June 13, 2005 In this tender picture-book tale from our list of summer picks for kids, a 100-year-old jazz drummer and a first-grader both learn to read.
June 13, 2005 Reviewer John Kelly recommends this title for readers in first through third grades, the story of a real dog who lived in Tokyo and faithfully waited for his master at the train station, even when the owner could not come to meet him.
June 13, 2005 "Of course we didn't want her," 12-year-old Amber Dhillon says of her Auntie, in this title from our list of summer book picks for kids. "We didn't need her."
June 13, 2005 Death is no stranger to 10-year-old Comfort Snowberger and her family. They run the funeral parlor in their Mississippi town. Read an excerpt from this title, one of our summer reading picks for kids.
June 13, 2005 As crisis looms, a city's leaders establish a city illuminated entirely by artificial light. But the lights begin to flicker, two 12-year-olds set out to bring light to their people. Read an excerpt from this recommendation for young readers.
June 13, 2005 Limpy the Australian cane toad is tired of watching his relatives get flattened by human motorists. His plan: convince the world that cane toads are worthy of respect. Reviewer John Kelly calls the book "Gross, funny and the perfect introduction to Australian slang."
June 13, 2005 Eighth-graders Steven Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson win a contest for young sportswriters, and realize they've stumbled onto a scoop. Read an excerpt from this title, from our list of summer reading picks for kids.
June 13, 2005 At the start of this fantasy novel, young Torak's father lies mortally wounded by a bear. "But what kind of bear stalks men...?" Tarok asks. One possessed by a demon. And it turns out it is Torak's destiny to defeat the bear, aided by an orphaned wolf cub. Reviewer John Kelly calls it "Clan of the Cave Bear for kids."
June 13, 2005 When a creaking ship, its bowsprit carved in the shape of a snarling rat, pulls into San Diego harbor it carries with it a 12-year-old cabin boy whose only desire is to get home to his family. Reviewer John Kelly calls the story, set in 1846, a "rousing, swashbuckling tale."
June 13, 2005 When Saffy learns her mother is actually her aunt she goes in search of the one thing that might really be hers. Read an excerpt from this recommendation for young readers.
June 13, 2005 Jackie Mitchell's father told her she could accomplish anything, including playing baseball. The message sunk in. During an exhibition game in Tennessee, the 17-year-old southpaw struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Read an excerpt from this recommendation for young readers.
June 13, 2005 Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy is based on the true story of Suzanne David, a Cherbourg teenager who joined the Resistance after the Nazis invaded France. Read an excerpt from this recommendation for young readers.
June 8, 2005 A teenager who confronts evil to find her missing father in the first novel of this trilogy for young adults, recommended by librarian Nancy Pearl on Morning Edition.
June 7, 2005 A very bored child named Milo receives a mysterious gift in this title recommended by librarian Nancy Pearl: a tollbooth. Next thing Milo knows, he's left his bedroom and is driving through new territory, not quite so bored anymore.