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Reading Adventures

Thee bookclubs at Centerville and Irvington are on hold for the summer, but I couldn’t leave them without any ideas about what to read this summer. Most of the kids in the book clubs are 4th through 6th graders, but I think Junior High kids might like some of these books, too.

Alanna The First Adventure By Tamora Pierce

Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, and learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.

Among the Hidden By Margret Peterson Haddix

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.

The Borrowers By Mary Norton

Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock

The Dark is Rising By Susan Cooper

On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark

Ella Enchanted By Gail Larson Levine

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her



From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler By E. L. Koingsburg

A girl and her younger brother run away from home and take up residence at the Metropolitan Museum where they come across a beautiful and mysterious statue. Determined to discover its maker, they first have to find the statue’s former owner, the reclusive and mischievous Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and then sort through her incredibly mixed-up files

Hatchet By Gary Paulson

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce

Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City By Kristen Miller

Life becomes more interesting for Ananka Fishbein when, at the age of twelve, she discovers an underground room in the park across from her New York City apartment and meets a mysterious girl called Kiki Strike who claims that she, too, wants to explore the subterranean world

Peter and the Starcatchers By Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold but the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden

Stormbreaker By Anthony Horowitz

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6

The Westing Game By Ellen Raskin

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance

We all love adventure books. What do you think would be fun to read this summer?

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