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A-Read’s Recs

This is a new series based on the Book Talks my 8-year-old son writes for school. As you’ll see, he is not ready for publication, but he knows what he likes.

Me Oh Maya by Jon Scieszka (The Time Warp Trio).

I was inspired to read this book because I’ve read the books in this series before this one.

The story takes place in Maya.

The main character in the book is Joe.

Here is how I would describe the main character: funny and kind of a magician.

Another important character is Sam.

Here is how I would describe this character: very smart, a little scared, and knows a lot. (Notice his use  of the Oxford comma!)

The story is about Joe, Sam, and Fred who time warp travel to Maya.

The main problem is they have to find the book to get back.

I liked this book because I learned some of the Maya counting system.

A connection I made while reading this book was that I wouldn’t want my head to be cut off.*

I would recommend this book to people who like this series, because they are really funny books.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5.

*His teacher asks them to take notes while reading, about anything that occurs to them. He told me she calls it thinking about the book. So now all his books have multiple yellow sticky notes sticking out of them with notes like, “Because Joe thinks the book is in the tree.” (Except that I made this one up. From now on, I’ll copy some of his yellow notes.)



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Young Middle Grade Boy Books

Today’s post comes from the me that is a mother as well as a writer.  The proud book-loving mama.

My older son has become an avid reader in the past year or so.  He is currently in the middle of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which he can barely put down long enough to play Legos or Wii, or go to school.  The rest of the family eagerly awaits the completion of this book so we can all watch the movie together.

In case you’re interested in what a 7- (almost eight) year old boy is into reading right now, below is the list of his recent reads.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

The King and the Calico…in Paris by Brooke Rousseau

The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series up to #3 by Jeff Kinney

Magic Tree House series up to #41 by Mary Pope Osborne

The Time Warp Trio series up to #8 by Jon Scieszka

Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton

Awaiting his attention are:

If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I keep a list of books to suggest to him, too (like Pickle Impossible by Eli Stutz, Hereville-How Mirka Got her Sword by Barry Deutsch, The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett), for when he runs out of ideas of his own.

What are your kids into?


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From Osborn to Scieszka

I hope everyone enjoyed a long weekend.  I obviously did.  So please excuse my tardiness in posting.  I was away from my computer for the entire weekend, compounded by lots of revision on stories and Kwizera, and some not-so-jolly migraines.

But here is an update on my 2nd grade reader with 5th grade tastes:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief successfully behind him, he continues to read the Magic Treehouse books – now up to # 32.  And this weekend we discovered a new series:  The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka.  He thinks they’re funny – and I agree.  He flew through the first one (Knights of the Kitchen Table) and started the second one last night (The not-so-jolly Roger).

His Harry Potter days are not behind us, but we’re taking a break.  Those books are not going anywhere and he has plenty of time to read them, as well as the rest of the Percy Jackson books.

Feel free to send more suggestions – post them in the comments.  Happy Reading!

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