedicated to the lost
firefighters from Ladder 35, Engine 40. Appropriate for ages 6 to 9
the Doctors Foreword, Harold S. Koplewicz, M. D. of the New York
University School of Medicine Child Study Center gives advice. If you
are a parent and need more information, the NYUChildStudyCenter web site (www.aboutourkids.org)
provides scientifically sound and parent friendly advice. Governor
Pataki and retired Lieutenant Victor Navarro, of Ladder Company 35 are
also in the Foreword.
story about Stanley Yelnats several months at a camp for troubled
teenagers.Discover why the holes are
being dug in the first place.
book includes a three-page interview with Sachar after the ending. You
can also read it here.
Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
Christopher Paul Curtis
12 and Up
Pub. Date:September 1995
House Children's Books
Watson's (Daniel and Wilona) and their children Byron, Kenny, and Joetta live in Flint, Michigan.
Most of the book focuses on their life in Flint and the adventures of the
Watson brothers and their friends.Parts
of the book coincide with the civil rights movement and tragic events.It is a great book for classroom, and reading
of Unfortunate Events Book the First – The Bad Beginning
to 12 years
Pub. Date: July 1999
Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny,
begin the Series of Unfortunate Events with the loss of their loving
parents. Mr. Poe becomes executor of their parents’ estate
until Violet is of age. The horrible Count Olaf, a distant relative, becomes the inept
guardian of the unfortunate, orphaned trio. Violet is an
inventor, Klaus is an avid reader, and Sunny is the
toddler who bites and speaks in gibberish.
The book is written in a somber
tone that is almost comedic. Things always work themselves out
although they lead to other precarious situations. Any new words
a younger reader may be unfamiliar with are explained by the narrator.