Books Avi Books by Avi Avi has written books about: Children's Books Young Adult Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Avi 100 Best Books The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14 August 5, 2013 More than 2,000 of you weighed in with your nominations for the best books for young readers. Critics' Lists: Summer '07 Great Opening Lines to Hook Young Readers June 25, 2007 If you're interested in getting your child or teen to keep reading during a hot, long, lazy vacation, offer them these cool summer books. Librarian Nancy Pearl's picks all have great first lines, three-dimensional characters and strong finishes. Great Opening Lines to Hook Young Readers Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/11260800/11302486" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Summer Books 2007: Excerpts Excerpt: 'Ragweed' June 22, 2007 Ragweed, a country mouse who sets out for adventure in the big city, is a character that will hold readers' interest to the last page. Ragweed's confrontations with members of F.E.A.R. (Felines Enraged About Rodents) and the challenges he faces makes this a great family read-aloud.