reading the summer away, part 2

Fiction Great Summer Reads from

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot. Scholastic, 2008. (Gr. 3-5) *S*
Allie’s parents tell her they've just bought a falling-down Victorian house, she'll be starting fourth grade in a new school, and she can get a kitten.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. Schwartz & Wade, 2008. (Gr. 1-4) *S*
Second grader Alvin Ho, a Chinese American boy, is afraid of many things, including elevators, , substitute teachers, and, most important, school, where he has never uttered a single word.

Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm. Illus. by Matthew Holm. Random House, 2005. (Gr. 2-5) *S*
That endearing daydreamer Babymouse gets herself invited to a sleepover at the house of her archrival, Felicia Furrypaws.

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel. Roaring Brook, 2008. (Gr. 1-4) *S*
This companion book to Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy is a zany little graphic novel. Bad Kitty needs a bath? Uh, oh. Don’t you know CATS HATE BATHS?

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. Illus. by Marla Frazee. Hyperion, 2006. (Gr. 1-4) *S*
When Margaret gets glue in her long hair and cuts off a big chunk of it, third grader Clementine tries to help her friend by cutting off the rest of it.

How to Save Your Tail: If You Are a Rat Nabbed by Cats Who Really Like Stories about Magic Spoons, Wolves with Snout-Warts, Big, Hairy Chimney Trolls . . . and Cookies Too by Mary Hanson. Illus. by John Hendrix. Schwartz & Wade, 2007. (Gr. 2-5)

Meet a storytelling rat named Bob, who talks his way out of becoming dinner for the Queen’s two mean and hungry cats.
Judy Moody, M.D.: The Doctor Is In! by Megan McDonald. Illus. by Peter H. Reynolds. Candlewick, 2004. (Gr. 1-4) *S*

Quick-tempered third grader, Judy Moody, dresses as Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman doctor, for Doctor Day.
Julian Rodriguez: Episode One: Trash Crisis on Earth by Alexander Stadler. Scholastic, 2008. (Gr. 2-4)
In a hilarious graphic novel-ette, meet indignant narrator, Julian Rodriguez, who claims he’s been disguised as an Earthling juvenile for eight long years now.

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. (Gr. 3-5)
Jessie Treski and her older brother Evan each open lemonade stands and make a bet: whoever makes the most money by Saturday wins the loser’s cash as well.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Chris Van Dusen. Candlewick, 2005. (Gr. K-3) *S*
On the night that Mr. and Mrs. Watson and their adored pig, Mercy, are asleep in bed dreaming of fast cars and hot buttered toast, the bed falls into a hole that opens in the floor.

Miss Daisy Is Crazy (My Weird School series) by Dan Gutman. Illus. by Jim Paillot.
HarperCollins, 2004. (Gr. 1-4) *S*
A. J.'s new second grade teacher says she hates school, and claims not to know how to read, spell, or do math, so the students teach her everything they know.

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank You Notes by Peggy Gifford. Photos by Valorie Fisher. Schwartz & Wade, 2008. (Gr. 3-5) *S*
Will ten-year-old Moxy keep her promise to her mother to write twelve thank-you notes today, the day after Christmas? Not a chance.

Oggie Cooder by Sarah Weeks. Scholastic, 2008. (Gr. 2-5)
Using his front teeth, fourth grader Oggie has taught himself to charve—chew and carve—slices of American cheese into the shapes of each of the 50 states. It could make him famous.

Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Gets Slimed! by Frances O'Roark Dowell. Illus. by Preston McDaniels. Atheneum, 2007. (Gr. 1-4) *S*
Scientifically speaking, Mac, who agrees to help his best friend Ben run for class president, would much rather put together a mold museum in the school basement.

Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Illus. by Alexandra Boiger. Atheneum, 2006. (Gr. 2-5)
Though nine-year-old Roxie Warbler has learned all about dire situations from her Uncle Dangerfoot, she is still afraid of four bullies who have made her their Victim of the Year.

Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen. Illus. by Brian Riggs. Knopf, 2004. (Gr. 2-5)
Assuming a cybersuperhero secret identify, fifth grader Nolan Byrd sets up a website,, to expose the mean ways of his arch enemy and classmate, Bubba.

Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley. Illus. by Gavin Bishop. Kane Miller, 2008 (Gr. K-4)
In 15 delightful short stories, two new reptile friends learn to tolerate each other's differences in food tastes, bad moods, and family secrets.

The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1: The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. Illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi. Simon & Schuster, 2003. (Gr. 2-5) *S*
In this first book of the series, nine-year-old Jared, his twin, Simon, and their older sister, Mallory, move to Great-aunt Lucinda's creepy old house where they encounter real faeries.

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald. Illus. by Peter H. Reynolds. Candlewick, 2005. (Gr. K-3) *S*
Shortest in his family and in Class 2D, Stink Moody is appalled when his older sister, Judy, measures him and tells him he's one quarter inch shorter now than he was in the morning.

Super Emma by Sally Warner. Illus. by Jamie Harper. Viking, 2006. (Gr. 1-4) *S*
When Jared Matthews grabs her friend EllRay's plastic action figure, Emma stands up to the bully. So why is Ellray mad at her?

Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins. Illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Schwartz & Wade, 2006. (Gr. 1-4) *S*
StingRay, Lumphy the buffalo, and Plastic, lying at the bottom of the smelly backpack of the Little Girl with the blue barrette, worry about where she is taking them.

The White Elephant by Sid Fleischman. Illus. by Robert McGuire. Greenwillow, 2006. (Gr. 3-5)
In old Siam, Run-Run, a young orphan boy, returning from clearing tree stumps with his 50-year-old elephant, runs afoul of the king's spiteful son.

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. Putnam, 2004. (Gr. 2-5) *S*
After wonderful Mrs. Mac leaves Room 26 of Longfellow School, hamster Humphrey must deal with the strict new teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, who can't stand rodents.

The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2006. (Gr. 3-5) *S*
Starting on Chinese New Year, Grace Lin's winsome autobiographical fiction book chronicles the year she made a new friend, got a crush on the cutest boy in school, and found her true talent.

Younguncle Comes to Town by Vandana Singh. Illus. by B. M. Kamath. Viking, 2006. (Gr. 3-5)
In small town in northern India, nine-year-old Sarita, her younger brother Ravi, and their baby sister are captivated by the supposedly true stories told by their free-spirited uncle.

Zoo School by Laurie Miller Hornik. Illus. by Debbie Tilley. Clarion, 2004. (Gr. 2-5)
At the brand new Zoo School, the motto is, "Let the animals be your textbooks."


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