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Beach reads for kids

Grade schoolers can explore far-off places (an island or asteroid, perhaps?) with these summer adventures.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Nim's Island

Nim's Island

Nim's Island, by Wendy Orr, illustrated by Kerry Millard
Yearling Books (2001), $5.50
Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

Take a spunky heroine competently surviving on her own on a deserted island (the ultimate kid fantasy). Add in animal friends who seem to understand, the vaguest of villains hovering in the background, a smattering of scientific information effortlessly absorbed, and a very satisfying conclusion. Then write it in a breezy style, making the various pieces of the story fit together in a nicely coincidental, jigsaw-puzzle way. All together it makes for one delightful story. 125 pages.

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Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

08/6/2010:
"I CERTAINLY AGREE AND IS FOR HOMEWORK DURING SUMMER. THAT WAY MY CHILDS MIND WILL STAY ON BOOKS AND FUNCTION BETTER FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR PLUS IT WOULD BE MORE LIKE AN OBLIGATION TO STUDY AND FINISH THE HW RATHER THAN ILL LEAVE IT FOR LATER WHICH BECOMES NEVER FOR BOTH PARENT AND CHILD BECAUSE WE KEEP PUTTING IT ASIDE DUE TO OTHER OBLIGATIONS."
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