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Old 06-16-2009, 03:49 PM
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I just found this topic so thought I would bimp it up.

There are so many good books out there for middle schoolers.

My ds2 loved the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Captain Underpants series. (I thought Captain Underpants was rather poorly written but for a kid who does not like to read it kept his interest) He also read Eragon etc.

I remember reading books like Heidi, Strawberry Girl, Little Women, and other classics. I was fascinated with biographies on people like Helen Keller and Clara Barton and Amelia Earhart (books probably more towards girl's interests) I will have to think of other books my dks have read over the years of middle school.
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Tomorrow, inside my daughter's report card, we will get a summer-reading list. It should be interesting to see what the teacher requests that they read (going into 8th grade). I'll post the list here when we get it.
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Sammi---Back in school biography was always my favorite read.
Although it doesn't apply to me I am looking forward to your list Barb!
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Some of the books we like here an have are

Gulliver's travels, The railway Children, James and the giant peach, through the looking glass, treasure island, heidi and the adventures of huckleberry finn
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Here is the 7th and 8th grade summer reading list for my DD's school. She is going into 8th (AAACK!)

7th:
Four Perfect Pebbles (A Holocaust Story) by Lila Perl & Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix (time travel)

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson (Native American)

8th:
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Code Orange by Caroline Cooney

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
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I think everyone should read Touching Spirit Bear. I loved it.
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Barbszy, I am part way through The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. I would think that is a little heavy reading for an 8th grader.
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Thanks for posting the list, Barb. I found it very interesting.
I read The Hiding Place as a high schooler.
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I'll have to look at my DD's copy of The Hiding Place. She was complaining about it being "too long" with "too many words and tiny print." She didn't say it was too difficult for her.

One of the 8th-grade teachers had enough copies of that book to lend each child for the summer, so that's one less book we'll have to buy.
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Barbszy, I think that book would be good for kids who like to read and are good readers but not easy for kids who don't like to read or have a harder time reading. It is very detailed which like your dd says - small print with lots of words
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