Speaking of reading---here are 2 books that are really good. One is The New Kid At School by Kate McMullan, the first in the Dragon Slayers' Academy series. Have you ever read it? It's a lot of fun. Young Wiglaf is the third-eldest son in his family and no good in the cabbage fields. So when the family sees a sign for a Dragon Slayers' Academy that teaches kids to become heroes, slay dragons, and bring home gold, Wiglaf is naturally chosen. Does he go? Does he actually slay a dragon? You bet--but you'll never guess how! I really like this one.
The other is Man From the Sky by Avi. It centers on three people, Jamie, Gillian, and Goddard. 11-year-old Jamie can barely read because of a learning disability, so he spends a lot of time staring at the sky, using his imagination to see pictures in the clouds. Gillian is a neighbor who'd like to be his friend but hears people say he's crazy because he stares at the sky. Goddard is a grownup who has devised a foolproof plan to steal a bag containing a million dollars while on a plane. The plan almost works until Jamie sees Goddard parachuting out of the sky. Goddard is so startled that he drops the bag! Who will find it first--Jamie, Gillian, or Goddard? What will happen if the wrong person finds it? You've got to read this quickly-moving and suspenseful book to find out!