Edgartown Books recommends
“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannet – For ages 6-8. When a young boy named Elmer Elevator hears about the story of an overworked and underappreciated baby flying dragon, he stows away on a ship and travels to Wild Island to rescue the dragon. A magical story with beautiful illustrations, “My Father’s Dragon” is followed by two sequels – “Elmer and the Dragon” and “The Dragons of Blueland.” ($6.99)
“Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko – For ages 8-12. Set in 1935, 12-year-old Moose moves with his family to Alcatraz Island, where his father gets a job as an electrician at the prison and his mother hopes to send his autistic sister Natalie to a special school in San Francisco. Moose has to get used to his new life and home living with the most dangerous convicts in the country, including mob boss Al Capone. ($6.99)
“Ivy & Bean” by Annie Barrows – For ages 6-8. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn’t be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. With nine other books in the series, the adventures of Ivy and Bean never end. ($5.99)
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart – For ages 8-12. When a peculiar ad appears in a newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. However, only four special children succeed and are faced with a new challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children can complete. A fun start to a series in which the reader can test their wits alongside the characters. ($8)
“The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall – The four Penderwick sisters, Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty are to spend the summer at a beautiful estate in Massachusetts called Arundel. There they discover the summertime magic of the sprawling gardens, a treasure-filled attic, and tame rabbits who live on the grounds. There they also encounter Jeffrey Tifton, the son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly becomes the perfect companion for their adventures. ($6.99)
Bunch of Grapes recommends
“Big Nate Doodlepalooza” by Lincoln Peirce – The newest book in the Big Nate Series is the book that Big Nate himself would love. Instead of doing his homework, he could fill his time with 150 boredom-blasting activities, that include Sudoku, crosswords, secret codes, scribble games, and cartooning.
“The Lost Stories: Book 11 (Ranger’s Apprentice)” by John Flanagan – Sadly the Ranger’s Apprentice Series has come to a conclusion. Luckily, a wood and brass chest has been excavated in the ancient kingdom of Araluen, containing manuscripts of lost stories. Find out how Will became an orphan, why Halt was his mentor, and the reluctant retirement of his horse, Tug.
“Oblivion: Gatekeepers #5″ by Anthony Horowitz – In this final conclusion of the series, the five Gatekeepers have found each other. Now they must band together to fight the evil forces that seek to destroy their desolate world. A massive storm signals the beginning of the end.
“The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet (an Origami Yoda Book)” by Tom Angleberger – Times are bleak at McQuarrie Middle School. Principal Rabbski has cancelled field trips, art, and music to make time for a new educational program called FunTime that is supposed to raise standardized test scores. Watching obnoxious videos of Professor FunTime and his singing calculator is driving them crazy. Call for Origami Yoda!
“A Hidden Enemy (Survivors #2)” by Erin Hunter – Having survived the Big Growl that destroyed their city, Bella and the Leashed Dogs have finally settled in the forest. When the Pack of Wild Dogs lay claim to their territory, the Leashed Dogs must hatch a plan to ensure their survival. They will need the help of Lucky, the Lone Dog.
Book Den East recommends
“Winnie the Pooh” by A.A. Milne – A perennial favorite with youngsters of all ages. It has appeared in many editions. We offer a collection consisting of “Pooh,” “The House At Pooh Corner,” “When We Were Very Young,” and “Now We Are Six,” with illustrations by E.H. Shepard. ($40)
“The Hardy Boys” series by Franklin W. Dixon – This classic series has kept kids guessing and reading for decades and generations. We have a selection of 23 titles, in various editions, in stock. ($3-$12)
“Outdoor Girls” by Laura Lee Hope – In the early years of the 20th century, Laura Lee Hope gave adventurous girls reading excitement with her “Outdoor Girls” books. We have them here at “Ocean View,” “In Florida,” “In A Motor Car,” and elsewhere. All vintage. ($20 each)
“Maida” books by Inez Haynes – Popular with young readers from the 20’s through the 40’s were Inez Haynes Irwin’s “Maida” books. Among others we have “Maida’s Little School,” “Maida’s Little Houseboat,” her “Little Theater,” and “Little Camp.” Vintage. (Most at $30)
“Cherry Ames” series by Helen Wells – Nurse Cherry Ames became a popular girls’ role model during the war years of the 40’s. The series, by Helen Wells, thrilled young girls (and maybe some boys) with titles including Cherry Ames as “Chief Nurse,” as “Veterans’ Nurse,” as “Senior Nurse,” and “Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse.” Exciting, inspirational, vintage reading. ($20 each)