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.
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.