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2012 Grade 3 Summer Reading for students entering grade 3 HKIS Upper Primary

Applegate, Katherine. Roscoe Riley: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs. Harper Trophy, 2008. Roscoe Riley, upset with the notion that his teacher could get in trouble, comes up with a plan to keep the bee antennae on the first graders' heads, and help the drummers stay in their seats for the open house play. Series K

Atinuke. Anna Hibiscus. Kane Miller, 2010. Anna Hibiscus loves her life in Africa where she lives in a wonderful house with her entire family, but longs to see snow. Series

Barrows, Annie. Ivy + Bean What’s the Big Idea. Chronicle Books, 2011. Second-graders Ivy and Bean try to find a winning project for the science fair. Series K

Bauer, Marion Dane. The Golden Ghost. Random House, 2011. On a bike outing to the abandoned houses by the old cement mill, Delsie and her friend Todd discover one of the houses is not empty-and a ghost dog haunts the area. Series K

Bergen, Lara. Sophie the Sweetheart. Scholastic, 2011. Meet Sophie, a girl with a big goal: to find the perfect title for herself. Love is in the air! What better name for Sophie to try than Sophie the Sweetheart? After all, she's found the perfect match for her teacher, Ms. Moffly -- or so she thinks. Series K

Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby. Roaring Book Press, 2011. Bad Kitty is not pleased when a baby joins her family. Includes fun facts and tips for training a cat to perform tricks. Series


Buckley, Carol. Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009. Recounts the true story of Tarra, an elephant who befriended a stray dog named Bella at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

Cameron, Ann. Spunky Tells All. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011. Called a troublemaker by his human family, a reflective dog defends himself and then relates the family's adoption of an aristocratic but incompetent cat, who gives him a life purpose and a new way of looking at his world. K

Carris, Joan. Magic at the Bed & Biscuit. Candlewick, 2009. The family of animals at the Bed and Biscuit are expected to welcome and help protect Malicia, a mean-spirited city chicken who tours with a magic show, but all are afraid of her temper and powers. Series

Colfer, Eoin. The Legend of Spud Murphy. Hyperion Books for Children, 2004. When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the overbearing librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out. Series K

Cronin, Doreen. The Legend of Diamond Lil. Balzer + Bray, 2012. JJ, the search and rescue dog, is ready for a bit of rest and relaxation after solving the mystery of the missing chicks, but there is a new dog next door who is stealing the attention of Moosh and her chicks and the threat of a roaming possum keeps JJ on the alert. Series K

DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson to the Rescue. Candlewick Press, 2005. After Mercy the pig spends the night in the Watson's bed, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor and it is up to Mercy to save them. Series

Duffy, Chris. Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists. First Second, 2011. A lively compilation of 50 nursery rhymes interpreted and illustrated in diverse and distinctive styles by a different cartoonist or graphic artists. The introduction by Leonard Marcus puts it all in focus.

Durand, Hallie. No Room for Dessert. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011. Eight-year-old Donahue "Dessert" Schneider is feeling completely ignored and unloved at home, but she is certain that will change when her invention wins the Thomas Edison Contest at school. Series K


King-Smith. A Mouse Called Wolf. Yearling, 1997. A mouse with an unusual name shares his musical gift with a widowed concert pianist.

Gutman, Dan. Mrs. Dole is Out of Control. HarperCollins, 2008. A.J. and his friends are thrilled to finally be graduating from second grade, but when the PTA president turns the occasion into a madhouse, they begin to wonder if starting third grade is really such a big deal. Series K

Kelly, David. Fenway Foul-up. Random House, 2011. Cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins are watching batting practice at Fenway Park when Red Sox slugger Big D's lucky bat is stolen, and with Big D in a slump, Mike and Kate rush to find the bat before the Sox lose the game. Series K

Kirby, Stan. Captain Awesome. Little Simon, 2012. When secondgrader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster. Series K

Han, Jenny. Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream. Little Brown, 2011. Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.

Hannigan, Katherine. Emmaline and the Bunny. Greenwillow, 2009. Everyone and everything in the town of Neatasapin is tidy, except Emmaline who likes to dig dirt and jump in puddles, and wants to adopt an untidy bunny.

Harper, Jessica. I Barfed on Mrs. Kenly. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2010. "Uh-oh, Cleo." When Cleo has a bout of carsickness on her way to a birthday swimming party, she is terribly embarrassed but her friend's mother helps her to forget the incident by encouraging Cleo to show off her talent for diving. Series. K

Heos, Bridget . What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (and Curious Kids). Millbrook Press, 2012. Provides information about marsupial babies through a question and answer format designed as a book for expectant marsupials.


Holm, Jennifer. Babymouse: Mad Scientist. Random House, 2011. While working on a school science fair project, Babymouse discovers Squish, a new species of amoeba that talks and eats cupcakes. Series

Klein, Abby. Apple Orchard Race. Scholastic, 2010. Freddy and his firstgrade classmates visit an apple orchard and participate in a search for a hidden apple in the trees, but Freddy worries Max Sellars is going to cheat so he can win the five-dollar prize.

Lane, Kathleen. Nana Takes the Reins. Chronicle Books, 2011. Eufala and Bog's feisty Nana decides she wants to join the rodeo, but gets sidetracked when her car breaks down and the repair shop needs an extra hand. Series

Lasky, Kathryn. Spiders on the Case. Scholastic, 2011. Buster, a walnut orb weaving spider, enlists the help of Jo Beth, one of a family of poisonous but friendly brown recluse spiders, to help stop humans who are stealing from the rare books room of the Boston Public Library, where the spiders live.

Le Guin, Ursula. Catwings. Orchard, 1988. Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands. Series

Mazer, Anne. The Trouble with Violet. Scholastic, 2007. When strange things start happening and eightyear-old Mabel, who is very sensible, cannot figure them out, she discovers a family secret that affects her younger sister Violet. Series.

Messner, Kate. Marty McGuire. Scholastic Press, 2011. Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty's absolutely, positively sure that there's been a huge mistake. Series K

Morris, Gerald. The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. Relates the adventures of Sir Gawain, the only undefeated knight in King Arthur's court, who eventually learns the value of friendship, courtliness, and courtesy after a challenge from the Green Knight. Series K


Murphy, Sally. Pearl Verses the World. Candlewick, 2011. Pearl feels like an island in school, isolated and alone, but at home she feels loved and secure until her grandmother's illness changes the way Pearl views her world.

Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine and the Family Meeting. Hyperion Press, 2011. Third-grader Clementine tries to adjust to the news that her perfect family of four is adding a new brother or sister. Series

Osborne, Mary Pope. The One-Eyed Giant. Hyperion, 2002. Retells selected ancient Greek myths in the voice of a wandering ancient storyteller. Series

Rocco, John. Blackout. By John Rocco. Hyperion Books, 2011. A summer power outage draws an urban family up to their building’s roof and then down to the street for an impromptu block party. (2012 Caldecott Honor Book)

Simon, Francesca. Horrid Henry Rocks. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2011. Stories recounting the adventures of Horrid Henry as he torments his younger brother, ruins Moody Margaret's sleepover, irritates his teacher, and tries to trick his family into seeing his favorite band. Series K

Stern, A.J. Frankly, Frannie: Fashion Frenzy. Grosset & Dunlap, 2011. Frannie decides she would rather be a designer than a model in a mother-daughter fashion show, but when her fashion sense goes unappreciated and she is entirely excluded from the event, she tries to find a way to shine. Series K

Sternberg, Jullie. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie. Amulet Books, 2011. When nine-yearold Eleanor's beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one. K

Wardlaw, Lee. WonTon: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. Henry Holt, 2011. From animal shelter cage to a loving home, Won Ton’s experience is told from his point of view in senryu, a form of Japanese poetry similar to Haiku.


2012 Grade 3 Summer Reading