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He comes out only at night

September 28, 2008

"The Midnight Fox"

Betsy Byars

This book is about a boy named Tom, but his mother calls him Tommy. One day, Tom's mother told him that he had to go stay at his aunt's farm for two months. He did not want to go since he was a city boy.

On the farm, he saw baby lambs, dogs, and chickens. Sadly, Tom was very lonely, until he had a dream about the midnight fox. To his surprise, he meets the midnight fox. She had shiny black fur, brown eyes and white paws. Every night, starting at midnight, he would spend hours watching her in the woods. Soon, Tom's loneliness went away, because he could not stop thinking about the fox. One morning during breakfast, Tom told his aunt about the fox. She was pretty impressed that he had such an interest in the fox.

One month later, Tom discovered that the tree the midnight fox lived in was about to be cut down. Tom quickly got the fox and put him in his aunt's house. Every night, Tom read a different story to the fox. They became the best of friends.

One day, the fox went missing. Read the book to find out what Tom did next.

Reviewed by Haley, 10

Oakmont School

Claremont

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"The Hallo-Wiener"

Dav Pilkey

This story is about Oscar, a wiener dog that is mocked because of his shape. The other dogs call Oscar a hot dog. I liked the part when two cats put on a costume to scare the dogs that teased Oscar. The cats chased those dogs into a lake. Read the book to find out what happens next.

Reviewed by Oskar, 9

Dorris Place School

Los Angeles

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"The Knight at Dawn"

Mary Pope Osborne

The Magic Tree House series takes Jack and Annie on many adventures. Jack is 8, and his sister Annie is 7. Jack is smart and loves to read. Annie is brave and loves animals.

In this story, they find peacocks for dinner and boys in skirts. That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the Middle Ages for another wild adventure. In the great hall of the castle, a feast is under way. But Jack and Annie aren't exactly welcome guests! Will Jack and Annie escape the castle? Read the book and find out.

Reviewed by Stephanie, 8

Welby Way Magnet

West Hills

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Kids, send us your reviews. Mail them to Kids' Reading Room, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; or fax to (213) 237-0732; or e-mail kidsreadingroom@latimes.com.

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