Monday, March 30, 2015

Middle School Monday - Reading Lists

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Welcome to Middle School Monday!

Confession: I was going to post a review of a book Kennady read recently for Middle School Monday, but I'm behind schedule. So to give myself a little breathing room, I will post a quick update on our middle school reading list, and plan on sharing that review a little later today or tomorrow afternoon. Can't wait? Check out the Schoolhouse Crew blog and start reading other Crew reviews of Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow (Circle C Milestones).

Ever wondered what books would be good for a middle school reading list? I can't pretend that this is an exhaustive list at all, but it's a start. These are the selections from the Seventh Grade and Eight Grade Lightning Lit & Comp courses, and a few other books that Kennady has read on her own and recommends.

Seventh Grade Lightning Lit (See our review of this course!)
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Eighth Grade Lightning Lit
(See my description of this course for the Virtual Curriculum Fair!)
A Crazy Tale by G.K. Chesterton
Treasure Island by Robert L Stevenson (also studied when we reviewed Progeny Press study guides)
A Day of Pleasure by Isaac B. Singer
Wakefield by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (also studied when we reviewed Moving Beyond the Page)
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

And Others...
Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow
A Cry From Egypt by Hope Auer (See our review of this book!)
A Stand at Sinai by Hope Auer
The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
The Mysterious Benedict Society (series) by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Diary of a Real Payne - Book 1: True Story by Annie Tipton (See our review of this book!)
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Lydia Barnes series by Heather Gemmen Wilson
... and classics like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden series.

Kennady wanted me to particularly mention the two books by Hope Auer, because she LOVES them, and she says that Hope Auer is her "inspiration author".  We read and reviewed A Cry From Egypt in 2012, and Kennady and I both thoroughly enjoyed Hope's telling of the Exodus story from the point of view of a young Hebrew girl. Kennady read the book over and over and could hardly wait for the next book in the series to be available. We ordered A Stand At Sinai before it hit the shelves and loved that too, and now we're hoping that a third novel will be on the way as well.

I'm so glad that Kennady enjoys reading - it's something we can definitely share! I am considering holding a homeschool book club for high schoolers next year, and this is something we are both excited about, even though it will most likely stretch us both. Kennady also likes writing her own stories - fun fan-fiction things she shares with her close friends, but she is also considering that she might like to be a published author one day too - like her inspiration, Hope Auer.

What's on your middle schooler's reading list? Just the required reading, or does your child truly enjoy reading? Leave a comment and let me know!

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