Ava’s Current Top Ten Reads

The Green Ember Series by S.D. Smith
The first two books in the series, The Green Ember and Ember Falls, are amazing! Action covers the pages and hope fills the characters. The series is about bunnies defending themselves against wicked wolves. It might seem odd, but the battle between good and evil in The Green Ember, reminds me of Star Wars. The story is full of action, desperation, love, hatred, bravery, hope and friendship. The author recently released Ember Rising, and right away, it was sold out on Amazon. I can’t wait to get my copy!

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I couldn’t tear myself away from this book. The story is about two friends, Ellen and Annemarie, living in Denmark in 1943. Nazi soldiers surround the corners and watch everyone like a hawk. Being Jewish, Ellen and her family are in grave danger, so Ellen must pretend Annemarie is her sister. At the most exciting part of the story, it’s all up to Annemarie to return a lost item and save her beloved Jewish friend. Will she make it? You have to read this exciting book to find out!

The Mandie Series by Lois Gladys Leppard
I have loved this series so much that I have read most of the books 2 or 3 times. The collection is a series of exciting mysteries with curious characters, set in the 1900s. To me, the author focuses on the importance of friendship. Not a single mystery is solved without a friend. Most importantly, the author writes about God and His loving ways. Often, the characters quote Psalm 56:3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” I  have cherished my Mandie books and I hope you will love them too.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
This story is about Deza Malone and her famly. They live in Gary, Indiana during the Great Depression. The family loses touch with their father after he was forced to set out and find work. With more hardships happening back home, they journey off in hope of finding him. As they hit many bumps along the way, we find out why Deza deserves the title “Mighty Miss Malone.” Christopher Paul Curtis is a very talented writer, has won several awards, and is one of my family’s favorite authors. I recommend reading all of his books!

The Candymakers Series by Wendy Mass
These two stories are full of adventures, yummy treats, creativity and friendship. Four kids are aiming to achieve their goals and end up uncovering some well hidden secrets along the way. The Candymakers was a New York Times Bestseller and one that I’ve read twice!

The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
This series is an “oldie but a goodie,” and definitely one of my all time favorites! The story’s main character is Laura Ingalls, and the books are based on the author’s own life. I love how the family is so faithful and always believing that the Lord will help them. Because this is a classic series and Laura Ingalls Wilder is recognized as one of the best authors of all time, I think it’s important for every girl to read The Little House on the Prairie books.

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
I told you I like Christopher Paul Curtis’ books! This story is all about a boy named Bud who lives in Flint, Michigan in the 1930’s. Bud has no home and no family, but when he finds a clue about his father, he sets off on a journey to reach him. This book will make you laugh and cry.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
This is another great mystery series. It’s about 2 girls, 2 boys and a man named Mr. Benedict. The kids set out on adventures, never knowing what might happen. As I read the books, I loved trying to solve the mysteries right along with the characters. I’ll admit, I felt a little bored at first, but just keep reading! The action is coming!

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series by Chris Grabenstein
In the first book of the series, a boy named Kyle and several other kids finds themselves locked in a mysterious library designed by a famous game maker. They must use their brains to get out in time! Every single book in the series is just plain fun!

The Book Scavenger series by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
To me, this series feels a lot like Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. The story is about two friends who run into an odd clue. When they realize it leads to a valuable prize, they have to hurry to solve the obstacles before anyone else. Again, I enjoyed trying to solve the mysteries along with the characters, and I know you will too!

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