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Summer Reading 2008

Recommended by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano in the Horn Book podcast.


Basketball Bats and Goof-Off Goalie
written by Betty Hicks, illustrated by Adam McCauley (Roaring Brook)
Grade level: 1–3

Airman by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion)
Grade level: 4–8

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Fickling)
Grade level: 4–8

Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs (HarperCollins)
Grade level: 4–8

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn (Clarion)
Grade level: 4–8

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor)
Grade level: 7 and up

Would You by Marthe Jocelyn (Lamb/Random)
Grade level: 7 and up

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (Holt)
Grade level: 7 and up

Beach Blondes: A Summer Novel by Katherine Applegate (Simon Pulse)
Grade level: 9 and up


My Dog May Be a Genius
written by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by James Stevenson (Greenwillow)
Grade level: K–3


One Voice, Please: Favorite Read-Aloud Stories
written by Eugene W. Field, illustrated by Giselle Potter (Schwartz & Wade)
Grade level: 2–5

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