These are our top two Books for Middle School Readers!
THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM by Kathleen Burkinshaw (8/2/16, middle grade): Yuriko is used to the sirens and air raid drills, but things start to feel more real when the neighbors who have left to fight stop coming home. When the atomic bomb hits Hiroshima, it’s through Yuriko’s eyes that we witness the devastation and horror. Just in time for the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in WWII, this novel is based on the author’s mother’s own experience surviving the bombing as a young child in Japan. A great tool for reaching children about war and its effects.
This is an interesting read and one of my top choices for reading time when we homeschool.
A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE by Beth Vrabel (8/9/16, middle grade, for the first time in paperback): Before Stinkville, Alice didn’t think albinism—or the blindness that goes with it—was a big deal. But life has always been like this for Alice. Until Stinkville. For the first time in her life, Alice feels different—like she’s at a disadvantage. This is a stirring small-town story that explores many different issues—albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more—with a light touch and lots of heart. A moving story of community, friendship, and not letting others tell you what you can and cannot do. Look out for the sequel/companion novel, A BLIND GUIDE TO NORMAL this October!
I love how this one addresses so many different issues!
Do you have a ‘Tween that doesn’t think books are very cool? Maybe you don’t. But, when my son hit 12-years-old, he decided that he won’t read very many books so finding books that he likes to read has been more difficult!
This next one is a hit!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird
The book is Ripley’s annual collection of strange stories, fun facts and amazing oddities and I even enjoyed reading the strange stories! I mean..one of the stories is about Birdman Ted Richards who had his ears removed and his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots! Now, how weird is that?!
Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the books mentioned above to feature as Featured Books. Photos and info were also provided.