Summer Vacation is for READING Postcard #2

Last week I posted about the first Summer Vacation is for READING postcard to arrive. That was a lot of fun.

And today I received Postcard number 2! Yeah for Elizabeth R. (By the way, that’s the same Elizabeth who last year fell in love with the Series of Unfortunate Events and read the WHOLE series. She is eagerly awaiting the the new series from Daniel Handler.

And so, I present to you:


And three of the great books Elizabeth has read this summer:

(All book blurbs and cover images are courtesy of IndieBound–please support your local, independent bookstores when possible.)


Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they’ve become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy. No amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, only his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day. As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary—and their sanity—Eli can’t help but wonder if he’d rather take his chances outside. Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe—really? The Compound is a 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Mr. E’s note: I read this and thought it was fascinating.

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Beloved by generations, Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little are two of the most cherished stories of all time. Now, for the first time ever, these treasured classics are available in lavish new collectors’ editions. In addition to a larger trim size, the original black-and-white art by Garth Williams has been lovingly colorized by renowned illustrator Rosemary Wells, adding another dimension to these two perfect books for young and old alike.

 Mr. E’s note: Classic. Possibly the best-loved multigenerational book. Ever. “Where’s papa going with that axe?”

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Aliens, ghosts, and monsters haunt the pages of this eerie trip around the Scary States of America. With Jason Specter—the nation’s unofficial collector of all things paranormalas your guide meet the girl in Illinois who can start fires with her mind, the Skunk Ape of Florida that knocks victims flat with its stench, the mischievous Shadow People of Arkansas, the Jersey Devil, the extraterrestrials who take human organs as a souvenir of their trip to Washington, and the wailing ghost of a teenage girl trapped forever in an Oregon lighthouse. Some of these visitors from other worlds don’t mean to hurt anyone . . . and some of them do.Warning: All of these stories are based on true events. Are you ready to face the terror in your state?

Mr. E’s note: What the….???? I think it’s great that Elizabeth has found some cool “non-fiction” (hey–it says they are all based on true events, right?) to read. I bet kids would dig this.


So… when am I going to get YOUR postcard and picture of you reading this summer? (Be creative.) Email your  picture by August 15th to:

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