"I liked 'Fourth Grade Rats' by Jerry Spinelli a lot. The book is about a boy named Suds who wished he was still in the third grade, but his friend Joey wanted to be a fourth grade rat. This was the next step to becoming a man. Being a rat meant not being afraid of spiders, pushing little kids around and not crying anymore. By the end of the story the boys learned that just being themselves was more like being a man."
-- Cassandra Burton
Clear Spring Elementary
"If you like adventure, read the 'Magic Treehouse' series by Mary Pope Osborne. The 'Magic Treehouse' series is about two kids, who are brother and sister, named Jack and Annie. They go into a Magic Treehouse, open a book and say they want to go there. There are 18 books in the series, so far. My three favorites are: 'Night of the Ninjas,' 'Dinosaurs Before Dark' and 'Tonight on the Titanic.' "
-- Liam Cummins
Pointers Run Elementary
"I really liked reading 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' by Walter McVitty. I liked it because a boy finds a treasure and then, because he forgot the magic words, he was caught by the thieves. It was cool!"
-- Tabari Allen
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Pub Date: 09/22/99