Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8

Wimpy Kid Hard Luck

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Our favorite Wimpy Kid, Greg Heffley, is in middle school and things aren’t going as planned. Jeff Kinney’s 8th book in the Wimpy Kid series will hit stores November 5, 2013. If you have a Wimpy Kid book fan in your house you’ll want to pre-order today. Amazon has a price guarantee so you’ll get the lowest price available up until the date of delivery. So, if the price goes down before the book is released you’ll get that lower price. The book is available in hardback (currently $8.11 ea) or on Kindle ($7.70).  If you’re like me you’ll end up getting both – one to add to the collection on the shelf and one to have at all times because reading this book once will not suffice.

Rowley’s ditched Greg for new friends now that they’re in middle school. Not one to do things without some drama, Greg is said to take a leap of faith in hopes of making something big happen. It’s Greg, so we’re not sure what kind of craziness will ensue but it’s sure to keep kids glued to the book through the end.

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Sara

Summer Reading List For Tweens

Books for Tweens

I’m not one of those “take the summer off” kind of moms. When I homeschooled, we had a year ’round program. In the summer we actually did  a lot of our learning because going outside isn’t high on our list of things to do. It’s eight-hundred and sixty-two degrees outside most days in the summer, so why not spend it inside learning and doing fun stuff. Summer Reading List For Tweens

Now that BabyGirl is in a public school (or, soon to be charter school) gifted program, we have summer off. But that leaves BabyGirl with two months of having a lot of time on her hands. And since she read over 4-million words during the school year, you get an idea of how much she reads. And that 4-million words does not include any books she read multiple times. All told, including re-reads, she read close to 7-million words! In 10 months! That’s 700,000 words a month. Or, an average of 23,000 words a day.

While she’s likely to read a lot of books, she’s already read many books her peers haven’t. That makes it even more of a challenge to find suitable books. In talking to her about books she’d recommend for friends, we’ve come up with this list. While she can read and comprehend books at the adult level, they’re not always appropriate for a 10-year old. The follow books have a reading level of at least 4th grade.

8 Books Ever Tween Should Read

The following books are all linked to Amazon, from which I would get a small commission if you were to buy.

Tuck Everlasting is a somewhat short book with well-developed characters tweens can identify with easily. BabyGirl has read this book so many times. She actually keeps it in the car because she loves it so much.

Harry Potter is a series we put off because we knew once BabyGirl started them she wouldn’t be able to stop. The later books are a bit darker and more complex. JK Rowling’s characters are multi-dimensional, the story line is easy to follow, and the reader is quick to identify with many of the characters.

James and the Giant Peach is a Roald Dahl classic. The first part of the story is a bit sad, but it quickly turns in to the well-written fantasy classics true to Roald Dahl. Honestly, any Roald Dahl book would be a great addition to a summer reading list.

The Invisible Fran (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) skews toward the younger side of tween, but who doesn’t love a book about a mad scientist. It’s an easy and fun read. As part of a series, if your kids like this one there are others to keep reluctant readers going or advanced readers wanting more.

Number the Stars may not be on most lists because of its subject matter. Set in Nazi-occupied Denmark, the story is a compelling historical fiction. The author handles the very delicate topic of World War II and the Holocaust in a way that is appropriate for juvenile readers.

The Hobbit is a somewhat lengthy classic that many young people love. The pre-story to the ever-popular Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo Baggins as he is swept up on an adventure with a wizard and a group of dwarves. Most of us know the story, but the book goes into much more depth and describes the people, places, and history in exacting detail.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle another classic that’s perfect for both hesitant and voracious readers, the story about the friendship between a young boy and a mouse is well-written, captivating, and fun. Beverly Cleary tells a tale every child loves, and wants to read.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a coming of age story set at the turn of the 20th century. A lengthy novel written over 60 years ago tells the story of an 11-year old girl growing up through difficult times. There is a great history lesson woven into the story, as well as important life lessons learned through the eyes of the young Francie.

The thing I love about BabyGirl being such a dedicated reader is that I get to re-read books I grew up with, as well as find new ones. There are so many great books out there, and these are just 8 of the many hundred I could probably list. However, these were chosen because they represent a great cross-section of options for young readers.

What other “must read” books would you add to this list?

Sara

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel Due Out 11/13

I can’t tell you how many times BabyGirl has asked if I pre-ordered this book for her. Has your child asked for the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series? If so, then you know how important it will be to have the 7th book when it becomes available to the public on Tuesday, 11/13. You can pre-order The Third Wheel from Amazon for under $8.00 and it ships free if you’ve signed up to get Amazon Prime.

This is how the book is described:

Love is in the air-but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?

Grab this book now at nearly 50% off the cover price! Amazon does have a Pre-order Price Guarantee! Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price. The book is also available for Kindle.

I am an Amazon affiliate. Amazon prices can change at any time. 

Sara

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel available for pre-order

Do you have a child who can’t get enough of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series? If so, then you know how important it will be to have the 7th book when it becomes available to the public on Tuesday, 11/13. You can pre-order The Third Wheel from Amazon for $7.49 and it ships free if you’ve signed up to get Amazon Prime.

This is how the book is described:

Love is in the air-but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?

BabyGirl loves these books and even dragged me to the movie, which was very good and funny too. Grab this book now at nearly 50% off the cover price! Amazon does have a Pre-order Price Guarantee! Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.

I am an Amazon affiliate.

Sara

The Feeling of Turning a Page

Books photo

I love a good book. Who doesn’t? I have a constantly growing list of books I want to read. I have an online list at the library so I can get notified when the book becomes available. I have friends who write and share their books with me. Oversized bound manuscripts waiting for someone to devour each page. Being enticed by the thousands of words affixed to paper. Sometimes, though, words on paper are just too much.

Over the past few years I’ve ordered quite a few audio books for CycleGuy because he listens to them when he rides his bike. There are so many terrific marketing and social psychology books that he just doesn’t have time to read them all. When he travels he might download a few to the iPad but he now actually prefers the audiobooks.

My first audiobook was The Historian. I hated reading the book but didn’t want to be the only one in the book club who didn’t finish the book so I got the audio book. As Blaine Edwards and Antoine Merriweather from Men on Film (get the In Living Color reference?) would say, BORING! If there were a better word besides suckitude to explain that book, I’ve yet to find it. And not only did it drag on, when I listened to it on audio book the voices totally creeped me out. It really had an impact on my relationship with audio books.

Now BabyGirl is reading books like they are the key to her survival. In the past 6 months she’s read over 150 books. And I’m not talking 10 pagers here. She reads chapter books like Beacon Street Girls, Little House on the Prairie series, Lemony Snickett, Roald Dahl and many other classics. She reads constantly. It’s normal to see her with a book at the table for breakfast and lunch. We’ve had to ban books from the bathroom or she will take 25 minutes to brush her teeth. She’s ruined books because she wants to read when she’s in the tub. And let’s not talk about the bookmobile that I call my car. At one point there were 15 books in the cars! I drive a Mini Cooper! It’s not like she’s in the Partridge Family bus.

Recently, though, as we’ve traveled she’s started to read from the iPad. It makes it easy to bring along a ton of books. And she loves sitting and holding it on her lap. I watch as she flips the page with a single stroke of her finger. The ease of swiping her finger from right to left. Of the page turning without much effort. The words always at the ready.

I’m old school. I want to feel that book in my hand. But slowly I’m getting use to the warm iPad and the glow. Something’s missing though. For the most part it does help to keep the creepy people away when traveling. No more freaky seat mate striking up conversation or spoiling the plot line. Why? Because they don’t know what you’re reading. Ha! Take that Nosey McNoserson!

Then again, there’s no opportunity to get that other perspective. You have to openly seek out someone. No more does someone catch a glance at the title and start up a conversation. Our eyes maintain focus on this device. Our fingers no long feel the smooth texture of a book or the deckled edge of a hardback book made to seem more one-off than mass produced.

Sure I don’t have to constantly remind BabyGirl how to turn the page so it doesn’t tear. But with each tiny tear of the page there is a reminder that she read the book. With each dog ear’d page I know I’m getting closer to the end. Even just as a reminder on the table, the book speaks. No longer do we see the home library filling a room with shelf upon shelf of books. It’s as if books do not exist.

We can’t peruse our friend’s bookshelves and learn more about them or find something that further connects us. It’s not the same to house thousands of books on an eReader. It becomes a secret life. It’s as if books don’t exist. And that makes me sad.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPad and reading books on it so I don’t have to haul them around. But something is now missing from our culture. For such an advancement in technology, I wonder what history will say about us since what we’ll leave behing may eventually end up being a worthless hunk of technology with our personal histories forever locked within them.

How do you think our history will be told if all our books are on these flat things no one can access?

 

Sara

2011 Summer Reading Programs

Child Reading Sculpture photo

What’s a kid to do with their summer? Read, of course!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program – Kids earn a free book when they read 8 books. Download the reading journal to track the books and turn in to get the free book.

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Reading Program – Kids earn $5 store credit for reading 600 minutes (10 hours) between June 1 and July 31.

Borders Summer Reading Program – By reading 10 books, your child can earn one free book.

Local Library – Many local libraries offer some type of summer reading incentive.

Independent Booksellers – Check your local area to see if the independent book sellers are offering a summer reading incentive for kids. Many do offer something for the kids.

My friend Kristie at Saving Dollars and Cents has a few more Summer Reading Programs listed on her site.

Know of any others? Let me know and I’ll share them!

Note: Of course there are rules, restriction, limitations and what have you (darn lawyers!) for each of the programs so read the fine print. It’ll give you something to do while your kids are reading and trying to earn free stuff!

Photo Credit: public domain

Sara

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth available for pre-order

The long awaited 5th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series becomes available to the public on Tuesday, 11/9. You can pre-order it from Amazon for $7.49 and it ships free if you’ve signed up to get Amazon Prime.

This is how the book is described:

Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it’s cracked up to be? Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older—all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the “ugly truth”?

BabyGirl loves these books and even dragged me to the movie, which was very good and funny too. Grab this book now at nearly 50% off the cover price!

Sara