What my kids are reading

Little One was very disappointed last week when she finally had to turn in the school library book she’d been checking out on an endless loop for the past month.

‘Fern the Green Fairy’  by Daisy Meadows is the first chapter book my first grader has actually obsessed over  (I’m so proud!) she wanted to read it even when she was clearly too tired to function (we’ve all been there, right book lovers?) We didn’t actually get to the end of the story, because she kept rereading her favorite pages so I may have to go book shopping and buy her her very own copy, perhaps the entire Rainbow Fairy set. http://www.rainbowmagiconline.com/books/books_rainbow.html

The Boy had been reading ‘A Boy at War’ by Harry Mazer for his class book club. (I applaud the teacher for trying. I also shake my head and sigh in a knowing kind of way.)  My son was semi-interested in this dramatic tale of the attack on Pearl Harbor as witnessed by a 14 year old boy. As soon as discussion of plot and theme came up, my boy drifted away. He did like me reading with him, I did not like the mention of burned people, the be-a-man’s-man vibe or having to read the American word ‘fanny’ because for Brits it has a different meaning

I bought my son  ‘My Life as a Stuntboy’ by Janet Tashjian in an attempt to reignite the reading spark.

My newly minted teenaged daughter (oh god, I have a teenager? Great googly moogly! and Holy shit Batman!)  is now reading ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ by Ned Vizzini which has a really cool cover and is the story of Craig, a really smart New York City teen who cracks under the pressure of keeping up with the other geniuses at his snazzy new school and tries to kill himself. Craig ends up in the mental hospital where he makes some interesting new friends. I haven’t read this one, but my kid is enjoying it and from other reviews I think it looks good.

My teen (gulp!) also recently devoured ‘Out of My Mind’ by Sharon M.Draper, the story of an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who cannot walk or talk, but who’s smarter than anyone around her realizes. Melody is determined to make herself known, to overcome her limitations and communicate with the people around her. My kid liked this one so much she had to come tell me about parts of it, I need to add this title to me ‘to-read-once-I’ve-stolen-it-from-my-kid pile.’