Is there any greater treat in life than a really good children's book? Here are five titles that will make you want to read over your children's shoulders.
1. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead. This mystery involving a 12-year-old New Yorker holds “tremendous appeal.”
2. Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis. A “warm and wise” narrative tells the story of freed slaves.
3. Raven Summer, by David Almond. The summer games of two teens take a frightening turn in this “truly original novel” set in rural England.
4. Al Capone Shines My Shoes, by Gennifer Choldenko. A 12-year-old is living on Depression-era Alcatraz Island in this “fast-paced adventure story.”
5. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood. This tale “pairs the Gothic humor and arch narration of a Lemony Snicket with a more benevolent worldview.”
Credits: Marjorie Kehe, Christian Science Monitor