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Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

It was recommended by The Modern Mrs. Darcy as a diverse books read and a good read aloud if you like Wonder. We did, so I thought I’d read it to the kids as a contrast to our last book.

Published: 2010

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 295 pages

Setting: somewhere about a six hour drove from Washington, D.C., recent past (when MySpace was still a thing)

Summary: Short version: Melody’s life with cerebral palsy changes when she gets a communication computer Continue reading

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I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

I needed one last read aloud for the school year and went to peruse the Newbery Award winners shelves at our local library. I chose this one because it was set in a country other than the U.S. and fir out medieval time period we’ve been studying.

Published: 1965

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 180 pages

Setting: Spain and Italy, ~1610-1670

Summary: Short version: We follow the life of Juan, slave to the Spanish painter Diego Valezquez Continue reading

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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

This was one of the School Library Journal’s top 25 chapter books that we haven’t read. I finally got around to it, two years after adding it to my reading list.

Published: 1996

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 219 pages

Setting: medieval countries of Sounis, Attolia, and Eddis that felt like Greece

Summary: Short version: Gen really is good enough to steal Hamiathes’s Gift Continue reading

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

I’m not exactly sure how this book got put on my “read to the kids” list. I’m sure it had something to do with being a book in verse. It was our first read aloud book for the school year, mainly because it was available as an ebook. I had chosen a different book, but Mr. Curiosity went and read it the weekend before I was going to start reading it aloud, so I needed a quick backup without being able to go to the library.

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade historical fiction book in verse

Length: 272 pages

Setting: Vietnam and Alabama, 1975

Summary: Short version: Immigrant story from the Vietnam War Continue reading

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I know Monday is usually a review of short fiction, but I’m in the middle of five different books right now (a read aloud with the kids, the audiobook we started and didn’t finish on our trip to the outskirts of Philly this weekend for a gymnastics meet, a book Mr. Curiosity and I are reading together for school, and two books for my pleasure because I couldn’t help starting the second one) and I just can’t manage to add another to the mix without my brain exploding. So, another book review it is.

For our last read aloud, Mr. Curiosity requested a science fiction book. I actually had a hard time coming up with something that was the right length (I like novella length so the book doesn’t take forever to finish) and something I wanted to read to the kids. After looking through a bunch of recommendations, I settled on this classic. It’s something I read in high school, but remember very little of (beyond things like “Ending is better than Mending”).

Published: 1932

Genre: science fiction

Length: 152 pages

Setting: near future London

Summary: Short version: In the future, we consume, not think. Continue reading

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The Fruit Bowl Project by Sarah Durkee

I saw this described somewhere and was intrigued. I thought it would make a good read aloud and picked it up from the library.

Published: 2006

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 153 pages

Setting: a New York City middle school, present day Continue reading

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

This is a classic kid’s book that I decided to read to the kids before Christmas as a change of pace from The Golden Compass.

Published: 1972

Genre: children’s chapter fiction

Length: 120 pages

Setting: NYC, early 1970s Continue reading

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