William’s Book Picks

by Lynne Reid Banks

“Uprooted is a story about a girl and a boy from England who are cousins and the girl’s mother is with them. It is World War Two and London is being bombed. They come over to Canada and then they have different adventures in Canada. I like it because it has many different adventures that they go on. I recommend it to people who like to learn more about history.”
by Scott O’Dell

“I like it because it is about a brave girl that took a lot of risks to find her aunt. It is the second book in a series after Island of the Blue Dolphins.”
61sqDUTLM3L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Thirteen Story Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths

“I like it because it is a graphic novel and it is really funny and it has a lot of adventure. I also like it because it has a lot of mysteries. I also like The Horse and His Boy because it also has a lot of adventure”

51airytafxl-_sx347_bo1204203200_The Battle of Britain
by Quentin Reynolds

“I liked it because it tells a lot of good stuff about an historic time. The historic time when it happened is during World War Two. I admired the people in the story because they had lots of courage. (Note: these books came from William’s grandfather, part of an old historical series he read when he was a child.)”

51rfkkg3r8l-_sx385_bo1204203200_The Great Fire
by Jim Murphy

“The Great Fire is a true story about probably the biggest fire in the world and it happened in Chicago in 1871. I liked it because I think it shows a lot about what happened at the Great Fire and what different people were feeling because it has it from all different views and it has a lot of good pictures.”

51gnny1uosl-_sx338_bo1204203200_Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls

“I like it because they found the ghost coon and they might get it and cuz Billy saves little Ann.”(Translation from Amy Julia: We like it because it is an adventurous and exciting story)

51sftd37pal-_sx415_bo1204203200_Harry Potter and the The Order of the Phoenix
by J.K. Rowling

“I like Harry Potter number five and six. I like them because they are fun to read, and they have a lot of adventures in them.”

51gy5jzz3nl-_sx340_bo1204203200_Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling

William, like many a seven-year old boy before him, is entranced by fantasy. He just finished the Land of Stories books, and he has returned to Harry Potter. He says, “I like it because it is very adventurous because there are lots of different mysteries happening in it.”
51-kqwtjyal-_sx327_bo1204203200_The Birchbark House
by Louise Edrich

“I like it because you can find out a lot about the nature and culture of Indians. And the main characters name is a girl named Omakayas. Before reading The Birchbark House, I suggest reading Little House because this is basically Little House from the Indian’s view.”

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by Mildred D. Taylor

This short novel is one of many by Mildred Taylor that describe family life for a strong, intelligent, landowning African American family in the Jim Crow south. Although I recommend all the books in the series, this is the one most appropriate for younger readers. (William read this a while ago and doesn’t remember but he did like it so we’ll just leave it with my description!)

by Katherine Applegate

I really like it because it’s about an imaginary friend named Crenshaw and a boy, Jackson. His family has a lot of money worries so at times in his life, his family has had to live in their van. But it all turns out fine. Crenshaw helps him.

51VcEWaqKWL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick

“It was a really good book because it took place in a different country. It was a bout a boy who lost all his family and was living in a train station. There are a lot of illustrations and they tell some of the story so you need to pay attention to them.” I’ll add here that Selznick won the Caldecott Medal for this book, which is a 500 page story. It’s a book that many young readers (2nd-4th gradish?) can read on their own, but it feels like a tremendous accomplishment because of its length. William is reading it for the second time now.

51WANtnWLCL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Encyclopedia Brown series
by Donald J Sobol

“I like it because it’s a mystery book with cases to solve. They are really fun mystery books.”

51w+xUs9s1L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_The Boxcar Children Spring Special #2
by Gertrude Chandler Warner

I liked it because there was a mystery and it was in Washington DC where I’m going for my birthday. I think other kids would like it because it’s a mystery and that it was good and has a lot of fun stuff to solve and it has a girl from Egypt in it. The main character and names are Henry, Benny, Violet, and Jessie. They slept in B and B. And I am reading the next book too.

512VnufzyYL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Thornton Burgess Book Series
by Thornton W. Burgess

William is racing through these books–all set in meadows and woods, with fun animal characters and great illustrations.

51YpY9BT-PL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_The Witches
by Roald Dahl