Books Ragweed by Avi Paperback, 207 pages, Gardners Books, List Price: $8.65 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleRagweedAuthorAvi Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Genres: Children's Books Young Adult Fiction Also by Avi Poppy Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Ragweed 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.