August 14, 2013
I have two preteens in my house, both avid readers. The favored book my son read this season was ‘The Lightning Thief,’ by Rick Riordan. It’s an adventure story involving mythical monsters and Greek gods. He also enjoyed ‘Johnny Tremain,’ by Esther Forbes. Set in the time of the American revolutionary war, it involves a disabled apprentice who is able to provide assistance to Paul Revere on his famous ride. My daughter prefers ‘The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle,’ by Avi. It’s set in the 1800s, and is about a young lady who rises to the occasion when she has an unexpected shipboard adventure. She also enjoyed ‘Tuck Everlasting, Best Choice TV,’ by Natalie Babbitt. It’s a story about a girl, Winnie Foster, who finds a spring that will cause her to stop aging. She meets a boy, Jesse, who already drank from the spring. She has to choose whether or not to drink from the spring. Another favorite is ‘Catherine, Called Birdy,’ by Karen Cushman. A story set in the middle ages, it’s about a knight’s daughter. Both of the kids read ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,’ by Mildred Taylor. Set in depression-era Mississippi, it’s the story of a young black girl and her family.