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5 books for kids of all ages

Five books intended for young readers – but good enough for the rest of us as well.

By / May 25, 2010


Is there any greater treat in life than a really good children's book? Here are five titles that will make you want to read over your children's shoulders.

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1. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, 208 pp., $15.99). This mystery involving a 12-year-old New Yorker holds “tremendous appeal.” (CSM review 7/27/09)

2. Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic, 368 pp., $7.99). A “warm and wise” narrative tells the story of freed slaves. (CSM review 11/20/07)

3. Raven Summer, by David Almond (Delacorte, 208 pp., $16.99). The summer games of two teens take a frightening turn in this “truly original novel” set in rural England. (CSM review 11/14/09)

4. Al Capone Shines My Shoes, by Gennifer Choldenko (Dial, 288 pp., $17.99). A 12-year-old is living on Depression-era Alcatraz Island in this “fast-paced adventure story.” (CSM 
review 9/11/09)

5. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood (Balzer & Bray, 272 pp., $15.,99). This tale “pairs the Gothic humor and arch narration of a Lemony Snicket with a more benevolent worldview.” (CSM review 11/23/07)

Marjorie Kehe is the Monitor's book editor.

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