Interstellar Adventures

September 14, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Filed under: Thursday Thirteen — by InterstellarLass @ 10:31 am
Thirteen Books that InterstellarLass read in school. My son entered sixth grade this year, and I’m not impressed with the “literature” selections they’ve been given in English this year. Here are some books I would recommend.

1. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. This is the first book I ever read that made me cry. It’s the story of a boy and his dogs. It’s a story that teaches you to work hard for what you want, to respect yourself and others, that honesty and fair play are to be held above winning, and that life is not guaranteed. Every boy should be required to read this book.

2. Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry. This one is a very fast read, but it teaches an important lesson. We cannot let our fears paralyze us. We have to move beyond tragies as they happen and continue to live.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Children should not be allowed to substitute the movie for the books. These are classics that they’ll be able to enjoy forever. The imagination and the writing are amazing.

4. Bridge to Terabitha by Katherine Paterson. I don’t remember if I read this in school or on my own. But this is another life lesson book. It’s so dramatic, and heartbreaking. If your child reads this, be prepared to discuss it with them, i.e. read it yourself first.

5. Summer of My German Solider by Bette Green. A Jewish girl shows compassion for a German soldier during World War II. A true lesson about humanity and friendship.

6. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien. A great story.

7. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. This story handles the topics racism and segregation beautifully.

8. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks. Fantasy and imagination are a kid’s best friend! I love these stories.

9. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. The story of how an orphan girl with red hair, brings joy to the lives of her adoptive family and the town of Avonlea. I wish I knew Anne!

10. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Children and their imaginations bring a garden back to life and bring health back to a sick boy.

11. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. Another wonderful and imaginative fantasy book. The series is fantastic.

12. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. This is great literature at it’s finest. Despite the controversy surrounding the book, it teaches many important lessons. It makes me sick that people have politicized this book and tried to ban it rather than using it to show how society changes over time.

13. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Only the prequel to the greatest series of books ever written.

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  1. Fantastic picks!

    In 8th grade we watched Romeo and Juliet (Leonardo and Claire) instead of reading the play! Can you believe it? It was outrageous. They should never substitute the movie for the book.

    Comment by buttercup — September 14, 2006 @ 11:02 am |Reply

  2. Might I also suggest “The Velveteen Rabbit.” One of my all-time favorites 🙂

    Comment by Bone — September 14, 2006 @ 11:13 am |Reply

  3. Thanks for the tips! My kids have read some of these, and I agree that books touch us more than movies.

    Comment by abbynormal — September 14, 2006 @ 12:34 pm |Reply

  4. I gave Zed my copy of Love Songs for J Edgar Hoover by Kinky Friedman. I think he’s enjoying it. Sure has lots of questions;
    “Why’s a phone called a blower?”

    Proud to be an a$$hole from El Paso.

    Comment by nickphilips — September 14, 2006 @ 12:44 pm |Reply

  5. I read Mrs Frisby and the rats of Nimh. Had completely forgotten about it til I saw it on here.

    Ah to be young again………

    Comment by serendipity — September 14, 2006 @ 1:51 pm |Reply

  6. I LOVED NIMH and all the Madeleine L’Engle books. Too bad it’s hard to find the old Choose Your Own Adventure books like we had. I wore those to pieces.

    Nick – just make sure that’s the ONLY “literature” of yours he gets to read. Old sticky Bigguns magazines are not age appropriate… 🙂

    I can’t wait until he asks what Colombian Marching Powder is!

    Comment by Cara — September 14, 2006 @ 7:39 pm |Reply

  7. My kids have to read lots of those and I have read most of them.

    I am having a party at my place and YOU MUST COME!

    Comment by nancy — September 15, 2006 @ 7:16 am |Reply

  8. I have read 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 13 🙂

    Comment by Jen — September 15, 2006 @ 11:43 am |Reply

  9. I haven’t heard about A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle for a really really long time. Just wanted to say I love that book!

    Comment by Froggie — September 15, 2006 @ 11:19 pm |Reply

  10. Oh, I loved A Wrinkle in Time!

    Comment by Gypsy — September 18, 2006 @ 9:13 am |Reply

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