Congratulations to these enthusiastic young critics who shared their reading recommendations in June. Each wins a $25 gift certificate from Crow Bookshop in Burlington. We loved reading about all the entrants' literary adventures and have included some excerpts below.
Pony Pals: A Pony in Trouble by Jeanne Betancourt
"Pam's pony is sick and he needs help. They find out he was overeating. Someone was feeding him apples very early in the morning."
— Cynthia Smith, 10 Berlin
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
"What I like about Wonder is it's so realistic. It makes me feel the main character Auggie's sadness and happiness. I even caught myself crying a few times."
— Anna Huener, 10 Burlington
Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret
"My favorite part of the story was when the author described the effects of the earthquake in the hotel room where BeeBee and Kyle were alone. It was up to them to decide what to do next. They had to be responsible and mature."
— Lily Merchant, 11 Essex Junction
Warriors: Firestar's Quest by Erin Hunter
"I liked when Firestar, Echosong and Leafdapple went onto the ledge to meet the SkyClan ancestors so Leafdapple could receive her nine lives and become Leafstar, Leader of the Sky Clan. I love these books!"
— Joy Eliza Holzhammer, 10 Orwell