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April 2003

Kidsreads.com Newsletter April 2003
This Week on Kidreads.com
Letter From Booker T. Worm - HOLES Hits Theatres!
Cool New Books
Poll
Question of the Month
Mailbag
Series Feature: Landmark Books
Series Feature: Sammy Keyes Has A New One!
Review: THE SILENT BOY by Lois Lowry
Review: CAPP STREET CARNIVAL by Sandra Dutton
THE PUPPETEER'S APPRENTICE by D. Anne Love
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Series Features
Book Reviews
How to Start A Book Club!
Word Scrambles
Letter From Booker T. Worm - HOLES Hits Theatres!
 
One of your all-time fave books is Louis Sachar's HOLES. Celebrate with Kidsreads.com as the movie based on this book hits theatres. What's the best accompaniment to the movie? Popcorn? Candy? Noooooo...here at Kidsreads.com we know what it REALLY is! The new book called STANLEY YELNAT'S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO CAMP GREEN LAKE.

Read about it here...and be sure to write and let us know what you think of the movie!

Keep reading...we have lots of news this month...

Booker T. Worm
Read our HOLES feature here including details about STANLEY YELNAT'S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO CAMP GREEN LAKE.
 
Cool New Books
 
HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
Kenneth C. Davis and his popular DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT series highlight this month's collection of cool new books for kids. We also have great works of fiction featuring young people (and nonhumans) who must overcome adversity and others who will take you on exciting and daring adventures.
See Cool New Books for March.
 
Poll
 
On average about how much time do you spend reading books that are not school-related each day?

More than an hour
30-60 minutes
15-29 minutes
Less than 15 minutes
I typically do not read books that are not school-related.
Vote in the poll here.
 
Question of the Month
 
Tell us about a book that you just could not stop reading because it was soooooooooo good!

Send your replies to Question@kidsreads.com.

 
Mailbag
 
We're looking for your best jokes, poems and comments about books!

Recently our mailbox has not been as full as we would like it. We assume you have been busy with school and activities. But now that you have FREE TIME for the holidays, we expect to hear from you. Write us at our new address: Mailbag@kidsreads.com!

Here are the rules:

We are not allowed to post anyone's e-mail address, real name, street address, phone number, school name or information, or any other information that is private about that individual. There is a law called the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act which prohibits us from publishing private information about our readers. Also, we will not publish anything that has bad words in it.
Read the Reader Mail here.
 
Series Feature: Landmark Books
 
American history is jam-packed with exciting stories and adventures! From the pioneering Pilgrims to the fight for civil rights, American history is filled with interesting people and their struggle to make America what it is today.

The LANDMARK BOOKS is a series of books that cover prominent people and interesting time periods in our history. In this feature, meet important historical figures, take a fun quiz, and much more!
Read about the Landmark Books series here.
 
Series Feature: Sammy Keyes Has A New One!
 
Who is Sammy Keyes? Well, first off, Sammy is not a boy, but a girl, and a real spitfire to boot. Sammy is daring and brash, yet cool-headed when faced with danger. She's a self-proclaimed tomboy, mystery-solver and one tough cookie! In this series, author Wendelin Van Draanen brings us the adventures of this feisty 13 year-old girl and her friends.

What's New? SAMMY KEYES AND THE ART OF DECEPTION. Read it and you will never look at art the same way again!
Read our review of SAMMY KEYES AND THE ART OF DECEPTION here.
 
Review: THE SILENT BOY by Lois Lowry
 
THE SILENT BOY by Lois Lowry
Ages 10-up
192 pages
Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber

Katy Thatcher, the bright and curious daughter of the town doctor, befriends a quiet and gentle boy named Jacob --- but she soon discovers that things are not what they seem.
Read a review of THE SILENT BOY here.
 
Review: CAPP STREET CARNIVAL by Sandra Dutton
 
CAPP STREET CARNIVAL by Sandra Dutton
Ages 9-12
144 pages
Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber

Eleven-year-old Mary Mae Krebs and her two friends organize a street carnival for a little boy with a heart murmur, while Mary Mae does double duty playing Cupid to the family's boarder, Annabelle.
Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber
Read a review of CAPP STREET CARNIVAL here.
 
THE PUPPETEER'S APPRENTICE by D. Anne Love
 
THE PUPPETEER'S APPRENTICE by D. Anne Love
Ages 9-12
192 pages
Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber and excerpted.

Set during the Middle Ages, a downtrodden orphan girl named Mouse tries to make a better life for herself by becoming the apprentice to a puppeteer. But the puppeteer is harboring some uncomfortable secrets --- and Mouse doesn't know whether she has the courage it takes to fulfill her dreams.
Read a review of THE PUPPETEER'S APPRENTICE here.
 

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Booker T. Worm and Friends