End of Semester Book List

We’re in the final throes of Fall semester 2015, so how about a study-break book list? This list heavily favors girl readers, but boys might enjoy these suggestions as well (especially Mistwood). As well, it’s never a bad thing for boys to read a book with strong female characters, right? Variety, variety, variety.

The first book in this list is a Newberry Medal winner. I’ll be honest, Newberry books are not heavily favored in this group of students. I’m not sure why that is, and it’s an interesting question. I’ll explore it with readers and get back to you. In the meantime, here’s a good one:

Catherine, Called Birdy Catherine, Called Birdy

The next recommended book is part of a series, but I didn’t know about the series thing when I suggested it to readers. I want to focus on stories with a complete context and closure at the end. But alas, this one sneaked in. No surprise–students found the ending unsatisfying (but that’s generally how a book in a series ends). Readers said the story was “good” despite the ending:

 This book was described as “sad.” Before you decide not to recommend it to a small friend, remember that kid-sad is different than grownup-sad.

  • Me: did you like the book?
  • She: Yes! It was sooooooo good. But, it was sad.
  • Me: Tell me more about what made it sad
  • She: People were mean to other people. I don’t know anything else to say
  • Me: Why was it good?
  • She: It was about friendship

Now, get out there and eat/drink/be_merry!

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