Summer Reading Challenge Winners

This summer, we challenged kids, ages 17 and under, to read as much as they could! For every five books they read, we gave them a free book! Some took it even a step further and handed in reviews of the books they'd particularly liked. Congratulations are in order for Claire (14), April (9), and Kimberley (10) who are the winners of the review writing contest! We've hand-selected special prizes for each of them and are additionally including their great writing below and placing them by their books in-store. Read their reviews to get some great recommendations or stop by to find even more from kids and booksellers alike.


Into the Wild (Warriors #1) by Erin Hunter

Reviewed by Kimberly Silverman, age 10

Adventure fans, cat fans, and anyone who loves to read- this book is calling your name!

Rust, a house cat, has never been satisfied with his easy life. So, when he meets some forest cats and they offer him a chance to join them in Thunderclan, he goes with them.

Life in the wild is never easy, but unfortunately for Rusty, he has walked into especially hard times. Shadowclan is becoming more and more powerful, and Thunderclan needs more warriors. But could the real threat come from inside Thunderclan itself?

I love the Warriors series because of all of the adventure and mystery in it. Also, it tells what cats think of humans and makes you wonder theat stray sitting in the sune is really thinking. Reading Warriors made me more curious about cats, and it made me love reading even more than I already did. I have now read almost all of the Warrior series, and I can't wait to keep reading!


The Boys in the Boat By Daniel James Brown

Reviewed by Claire O'Callahan, age 14

Readers will be swept away from  start to finish by the heartwarming story of one shell and the nine boys who gave her life. In the Boys in the Boat, Brownweaves a touching novel of the teamwork and strength of nine working class boys who shocked the world by beating the superior east coast college teams and then going on to challenge Hitler's elite crew in the 1936 Olympics.

Joe Rantz is one of the nine boys competing for a place in the Washington varsity boat. The spot means more to him than just a chance to row against the world for gold in the Olympics. It is a chance to make his father proud, to forget his hardships as he races across the water and to become onw with the other boys.

Most of all Brown gives the readers a taste of winning and losing, triumph and the bond of nine young men who together seem to be capable of anything.


The Toothpaste Genie by Frances Duncan

Reviewed by April Sutherland, age 9

I like the Toothepaste Genie because it was so interesting and exciting and because it created such big pictures in my mind even though it didn't have any pictures.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I liked Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because it was mysterious and exciting and you never knew what was going to happen next.


Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Reviewed by Isabella, age 13

Just One Day tells an enchanting story of first love and mystery. Finding and losing each other while on a quest to find themselves, Allysoon and Willem try to figure out who they really are. This story is full of struggles, secrets, friendship, romance, and surprises and it never lacks confusion, excitement or determination. Gayle Forman has written yet another masterpiece. Be ready to turn the page for another surprise! Romance novel lovers, start reading!



The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Reviewed by Amelia, age 13

The School for Good and Evil is about two friends, Sophie and Agatha. Sophie who loves pink and whose first priority is looking her best, is determined to get into the School for Good. While Agatha, who hides in graveyards and keeps to herslef with her plain black clothes and spells and potions, seems perfect for the School of Evil.

When their destinies follow a different path, they are desperate to change them, but what if they really were put in the right places? What if this tale was not like they dreamed it would be? This story is an exciting adventure woven into a dramatic fairytale,

I really enjoyed reading this book. What I liked aabout this book is that there is a lot of emotion and feeling in it, I would recommend it to grades 5 and up and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars.