Our small town has an awesome community reading program. Every spring and fall they choose a book, buy hundreds of copies, and distribute them for free all over the community. You can pick them up at the doctor's office, the library, the store, etc. You are to read the book and pass it along. It is all funded through a grant and is an awesome thing. They distribute and promote the book for a few months and then they usually have the author come to visit and talk about the book to wrap things up. This fall the book was The House of Power by Patrick Carman. It is the first book in his Atherton series. Patrick Carman came to our town in October and visited the schools and then they had a community program where he talked. Ben and I and our girls had read his Atherton series and really loved them. We took the family to listen to him speak. He was awesome!!! He was very entertaining, a great presenter, and a huge advocate for getting kids to read. He has also written another series which my girls really like called The Land of Elyon series--this fantasy series is about a young girl (11 or 12) who saves her community. He has a new series coming out that is interactive with the Internet called Skeleton Creek. You read a few chapters, and then you have to get on the Internet and watch a movie for the next few chapters, then you read from the book and back and forth. A cool thing especially for those who you have a hard time getting to read traditional books. The House of Power is a great read about a future earth that is uninhabitable because of pollution, so a scientist creates a new planet--Atherton. It is a very quick moving, intriguing, can't put it down kind of book. I would highly recommend it. If you are looking for a Christmas present, I would recommend this series. My 7-11 year olds loved it as well as Ben and I. Check it out.
****Being an English/Humanities major and the daughter of a librarian and artist, reading is a huge thing in my life. We read lots of books at our house, and I thought it would be fun to share reviews of some on my blog, so hopefully every now and then we will have a book review here for you :) And the above picture is Patrick Carman with Miss A, Miss O, and Miss E.