23.01.2015

Best books to read now 2015

There is not much difference between the decoding skills of my 10-year-old or my 12-year-old so the differentiation is in comprehension, content and format.
These kids are probably reading two or three grades below because they don’t like to read. A Twitter follower suggested the Orca Currents Series for Teens who read several grades below and I tried it on my Teen Reluctant Reader friend in Hawaii. Super-stylish and über-harsh, Kacey Simon is the social dictator of Marquette Middle School. With nowhere else to turn, Kacey has to hang with her nerdy neighbor and a boy who walks to beat of his own drum, but she’s determined to reclaim her throne. A queen bee girl bully turns nerdy and finds out what it’s like to be on the outside.
A new thrill ride begins in the Amazon rainforest with the latest novel in the Worst-Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure series! The reader gets to decide how the story will go down by making decisions along every step of the adventure with a choice of two possibilities. Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.
But not everyone thinks Rafe’s plan is a good idea, especially not the teachers, parents, and bullies who keep getting in his way. If your child liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid series then this is a great series perfect for middle schoolers. On a scale of one to ten, sixth-grader Danvers Blickensderfer’s life is a solid minus two.
With his daredevil dreams dashed, Danvers goes to bed… and wakes up feeling a little fuzzy-literally! Fortunately, there’s an internship open at the Muppet Theater and Danvers has a chance to meet his long-nosed, stunt-lovin’ hero! This is another spawn of Diary of a Wimpy Kid that is perfect for 12-year-olds who want graphics to break up text. Covering her many years in braces, Smile also delves in the complications of the middle girl social scene and trading frememies for friends. Raina Telgemeier, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Eisner Award winner, SMILE, brings us her next full-color graphic novel .
Donn Fendler’s harrowing story of being lost in the Maine wilderness when he was just twelve, was made famous by the perennial best-seller, Lost on a Mountain in Maine. The perfect realistic (because it’s a true story!) graphic novel for boys who liked The Hatchet or My Side of the Mountain. Sixth grader Nate Banks, who’s obsessed with comic books, leads a normal life until he discovers his history teacher may be a superhero. As the three-time winner of the Ultimate Comic Book Trivia Championship of Knowledge, Nate Banks has always been the sixth grade’s biggest comic book expert.
Greg Niri’s graphic novel tells the true but brief life story of a young gang member. With both a girl protagonist and a male friend, this short multicultural chapter book transport the reader to a small village in Bangladesh where 10-year-old Naima tries to help her ailing father with his rickshaw business only to discover that her talent as an artist might be the key to a better future. When Zozimos is banished by an evil witch (his stepmother!) from the kingdom of Sticatha-the kingdom he was next in line to rule-he trains at battle (if you call chasing after butterflies training), travels across stormy seas (thanks for that, Poseidon), slays golems and monsters (with a lot of help), charms beautiful women (not really), and somehow (despite his own ineptitude) survives quest after quest. It does, however, make for one quirky, original, giggle-provoking graphic novel sure to appeal to any kid interested in Greek mythology, or merely looking for an entertaining read. This is a stickman VERY abbreviated version of The Odyssey but it might spark a deeper interest in Greek Mythology which is also on the 6th grade Common Core Curriculum. Fresh from his triumphs in the Trojan War, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, wants nothing more than to return home to his family.
Stickman Odyssey makes this graphic novel version look like a serious tome, but it will give readers the real story via graphic novel so it’s still an easy and engaging read.
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. The book that launched Sherman Alexie onto the YA market is now available in a deluxe collector’s edition!
In his nationally acclaimed, semi-autobiographical YA debut, author Sherman Alexie tells the heartbreaking, hilarious, and beautifully written story of a young Native American teen as he attempts to break free from the life he was destined to live.
The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way. For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors.
The first title in a series of non-continuity Star Wars stories shows what happens when Luke Skywalker and the rebels fire on the Death Star and miss their mark.
The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. When the Chutengodians hold their first ceremony high atop the dome of the water tower, things quickly go from merely dangerous to terrifying and deadly.
It’s late in the twenty-first century, and the United Safer States of America (USSA) has become a nation obsessed with safety. Since it was first published in 1987, the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson’s survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic.
Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams left in the NCAA basketball championship. You don’t have to play basketball to get sucked into this gritty story of four boys from different backgrounds who are using their skill on the court to chase their dreams. Janie Gorman is smart and creative and a little bit funky…but what she really wants to be is normal.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. To see our content at its best we recommend upgrading if you wish to continue using IE or using another browser such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION OF 2014 THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN BY MARCUS SEDGWICK (INDIGO) Marcus Sedgwick's beguiling novel about human longing, The Ghosts of Heaven, contains four separate stories. Beyond the helpful insider’s glance from the autistic point-of-view, there’s a larger vision here. This book is the perfect antidote to the prosperity gospel, both the gauche ones we see on TV and the subtler shades of Baalism we find in our own hearts. Of most interest to me was Haggard’s reflection, showing up so often in his songs, on the life of his father. The book didn’t prompt me to think, “Take that, you false teachers!” It prompted me to think, again and again, “Thank you Lord for your mercy to this sinner.” That’s always worth the price of a book.
This book is the testimony of one who traveled from socialism to so-called “neo-conservatism,” through a life working with figures from Sargent Shriver to Ronald Reagan. When I was a youth minister back in the 1990s, I would start every Bible Study time or student activity with a quote from Handey’s Saturday Night Live-era Deep Thoughts. As one deeply influenced by the Kuyperian tradition, I was waiting a long time for this intellectual history of the great Dutch theologian and politician’s life to come to my door. At the same time, the book points out the personal side of this great man, with both heroism and flaws. I like the book because I like Calvin and Hobbes, but I liked it also because it highlights some important lessons for all of us.
I put this book down several times to find myself in the strips in one of Watterson’s collections.
I don’t remember ever hearing the Battle Hymn of the Republic sung in the patriotic services at my church growing up. Contemporary progressives don’t tend to like hymns with militant imagery (see the controversies over “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “In Christ Alone”), and it’s hard to get more militant than “stomping out the vineyard where the grapes of wrath are stored.” But this book shows that the song was controversial with conservatives, such as J. The first time I ever read Rod Dreher, I think in the pages of National Review, I found a kindred spirit. Wherever you’re from, whether you’re right next door to “Mama and them” or connected only by Skype and memories to your roots, this book will give you much to think about.
The book is about how all of us exercise power—regardless of whether we are an unemployed janitor or President of the United States—and how this power will be directed either for or against human flourishing. About Russell MooreRussell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. By some freak chance these blog posts have consistently come up on first page of Google and sent a ton of traffic to this site which I’m thankful for and hopefully given visitors some great reading recommendations. That’s like reading one book every two weeks, so totally doable in terms of investing time in reading them – think of it like your almost free education! I had a great amount of feedback and suggestions on Google Plus and Facebook (plus within groups too).
After reading Kate Northrup’s book, I really woke up to the fact that I needed to change my relationship with money quickly if I wanted to continue creating freedom in my lifestyle.
She has ridiculously valuable exercises that gets into the nitty gritty of why you think the way you do about money and how to transform your relationship so you can earn more in your business. If you’ve been looking for an updated version of Rich Dad Poor Dad or some other book about how to achieve lasting wealth, this is the book you need. It’s realistic in that he lets you know the facts about what it means to become a millionaire, but he also gives you actionable steps to take to reach that money milestone.
This is a great book for consultants, freelancers, or contractors that are looking to charge more but aren’t sure where to start. People are always raving to me about Gay Hendricks and how it’s completely changed the way they approach their business.
And it makes sense considering she is all about breaking through limiting beliefs that hold you back from truly having the freedom you want and deserve. And the need for more vulnerability is huge. We put on armour and never take it off to let people in or to be the person we want to be. While it might be cliche to say that nothing compares to you, that kind of thinking is what is going to set you apart and help you thrive in business. After I talked about creating new habits so you can achieve your goals for the new year,  I was happy to see that Tam Le recommended The Power of Habit. There is blur between how we live our lives and how we run our businesses, and if we want to be achieve our ideal lifestyle, we need to be cognizant of how to build good habits in both. When you’re in charge of creating valuable content, how can you find your voice so you can be as authentic as possible? Srinivas Rao has put together a collection of his journey into vulnerability and taking risks, which can be a game-changer if you’ve been keeping quiet and know that you have more to say. The marketing world is full of a lot of noise and advice that may or may not work for your business. He shows you how to filter out the bad (&downright stupid) advice and what you should be doing with your marketing to create business that lasts. This book is a must-read for every single blogger out there. In it, Cialdini teaches one of the keys methods of persuasion –  the Law of Reciprocity. As bloggers, a cornerstone of our business is giving away free content to our community and when you start to understand the psychology behind what we do and are able to leverage other similar techniques, you can create a strong foundation for taking your business to the next level.


I’m glad Navid Moazzez recommended this as I recommend it weekly to clients and friends. Tom Asacker tackles the question of belief and motivation in a book full of inspiration and a-ha moments that make you want you to read it slowly to savor the wisdom.
We all take a different path to entrepreneurship and turn up as different people, no matter which traits the articles say are best for business and leadership. You might know that I have a product series called BYOB – Build Your Online Business. Well I was introduced to Gloria McRae when she was getting ready to launch BYOB – Be Your Own Boss.
Unlabel, recommended by Navid Moazzez as one of the best he’s read in a while, does just that.
How would you like to be the obvious choice among your competition and land new clients sans slaving over impressively time-consuming proposals? Deemed as a go-to book for creatives by Karley Cunningham, the Win Without Pitching Manifesto will show you how to run your business to be more lucrative and gratifying. Read this if you’re feeling stuck in a rut with client work and want to see your business with new eyes.
A few freedom fighters from the community recommended that my book be on this list, and here are what people who have read the book are saying about it. After seeing Nancy Duarte speak at WDS, it was obvious to everyone in the room that she had discovered a genius formula for crafting everything from blog posts to keynote speeches that create movements and incite passion. Read this book, recommended by Diana Tedoldi, if you’re looking to start or refine your remarkable speaking career. I met Tim Grahl right around the time when I had just released my book, The Suitcase Entrepreneur, which was such a great connection since his book is all about selling books! Tim Grahl has tons of strategic advice for you, the new author, to make the most of every marketing effort and create a successful launch. Now that we live in such a diverse environment where we can wear many different hats, how do explain our work in an impactful way?
My 4th grader helped to compile this list of favorite books she recommends for 3-5th graders. My daughter loved Rules by Cynthia Lord, Because of Winn Dixie, Savvy and many of the other books on your list. Multicultural Children’s Book Day Jan 27thMulticultural Children's Book Day is January 27th! The plot revolves around a small group of genetically mutated kids who can fly due to bird like bodies that include light bones and wings. Join an expedition of students exploring the Amazon jungle and face real dangers and decisions. There is a fact guide at the back of each book that gives you realistic information on surviving this scenario. All aboard The Electric Mayhem bus as this misfit makes good and joins the zaniest crew ever: The Muppets! But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth.
In Lost Trail, more than 70 years after the event, Donn tells the story of survival and rescue from his own perspective.
But when a mysterious new superhero shows up in town, not even Nate knows who she really is. Instead, he offends the sea god, Poseidon, who dooms him to years of shipwreck and wandering.
Beautifully designed with a gifty new look that includes a foil-stamped, die-cut slipcase and 4-color interior art, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays? Nikki writes about friendships, crushes, popularity, and family with a unique and fresh voice that still conveys a universal authenticity. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg.
Jason soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it, but control it he must, before his creation destroys both his friends and himself.
The warden running the place is totally out of his mind, and cares little for his inmates’ safety. Stranded in the desolate wilderness, Brian uses his instincts and his hatchet to stay alive for fifty-four harrowing days.
Drew Willis’s detailed pen-and-ink illustrations complement the descriptions in the text and add a new dimension to the book.
Because living on an isolated farm with her modern-hippy parents is decidedly not normal, no matter how delicious the goat cheese. This groundbreaking novel was like nothing else out there?it was honest and gritty, and was a deeply sympathetic portrayal of Ponyboy, a young man who finds himself on the outside of regular society. They are not all 2013 books (though most of them are), but they’re all books I found especially meaningful this year. The subject is a man I came to know in his elderly years, and whose theology, especially in his tract The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism changed my whole life. The book closes with Haggard, late in life, playing “Okie from Muskogee” at a concert, introducing it this way. The book highlights the brilliance and prophetic insight of Kuyper as a thinker and activist.
This book pictures the author of the strip Calvin and Hobbes as something of a loner, who grated at the publicity his work brought, sometimes to the irritation of his fans and colleagues.
Watterson alienated many around him because he refused to turn his strip over to sellable cliches, and to cash in the strip for the plush toy and animated movie market. The author suggests that the little boy and his tiger in the strip my have been named based on Horace White’s observation that the United States “is based upon the philosophy of Hobbes and the religion of Calvin. They’re often boring because they’re abstract, disconnected from the lived-out questions of most people. Maybe that’s because it was seen as a “Yankee song,” and the 1980s were too close for south Mississippi to the close of the Civil War. Gresham Machen who found it to be a Christless, gospel-free anthem of crusading progressivism.
But this book traced a fascinating series of cultural divides in America, and reminded me how what we sing embeds itself in our hearts, sometimes driving us apart and sometimes bringing us together—and sometimes both in different ages. In the years since then, we’ve been in touch often through technology and though we’ve yet to meet in person, I think of him as a friend.
I planned to read a little at the time, expecting to like it because I’ve loved Andy Crouch’s previous work Culture Making.
You will wince at some points as you see how your use of power is more Pharaoh-like than Christlike, or at least I did.
Rather than me tell you what I think is best (I mean I do that all the time anyway right!), I decided to crowdsource your recommendations, too.
It’s a book that will show you how to increase your revenue, your audience, your traffic, and your happiness all while being ridiculously productive. Read it when you need to be re-inspired or when you need to see an old problem with new eyes. Entrepreneurial DNA, recommended by Paul Strobl, is a book that will identify your unique style as an entrepreneur and help you find your strengths and weaknesses so you can be aware of them and use them to your advantage. What’s more it will show you how to flex your creativity muscles to boost your brand, marketing efforts, and ultimately your sales.
Bought Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype ?? and will read more of your suggestions this year. I learn so much more that way than putting it on my to do list, because I feel a connection to the book. Ida Bidson becomes a teacher at 14-years-old when her teacher at her one-room schoolhouse has to leave due to a family illness. A true story about Sarah Noble, a brave 8-year-old pioneer child, who must leave her mother and siblings to accompany her father to the wilds of Connecticut while he builds a house for their family. My daughter’s 3rd grade teacher recommended this book and my daughter also said she loved it. This series is about Sam Gribley living unhappily in New York City who runs away to some forgotten family land in the Catskill Mountains. When her older brother dies unexpectedly less than a year ago, Annie reacts by excessive worrying. Technically, this is historical fiction about a teacher who goes to rural Alaska and transforms the lives of the children at a one room schoolhouse.
Everyone in Coal Harbor, British Columbia is convinced that 11-year-old Primrose Squarp is an orphan after her mother sets sail after her fisherman father during a big storm and both don’t return except Primrose who knows they will return deep inside her heart. 8-year-old Shirley Temple Wong immigrates to America and, after a bumpy adjustment, finds that America is the land of opportunity by discovering baseball, Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. A really wonderful story about a girl whose special needs brother and special needs friend help her to discover the courage to just be herself. An excellent and award winning series about a boy rescuing a dog from his abusive neighbor. Set during the Yi Dynasty, considered the Golden Age of Korea, the seesaw girl illustrates lives and limitations of women in a noble family. Set in 12th century Korea during the Koryo era, an orphan who ends up working for a celebrated celadon potter is able to realize his own potential. I have just discovered this Newbery Award-winning author and I have to say he’s an amazing story teller. Set in Bangladesh, a sickly rickshaw driver’s daughter strives to earn money for her family. Apparently the newest American Girl doll is based on this book so maybe it’s more well-known now. My oldest daughter’s well-read friend says that this is her new favorite book of the year. It has all the elements to engage a reader including interactivity, facts to learn something useful, characters of all ages and ethnicities to relate to, and an exciting adventure. With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school’s oppressive Code of Conduct. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached.
Lost Trail is a masterfully illustrated graphic novel that tells the story of a twelve year old boyscout from a New York City suburb who climbs Maine,s mile-high Mt.
And when he sets out to discover Ultraviolet’s secret identity, all of the clues seem to lead Nate to the least likely suspect-his uptight history teacher, Ms. Nikki’s sketches throughout her diary add humor and spunk to the book, a surefire hit with tween girl readers. Laughs and minor upsets abound in an enormously popular story starring the one and only Ramona Quimby!


One day, Billy Hooten hears a cry for help coming from the cemetery that borders his backyard. High school gives Janie the chance to prove to her suburban peers that she’s just like them, but before long she realizes normal is completely overrated, and pretty dull.
Forty years later, with over thirteen million copies sold, the story is as fresh and powerful to teenagers today as it ever was.
Hinton?s moving portrait of the bond between best friends Bryon and Mark and the tensions that develop between them as they begin to grow up and grow apart.
The author contends that we have a hard time with disability because we have a hard time with limitation, especially in an American Dream culture that says our possibilities are endless. The author is my friend since the days we were neighbors in Southern Seminary housing and fellow research assistants in the basement of the President’s home.
The book is a sophisticated cultural history, tracing Haggard’s experience as the son of “Okie” migrants to California, as despised and stereotyped as other immigrants were in other times and places. Westerholm doesn’t write like a partisan, defending his tribe, but as a faithful witness seeking to find where his interlocutors are right and wrong. Woven through a fascinating personal history is a series of brilliant insights on everything from why socialists could never be persuaded that socialism was wrong to why conservatives shouldn’t be so quick to bash popular culture. It also shows some flashes of a path forward for Christians in a rapidly pluralizing American society. The book reminded me to show some mercy to the grumpier among us, and to resolve to try not to be that way myself. Whether you think Watterson was right or wrong, he stood with his artistic convictions, and that’s one reason why so many of us love his work.
They’re often dated because they can’t keep up with the whirring nature of technology and culture. I don’t know, but I remember hearing it first as a child in Elvis Presley’s “American Trilogy,” in which he fused it with “Dixie” and a Bahamian lullaby, seeking to transcend lyrically the Mason-Dixon line.
Of course, the Battle Hymn returned during the civil rights era, linking the just cause of the Freedom Marchers and others with the earlier abolitionists. Rod sent me this book when it was in early manuscript form, and I was drawn in from start to finish.
I read through the whole thing almost in one sitting and found it plowing through my heart, leaving idol shards everywhere. It’s a straightforward business book with a rally cry to buck all of the traditional ways we build business.
I like audio books as well for listening while on the move, and I read on planes, in airports and when I’m in transit quite often. I feel that some topics such as death, cruelty, poverty, when dealt with a heavy hand are best suited for when kids are a little older, say Middle School. When Eben McAllister is challenged by his pa to discover wonders in his small farming community, he finds the extraordinary in a doll, a bookcase, a saw, a table, a ship in a bottle, a woven cloth, and more. It’s great for 3rd grade girls because this is when social issues such as cliques can form. He learns to live off the land with the help of a kindly librarian, a falcon baby, a flint and steele, penknife, and a ball of cord.
Her uncle Jack is recruited to take care of her and he is convinced that Coal Harbor can be converted from a dying fishing village to a tourist destination. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity .
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is an Asian-American version of the Percy Jackson series starting with The Lightening Thief. A Year Down Yonder is the Newbery Award winning book, and it’s the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago.
Set in 1930’s Paris, Hugo Cabret is an orphan with a talent for all things mechanical. The first book is the only one in print, but you can find the rest of the series at your public library or used on Amazon at sometimes exorbitant prices: More All-Of-A-Kind Family, All-Of-A-Kind Family Downtown, All-Of-A-Kind Family Uptown, Ella of All-Of-A-Kind Family. Ruby Lavender spends the summer dealing with the absence of her beloved grandmother, who is visiting family in Hawaii. Last year, her favorite book was Love, Ruby Lavender but she says this book is better and funnier.
She asked me via Twitter for a list geared to 12-15 year olds reading 2-3 grade levels below. The lead character is a girl but I found that boys are equally interested in this series as boys. Will you survive your encounters with piranhas, tarantulas, mosquitoes, monkeys, and jaguars?
Donn, as a 12-year-old boy scout, spent nine days alone in the wilderness, struggling to survive with no supplies or weapons. Award-winning graphic artist Gareth Hinds masterfully reinterprets a story of heroism, adventure, and high action that has been told and retold for more than 2,500 years—though never quite like this.
While Jason struggles to keep the faith pure, Shin obsesses over writing their bible, and the explosive Henry schemes to make the new faith even more exciting — and dangerous. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook’s or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does.
As the last moments tick down on the game clock, you’ll learn how each player went from being a kid who loved to shoot hoops to a powerful force in one of the most important games of the year. Now, it too is available in this great new package featuring the larger trim size, eye-catching new cover art, and all-new bonus material. He argues that O’Connor’s limitations, lupus and the resulting need to stay at home in Georgia, made her who she was.
It also traces his Forrest Gump-like life of cameo appearances in almost every important historical trend of the last forty years. In the end he shows persuasively from the Scriptures how Augustine didn’t invent the concept of an “introspective conscience,” later picked up by Martin Luther and superimposed on Paul. This book seems to be a collection of “Deep Thoughts,” with a narrative strung between them, maybe even done on a bet. With large type and short chapters, this Newbery Honor book is perfect for younger readers.
He is joined by his sister in book two, and book three chronicles Frightful’s migration journal south. For anyone who has had to move to a new town and stuggle to make new friends and fit in, this is the perfect read. Where Riordan weaves in Greek Mythology into his plot, Grace Lin uses Chinese Folk Tales into a wonderful, inspiring and heart-warming story that teaches all of us to just… BELIEVE.
While this book is set in a small country bumpkin town during the Great Depression, it’s a hilarious story about fifteen-year-old Mary Alice who is sent to live with her Grandma for a year during the Great Depression while her parents get situated.
You’d have to be living under a rock for over a decade not to know about Harry Potter. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives.
What follows is a nine-day adventure, in which Donn, lost and alone in the Maine wilderness with bugs, bears, and only a few berries to eat, struggles for survival. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it.
And, like The Outsiders, the new edition will also maintain the same pagination as the previous edition?making it ideal for continued classroom use.
Thornbury shows that Henry’s biblical orthodoxy matched with philosophical savvy and cultural mission wasn’t a fluke of the last century, but is needed more than ever. He was imprisoned at an early age, though not quite doing “life without parole.” He was pardoned by Gov. Mitchell traces why moral philosophy isn’t just for specialists but for the whole Body of Christ. Older readers might compare this to Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, another true story about a pioneer girl who befriends Indians.
A note of caution, A Tiger Rising also by Kate DiCamillo also won a Newbury Honor award but I didn’t think the content was suitable for ages 8-10.
This book was listed twice as a favorite book on my kids’ elementary school newspaper. Percy Jackson is an ADD, dyslexic 6th grade hero who has trouble staying in school because, as it turns out, he’s no ordinary human but a half-blood related to one of the big three in Greek Mythology.
Despite a spate of deaths in the family and other wacky adventures, the story is both hilarious laugh-out-loud and poignant. In the end it will come down to which players have the most skill, the most drive, and the most heart. He explains with clarity the various ways of approaching these questions, and offers ethical reflection that isn’t ashamed of the gospel or embarrassed to claim, “The Bible says.” I plan to give this to lots of budding young ethicists, preachers and leaders.
And part of it is that we come from roughly the same part of the world, and I feel every day of sense of loss that I’m not at home in Biloxi.
I found a great list of books for boys from The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance.
There are twenty-two possible endings to this adventure, but only ONE leads to ultimate success! But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? A quickthinking, goggle-and-feather-wearing superhero who protects the bizarre and monstrous citizens of Monstros City, a city that exists under Billy’s hometown of Bradbury, Massachusetts. His “Okie from Muskogee” and “Fighting Side of Me” became anthems of the Nixonian “Silent Majority” in the culture wars, though Haggard himself was never much of a culture warrior. Featuring dynamic comic book–style illustrations, and based on real, true-life facts about the Amazon, this story will be a surefire hit with anyone craving a fun, highly visual reading experience.
Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! And why do all the answers seem to lead back to a gang-the same gang to which Roger’s older brother belongs? The level of difficulty is slightly easier than Book 1 of Harry Potter; this book is 375 pages long, normal sized type. Following the success of SMILE, Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a compelling graphic dramatization based on events that occurred in Chicago in 1994. This gritty exploration of youth gang life will force readers to question their own understandings of good and bad, right and wrong.



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