Here are my ten year old niece’s latest recommendations:
The Inquisitor’s Apprentice by Chris Moriarty
This book is about a young boy who becomes a magic crimes policeman’s apprentice, and goes on several adventures and tries to figure out who a master killer is. At the same time I liked and disliked the creepy parts. I like when I feel scared, but since I read it at night, I was a bit too scared. This book I recommend for 9 to 12 year olds, and I shall give it 3 stars.
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
I LOVE THE PICTURES IN THIS BOOK!! They are so beautiful and they inspired me to draw something of my own. This book is telling you about the illustrations of a man named Harris Burdick, and stories made up to go with them. This book is also a good writing tool, so teachers, take a look! I even made up a few stories. I didn’t have any favourite parts, but I did have a favourite picture and story, “Oscar and Alphonse”, with a picture of a girl staring down at two caterpillars. This book is for ages 7 and up. Five stars!!
Ivy and the Meanstalk by Dawn Lairamore
I really like this book because it’s a twist from your average “Jack and the Beanstalk”. This is a story about a girl who tries to get a harp back from a giantess, and keep her kingdom from being crushed by giant rocks. I like the jokes in this book. They made me laugh even though the story has a twinge of sadness. I didn’t like the part where things go wrong. Although it’s a book, I can’t help thinking it’s real. This book is for 8 to 12 year olds. I would give it three stars!!
The Cellar Door by Brett Gadbois
This is a story about a boy named Sam, who bumps his head and wakes up in a different world. There, a man named Franklin helps Sam out, and Sam makes friends with lots of people. He escapes from part-bird, part-people animals, and goes back home. I like the parts in this book where Sam changes into different things. I don’t like the part where the evil crow-men capture Sam. This book is for 9 to 11 year olds. I would give it four stars.