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Parent picks: What second- and third-graders are reading for the holidays

Whether it's reading about ever-exciting elementary school life or getting as far away from it as possible through elaborate fantasy worlds, there are a whole host of options for curious second- and third-graders this season. Here are some of the standouts.

By GreatSchools Staff

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The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick (September 2009), $17

Gargoyles, illusionists, an elephant that falls from the sky when a magician’s trick fails, and a 10-year-old orphan comprise the cast of characters for Kate DiCamillo’s new novel. Full of magical events and narrated in an equally captivating voice, this tale of hope, darkness, and illusion is brought to life by Yoko Tanaka’s haunting black-and-white artwork. All in all, it would be hard to go wrong with The Magician's Elephant.