The Edmond Sun

October 15, 2013

10-15 Good Reads


Special to The Sun



In “Calendar Mysteries: October Ogre,” there’s a haunted house in Green Lawn! It’s Halloween, and the Shangri-la Hotel has been transformed into a haunted house, complete with an ogre out front.

Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy are ready for some scary fun, but then they notice that none of the kids who have gone into the hotel have come back out.

What’s happening to them? Ghosts and witches and ogres aren’t real…right?

Calendar Mysteries are geared toward younger readers just broaching chapter books. They feature the younger siblings and cousin of the main characters in Ron Roy’s popular A to Z Mysteries series.

Ages 6-9.



Hide-and-seek has never been more exciting! Salina Yoon’s newest effort, “Where’s Boo?” is an interactive board book that will excite the youngest readers with its playful Halloween twist.

“Where’s Boo?” is the perfect book to introduce the youngest trick-or-treaters to Halloween. Very young readers will love searching for Boo the black cat among familiar Halloween characters and objects like jack-o-lanterns and witch’s broomsticks — and finding something unexpected instead.

Each page offers a hint of Boo, but it isn’t until the last page that readers will find him. And when they do, they are greeted with a happy “Trick-or-treat!” and they will want to start all over again!

“Where’s Boo?” encourages readers to hone their cognitive skills and use their memory as they search for the stealthy cat. Babies will enjoy touching Boo’s fuzzy face on the cover, and rubbing his fuzzy tail as they turn the pages. This attention-grabbing book is educational and entertaining — perfect for lap time, sharing and read-alouds.

Ages 0-3.



Wyatt Parker is tired of getting picked on by bullies and ignored by girls — especially his neighbor Evan, the cute girl next door who also happens to be his best friend.

There is one group of guys no one would dare mess with: the football players. With his freshman year of high school approaching, Wyatt hatches a plan.

What is the best way to impress Evan and get the bullies off his back? Play football.

Wyatt’s parents let his older brother, Aaron, play, but Wyatt is small for his age, and they say it’s too dangerous. In fact, his dad signed him up for golf camp, the last place he wants to be.

When reasoning with his parents won’t work, and it seems that his football dreams are history, Aaron makes an unexpected offer. If Wyatt ditches golf camp, Aaron will give him a chance to play in the League of Pain — a rough underground league where there are no rules, except don’t get caught.

Now Wyatt has a choice. He can obey his parents like he always does, or he can follow his heart — even if it means lying to the people he cares about the most.

Wyatt’s dilemma and its unexpected resolution will ring true with middle-grade readers who are looking for a sports book with quality characters.

Ages 10 up.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Calendar Mysteries: October Ogre” and/or “Where’s Boo?” and/or “The League.”  Deadline is 10 a.m. Oct. 21. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.