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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

BATLLE OF THE BOOKS - A Summer Reading List

I love Battle of the Books. Kids read a group of books and then they have a contest where they answer (tough!) trivia questions about those books. The answer is always THE TITLE and THE AUTHOR. The questions are hard. For example… In what book does a character use a payphone behind a Stop-and-Shop to call for help? The characters are not mentioned and the details can be precise and obscure.

North Carolina has published their list of books for the 2013-2014 school year.
The following is basically an unrequired summer reading list for middle schoolers. I’m starting with Wonder. My daughter and husband have already read it and give it high praise. And I’m looking forward to reading To Kill A Mockingbird again. It’s been awhile.

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Iron Thunder: The Battle Between The Monitor and the Merrimac by Avi
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Island of the Unknowns: A Mystery by Benedict Carey
That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper
Under a War-Torn Sky by Laura Elliott
The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
Heaven by Angela Johnson
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
Schooled by Gordon Korman
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Legend by Marie Lu
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Ghosts in the Fog by Samantha Seiple
Bomb: the Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Crow by Barbara Wright

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