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.
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
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.