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The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

This is a Newbery Award winning book that we own. I thought it might make an enjoyable read aloud.

Published: 1949

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 121 pages

Setting: medieval England

Summary: Short version: Robin gets sick and recovers with the monks Continue reading


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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I was looking for an audiobook for a short trip. I used the CommonSense list of 50 books every child should read by age 12 as a starting point to see if the library had any of them. This was the perfect length for our trip.

Published: 1994

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 280 pages

Setting: various locations within the U.S., 1990s Continue reading

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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

This is a classic kid’s book. We’ve got the second book in the series on the shelf, which I kept wanting to read. Better read the first in the series before the second. It was a nice change of pace from our last read aloud, The Last Unicorn.

Published: 1972

Genre: middle grade survival fiction

Length: 170 pages

Setting: northern Alaska, 1960s Continue reading

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Audiobooks have been our saving grace as we drove 20 minutes to rehearsal four times a week. I was first introduced to this book by The Modern Mrs. Darcy and it caught my eye because A Wrinkle in Time is a major plot point. I’ve heard it made a good read aloud, and was excited to see the audiobook was available from our library.

Published: 2009

Genre: YA time travel fiction

Length: 199 pages

Setting: New York City, 1978 Continue reading

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Published: 2014

Genre: middle grade sports fiction

Length: 237 pages

Setting: probably North Carolina, present day

Font: Adobe Garamond Pro

Interest: I wanted to read the kids a book in verse and this book has been staring at me at the library for a while. I thought it might be a safe introduction to the genre since it was about sports. Continue reading


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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Published: 1967

Genre: middle-grade fiction

Length: 162 pages

Setting: mostly the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, 1960s

Interest: It was recommended as a good read aloud, and it’s a Newbery Award winner.

Summary: Twelve-year old Claudia has decided to run away and take her nine-year old brother with her (since he’s got more money than she does). Claudia decides the Metropolitan Museum of Art would be the perfect place to stay. She develops a plan to sneak by the guards and learn about everything in the Museum. The learning part of the plan is derailed when the Museum acquires a new statue, Angel, that captivates Claudia’s attention. She wants to figure out if Michelangelo really sculpted Angel. Actually, she wants to feel different and only Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the previous owner of Angel, understands. Mrs. Frankweiler helps Claudia feel different by giving her the secret of Angel’s creation and sends the kids home.

Final thoughts: A very enjoyable book. I loved the details of living in the museum – how they hid at the opening and closing times, where they ate and bathed, how they snuck into school groups to learn about the museum. Claudia didn’t want to waste her time in the museum, but she couldn’t make the decision to go back home because nothing had really changed. Mrs. Frankweiler was able to identify Claudia’s problem and provided her with the solution – the secret to Angel’s provenance. The adventure of living in the museum hooked us as readers and then we got a bit of insight into human nature to end the story.

Title comes from: The story was related by Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to her lawyer (and there were occasional asides within the story of her sniping at the lawyer). She kept a very mixed-up file system of all her important papers and memories that the children had to search through in order to show they deserved learning the secret.

Awards won: Newbery Award in 1968

Reading challenges fulfilled: an F in my title Reading the Alphabet Challenge, #21 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge

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Holes by Louis Sacher

Published: 1998

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 233 pages

Setting: mostly Green Lake, TX, recent past

Interest: I was looking for an audiobook for a trip to a gymnastics meet. This one was a perfect length and a Newbery winner to boot. Continue reading

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