written by Cathy Baker, mom of 2 tween girls, livin’ in the Missouri Ozarks
Lately my girls have been bringing home thick books. Chapter books. Books that I might check out at the library. Books with covers that make me go…hmmm (both good and bad hmmm). Well I’ve been curious as to what these books are all about, so I’ve been reading them! And confession time…I’ve been LOVING these books! For one, they are super easy read and I can easily finish most of them in two days or less. Secondly, after my girls read it, or as they are reading it, we can talk about the story! Lastly, they are just good stories!
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea – I saw my daughter’s librarian at the pool this summer, and she said this was her favorite read of the summer. So, I checked it out to read! What a great book about the influence a teacher can have on a group of students. Fun characters, great plot, and love the dollar words throughout the story! I still haven’t convinced my girls to read it yet, but I’m working on it! I think they think it’s a ‘boy book’.
Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry – Historical Fiction during WWII. Through the eyes of a 10 year old danish girl we see her family smuggle their Jewish friends out of the country. I can’t wait to read more Lois Lowry, it was good!
Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell- Story of a 16 year old girl who’s parents have her future all planned out for her – but her eccentric grandma sends her a ticket to explore southeast Asia with her for the summer. The lessons and truths she learns that summer are life changing. Is a mild love-story mingled in, but it only involves a kiss. (psst – This was the cover that made me go hmmm.)
Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng- Story of an orphan who dreams bigger dreams for her life. The book of hypnotism allows her the opportunity to pursue her dreams, and in the end, discover what is really important in life. We don’t believe in hypnotism in our family, but it was still a good read!
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne M. Lafleur - My daughter read this for a book report last year. A heart warming story about a girl who has lost her dad and sister (to death) and her mom (to mental illness) and is living with her grandma and trying to find her way. She writes letters to people throughout the book as she processes life. My daughter is re-reading the book right now.
My girls would also highly recommend these Fudge Series Books by Judy Blume. Gotta love books that make kids laugh out loud!
And they seem a bit fascinated with the wacky Wayside School books by Louis Sachar. Not really my thing, but I’m glad they love the quirkiness of them!
And on Mondays, since my daughter has Library that day, you can bet that as soon as she gets home, I’m asking her what book she checked out, which translates to: ‘what new book did you bring home for me to read?!’ So, do you have tweens? What do they enjoying reading these days?! Do you read their books too?
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