Wednesday, May 26, 2010

5 books for kids of all ages

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

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