ChristopherHamilton's "I Heart Reading" List - 2014
For eleven-year-old Polly Peabody's entire life, it has rained at exactly one o'clock every Monday afternoon on her family's magical rhubarb farm, until one Monday, when it stops. Polly has to figure out how everything is connected and make it rain before her beloved Aunt Edith sells the farm. She has help from the farm itself, in the form of the plants and insects. But is it enough, and more importantly - is there enough time?
Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills--until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Now Lillian must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creatures to find a way to make things right.
Boy genius Mal crash-lands his homemade time machine into the Jurassic world after his (talking) dog Chad suggests he pay a visit to get a leg up on a school assignment. A comedy of errors ensues with a great cast of characters, from hostile dinos to Mal's smug science fair nemesis.
Rather than take the harrowing world of middle school socializing on the chin, Fisher Bas decides to clone himself, so he can stay home playing video games while his clone goes to school. Cool gadgets, a funny plot, and a compelling evil nemesis make this book a great choice for reluctant readers, both girls and boys, who will see themselves in Fisher’s struggle to fit in.