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GETTING BOYS TO READ


AGES 6 AND UP:

SUPER SCIENCE LAB by Richard Hammond. DK Publishing, 2009, $8.99

Ever wonder what would happen if you drop mints into a cola bottle? Want to make slime, turn a glass of water upside down without spilling it, or stab a balloon without bursting it? These activities will bring out your kids' inner scientist as they read step-by-step instructions for safe experiments. You might even find your child's next science project in this book.

AGES 6 AND UP:

GOAL! by Mina Javaherbin. Candlewick Press, 2010, $16.99

"Uplifting and inspiring…reminds us of the joys and saving grace of friendship and sport," says Archbishop Desmond Tutu of this sweet South African tale. A tribute to the world's most popular sport, this book is packed with soccer action and triumph over adversity.

AGES 7 AND UP:

SURVIVAL AT 40 BELOW - Debbie S. Miller. Walker & Company, 2010, $17.99

Arctic animals have an amazing ability to withstand harsh winds, temperatures well below freezing, months of darkness, and frozen surroundings. This book gives readers a glimpse into what these animals go through and what they do to survive. Amazingly real illustrations will delight book worms of all ages as they learn about grizzly bears, arctic foxes and other cold-weather animals.

AGES 12 AND UP:

CALAMITY JACK, by Shannon and Dean Hale. Bloomsbury USA, 2010, $14.99

Jack and Punzie (Rapunzel) have some pretty close encounters with giants, dragons, and other freaky fairy-tale creatures as they try to save Shyport from destruction. This witty, graphic novel re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk will have readers rolling in the aisles.

AGES 14 AND UP:

ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card, (Tom Doherty Associates, 1992), $14.99.

Revamped for younger readers, this sci-fi classic that's been around for 25 years revolves around Ender Wiggin, a six-year-old who shows a remarkable aptitude for battle. Ender is taken to the Battle School to be trained in military strategy and tactics by playing battle games in a simulator. Young readers will enjoy the vivid "battle" descriptions and root for the young boy who grows up quickly as he battles the alien "buggers."

AND FOR MOMMY.....

THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. Amy Einhorn Books, 2009, $24.95

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny; three women living very different lives in the Deep South. Jackson, Mississippi circa 1962 is the setting for this eye-opening tale of the lines of segregation drawn in the sand across the South. And though each woman was different, their tales brought them together as they worked on a project that would help erase those lines. A wonderful read that carries you right into the story the minute you start reading.

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