Well, here we are at the end of The Wednesday Wars discussion. I hope you enjoyed reading my posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. Here is a list of my five favoritie books that you should not miss!
By Edward Bloor
Paul Fisher is legally blind, but he can see things others cannot. His family moves to a town in Florida called Tangerine and Paul struggles to adjust. Tangerine is a very unusual place. Lightning strikes at the same time every day and sinkholes are a hazard. On top of that there are secrets in his family that Paul is very slowly uncovering. Find out how Paul manages to become an awesome soccer goalie despite his eyesight, learns the how he lost his sight, and uncovers some truths about his family.
By Andrew Clements
Greg Kenton has always had a talent for making money. He notices that the sixth graders he attends school with always have some extra change to spend. It’s not long before he figures out a way to get them to buy something from him. But he didn’t count on Maura Shaw, the girl across the street and one of his classmates. Maura is good at all the things Greg is, especially making money. Every time Greg thinks he has everything figured out, Maura appears and spoils it all. Read this very funny book to find out how Greg and Maura settle their differences.
The Emerald Atlas
By John Stephens
Michael, Emma, and Kate have lived in orphanages all their lives and believe their parents will come back for them. They will not even let anyone call them orphans. They are sent to an orphanage in a rundown town called Cambridge Falls. They find a mysterious book, hidden in the orphanage and it takes them back fifteen years in time. The action is nonstop and you find yourself holding your breath through each cliffhanger. The children meet witches, dwarves, scary creatures called screechers and many other interesting characters. They discover that they are destined to go on a quest and have special powers, and begun to learn more about their parents. This is the first book in a new series. If you liked the Harry Potter books or the Chronicles of Narnia, you should give this book a try.
Al Capone Does My Shirts
By Gennifer Choldenko
In 1935 a boy named Moose moves to the island of Alcatraz where his father works as a prison guard. Moose’s sister, Natalie is autistic and the reason the family has moved to Alcatraz is “all so my sister can go the the Esther P. Marinoff School, where kids have macaroni salad in their hair and wear their clothes inside out and there isn’t a chalkboard or a book in sight.” Find out how Moose deals with all of this and how he manages to help his sister when no one else can.
The London Eye Mystery
By Siobhan Dowd
The London Eye is a tourist attraction in London, England. It looks like a big ferris wheel and people ride to the top where they can see twenty five miles in any direction. Ted and Kate take their cousin, Salim to the Eye. A stranger gives them a ticket and they send Salim up. When it descends, Salim does not appear. Kate who is very impatient and Ted who is autistic and thinks differently must pair up to find their cousin. If you like mysteries, this one will keep you guessing and surprise you in the end.