Jeff Kinney’s top 5 kids books for summer

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  1. "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan (Miramax/Hyperion)
    In this first book of the Percy Jackson mythological fantasy series, we meet our 12-year-old hero, who has taken on a task no less than saving the world from a war between Zeus, Poseidon and Hades.
  2. "The Last Kids on Earth," by Max Brallier (Viking)
    Thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan and his buddies plan for survival — and revenge — after a monster attack destroys their town.
  3. "Ramona the Pest," by Beverly Cleary (HarperCollins)
    The classic tale of Ramona Quimby and her sister, Beezus, and their friends on Klickitat Street.
  4. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," by Judy Blume (Puffin)
    The first ad­ven­ture of Peter Hatcher and his little brother (the lovable troublemaker known as Fudge) and their neighbor Sheila Tubman.
  5. "The Arrival," by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine)
    There are no words in this affecting graphic novel about a man’s journey to find a new home for his family in an imagined foreign land.