The youngest boy in the house (YB) has been on a wild reading spree. I can’t keep up with his pace so I’ll share! Here is his list of must reads for me. Maybe it’s risky to post suggestions I haven’t read, but I trust his judgment.
[For context, he is 12 years old, finishing sixth grade and is a voracious reader. He’s quite the enthusiast about most things. But he definitely loves: sports (most especially baseball), rockets, dogs, math, outdoor adventures like camping and hiking, pasta and pizza. Music is up there as well. ]
- Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt: He’s still reading this one, but every time YB he picks it up he tells me again that I need to read it. He really liked its companion book, The Wednesday Wars, but he loves loves loves this one. I get the feeling it has continued to surprise him along the way. And he has gotten a kick out of seeing things from a different character’s point of view.
- Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff: When YB read the title he said, “Huh, sounds like middle school.” Personally, I can’t wait to read this one because YB has read me so many random passages that I have put together my own sort of abridged impression ~ I have to see how close I am. He also asked me if I thought it might be a true story which makes me think the voice must be pretty excellent.
- The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander: YB says this one has a mystery and funny bullies – and the main characters are baseball fans so of course they’re cool. When he saw it on my desk he asked if I’d met Kitten yet. And then laughed a bit maniacally. Hmmmm…
- The Baseball Great series by Tim Green. Okay, time for honesty. He didn’t recommend these to me – he doesn’t think I am a worthy enough sports fan. His take, “Finally! A book about sports by someone who actually knows sports.” He’s dying to get his hands on the newest one.
Sarah Wones Tomp
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