This book is about a man named Griffin who made himself invisible. Griffin is very selfish, and uses his invisibility only for himself. He uses it to steal and to kill other people. Eventually he explains all of this to a man named Kemp. Kemp agrees to help him create a Reign of Terror. However, Kemp betrays him, giving explicit instructions to the police on how to catch him. This book is full of suspense. It leaves you wanting more.℘

Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver

Four children named Thomas, Max, Pippa, and Sam are “freaks”, so to say. They first lived in orphanages before they were transferred to Dumfrey’s Dime Museum. An amazonian shrunken head is put on display. Immediately following, a trail of murders ticks off. A newspaper man, Bill Evans, writes stories on these murders. As he closes in around the case, he too dies a frightful death. The children are the only ones who possess the powers to stop these murders. They have only a matter of time left to figure out who murdered these people before it was too late, or their loving caretaker would be killed. In the end, they find the person who committed the crime, but he got away. This book is filled with mystery and danger from cover to cover. I really enjoyed it.♣

Time Cat By Lloyd Alexander

This is a fun, exciting, and adventurous book. Jason, a boy, and Gareth, a cat, go on nine fun adventures. They teach people how to treat cats, and, in return, those people teach them something about themselves. My favorite adventure is in Germany, in 1600.Everybody in the town they visit is superstitious about witches & demons. Jason and Gareth get arrested, but escape with the help of an old miller. Some of the adventures are hilarious, others are suspenseful or mysterious, and all of them are educational. Jason and Gareth are brave and daring. I love this book. I would recommend it to anybody, but young readers will especially like this book.

Calvin Ophoff

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

This book is a novel written in letters. A boy named Leigh Botts is writing to an author named Mr. Henshaw. Leigh’s parents are divorced*, and Leigh misses his father, but in the end, Leigh meets his father again. In the letters Mr. Henshaw writes back to Leigh, Mr. Henshaw suggests that Leigh get a diary. Leigh follows his advice and gets a diary. After that, the book is told through Leigh’s diary. Fun for young readers, especially children with divorced* parents or children who want to be authors.

* divorced means unmarried

Calvin Ophoff

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankWeiler

In this adventurous and daring book, two children, named Claudia and Jamie, run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Once there, they get mixed-up in doing research on a statue called Angel. They want to find out if Angel had been done by Michelangelo, a great Renaissance sculptor. They go see Mrs. Basil E. FrankWeiler, the person who sold Angel to the museum. The children tell Basil their story and she gives them permission to find the file about Angel. Claudia and Jamie find out about Angel, and Basil drives them home. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially young readers.

Calvin Ophoff

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George (an essay)

My Side of the Mountain is an adventure story by Jean Craighead George. It is the story of Sam Gribley, a boy who runs away from home and spends a year living alone in the forest. He learns to live off the land and meets several friends while he is away.

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty Macdonald

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a nice woman whose friends are children. She teaches children to not misbehave using what she calls cures. Her cures are not magic, but they are inventive. Some of my favorite cures are are the “Won’t-Pick-Up-Toys Cure”, the Selfishness Cure, and the Quarrelers Cure. This  book resembles a short story book. In each chapter it adds another person that has a misbehavior to be cured. In the end, everybody has fun. I liked this book. Readers who like “Mary Poppins” will also like “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle”.

– Calvin Ophoff

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

This book is the cute sequel to A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh.” It includes 10 more  stories, more rhymes, and more songs. The stories are again recognizable, like when Piglet gives his house to Owl, and when Eeyore is bounced into the river! My favorite, the one where Tigger has breakfast, is very, very, funny. Like “Winnie the Pooh,” this is for all ages, but especially for young readers.

– Calvin Ophoff

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

This is a short story book full of stories about Pooh’s adventures with his friends. There are 10 cute adventures that readers will recognize, like when Pooh and Piglet make a trap for heffalumps, and when Christopher Robin and Pooh save Piglet in a flood. My favorite Pooh story, the one where Pooh tries to trick the bees but fails, is the first one in the book. The stories are full of cute dialogue and fun rhymes, poems, and riddles. I loved this book and I would recommend it for anyone, but especially for young readers.

Calvin Ophoff