Fiction Drills

Summer's here, and your child isn't reading? Time to start a book boot camp--for both of you

Every June my daughter's school distributes an ambitious list of books that students in each grade are required to read over the summer. She and I were thrilled to see that this year's titles include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling, sequel to last year's sensational Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. So last week we raced to our favorite bookstore to snap up a copy. As we drove home, my daughter cracked it open and started reading aloud. She laughed. She chortled. She did an English accent. And I enjoyed one of those shining moments when...

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