omarion_Francis's Summer Reading List - 2013
The Twenty-One Balloons
Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (illustrated by Michael Sieben)
Follow Dorothy and her trusty companions--Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion as they make their way through the fantastic land of Oz each seeking his or her heart's desire. Sieben’s stunning illustrations are sure to captivate your child's imagination
Seymour Simon’s Extreme Earth Records
Where is the longest waterfall on Earth? Where is the deepest point of the ocean? Written by Seymour Simon, former teacher and author of more than 200 other science books, this title doesn’t just answer scientific questions—it provides intriguing details and spellbinding photography. Its 56 pages prompt the reader to think and wonder about the world.
The Fizzy Whiz Kid
Mitch and his parents have just moved to Hollywood, California, and it's week one at Cecil B. DeMille Elementary. Already things aren't looking good: he wasn't named after a famous actor and his dad came to career day dressed as a cockroach. Can an open casting call save him from being dubbed the class weirdo for the rest of the year?
Gifts From The Gods
Action-packed illustrations make this a novel of graphic proportions. It tells tales of Greek legends and gods, bringing pomp, circumstance and muscle to vocabulary enrichment.
Best Shorts: Favorite Short Stories for Sharing
Featuring loyal pets, rogue waves, ghosts who use cell phones, and young people caught up in events beyond their control, these stories are written by some of the most entertaining and esteemed authors of children’s literature. They will have you savoring a quiet moment by yourself, talking during dinnertime with your family, and laughing in class with your friends.
The Boy Who Could Fly
Michael wishes more than anything to free himself from the confines of the orphanage where he lives. One day he gets his chance, and is given the power to Exchange with a magical boy with the gift of flight and invisibility. Michael soon learns that freedom comes at a cost. Will he make another Exchange, or can he find a different way?
The Name of This Book is Secret
When adventurous detectives, Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic, discover the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of colorful ingredients, they accidentally stumble upon a mystery surrounding a dead magician's diary and the hunt for immortality. This is the story about a secret, but it also contains a secret story.
The Adventures of Beanboy
Diary of a Wimpy Kid...move over! This graphic novel leans more towards novel than graphic, paving the way for more text-heavy books, while interspersing comics to keep kids engaged. Its humor, about a superhero powered by the gas he passes, is perfect for 10-year-old boys who’ve outgrown Captain Underpants, but can still appreciate a gross guffaw.