How was your weekend? I cried over the Black Eyed Peas this weekend. No, not at the Grammys. We got to see our first school orchestra concert on Saturday. The finale was a gymnasium filled with kids — from 9 to 18 — joined together in a wonderful arrangement of I Gotta Feeling (um, not that I’d ever heard the song before; I don’t get out much). I watched a video of it the next morning and wept. ::sniffle:: Oh, the possibilities in that room.
Anyhoo, dab your tears and put your tissues away now, I asked Young Miss Herself to keep track of her reading this year. I know she reads a lot, but I thought it would be informative for her to keep a list of what she’s read this year. I told her I would post her monthly reading “recommendations” here.
So, if you have a tween in the house who is looking for something to read, here are January’s recommendations from our house to yours.
The best book of the month was The Rising Star of Rusty Nail by Lesley M.M. Blume — set in 1953 about a 10-year-old piano prodigy from Rusty Nail, Minnesota. Dear daughter liked it because she could relate to the piano-playing heroine. We are always on the look-out for laugh-out-loud stories that are also touching.
Other recommendations from January are, in no particular order:
Junebug by Alice Mead
Benjamin Bartholomew Piff #3 Wishing Well by Jason Lethcoe (#1 and #2, also good)
The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls by Elise Primavera
The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg (I had to force the issue with this one seeing as someone thought she couldn’t get it finished in time for her book club meeting — but she did and she liked it)
And those are the books from January. Wheee!
Oh, and I finished Spooner and highly recommend it. The 10 pages of acknowledgements at the end of the book are worth the price of admission!
Now, dusting off my third and fourth grade and fifth grade math memories to go help at school. That information is in a dark, dusty, bat-infested cavern…. Enjoy your Monday!