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Great Books for Great Kids

03/30/2014 12:11PM ● Published by Nancy Babin

Welcome to another beautiful Spring here on the Gulf Coast.  After a particularly gray and cold winter I know that everyone is excited to be outside enjoying the sunshine.  Even though the sunny days lure you outside, try to help your children fit in some reading in their downtime.  There are some great books to try and I have included a few here.

First is a suggestion by one of our readers, Elizabeth Savoie.  She emailed me about a series that she and her siblings have been enjoying – “Wings of Fire” by Tui T. Sutherland.  This series is about dragon tribes that have been at war for generations.  According to Elizabeth, the series is exciting and a wonderful read.  There are 5 books in the series:  Book 1:  “The Dragonet Prophecy”, Book 2:  “The Lost Heir”, Book 3:  “The Hidden Kingdom”, Book 4:  “The Dark Secret”, and Book 5:  “The Brightest Night.”  I recommend these for anyone ages 8 and up.  This is one of those rare series that it appears that boys and girls of middle grade and high school age both enjoy.   Thank you Elizabeth for bringing this wonderful series to my attention!

Next is a futuristic thriller entitled “The Rule of Three” by Eric Walters. In this story computers around the world suddenly completely shut down throwing everything into chaos.  What ensues is the total collapse of society and the scramble to survive.  The main character is Adam Daley, a normal 16 year old high school student who becomes a champion in the struggle to defend and survive.  The frightening yet intriguing thing about this book is how believable it is.  What if all the technology we rely upon daily suddenly failed?  This story captures the fragility of our civilization and you will not want to put it down.  I recommend this for anyone ages 13 and up.

Another selection for this month is “A Hundred  Horses” by Sarah Lean.  This book is ideal for all those girls out there who love horses.  The main character, Nell, is not thrilled with the idea of spending her vacation at her aunt’s farm.  However, when she gets there she discovers a love for the animals and gets caught up in an adventure about a local legend of the hundredth horse to join a herd.  A touch of magic lends a spark to this delightful fantasy that I am sure your girl will love.  I recommend this for any girl ages 8 and up.

Finally, this month I was thrilled to find a recent release by one of my favorite children’s authors – Michael Morpurgo.  The book is “A Medal for Leroy” and is inspired by the true story of Water Tull, the first black officer in the British army.  The main character is Michael and he learns that his grandfather was a black officer who performed amazing feats of heroism in WWI.  However, he was not award a medal for his bravery because of racial barriers that existed at the time and Michael decides to do something about it.  In Mr. Morpurgo’s classic style, he delivers a story that is enjoyable yet teaches a valuable lesson.  I recommend this for anyone ages 10 and up.
I hope that you find one of these selections suitable for the young readers in your life.  I encourage you to email me with suggestions like my friend, Elizabeth.  Good books can be hard to find and it is nice to have a little help!  Suggestions or comments can be emailed to me care of kidzonthecoast@aol.com.  Happy reading!

About the Author:

Alexandra Brown lives in Destin and is married to Jerry Brown and has 2 daughters, Ellen (10) and Clara (8). She has loved reading since the age of 3 and also loves snowskiing, hiking and mountain biking. 

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City+School books reading alexandra brown wings of fire the rule of three a hunred horses a medal for leroy tui t sutherland eric walters michael morpurgo sarah lean

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