The Three Musketeers

First things first: this is most definitely a summer or vacation read. You do not want to carry a full-length copy of The Three Musketeers (by Alexandre Dumas) in your backpack to school or work. Sooner or later, you’ll break your back. This book is about a young Gascon youth named d’Artagnan, intent on finding a place with the noble and courageous King’s Musketeers. But after an incident along the way, he loses the letter to M. de Treville, but still finds himself being admitted…into the guards of M. de Essarts. But even without being a Musketeer, d’Artagnan manages to make friends with a few. So, it is along with Athos, Aramis, and Porthos that our hero is swept up into a world of conspiracies and danger, up against the villainous Cardinal Richelieu and Countess de Winter. This book was a little too long for me; you could say that Alexandre Dumas was rather too fond of writing. Nevertheless, this book has all the elements it needs to be considered an okay read. If you ever have a lot of time on your hands and find yourself without something to read, you might consider this.

A Dog Called Kitty

This is a sweet, sentimental story by Bill Wallace. Ricky, your main character farm boy, has been scared of dogs ever since he was a baby. So even though the stray dog that shows up is cute, small, and innocent, he makes Ricky nervous. But the poor thing doesn’t have a mother, and can’t compete with the barn cats for the milk Ricky’s mom sets out every night. Gradually, as he starts feeding the dog and taking care of him, Ricky and Kitty begin to bond. This book made me cry and cry, and it made me breath deep sighs of relief. Dogs are my favorite type of animal, and that’s why I liked this book. The sad ending was a bit much for me, though, because I usually like happy endings. Still, this book really is a thoughtful and emotional book. If you like what I’ve described, consider going to the library, why don’t you?

Dealing with Dragons

Writer Patricia C. Wrede has supplied the world with a book filled with wit, surprises, and danger in this first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. You’ll read about plucky young Princess Cimorene of the Kingdom of Linderwall, and her sudden transformation from being a regular old princess living in a castle to a dragon’s princess living in a cave. And you will be astonished by how it comes about! I loved this book because of the unpredictable plot as well as the main character. Cimorene’s intelligence and attitude will keep you drawn in as you laugh at her comments and peoples’ responses. If you’re bored with the usual princesses in stories (proper, gold hair, blue eyes, etc.) then you are going to just love this book. I mean it. So why don’t you go get your dad or your mom and hightail it to the library.