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Marilyn Hagerty: Young readers find their favorite books

Dear Gabby Siemers, Thank you and all the other fourth-graders at Holy Family-St. Mary's Catholic School for telling me about your favorite books. You all enjoy reading, and your teacher, Trish Mohr, encourages you. Your favorite book is "Pax" by...

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Dear Gabby Siemers,

Thank you and all the other fourth-graders at Holy Family-St. Mary's Catholic School for telling me about your favorite books. You all enjoy reading, and your teacher, Trish Mohr, encourages you.

Your favorite book is "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker. It's about a boy who owns a fox named Pax and has to turn him into the wild because there is a war. You must have read the book over and over because you say it always touches your heart.

A couple of your classmates chose "Making Bombs for Hitler" as their favorite book. Haley Peterson says though it was sad, it was interesting. And David Larson agrees.

Landon Howe likes the witchcraft in the Harry Potter series of books. He wrote, "I like the witchcraft in them along with wands, mirrors, mazes, broomsticks and a cool hat."

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... It's plain to see that all is well for you fourth-graders. The long winter offered plenty of time to get cozy with good books. Among the favorites:

"Ghosts" is a book that fascinates Oskar Jonientz.

"The Hypnosis" is a special book for Eathen C. Grant. He says it skips to the next scene every chapter. And, he adds, "There aren't big words or hard-to-pronounce words."

"Here Comes the Shaggedy,'' a Goosebumps Most Wanted Book, is the favorite of Gabe Sagini. It's about a girl named Kelli, a boy Named Shawn and a physician named Dr. Anderson.

Gabe says he loves the Goosebumps series-they are so mysterious and scary.

Audrey Hung at Holy Family puts two books at the top of her reading enjoyment: "Matilda" by Roald Dahl and "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She likes books about things she cannot imagine ever happening to her.

Ellie Walsh writes that her favorite book is "Almost Home" by Joan Bauer. It's about a 12-year-old-girl named Sugar Mae Cole whose life was full of trouble. But she wrote poems and her life got better.

And the fourth-grader says, "I love this book because it boosts up my confidence and no matter what, people will love you!''

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Well, keep reading! Don't grow into the habit of spending all your time text messaging.

Recess will be more fun now that the snow is gone and you can get outside more. I will think of you fourth-graders when I pass your school driving down 17th Avenue S., almost every day.

Your friend, Marilyn Hagerty.

P.S. Next week is National Library Week. At the beginning of the week on Sunday there will be several stations highlighting special programs at our city library. These programs include adult coloring, Lego robotics, Lego-building and button-making.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.

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