In , we learn about a girl who must walk two hours morning and night to get fresh water. A must read! Besides having the tricky business of navigating friendships, he now must deal with the two separate worlds of his neighborhood and his school along with racism and balancing academics with artwork. This story feels truthful, relatable, and important. She recalls how the two of them ran away from an abusive father and sick mother to the big city where they meet two friendly brothers and live with them under a bridge, scrabbling to survive by collecting trash. Their days are hard but Viji learns how much more capable her sister is then she previously thought.
Unfortunately, Rukku gets a terrible cough and fever and what happens next will almost destroy Viji. She wonders how prayers and faith can coexist with misery and pain. Ultimately, it is the kindness of her new family that helps her see more in the future than misery.
First is a young Jewish boy who escapes from Nazi Germany on a ship to Cuba, only to be turned away from the Cuban port and sent back to Europe. Next is a Cuban girl in the s who, with her family and neighbors, flees in a homemade raft to the United States at great peril. Finally is a Syrian boy whose home is bombed in a country at war. He and his family travel a great distance to find a country that will allow them shelter. Gatz skillfully connects all three stories with a satisfying, realistic conclusion.
There, she discovers a magical book, a sinister couple, a family mystery, and a new friend who loves puzzles as much as she does. The writing is mesmerizing, the mystery fascinating, and the characters, enchanting. This is a delightful, atmospheric read. Escape from Mr. The silly Mr. Lemoncello devises a fun way to get OUT of the library — you can only get out if you solve the puzzles around the entire library. Will the kids work together or will it be every child for himself? It was a murder mystery on the moon.
I can never turn down a good, realistic sci-fi PLUS murder mystery. It has it all! It was placed in and their second-in-command had died. Everyone thought he had gone crazy, but Dashiel Givson suspected differently. The first book is almost mirrored in the second —the base commander this time disappears. With just enough breaking the rules, they can figure out where she is and who did it.
The only thing that feels right is soccer. Written in free verse, this is a lyrical, fast-paced story that feels honest and relatable. The narrator, a strong, quirky voice, warns us of the bloody things to come. I loved the suspense, the fascinating world, the characters, and the happily ever after. Miri and the other girls in her mountain village are ordered to attend a newly created school to learn enough to be considered wife material for the prince. But the prince, when he does appear, sees cold and unfriendly making Miri reconsider what she wants.
Then, when bandits take over the school and hold the girls hostage, Miri finds her inner strength and clarity of purpose. What is going on in this strictly controlled community? When his foster baby brother is up to be killed, Jonas must decide how he will save them both. Throughout their travels, the two develop a complicated friendship and Drest learns uncomfortable truths about her family.
I love when a girl rescues boys from death! What an excellent story — I highly recommend it. She cares for her siblings while her mom works, trying not to make a mess or too much noise. A kind teacher at school encourages Zoey to join the debate club. Cole, a regular kid, is trick-or-treating with his friends when they all get kidnapped. Cole manages to hide but follows the kidnappers — to another world — a world of five kingdoms, slavery, and magic. Cole is found and sold to slavers on the Outskirts.
Now Sky and her fellow humans live below ground in safety with Noah as their supreme ruler. Sky discovers that her missing maybe traitor?
He was a French gentleman; a scientific gentleman; a man of great acquirements—a Doctor. She may ask for Mr. That, as they were not so decreed, he probably would not have one. But what is the matter! A-a-matter of business—don't be distressed.
She decides to leave the underground city in order to find her dad. LOVED it! All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Perry is well-loved by his mother and her friends; they all live in prison. This story will stay with you long after you read the last page. Doug is a boy who is struggling to read with no support from his home life.
Not only are his dad and older brother abusive but they all live in abject poverty. This eventually leads to reading and hope. Impyrium by Henry H. Neff FANTASY Hazel is the third granddaughter, a princess who resembles no one else in the family except the most dangerous magician ruler the kingdom ever knew. Hazel will face a choice to follow in the dark magic footsteps of her ancestor.
Plots within plots, twists and turns, make this an enthralling new fantasy adventure. And if they do escape, what will they next?
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Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. Her only hope is to regain the memories about her past. This was always one of my fifth graders favorite read-alouds. Even though she gets her dream to work in the faire as a squire, she also just wants to be like the other girls at her school, too. Her journey is painful and honest as she figures out who she wants to be.
Smile is a funny, relatable story about braces, friends, boys, and life in middle school. She dreams of leaving Mississippi for the north like her mom and aunt, especially after the white men who killed Emmett Till are found not-guilty in a real-life historical trial. One Crime. Sanity is a brilliant inventor — but her newest illegal creation, a three-headed kitten named Princess Destroyer of Worlds has escaped and is living up to her name — destroyer.
While the station is evacuated, the friends work hard to stop the duct weasels and the engine from overheating. I love the space station setting, the super-smart problem-solving main characters, and the non-stop action. Together they find kindness and hope with a Quaker family. Never like new, but all of a piece and good enough to last a life. Granny drags Louisiana out of bed in the middle of the night, insisting that they leave their home to confront the family curse. Not only does Louisiana not want to leave her friends and home, but things get even worse when Granny abandons Louisiana at a motel along the way.
Forced to fend for herself, Louisiana figures out how to survive miles from home while worrying that the family curse has destined her for an unhappy life. While on a class trip to Washington D. This well-done graphic novel tackles the issues of friendships and confidence , among other things. We highly recommend this graphic novel. Except for she kind of does — because her mother used to tell her about witches and magic. The Ghost Network: Activate by I. Not only are the kids in danger but there also seems to be a computer implanted inside their brains telling them what to do!
The story intrigued me from the get-go but after about the middle, the action was so fast-paced and suspenseful, I was totally hooked. Captain Superlative by J. T he big lesson our main character, Janey, learns is about not standing by when injustice is happening.
She learns this from a girl dressed in a swimsuit, wig, mask, and high tops who arrives at her middle school and changes everything. But after Cole almost dies, he decides to give the year-long process a chance. The writing, the story, the characters, and the themes all pack a big punch adding up to a compelling novel that will make you think deeply and leave you changed.
Sensitive readers: there are a few swear words and two scenes with a lot of blood. You can imagine how his plan will go, right? It will take months to prove the video is falsified and by then Jackson will have missed the robot contest due to his punishment. This is a great adventure filled with twists and turns. Beetle Boy by M. Until he discovers a chilling plot of men named Chamberlain who work under the control of The Warden. Now, he must use all his skills to save the world from a racist threat. I loved Mr. I also loved that the story had a realistic ending.
In a lovely turn of events, the community, including her friend Soojin, support the mosque with a place to gather and rebuilding efforts. Illustrations throughout make this even more appealing to read and imagine. Who would have thought?! Trouble comes to the bayou when the big rig spills oil and makes it way towards them. Maddy calls upon her magical connection with the river goddess to stop the spill and save the Bon Temps bayou.
Only Mike hates math and when he gets sent to a small town for the summer with distant relatives, Mike learns is true value. He surprises himself in a battle when he saves the life of his enemy, a Ranger of Justice girl named Kirbie. They secretly become friends making Alex question his entire life and the next big mission to wipe out all of the Rangers. Very adventurous and interesting! Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. I mean, talk about heartbreaking!
Peter feels just as awful and sets off, on foot, to find his fox. Fortunately, Pax is adopted by a leash of foxes who teach him to survive in the wild and Peter is helped by a grumpy war-veteran hermit. In fact, those enemies have killed him many times in past versions of the world.
But with the help of a wise Native American healer, a Native American priest, the two personality-filled snakes that have become his arms! Devastated, Manami stops speaking. Her story is painful, sprinkled with hope, and all too real. And why is she trying to contact Molly? This is a great action-adventure-mystery series with a zombie focus. At the hospital, the bats lively conversations help the little brown bat learn more about bats — what they eat, how they fly, different species, echolocation, and where they live. SO well done!
This is a story that rings true with a pitch-perfect ending. When his mistress gives birth to triplets of a prophecy, the three children are spirited away and hidden separately. Now that the children are older, each of them face challenges and adventures that lead them to the truth of who they really are — the foretold saviors of the empire. The story takes place during different years around the second world war. The thread that ties the characters together is a most magical harmonica. Lovely and very well-written.
The three accompany their inventor boss to the Arctic for a science competition where they discover one of the researchers has gone missing.
A decent read for science and mystery enthusiasts but be ready for sluggish pacing. The words stay about two weeks and the negative words itch badly. Anonymous notes encourage Elyse to try new things, and grow out of her comfort zone. She does and is surprised with the positive results including a self-acceptance. This would be an interesting book to discuss with a book group. But their friendship is becoming dangerous with the KKK, phone threats, and a police force that does nothing. But is that really what the school does? Another hit for the talented Gordon Korman! Very relatable to middle school students.
A hard task to be sure! When the Wordsmith disappears, Letta asks her dangerous outsider friend to help her find out what happened. Six: A Devastating Call.
An Impossible Journey. And No Turning Back. The School for Good and Evil trains kids to be one or the other — heroes or villains. Now Sophie spends all her time trying to get into the School for Evil and manipulates Agatha to do so. Save Save. Try the next list up! Thank you. What a great list! Here you go.
Hope this helps! Read this very comprehensive reading list you put together a while ago. That was the time my year old was going through a no-reading phase at home. He was either reading books below his reading level or just not reading at all. Then I got him Refugee and Insignificant Events…. The latter revived his interest in reading and the former brought joy back into his reading. He is making connections and asking questions, taking sides as he jostles along Josef, Mahmoud and Isabel.
Grade 5 will be reading it from July onwards. My oldest son is 10, just starting grade 5. He was an advanced reader at a young age, reading the Harry Potter series when he was in grade 2 and 3 at his instigation. We have struggled to find reading material that is on his level, but with age appropriate themes. Your booklists contain some wonderful suggestions. I will print out your lists and give them to him to read through by himself, as he currently rejects any book I propose directly. All THE PEople here are just mothers but I am a kid and I was looking for some books to read once i saw space case one of my favorite books i just kept scrolling down.
He always says the books are boring. Your list however has given me some great options. Almost all of these books I have never heard of before. I love to read. Your reviews of these books were written so well. Please email me anytime if you think I could be of more help!
I hope it takes the right book to get your son reading. I love your list, especially how comprehensive and up to date it is. I just wanted to add some information about Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers. Just an FYI. Thanks so much for this truly remarkable list! Posted by Neil Gaiman at AM. I stopped blogging in April when my friend Gene Wolfe died. I wanted to write a blog about Gene, who he was, how we were friends, and it just made me too sad. So I stopped writing that blog, and then felt bad writing about the other things that have happened, like Good Omens coming out as a TV series when I hadn't yet written about Gene.
Monday, April 22, Fox in Socks. Posted by Neil Gaiman at PM. It was the idea of Sara J Benincasa, comedian, writer and activist. People started donating. We all hoped that Cheesecake Factory would come in and donate enough at the end to get us up to the total, but they didn't seem very interested. So, given that enough money had been donated to reach the intermediate goal of me reading Dr Seuss's Fox in Socks , I agreed cheerfully to read Fox in Socks. But the question was Because almost immediately I went off to work on Good Omens. And my life was put on hold for two years.
When I came back from making Good Omens , it was top of the list of things I needed to do. Fortunately, I'd been practising for two years, or at least, reading Fox in Socks to Ash. Here you go Saturday, April 13, It's been a while I finished the process of making Good Omens into television at the end of January It's been ten weeks since then and I'm only just just starting to feel human again.
And not yet a laughing running tapdancing human, more a sort of baffled, awkward vague human who only remembers the word he was searching for about five minutes after he no longer needs it. Like Charlie on the last page of "Flowers For Algernon". I'll probably arrive back at normal humanity-with-a-brain somewhere in June. Amanda is on tour 3 or 4 days a week, and home the other 3 or 4 days. Ash is keeping me amused and delighted. Mostly by talking, sometimes by singing. He fell in love with christmas songs at Christmas, and they are only just now starting to be supplanted.
Which is good for those of us who feared that the reign of Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer would never end. Currently his favourite songs are Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" and Harry Belafonte's 'Banana Boat Song', which quite often means an unusually large voice coming out of a small boy at unexpected moments, belting out "Day-o!
Ash very politely, as if explaining something to someone a bit slow : No, Dadda. I need to be very loud. Do you understand? This is Ash today, singing quietly this morning:. The collective noun for guinea fowl is a confusion , and this is both apt and accurate. Our neighbour Caroline she's a potter, and she recently made me a Perfect TeaCupMug -- it's enormous!
I worry about mysterious predators, so I automatically count the guinea fowl when I see them. A couple of weeks ago the number dropped to seven. I was sad, assuming that the fowl in question had been eaten by something local with teeth or talons. I mentioned this to Caroline. She took me a little way into the woods and she pointed out the missing guinea fowl, who believed herself to be perfectly camouflaged, sitting quietly on an awful lot of eggs.
It's been a strange year. I've only blogged a couple of times, mostly because I've not had anything to write about except one thing, the hugeness of making Good Omens. We wrapped the shooting part mostly in March, and so everything we've been doing since is "post-production". This means we and when I say "we" in this blog it's normally Douglas Mackinnon the director and me edited the six episodes. Sometimes this was simple, but mostly it wasn't.
Good Omens is complicated. Episode 1 in its original shape was 75 minutes long and very confusing for people. Episode 1 now is about 52 minutes long and nobody watching it gets lost at all, even during the baby swap. Episode 5 wound up too short and episode 6 wound up too long, but that was okay, because we'd long ago realised that the only way to make something of this scale was a 6 hour long movie, so so we moved bits of Episode 6 earlier. Each episode was tightened and experimented with and worked on until it gleamed.
The editors we were working with were Will Oswald for the first three episodes and Emma Oxley for the second three And once it was edited and "locked", then the music could be written by David Arnold and recorded, then the team at MILK could begin to work on the Visual Effects, the big obvious ones like the M25 London orbital motorway turning into a flaming ring around London, or the huge floating head of Derek Jacobi filling Aziraphale's bookshop, and the less obvious ones, like the missing details of our Soho street. And while this was happening the Sound Wizards at Bang!
Not to mention the technical challenges of the different voices that will be coming out of Miranda Richardson's mouth she plays Madame Tracy, the medium : Johnny Vegas and Michael Sheen also provide voices that we will hear Miranda utter We have over speaking parts. That's a lot of ADR. And then there's Gareth Spensely at Molinare, who is credited as colourist, and who is a Warlock who makes it look even more beautiful than Gavin Finney did when he shot it, and sometimes makes scenes shot in the morning become scenes that happen at dusk, and does other things equally as odd.
And there's Beren Croll doing the "online", working his own visual magic, and placing the astonishing visuals and the peculiarly handmade graphics that Peter Anderson Studios have made for us where they need to be And in all that, the last nine months have flown by. Here's the trailer we did, if you haven't seen it, or just want to see it again.
We aren't done yet. There's about a month to go before it's all wrapped up.
We were hoping to have been done earlier, which is why my wife and small son and retiring nanny are off on our "Hurrah! Neil has finished Good Omens! I am on my way back to back to the UK dividing my time between London's Soho, where our various post production studios are, and Cardiff, where Bang! So many memories. Two days ago we went to Sarasota, to visit my Cousin Helen.
She will be years old in a few weeks. She is as smart as she ever was. Fifteen Years ago, I wrote:. May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now , that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
Half a decade ago, I wrote:. And it's this. I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. It's a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave — let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we're faking them.
And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it's joy we're looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation. So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy. I meant, and mean them all. I wasn't going to write a new one this year. Be kind to yourself in the year ahead. Remember to forgive yourself, and to forgive others.