Here again are some of the books we have been reading or listening to:
The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla — My nine-year-old read this as a part of our study of the middle ages. Like all Bulla books, it is a good one. Lots of action. A boy must fight for his inheritance when his uncle takes over after his father’s apparent death.
The Minstrel in the Tower by Gloria Skurzynski — Similar to the above, this one was read by my seven-year-old. I am not familiar with the author (apart from this book) but it is a good one too and very similar to Bulla’s work. Both are chapter books of maybe 10 chapters each. My kids are not the most advanced readers though they do fine for their ages so some younger kids might be able to read these too.
Hideout by Gordon Korman — This was one we listened to in the car. It is part of a continuing series by Korman about a group of kids who come up with convoluted plan and get themselves into and out of hot water. The parents play little role in the books and some might be put off by how the kids always tackle their own problems and never just go to an adult. But I think these books help kids imagine that they can do things on their own as they live along with the characters. Plus they are a whole lot of silly fun. All the stories seem to involve dogs which is a plus around here.
The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech — We have listened to other Creech books and enjoyed them. We liked this one too but it was a little bizarre and the ending didn’t feel very satisfying. It would not be my first choice. The characters were likeable, but everybody seems coincidentally to live in two towns, one in Ireland and one in America. It seemed a bit contrived.