The Edmond Sun

October 8, 2013

10-8 Good Reads


Special to The Sun



Ryan Vanderhausen is psyched. After his mountain biking disaster, he discovers that his size and strength make him a natural for road-bike racing.

So he and his friends — Phoenix, Jake, and Hu Die — head to California to train with Ryan’s cousin Peter. But right away, things start to get weird. They hear of experienced cyclists dropping dead, and someone from their past pays them a very unwelcome visit.

And then Peter is kidnapped in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Can the kids save Peter, evade the bad guys, and still manage to compete in their biggest race yet?

Ages 9-12.




In “Calendar Mysteries: September Sneakers,” Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy have taken care of the first-grade class hamster, Goldi, for the summer. On the first day of school, when they plan to bring her back, Goldi is missing!

In place of her cage is a green-and-orange sneaker key chain.

Soon, the kids spot green-and-orange sneakers all over Green Lawn. And they find out other things have been disappearing around town, too.

Can the four friends track down the sneaker sneak and get Goldi back?

Calendar Mysteries are geared towards 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.



“Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things” is the first installment in a three-book series by acclaimed author Cynthia Voigt. This first book introduces readers to the spirited Max Starling, who is forced to embrace his newfound independence after his parents mysteriously disappear.

Max’s parents are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away and leaving him with only a cryptic note is unusual even for them. Not knowing whether they actually intended to leave him behind or if they were kidnapped, Max feels it’s safest to keep a low profile.

Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater — Max has played many roles, and can be whomever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job proves tricky, no matter what costume he dons.

Ironically, it turns out that Max has a unique talent — he finds things. Runaway children, stray dogs, missing heirlooms, and even lost loves prove to be no problem for Max.

So does that make him a finder, detective, or something else entirely?

Max finds a way to solve peoples’ problems and engineer better outcomes for them, and so he becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer. Now if he could only solve the problem of his missing parents….

Ages 8-12.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Out of the Ashes: Lion” and/or “Calendar Mysteries: September Sneakers."  Deadline is 10 a.m. Oct. 14. 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.