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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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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I decided to read this book to the kids. I remember enjoying it significantly when it first came out. This is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

Published: 1996

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 399 pages

Setting: it felt like England and northern countries, including Svalbard, 1800s, but it wasn’t really Continue reading

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The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

I had seen this book recommended as a good read aloud somewhere and decided now was a good time for it. The kids are focusing on ancient history in homeschooling this year, and this was at least nominally about Egypt, so why not.

Published: 1967

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 215 pages

Setting: a large University town in California, 1960s Continue reading

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I’ve seen this book in several “best of” lists as a good read aloud or a good book for kids. I decided it would be a good change of pace for our last morning read aloud for the 2016/2017 school year.

Published: 2012

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 316 pages

Setting: NYC, present day Continue reading


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