When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
I first read it: after I gave it to my mom for Xmas. She loved it, then I read it on a road trip.
What it’s about:Miranda has enough going on---helping her mother practice for the 2,000 Dollar Pyramid, a part-time job at a café that pays in sandwiches and sodas, a mental man that lives on a street corner, and school---and the strange letters that keep appearing in odd places that tell her that she can save a friend don’t help. The most disturbing thing, though, is that the author of the letters seems to defy the laws of space and time.
My favorite moment: The end, because it shows how everything has been there and how it all fits.
Aidan Score:10-10!!!!!!!!![Editor’s Note: I loved this short novel as much as Aidan did. Aidan has a lot of ideas of how he wants to film a movie-version of it---I don’t have the heart to tell him I’m sure the movie-rights have been snapped up long ago!]
If you like this, you might like: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I first read it: in 5th grade with Mrs. Carter. Our class read it in February.
What it’s about: In Nazi-infested Denmark, young Annemarie must learn to cope with what her family has left after the Nazi army takes over. But when Ellen, Annemarie’s friend, and Ellen’s family are threatened by the Nazi’s warrant telling the Jews to turn themselves in, Annemarie and her family will do any thing to save their Jewish neighbors. The resulting adventure is one filled with friendship, heartbreak, and death.
My favorite moment:When Ellen is nearly caught by the Nazis because it shows how people can be smart and witty even in the face of evil. [Editor’s note: I haven’t read it, but my favorite moment that came out of this book was last spring when Aidan’s grandmother was telling a table full of adults how much she enjoys reading books set during WWII and Aidan popped in with, “Then I have a great book for you called Number the Stars…”]
Aidan Score: 10-10!!!!!!!!!
If you like this, you might like: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl I’ve never actually read it, but my mom talks about it like it’s brilliant and I saw it on the same list of 100 books for 9-14 yr olds. It might be too sad though. Number the Stars is almost too sad and it’s fiction. Even though you know similar things happened, Annemarie didn’t really. So I don’t think I could handle the true story of Anne Frank.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
I first read it: (?) 2010, the summer before 3rd grade I think.
What it’s about:10-year-old Peter isn't a big fan of his little bro, Fudge. Fudge is a tornado of destruction, from his evil sense of humor to his horrifying temper tantrums to his ability to get away with anything. The little monster can charm his clueless parents while wreaking havoc. such as:
knocking out his own front teeth
destroying Peter’s school project
turning his birthday party into a nightmare
cutting his own hair
entering a commercial
making the father lose his job
and eating a turtle.
My favorite moment: The birthday party because it’s so dang FUNNY!!!
If you like this, you might like: Superfudge