I read it in the summer between fourth and fifth grade, and really loved it. I like that it is a really complicated mystery with so many clues and possibilities that it's almost impossible to figure it out. My favorite character was Turle, a girl a little older than me because she was really smart and spunky and not afraid of anything.
It's the ultimate parenting book because it makes you realize how fortunate you are simply to be alive and well, and taking care of your kids. Through Randy Pausch's story of coming to terms with a life about to end, we receive a gift that few books could ever offer: the appreciation of one's own life and the treasure of knowing that every day you have more to give to those who matter most--your kids.
I read this in fourth grade, and really loved it.
Main recommendation: get the unabridged version. The abridged version is so chiseled--it feels like you go right from "set up" to plot summary, and then it's over.
It was very funny. My bother and I (ages 8 and 10) liked the witch's voice.
Our whole family loved it, my 8 year old brother and I (I'm 10) espcially liked the funny voices that the narrator did.
I just loved reading this to my youngest boy, particularly during the K-2 period. Great story about the relationship between a boy and his bear as the bear begins to grow up and "cause trouble."
This is a great story of strangers overcoming adversity and suspicion and finding postive ways to bring out the best in people to be accepted into the community. Definitely fun and satisfying to read with your child.
This is always FUN to read to your kids. But if YOU'VE never heard it read before, I strongly recommend that you download this and listen to the narration. Both you and your child will love it, and it will inspire your reading in the years to come.
This was by far my favorite John Feinstein book about Susan Carol and Stevie, maybe becuase I like tennis and the athletes are easier to relate to(they're not adult men.)
Even though I have no interest in basketball, this was still a great book because it was a really suspenseful mystery with blackmail and two teenage detectives.
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