The librarian at School 15 and I were discussing Hunger Games
just today -- the fact that the older kids (5th & 6th graders) all want to read the books, but no one is quite comfortable with having the books in an elementary-school library. (Does anyone know whether any of the elementary school libraries in Rochester have copies?)
My daughter loved The Sisters Grimm
series and is currently enjoying the School of Fear
series, which seems to be contagious: I bought them for her at the bookfair two days ago; she finished the first one last night; and this morning her classmates came in and asked for it, saying my daughter had liked it so much that they wanted to read it too.The Apothecary
was suggested to me by a book-blogger friend and my daughter loved that as well. It's about a twelve year old girl who moves to London in the 1950s because the House Committee on Unamerican Activities is in the process of blacklisting her screenwriter parents and is planning to make them "snitch," as the kids in my daughter's class say. The plot is exciting and the historical detail is great. And, if your kids didn't blaze through all the Noel Streatfeilds when they were younger, Movie Shoes
is a great companion book. It's about a London-based family that spends a year in LA during the 1950s, so it's the same journey in reverse (although the plot lines are otherwise completely different).Star of Kazan
is absolutely terrific, although maybe just a tiny bit girly. The main character lives in Vienna just before WWI and is a super-capable foundling who winds up on an estate in Germany.
I really liked Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
, too. I pre-read it to see if it was appropriate for my daughter and, even when it became obvious that it was, I couldn't put it down. My daughter hasn't read it yet, though, so I don't know whether she'll like it as much as I did.