Sandi Pedersen

The art of carving

Cut the top off the pumpkin with a straight edge knife (a parent job). Cut the lid at an angle so the outside diameter is larger than the inside—this will keep the top from falling into the pumpkin.

Kids can be spies in nation’s capitol

When I asked him if he wanted to go to Washington, D.C., his face brightened, his smile grew and he said "Can we go to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing?" Right then I knew this was not going to be a typical trip to D.C.

Adventure fuels this month’s top picks

In this sequel to The Alchemist (The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel), 15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh

Five great books for you

Bella Kirkwood lives in New York, attends a private school, is on the A-list of popularity and shops

Great summer reads

Thirteen-year-old Ernie Banks lives in the Lakeside Home for boys and is always getting into trouble.

Summer adventures to read

The three biggest things in T.C.’s life are the Red Sox, his dad and his best friend,

Books that deserve attention

Kevin is channel-surfing during the evening news when he sees an image that makes him stop.

Five great books about kids’ adventures

Julian has spent the day with a fever, stuck in his uncle’s office waiting for a meeting to be over so they can go home.

Five books you can’t miss

Greg is always going to be a wimp. He knows it. His friends know it. His brother certainly knows it. But his dad

The best books for winter reading

In winter, Harvest Cove, Canada, is a ghost town. But Danny is staying because his dad has taken the caretaker’s job
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