By Jackie Burrell
Saturday, May 30th, 2009 at 6:05 am in Books.
This weekend, our A&E section is running a Top 10 list of great summer reads, compiled by members of 24 Bay Area book clubs of all ages. But as we mentioned earlier, some of those clubs, including Storytellerâ€™s dozen-plus groups for kids ages 7 to 18, gave us so many wonderful suggestions, we just had to share them all. So far we’ve given you nine awesome book suggestions for teens and another nine for tweens. Today, we’ve got books for grade schoolers, ages 9-11. Take a gander, then click â€ścommentsâ€ť and add your faves too!
GREAT BOOKS FOR GRADESCHOOLERS
The “Fablehaven” series by Brandon Mull. Critics call this tale of mystical creatures, a hidden refuge and sheer magic a “children’s fantasy explosion” and worthy successor to Harry Potter.
Also on the list…
“The Name of this Book is Secret” by Pseudonymous Bosch. This book contains a secret so daringly dangerous, you’d better not read it. Nope. Too, too dangerous. Really. Well, OK, read the first chapter or two but then… you’d better stop.
“Masterpiece” by Elise Broach – a small boy with a talent for drawing, the Metropolitan Museum and… a beetle?
The “Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls” series offers author Meg Cabot’s – of “Princess Diaries” and “Queen of Babble” fame – trademark funny, frank take on the grade school crowd.
The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney is told through hilarious diary entries and cartoons about young Greg, a wimpy kid.
“The Runaway Dolls” by Ann Martin, author of the “Doll People” series about life from a doll family’s perspective.
“A Crooked Kind of Perfect” by Linda Urban traces the tale of 11-year-old Zoe who must alter her dreams of piano perfection at Carnegie Hall to fit, well, Neil Diamond and the Perfectone Perfect-o-Rama.
“The Tail of Emily Windsnap” by Liz Kessler. No, that’s not a typo. The fantasy tale about Emily Windsnap, a girl on land, a mermaid in the water, offers suspense, thrills and mermaid enchantments.
“The Willoughbys” by Lois Lowry. You’ve never met anyone like the Willoughbys – know-it-all big brother Tim, twins Barnaby A and Barnaby B, little sis Jane and their awful, awful parents. When Mr. Willoughby reads â€śHansel and Gretelâ€ť one night, he gets a great idea. And soon…