Category Archives: Children

Julie Takes a Stand by Megan McDonald

Julie Takes a Stand is the second book about Julie, the American Girl from 1974. Julie participates in the wagon train east to commemorate the bicentennial and then runs for study body president for her elementary school. My sons, especially my 11-year-old, loved the book. American Girl really is historical fiction done right. It tells the story on a kid’s level, but still is as accurate as possible. The last few pages are historical background showing where they got the ideas for what happens to Julie in the book. Julie Takes a Stand makes an excellent family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 124
Pages Read in 2019: 31,734
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Melody: Never Stop Singing by Denise Lewis Patrick

Melody: Never Stop Singing is the second American Girl book about Melody, an African American girl from 1964. Melody is just turning 10 and learning about some of the more serious concerns in the world. Things addressed include JFK’s assassination, Civil Rights, racism, and difficulties in the inner city black community. Everything is told on a level tweens can understand. My 11-year-old son especially liked it. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 121
Pages Read in 2019: 31,106
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Kaya: Smoke on the Wind by Janet Shaw

Kaya, a Native girl in 1764, experiences the death of a loved one and coming to terms with her own failings. American Girl books are everything right about historical fiction for kids. They tell the story in a way that gives the history as well as keeping it interesting for children. Kaya: Smoke on the Wind is no exception. I highly recommend this book to kids (boys and girls) of all ages. It makes a great read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 117
Pages Read in 2019: 30,047
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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth is a strange book. It’s so full of puns and amusements and plays on words that it is also delightful. My 11- and 13-year-old boys enjoyed it very much, especially the older one since he absolutely loves clever jokes. I recommend this book to everyone of all ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 102
Pages Read in 2019: 25,997
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Humbug Holiday by Tony Abbott

It’s Christmas in Humbug Holiday, the fourth Cracked Classics book, and this time Frankie and Devin find themselves inside of A Christmas Carol. They learn a lesson right along with Scrooge as they work their way through the book and also discover that going back in a book to reread it doesn’t cause the meltdown they are used to when they skip ahead. Like the other books in the series, this one is super fun and sparks an interest in reading the classic book. Both my boys (11 and 12 years old) loved it. I highly recommend Humbug Holiday and all the books in the Cracked Classics series to people of all ages. It makes a great read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 77
Pages Read in 2019: 20,707
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum was a genius in the way he phrased things making them a delight for adults and children alike. All of the Oz books are fun to read and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is no exception. I’ve read it more than once before and every time I so enjoy reading about the Scarecrow with no brain who comes up with all the best plans, the Tin Woodman with no heart who is very kind and tenderhearted, and the Cowardly Lion who is really quite brave. I very highly recommend reading this book and all the Oz books. It makes an excellent family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 66
Pages Read in 2019: 17,660
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I’ve read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland many times and it is still just as weird and wonderful as the first time I read it. It’s so creative and fun. It’s pretty short so it reads fast and makes a lovely family read-aloud. I highly recommend reading it.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 47
Pages Read in 2019: 11,874
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