The two oldest giggly girls, Miss E (age 15) and Miss L (age 13) are working their way through the alphabet to share with you a few of their favorite books for middle and high school. They are working to come up with a good variety for each letter but each selection has been read by at least one of the girls and has her seal of approval. It has been fun listening to them talk and discuss and come to agreements about them. Here are their choices for the letter A.
A Prism of Wings – Haiku by Rebecca Lilly
This is a small, 54 page book of butterfly haiku. It is a light, quick read and doesn’t require a lot of concentration. For instance, it would be perfect to take on the road. If you like poetry, this is a good book for you. The haiku are numbered and each of one describes a different butterfly in vivid, poetic language. In the middle of the book, there are 6 colored pages with images of the different butterflies.
L – Since I love butterflies and poetry, this book was given as a gift to me. I really enjoy it.
A True Princess – Diane Zahler
It is about a girl named Lilia and she goes on a quest with her friend Karina to save Karina’s brother Kai from the elf king’s daughter.
E – What is appealing to me is the fairy tale aspect of it. It references the Princess and the Pea fairy tale with a twist and I really like books that do that.
A Wrinkle In Time – Madeline L’Engle
Meg and her little brother, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin go on a journey to try and save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from the It, a magical force that uses people’s weaknesses to get them on It’s side.
E – What is appealing is that Meg is extremely smart for her age and I really like that the book challenges me to think at her level.
All-of-a-Kind Family – Sydney Taylor
This book is about a charming family and set at the 1900 turn of the century. They are an “all-of-a-kind” family because all five of the children are girls. They live with their mother and father. The story tells of their adventures and escapades of normal life. The family is Jewish and several of the chapters describe some of their traditions and practices.
L – This was first introduced to me as a read-aloud when I was 8 or 9 years old and I thought it was very interesting to hear about how a typical family in that day and age would have lived. If you are looking for a good read aloud for a child, it makes a very good one. It has sequels for readers that enjoy the story.
E – What appealed to me from this book is how I was able to relate to Ella, the oldest girl. I felt like we were really similar and I enjoyed reading about her.
Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
(fiction – classic read)
This story is about an outspoken, red-haired orphan girl who is adopted by an older brother and sister in Canada. The story tells of her learning to fit in with the other kids her age and it turns out that her quirkiness (individuality) was admired by the other kids.
E – I think it appealed to me because Anne wanted so hard for things to be a certain way. When they didn’t happen the ways she wanted, she learned from her mistakes, didn’t make them again, and jump right back up and kept on going. I liked how unique and different she was.
The Audition – Maddie Ziegler
This book is about a 12 year old girl named Harper who is an experienced dancer. Having just moved, she has to begin at a new studio. A few of the girls in her classes are more than willing to make new friends but some of the others are not ready to have new team mates. When they go to their first competition, the team is having trouble. The book is mostly about her struggle to pull her team together in order to become a successful dance team.
L – I have been dancing since I was small, just like Harper. The connection of dance is what originally pulled me into the series. It is a recently published book, 2017, and the books are still coming out. The author is also an experienced dancer and I appreciated the accuracy of the portrayal of the dancers.
Gladys Aylward – Janet and Geoff Benge
This book is a part of the Christian Heroes: Now and Then Series published by YWAM. This biography tells the story of Gladys Aylward, a Christian missionary to Yangchaeng, China. When Gladys got to China, she had to learn very quickly how to be self-sufficient. After the only other English missionary in the district dies, she has to step-up and take the lead. She has to learn to manage all of the finances while persevering in what she went to China for – preaching the Gospel.
E – I am drawn to the story of missionaries and the work they do. I especially like mission stories that take place in China and India. These are places where multiple missionaries have gone so there is a wide array of experiences to read about or learn about. I was really inspired by how Gladys did not let other discourage her from her dream.
Join us next week for books starting with the letter B.
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