So for several months I have been telling our children's librarian that she should read The Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas. At last she did, and she loved it! She then chose it for next month's Share a Story book club (4th and 5th graders), and recommended it to the principal of our local elementary school. Who called her to say that she read it in one night, and loved it too! I am pleased.
So much so that I shall give the library the copy of Magic Thief: Lost that Harper Collins gave me, because come May 14th (the day after the book club meeting), there will be a lot of 4th and 5th graders in my corner of RI looking for it....and I feel a bit of an obligation to them.
My son has already decided that The Magic Thief will be the first book he reads when he turns nine. I think it will be just right for him. It is amazing to look back to last year, when I was worrying about his reading...today he has read of his own volition for two and a half hours, and he is reading more as I type. Now I have decided to be anxious about him not playing outside enough.