What kind of reader are you? Do you usually finish every book that you've started, or do you often stop right in the middle if it hasn't grabbed your attention? Are you sometimes reluctant to read something unless a friend has recommended it to you? When you love a book, do you like to tell all of your friends about it? If you fall into any of the above categories, you're going to love the new feature on the Scholastic webpage called Read It, Rate it, Review it. It's easy to find, and a lot of fun to use. Just go to the top of this page to Kids Fun Online and click on "book central," or go directly to www.scholastic.com/books. This will take you to the home page and you're ready to get started.
There are two main books featured each month, a fantasy title and a fiction title. Clicking on either title will bring you to a short description of the book, and then to an excerpt that gives an even better idea of what the book is about. If it sounds like something you might like to read, you can then check out the reviews from kids who have already finished the book. (In some cases, the book is so new that you could actually be the first person to send in a review!) If the reviewers have good things to say, you might want to add the book to your must-read list.
I'm especially excited right now, because I'm going to get a chance to read reviews of my own books very soon. To celebrate the paperback publications of A Corner of the Universe and Belle Teal, Kids Fun Online has selected A Corner of the Universe to be the next monthly fiction feature, and has added Belle Teal to the list of fiction titles also available for review! If you've read either one of the books, I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if you haven't had a chance to read them, I hope you'll visit Read It, Rate it, Review it and see what other kids have to say.
Since I'm a big fan of anything that makes it easy and fun for kids to discover new books, I hope that you enjoy this feature and find it very helpful. The plan is to add many new titles to the fiction and fantasy books lists over the upcoming months, and to have at least ten reviews for every book listed. Wouldn't it be fun to have one of your own reviews online? (I would have written so many reviews if the Internet had been around when I was younger!) But the real fun will be when you go to your public library to take out a book that you know that you're going to love. After all, it was read, rated, and reviewed by kids just like you!