Monday, June 1, 2015

Middle School Monday - Reading List

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Welcome to Middle School Monday! The Schoolhouse Review Crew blog will be posting a round-up of Middle Grades Reading Lists this week, so it's a perfect time to update on our reading. A couple of months ago, I posted a summary of the books Kennady has worked on or has read for enjoyment during her middle grade years. I've chosen a few titles from that post to highlight again today.  I've narrowed down the entire reading list from the Lightning Lit curriculum we used and mentioned just her favorites, and listed a few other current favorites of hers.

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

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
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (also studied when we reviewed Moving Beyond the Page)
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

And Others...
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
... and classics like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden series.

Right now, we're wrapping up our school year, and I told Kennady that when she finished the Gerald Durrell book unit, I'd like her to set her literature study aside and make sure she is finishing up her science and geography!

What's on her reading list for the summer? I honestly don't know. My bet is that she will re-read some of her favorites (the J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis books; and The Hunger Games). Yesterday she helped us move a bookcase worth of my books out of the living room, and as she pulled them from the shelves there were several times she asked if she could read any of those. Y'know where I had her store those books? In her room. And I told her that most of those books were titles that were appropriate for her, and many of them are titles that I would encourage her to read! So maybe she will get started on some of my Janette Oke collection, or the Wayne Thomas Batson pirate books, or maybe even some of the classics that I had in that shelf - things like Little Women, Around the World in Eighty Days, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

I've just started gauging interest in a literature discussion group for high schoolers in our homeschool group, so I am starting to think ahead to high school reading lists. (That Crew Round-up will be coming along in a couple weeks!) So Kennady and I will be taking a look at the possibilities for her literature study as she begins high school next year, and if any of those titles catch her eye, I won't be at all opposed to her getting a head start!

What are your middle schooler's favorite books? What will they be reading this summer? Leave a comment and let me know!

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