Archive for the ‘Summer Reading 10’ Category

The Talking T. Rex – 14

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Talking T. Rex – By Ron Roy – I am trying to read some books that my second graders might be able to read. This appears to be a nice little mystery series for younger children. In this book Dink, Josh, and Ruth are looking forward to seeing Jud. Jud brings with him a dinosaur. He and two other men are going to start a dinosaur exhibit in Montana and are trying to raise money for it. The kids pass out fliers to everyone in the town to come meet that talking T. Rex. Dean has made the T. Rex able to talk and move through the use of a computer and cables. The men are putting their money in the safe place and discover that the money from other shows is missing. The police chief is called in, but it is Dink, Josh, and Ruth who really solve the mystery.

The Secret of Pirates’ Hill – 13

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Secret of Pirates’ Hill – By Franklin W. Dixon – This was an exciting one. Joe and Frank are diving around Pirates’ Hill when they have several spears shot at them. Joe and Frank are then asked to help Mr. Bowden find a certain cannon. Along with this their Aunt Gertrude was bringing some cutlasses to be on display in the local museum that play some part in the mystery. Another man Gorman gets involved. The Hardy boys don’t know who to believe, but they keep on friendly terms with both. The boys discover the cutlass that has a secret message in it that leads them to the cannon which leads them to the pirates treasure. Great Read.

Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer – 12

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer – By John Grisham
First I have to say how excited I am. I am a huge John Grisham fan. I have all his books. Now he is writing this children’s book, and I read it this afternoon.

Theodore Boone is a thirteen year old boy. Both his parents are lawyers. He spends his free time hanging around the law office and court room. A lady was murdered in the town, and her husband is the prime suspect. Theo gets the judge to agree that his history class can come and watch the first day of the trial. Theo is upset about not being able to sit in on any other days, but he knows school is important to his parents. Theo and his parents volunteer every Tuesday night at the local shelter in town. Theo helps two small children with their English and their older brother with his algebra. The next day at school the boy comes up to Theo and wants some more help. Theo agrees to go help him that night. Once there Theo learns that the boy has a cousin who knows something about the murder trial that would change things tremendously. Theo eventually tells his Uncle Ike. Then they tell Theo’s parents, who thinks the judge should be informed. The trial ends Friday afternoon and everyone is confused by this. Monday morning the judge declares a mistrial and Theo can sleep better again. Great Book!

Footprints under the Window – 11

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Footprints under the Window – By Franklin W. Dixon – I just could get away from the Hardy Boys even though I am moving to a lower grade level. This book is another great read. Joe and Frank are excepting their aunt back, so they quickly clean the house and go down to greet her at the docks. They are out on their boat and rescue someone that jumped off the freight liner. Frank and Joe get involved with some “dirty laundry.” Joe and Frank travel to South Africa to find out that not all is as it seems with some of the men they have run into. They are trying to keep the Micro-Eye from getting stolen. In the end Mr. Hardy saves his boys’ lives.

Ghost Town at Sundown – 10

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Ghost Town at Sundown – By Mary Pope Osborne – In this story Jack and Annie must go to the Wild West to solve the second riddle. They are almost discovered by some horse thieves. A young mare is left behind, and Annie makes friends with mare. A horse rustler thinks Jack and Annie are the horse thieves, so they have to quickly explain the situation. Slim asks for their help in finding the other horses. The three go over the ridge and steal the horses back from the horse thieves. Jack and Annie talk Slim into becoming an author instead of rustling horses. Once back in Pennsylvania Jack and Annie discover that the book they had just read was written by that cowboy Slim.

Dolphins at Daybreak – 9

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Dolphins at Daybreak – By Mary Pope Osborne – This book begins with Jack and Annie having the same dream about the magic tree house being back. Their friend Morgan needs help. Her brother Merlin is making it difficult for Morgan to go back to Camelot for books. Morgan wants to make Jack and Annie master librarians. In order to become master librarians Jack and Annie must prove that they can do research. Morgan gives them four riddles them must solve. The first riddle sends them to the ocean where they are cornered by an octopus, chased by a shark, and aided by dolphins.

Midnight on the Moon – 8

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Midnight on the Moon – By Mary Pope Osborne – Annie wakes Jack up in the middle of the night telling him they need to go to the magic tree house. Once at the tree house they find that a moon book is open. Jack and Annie quickly wish themselves there, so they can find the fourth “M” thing to save their friend Morgan. Jack and Annie find some space suits to put on to search over the moon for an item that starts with “M”. After a long drive and several times falling over a moon man comes to their aid. Once back at the moon base Jack and Annie find that they really did not need to find another item their mouse friend was what they needed. Peanut the mouse was actually their friend Morgan who had been turned into a mouse by a trickster Merlin. Morgan helped Jack and Annie find their way back home to Frog Creek, Pennsylvania.

Sunset of the Sabertooth – 7

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Sunset of the Sabertooth – By Mary Pope Osborne – I am amazed at how much information is packed into these little books. Jack and Annie are searching for items that begin with “M” to help find their friend Morgan. They discover that the place they need to go is always the book that is lying open. Jack and Annie travel to the “Ice Age” in their bathing suits and have to quickly find a warm place. They find a cave, but they soon discover that it is home to a bear. The second cave they find belongs to some Cro-Magnon people. Jack and Annie take two of the coats. Their mouse friend Peanut has run away. Jack and Annie go to find her and fall down into a trap for animals. A sorcerer helps them out of the hole, and sends them on their way back with a mammoth bone flute.

Afternoon on the Amazon – 6

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Afternoon on the Amazon – By Mary Pope Osborne – This book sends Jack and Annie into the rain forest looking for the second item that will help bring Morgan back. Annie run into a baby jaguar, some marching army ants, and a monkey. The monkey gives Jack and Annie a red fruit as the second item. Jack and Annie learn that the rain forest is not so scary if you just leave the animals alone.

Night of the Ninjas – 5

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Night of the Ninjas – By Mary Pope Osborne – This book has Jack and Annie on an adventure in the dark of night. They are captured by two ninjas. The ninjas take them to the ninja master. The ninja master gives Jack and Annie three things that will help them get back to their tree house safely. 1.Use nature. 2. Be nature. 3. Follow nature. By doing these three things Jack an Annie make it back to their tree house and are given a moonstone that is one of the four things they need to find in order to help Morgan.