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Our 2009 Third Grade Summer Reading Picks

Melonhead by Katy Kelly. Silly pranks, sweaty feet, and troublesome tree climbing may not be your idea of story fodder, but they're just the right fuel to get this tale going. Ten-year old Adam Melon is a self-proclaimed expert on famous inventors and the intricacies of toilet paper. When his science teacher announces that every kid in the class will be competing in Challenge America!, an inventing fair, he figures he and his best friend Sam are a shoo-in for first prize. Now they just need to come up with an idea for something explosively cool, without making his mom nervous. A fun read full of pitch-perfect kid humor. (Delacorte Press, 2009, $12.99)

Dessert First by Hallie Durand. It's not always easy being eight. Dessert Schneider finds that out first hand, when her new teacher, Mrs. Howdy Doody, comes into class in her white snowball slippers and urges all her new third graders to learn to march to the beat of their own drummers. For Dessert, that means figuring out her own personal coat of arms, trying to convince her family to eat dessert before dinner, and doing her best to stay out of trouble. If only there weren't so many temptations! Can Dessert resist? Soon-to-be third graders, especially those who've gotten their feet wet with easier chapter books, will enjoy the challenge of reading this confection on their own, while less advanced readers will enjoy it as a read-aloud. Either way, we bet kids will have trouble resisting Dessert! (Atheneum Books, 2009 $14.99)

Wishworks, Inc. by Stephanie Tolan, illustrated by Amy June Bates. To distract himself from the struggles of being the new kid at school, Max imagines a great big dog at his side named King. King is the best dog a kid could want--he's brave, loyal, and intelligent. Unfortunately, he is also highly fictional. When the shopkeeper of a mysterious store called "Wishworks, Inc." guarantees any wish, you can guess what Max wants. But, when a small, ratty dog shows up at the door, he's in for more than he expected. A thoughtful and magical read for kids getting into the groove of chapter books and real-to-life characters. (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009, $15.99)

Ivy and Bean: Bound to Be Bad by Annie Barrows. Best friends Ivy and Bean are at it again in this fifth paperback installment in the popular series. When the two troublemakers decide that they are going to be so good and pure that wild animals will befriend them, they discover that being good is harder than it seems. Is a little badness a bad thing? Author Annie Barrows' clever and kid-friendly wit, coupled with illustrations that give a kids-eye view of the world, make these books a hit with readers transitioning to chapter books. (Chronicle, 2009, $5.99)

The Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War by Michael Buckley . There's never a dull moment at Ferryport Landing, where Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, descendants of the Brothers Grimm, continue their adventures as "fairy-tale detectives" in this seventh installment of the bestselling series. In a world where fictional characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes, or "Everafters," are real, it takes everything the sisters have to solve magical mysteries and keep order among the Everafters, even as war is breaking out between Prince Charming's Everafter Army and the dreaded Scarlet Hand. (Amulet Books, 2009, $5.96)

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. Jessie Treski can do complex math in her head, come up with grownup business plans, and figure out puzzles, but when it comes to understanding people, she's at a loss. So when a letter arrives from school saying that not only will she be skipping third grade, but that she'll be placed in her brother Evan's class, she's deliriously happy, and can't understand why her brother isn't. He declares war...and not just any war, a lemonade war: whoever makes the most money by week's end gets to keep 100% of the winnings. The stakes are high in this chapter book about sibling rivalry, friendship, and fear, and math and money get a fresh, engaging spin. (Sandpiper, 2009, $5.99) 

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