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Summer Reads

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Chase away those summertime blues with our selection of must-read books.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)

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A deadly monster is prowling the halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During his second year there, Harry again confronts evil when students are turned to stone and his best friend's little sister disappears. Though she follows the formula of the first book, Rowling keeps readers caught in her magic spell with twists, turns, and nonstop excitement.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

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Though too young at 14, wizard-in-training Harry Potter is mysteriously entered in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament. The long-awaited fourth installment in this historic series justifies every bit of the hype. Despite the book's length, the battle between Harry and his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort, keeps readers excitedly plowing on for hours through thrills, complex issues, and a richly imaginative vision.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

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Harry's magical parents were killed by the evil wizard Voldemort when he was just a baby. Miraculously, he survives with only a lightning-bolt scar as a mysterious reminder. Harry is taken to live with his nasty relatives -- muggles, or non-wizards -- who hide the truth about his parents. Ten miserable years later, he gets a visit from a genial half-giant named Hagrid with an invitation to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

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One of Voldemort's henchmen has escaped from prison and is out to kill Harry. The soul-sucking Dementors, guards from the prison, are dispatched to protect him, but Harry finds that whenever one comes near he can hear his mother dying. This third entry in the series is scarier and more intense than book two -- and even more exciting.

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Ten Books Your Child Should Read By Age 10

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Two experts on children's literature share their thoughts on some of the best-known books for kids.

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Family 5: Bedtime Stories for Young Readers

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Five classic books that kids love to fall asleep to.

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Harry Potter: The Book Series

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Learn all about what books are available in the Harry Potter series.

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Review: Peter Pan (2003)

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A live-action version of J.M. Barrie's classic remains more faithful to the book than any of its predecessors -- which also means it doesn't pull any punches.

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