This is one is going up later in the day that I would like but you know what? It has been a Monday. It has been a Monday after a week off of dedicated school schedules. It has been rough. But here we are – approaching the end of the day. Everyone made it to the required classes; everyone got their school list checked off; we are all in one piece and we all had plenty to eat. The only thing that has really suffered was my patience and the timing on this post. So, we’ll take it, right? Could be so much worse and I am counting my blessings.
Anyhow, that means we are up to the letter G in middle school books. And I have a couple of really fun ones. This was an easy letter to find titles for!
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
This is a fun adventure about a big, brawny young man that can’t seem to make it past the 3rd grade and his plan of herding turkeys to market. Yes – you read that right. He is herding turkeys. And he does a really good job, too. You see, he figured out that if he could do this, he would be paid really well. The parts he didn’t plan for – well, that where the adventure and fun comes in. There are lots of fun and funny bits in this well-written adventure story set back in 1860s rural America. From eastern Missouri to Denver, this is one wild walk.
Girls Who Rocked The World by Michelle Roehm McCann and Amelia Welden
This is actually a series of several books that feature a number of girls who made a significant contribution to the world in some way or another when they were no more than twenty. These mini-biographies are fun and easy to read and allows the book to easily be broken up into multiple reading times. One listing for this book in its current printing indicates there are 46 stories in the first book. The older version seems to have about 35. No absolutely sure on that because we don’t own either of these. One was borrowed from the library and the other from grandma. Regardless, these are favorite books of Miss L to read over and over.
Girls To The Rescue by Bruce Lansky
This series of stories tells of girls who faced hazards and trying times but did so with courage and bravery. These are original tales, in fairy tale style, incorporating folklore elements. The stories are fast-paced and the girls are determined. We have these in two books but there are many variations out there on how you can purchase them. Both Miss E and Miss L have enjoyed these stories and the courage and bravery of young women who stepped up when it was needed. It should probably be noted that these are definitely on the lower end of the middle school ability range for most students.
The Great Brain series by John D Fitzgerald
This series features John, a boy whose older brother is terribly smart. Well, at least in the “out-smarting others” and “out-thinking others” kind of way. John often feels left behind or left out because the whole town thinks so highly of Tom, a.k.a. The Great Brain. But, the adventures are silly, fun, and oh-so-crazy! Tom is always solving problems for grown-ups and while John often gripes about his older brother, he is also very proud of him. The series is lots of fun and my giggly girls absolutely adored it. They begged their daddy to keep reading every time he tried to stop. Through all 7 or so books of the series. They read every. single. one. And loved them.
So, that’s the G listing. Happy reading.
My previous posts in the series:
A – All-of-a-Kind Family and Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse
B – Ballet Shoes and A Bear Called Paddington
C – Counting by 7s and Cheaper By The Dozen
D – Door In The Wall & D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
E – The Endless Steppe & Ella Enchanted
F – Family Tree & Fog Magic