Since I launched the 2013 summer reading guide, I’ve had lots of requests for the archived 2012 edition. I don’t want to flood your inboxes, but I also don’t want to leave you hanging if you’re looking for good stuff to read. So for the rest of the summer, one week at a time, I’m sharing a category from the 2012 guide.
If you haven’t yet, head here to snag your copy of this year’s summer reading guide.
3 Kid Lit picks for your summer reading list
Holes, Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats is a boy with a history of bad luck–all brought on by his “no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather.” Yelnats ends up at Camp Green Lake–a juvenile detention center, where there is no lake–and has to dig a giant hole every day in the hot sun. The boys soon discover there may be more to this hole-digging business than punishment.
The Search for Delicious, Natalie Babbit
Twelve-year-old Gaylen sets off to poll the kingdom about which food should stand for “delicious” in the new dictionary, but his simple quest soon reveals civil war is brewing. This is a sweet tale of a boy, his father-figure, a mermaid and a dictionary, full of magic and mystery.
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
10-year-old Milo comes home from school one day to find a tollbooth sitting in his bedroom. Since he doesn’t have anything better to do, he pays the toll and drives through–and embarks on a strange journey into a fanciful world where he encounters all sorts of strange characters. The Phantom Tollbooth is rife with satire and word play: it’s a satisfying book that will engage both kids and adults, albeit on different levels.
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