GREAT BOOKS FOR GREAT KIDS
07/03/2015 11:08PM ● Published by Alexandra Brown
Summer 2015 is pretty much in the history books and I think I spent much of the summer driving up and down Highway 98 (or trying to anyway). For me, it was the summer of the audiobook. It actually made me look forward to getting in the car again, and it also resulted in a LOT of great books for this article. Books for older kids make wonderful audiobooks as they are fast paced and fun to listen to – and you will get the added bonus of your kids asking you to be quiet so that they can hear the book. The problem I had was that I could not wait until I had my kids in the car to listen and I listened to the next few chapters even when my kids weren’t in the car, which resulted in a lot of going back a few chapters so they could catch up!
If you spend a lot of time in the car with your kids, as I do, try it! You will be surprised at what a wonderful bonding experience it becomes.
First for this month I have a wonderful treat by beloved author T.A. Barron who wrote the “Merlin” series that so many of us loved. He has begun a new series and the first book is entitled “Atlantis Rising.” You have probably already guessed correctly that this series is about the legend of Atlantis, the long lost land under the sea. Once again, T.A. Barron delivers a thrilling saga about a mystery that has been debated for centuries. Both children ages 10 and up an adults will be fully captivated by this series. The first book came out last year and the second was just published with more to follow! A side note – if you missed T.A. Barron’s Merlin saga it is one of my “must read” series… I have read the whole series twice and I loved every minute of it!
Next I recommend another wonderful adventure which was just released in June – “Book Scavengers” by Jennifer Chambliss Bermann. Rarely does a book get 5 stars on every critic site I regularly use and this book did it! I can see why – the story is wonderful, the characters are endearing and the book makes you order pizza delivery for your family because you don’t want to stop reading. The main character is Emily, a 12 year old girl who loves to read. Her favorite author has created a scavenger hunt that Emily is determined to win and the clue hunt will drag the reader in to every page of this book. I highly recommend it for both boys and girls ages 9 and up.
I guess this month’s article must be mystery adventure month, because the next one I recommend also falls into that category – “Masterminds” by Gordon Korman. Mr. Korman is famous for his mystery stories for the younger set (and older if they will admit it) and this one does not disappoint. The main character, Eli, lives in Serenity, New Mexico, which is advertised as the “perfect” place to live. Eli loves living there and never wants to leave until he stumbles on some strange things and starts to realize his “perfect” town might just be a big lie. He starts to investigate and you will have to read it to find out what he discovers. I recommend this one for boys and girls ages 9 and up.
Lastly, I will break the mold of this article by including a book that is NOT a mystery and also isn’t fiction, but is an important book that I think everyone should read. “The Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park details the lives of two children set in two different time periods in Africa. Both of these children, one a boy and one a girl, have to travel long distances every day by foot for a most valuable asset – water. This book will make you and your child realize what a precious resource water is and will make you appreciate the ease of our lives as compared to that of many in the world. The story is written in a compelling manner and you and your child will gain better understanding of how others live. I recommend this one for anyone ages 10 and up.
I hope you and your family have had a wonderful summer. If you haven’t tried it, try one of the books above as an audiobook in the car. It is a fun activity for everyone! As always, any suggestions or recommendations are highly coveted. Send them to email@example.com.