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Five Good Reads: James O'Neill Houck

Posted: January 2, 2014 - 1:02am
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This week’s list of Five Good reads was compiled by James (Jay) Houck, who is 9. To submit your own list, send an email to amy.fletcher@juneauempire.com


“Seekers: The Quest Begins” by Erin Hunter

A terrific story about three bears’ life and how they meet and decide to go on a long and dangerous quest. It’s just fascinating how the author Erin Hunter makes up the life of a young polar bear in the Arctic, a black bear in a zoo, and a brown bear in the woods.


“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick.

This is an amazing story with lots of pictures about a boy named Hugo Cabret who lives in a clock tower. His dad died in a fire so he was a orphan until his uncle took him to come work in the clock tower. There is a robot that his dad made when he was 4, but it needed a key. He meets a girl with the key, and she put the key in the robot. There is much more of the book that I could tell you but you should read it. 


“Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy, Book 1” by Geronimo Stilton.

So, Geronimo Stilton is a mouse who lives on Mouse Island he is the editor of the Rodent’s Gazette. when he gets home from work he finds a music box in his basement that will help him in his journeys. Also in his basement are magical golden stairs that lead to the Kingdom of Fantasy and he finds a frog that thinks Geronimo Stilton is a brave knight so they go on a long journey through fantasy worlds.


“King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table,” by  Howard Pyle, adapted by Joshua E. Hanft. This story is an awesome mix of magic adventure and nobility. I like how brave and noble King Arthur is. 


“Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman. 

A boy living in ancient Norway named Odd travels out into a nearby forest. He finds a bear, a fox and an eagle that can talk. They go on an adventure to Asgard. I listened to it on Audible for the first time when I was 5, and to this day it is still one of my favorite books.

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