Our blog this week was about Summer Learning Loss. One of the ways to reduce Summer Learning Loss is to keep the kids reading throughout the summer. This week’s book suggestions are books that are part of a series. If the kids enjoy one book in a series they are more likely to want read more of the books in the same series. If none of these books interest your kids go online or take the kids to the library to find a series that does and start them on a reading campaign that will take them through the summer and beyond.
The Mystery of the Missing Money (The Mystery Series, Short Story 1) by Paul Moxham is for kids of all ages. “When twelve year old Joe Mitchell, along with his two younger sisters, arrive at the sleepy seaside town of Smugglers Cove, they are expecting a quiet uneventful holiday. But the children get caught up in a mystery while exploring Bracknesh Castle. This ruined fortress sits on the outskirts of the village and, as the children soon discover, holds more secrets than they could ever imagine.
Follow the children as they explore the castle dungeons, get chased by bank robbers, crawl through a hidden tunnel, and more!
Set in 1950′s Britain, this adventure story is in the style of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five or a fast paced version of The Bobbsey Twins.” Review from Amazon.
The Monster That Ate My Socks by A.J. Cosmo is for kids in grades 2 – 4. “What happens to all those socks that go missing? Monsters eat them of course!” “This book has a fun story with cheerful, fitting art. The monster has the right combination of ugly monster-ness while being cute and charming to a child’s eye. The book has a clever ending that will make you grin, instead of the usual “moral of the story” type formulas.” Reviews from Amazon.
The Door in the Dragon’s Throat (The Cooper Kids Adventure Series #1) by Frank E. Peretti is for kids grade 4 and up. “The Door in the Dragon’s Throat reads like a shortened version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the hero succeeds because, in his own words, “we serve a mighty God who is greater than any curse.” Dr. Cooper and his children, Jay and Lila, have come to Nepur, in the Middle East, to enter the Dragon’s Throat and unlock the door which legend says hides a treasure. Every imaginable disaster befalls the man explosion, a kidnapping, falling boulders, a viper attack, earthquakes but in spite of numerous setbacks, the expedition succeeds. The writing is full of clichés and inconsistencies: a desert setting, a greedy king and his sly aide, a cavern in the earth where the forces of good and evil are fighting for control, an archaeologist who brandishes a gun as readily as he prays to God. The dialogue is stilted, and the vocabulary is too difficult for young readers who might overlook the poor characterization and heavily imposed theme of Christian belief. Far better fantasy adventures are Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising (Atheneum, 1973), Nancy Bond’s Country of Broken Stone (Atheneum, 1980) and Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword (Greenwillow, 1982). Constance Allen, Tabor Academy, Marion, Mass. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.” Review from Amazon.