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Z – Middle School Book ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

Z

We are at the last letter for this round of ABC Blogging or Blogging Through the Alphabet (whichever you prefer to think of it as).

Z

Oh, this one was actually kind of easy to find a book for.

Zlatas diary

Zlata’s Diary: a child’s life in Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic
introduction by Janine Di Giovanni
translated  with notes by Christina Pribichevich-Zoric

I have tried to persuade my girls to read this one and have not yet succeeded. I may end up assigning it just to get them to take a chance on it.

This is a true diary, along the lines of Anne Frank. Zlata is 13 at the start of the diary, right before Sarajevo was blockaded and war broke out in 1991. Zlata’s family were not poor but money did nothing for them when there was nothing to be had. These are the thoughts that fill the head of a young girl who should be running around, visiting friends, and having fun, yet cannot leave the “safe room” in the building for fear of the shelling and shooting. As the war continues, thing deteriorate further and Mimmy (the name of the diary) is a friend when no others are there. Zlata is able to be evacuated safely a couple years into the war and so her story – and the story of so many other children trapped in war zones – is able to be heard. It is a tremendous read, full of life and emotion.

I will take a couple weeks break from the ABC series but will be back when the new round starts.

Blessings,
At Home.

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The ABC linkup is hosted by Hopkins HomeschoolDoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.

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
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs
T – Thick as Thieves & Twinkle Tales
U – Under the Lilacs
V – Valkyrie & Voyage on the Titanic
W – War That Saved My Life & Wonderful Wizard of Oz
X – Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Betty Before X
Y – A Year Down Yonder
Z – Zlata’s Diary

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Y – Middle School Books ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

Y

Y-titled books are not easy either. This is a book that I just adored from an author that is just tons of fun to read.

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

This story takes place at Grandma Dowdel’s once again. Due to the hardships of the Great Depression, Mary Alice goes to live with Grandma. The year provides a tons of activity and laughter. From turning the tables on the local bullies to doing good while no one is looking to making every season one to find hilarity in, Grandma gives Mary Alice an education she’d never get in Chicago. It turns out to be a wonderful year full of the kinds of memories we all wish our children would be blessed with.

As always, I definitely recommend Richard Peck as an author. I have yet to read anything that I wouldn’t share with my girls, though I keep finding new ones, so I obviously have not read all that he has written.

Got any Y-titled books that you adore? Please share their titles with me in the comments.

Blessings,
At Home.

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The ABC linkup is hosted by Hopkins HomeschoolDoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.

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
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs
T – Thick as Thieves & Twinkle Tales
U – Under the Lilacs
V – Valkyrie & Voyage on the Titanic
W – War That Saved My Life & Wonderful Wizard of Oz
X – Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Betty Before X

X – Middle School Books ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

X

What to do? What to do? I just can’t come up with anything. Goodness! Harder and harder!

There were several suggestions for books that had an X “in” the title but only one that started with X.

So, for the pleasure of sharing something, here are some titles with X that look pretty interesting.

This book looks interesting to me –

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz

It is about a young black girl in the 1940s in Detroit. It shows the difficulty, the challenge, and the heartbreak. Betty grows up and becomes the wife of Malcom X, which influenced the title.

Read a full review of this book by A Net In Time.

Soldier X by Don L. Wulffson

This book is a look behind enemy lines during WWII. As a teenager, Erik goes as a soldier for Germany, experiencing the horrors of war and the Third Reich. The story looks interesting and difficult at the same time.

This book was suggested by Hopkins Homeschool.

Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway

6th grader Xander is looking forward to a break and spending the time with his friend and his comics. He will be thrust, instead, into a dramatic and challenging adventure.

This book was suggested by Walking Fruitfully.

Hopefully you saw one that looked interesting and will explore it. If you have other suggestions for the letter X, I would love to hear them.

Blessings,
At Home.

 

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The ABC linkup is hosted by Hopkins HomeschoolDoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.

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
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs
T – Thick as Thieves & Twinkle Tales
U – Under the Lilacs
V – Valkyrie & Voyage on the Titanic
W – War That Saved My Life & Wonderful Wizard of Oz

W – Middle School Books ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

W

The letter W was actually quite easy to get a list for. We probably have too many titled for it but that’s okay. I’ll share them anyway.

Wonderful Wizard of OzThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

This is the book that the wonderfully imaginative movie was created from. The story is a glorious read with tons of opportunity for the reader to use their imagination. It has all the elements you would expect if you have seen the movie – Dorothy being swept away in a tornado, landing in a strange village, befriending the tin man, the lion, and the scarecrow. Even the flying monkey are included. But the book is vastly different from the movie in the way the story runs along. It was a fantastic read aloud for our family and we definitely recommend it. The following books in the series were not quite so interesting for the girls so I think we only got through two additional books and they were quite different.

War That Saved My Life
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Summary provided by Miss L: This was a book about Ada, who is 10. She was born with a club foot and her mother did not like her. When WWII started and the government began evacuating children from London, her mother decided to send Ada’s brother to the country but not her. Ada decided she was going to go to, even though her mother had not given her permission. In the country, she gets to live a very different sort of life with all these luxuries and all the food she wants. Her mother comes back to get her and life changes again, leaving Ada wanting to return to the country.

Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Summary provided by Miss L: Meg is the main character, along with her brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin. They go on a voyage with three old ladies who have magical powers to a bunch of different planets in the solar system. They are on a search to find Meg’s father.

Wings of FireWings of Fire: The Dragon Prophesy by Tui T Southerland

This is book 1 in the series.

Summary provided by Miss E: It is about dragons and there are humans that are called scavengers. The dragons see them as animals. In this first book, it is centered on Clay, a mud-wing dragon. He and four other dragons are trapped under a mountain by three other dragons, the Guardians. The Guardians keep telling them that being kept there is for their own good. The dragons have not ever seen the outside, except small peeks through the sky hole. They come up with a plan to escape and they succeed. In the process, though, they get captured by the queen of the Sky-wings, who are involved in a war. According to a prophesy, Clay and his friends are supposed to stop this war. Once in captivity, Queen Scarlet likes to watch dragons fight and kill each other and this is what Clay and his friends are captured for. In the end, they are able to escape, with the help of the queen’s “killer dragon”, and they take off to find their parents.

 

Wide Awake Princess
The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker

Summary provided by Miss E: The Wide-Awake Princess is about a girl named Annie. Her sister is Sleeping Beauty. When Annie was a baby, she only got one christening gift – magic could not touch her, whether good or bad. When the curse on Sleeping Beauty takes effect, Annie is not affected. She and her friend Liam, one of the guards, go to find all the princes so that one of them can reverse the curse and wake Sleeping Beauty. This is the story of their travels.

There are several other books about Annie and they are fun books to read. The last couple in the series about Annie include characters from the Frog Princess series so the stories overlap a bit, sharing character. This is fun and now that she has shared the summary with you, Miss E wants to read it yet again. (I think we know what is going on her library check-out list for next week!)

 

There are two other W-titled books that I want to put on your radar. I am not providing a summary for these but they are ones that we keep on our shelves.

Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

The Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit

Hope you have some good reading time this week and find some titles that bring you joy.

Blessings,
At Home.

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The ABC linkup is hosted by Hopkins HomeschoolDoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.

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
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs
T – Thick as Thieves & Twinkle Tales
U – Under the Lilacs
V – Valkyrie & Voyage on the Titanic

 

V – Middle School Books ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

V

This week we are on the letter V. Remember me telling you that we were getting to some letters that it was tougher to find titles that we enjoyed for? Well, this is one of them. One giggly girl had a book to suggest and I had one from a series we really like. That’s it for the letter V. So if you have any good V-titled books, please share them in the comments.

Vaklyrie by Kate O’Hearn

ValkyrieMiss E is providing the synopsis: Based on Norse mythology, it is centered on the Valkyries. It is about a Valkyrie named Freya. In the beginning of the book, she becomes a full-fledged Valkyrie. She reaps her first full spirit and he asks her for a favor. She returns to Earth to find that spirit’s family, to tell them what happened to him and that he loved them. She found them but the grandmother was taking care of his girls and she was dying. Freya had to help the grandmother find a permanent situation for the girls after she died. Along the way, she makes a friend named Archie, a human boy, and he helps her with her tasks.

She really enjoyed this story, as well as the 2nd book of the trilogy. She is impatiently waiting for the 3rd book in the trilogy to be released. It is possible that it has been and she just doesn’t know it. Either way, she really wants to read it!

Voyage on the Great TitanicVoyage on the Titanic (Dear America series) 

This is one of the Dear America series and these books are written as diaries. They are a historical fiction but are enjoyable to read. We have found them to be a good way to personify a time in history that we are somewhat unfamiliar with yet know that the information is fairly accurate.

Summary: Margaret was left in the care of an orphanage when her brother immigrated to America. Now she is to go to America to join him. She is to get there on the great ship Titanic. What is expected to be the new beginning of a wonderful life take an unexpected turn when the ship collides with an iceberg.

 

Well, that’s it for this week. If you have any good titles, please share them in the comments!

Blessings,
At Home.

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The ABC linkup is hosted by Hopkins HomeschoolDoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.

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
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs
T – Thick as Thieves & Twinkle Tales
U – Under the Lilacs

 

U ~ Middle School Books ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

U

Um – this was hard! Harder than I expected. We just do not have U titled books on our shelves, which means we really don’t have many favorites. In fact, I even asked a couple of people and no one really had any of their own to share. But, I do have one. And it is by my favorite author. Well, one of my favorites. I have many. I do love books, after all. But, I digress. . .

Under The Lilacs

Under The Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott

Starting with a tea party in which the tea cakes disappear, you are quickly drawn into this story. Bab and Betty are such sweet, innocent children and their life is entered by a young man named Ben and his dog Sancho. The interactions of the children is the focus of this story and it is a joy to read. Family and friendship merge into one. A very endearing book.

Many people do not like this book because it is very different from the stories of the March family in Little Women and the sequels. But this story is unique and fun, all on its own. Another good read of Louisa May Alcott’s.

Next week – V! You’ll have to come back to see what I have up my sleeve for that letter.

Blessings,
At Home.

 

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The ABC linkup is hosted by Hopkins HomeschoolDoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.

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
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs
T – Thick as Thieves & Twinkle Tales

 

T – Middle School Books ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet & Book Club

T

Today’s post is a combo of the ABC blogging I have been participating in and the Book Club that Wendy and I have been posting monthly. The reason? This past month has flown past me and so has this week.  So, I’m combining today.

For the Book Club, we are just going to share all of these but my favorite was The Twinkle Tales. Wendy has been a bit busy with a busy turn of events in her life so I haven’t even talked Book Club with her. The book I thought I would be sharing about – Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type – turned out to be a HUGE disappointment. It was not a good book at all. For me, it was not just not good to read; it was unpleasant and contained themes that I would never intentionally share. So, if you picked that book up on my suggestion? I apologize.

Now. On to the books I did like.

Twinkle Tales

Twinkle Tales by L. Frank Baum

Yes, the author of the Oz series, specifically The Wizard of Oz, wrote some other things. These are really quite fun, but strange, tales. It is a series of stories that are connected to each other through the characters of Twinkle and Chubbins. Twinkle is a little girl and Chubbins is her friend. These are strange, wonderful stories that are full of imagination, adventure, and fun. We used this as a read aloud and it was just delightful. It would do just as well as a personal read because it is just so fun and different. I think my favorite was the story titled “Policeman Bluejay.” In this story the children become little birds (larks) and enjoy many adventures before they are able to return to little children. In one story Twinkle and Chubbins end up as prairie dogs in a prairie dog town and in another they become a couple of “sugar people”, a group that lives at Sugar Loaf Mountain. These are just fun, but surprising tales.

Thick as Thieves

Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow

As you know, we really enjoy the books Susan K Marlow writes. The Andi series is a lot of fun and brings Christian values to the story. While Andi gets into tons of situations that a regular person would not, they are interesting to read and the lessons learned are valuable. This is the first book in the Circle C Milestones series, which features Andrea Carter (Andi) as a teenager. You can read more about the story in our previous review of the book.

Here is a summary of the books from my review:

Set in the 1880s, Thick As Thieves opens with 14 year old Andrea Carter tenderly caring for Taffy, her beloved horse who is about to foal on the family’s ranch, Circle C. Andi trusts her gut instincts, something that is hard to do as the youngest in a family, and pesters her older siblings until someone listens to her about Taffy having difficulty with the foal. It turns out that Andi was right to think something was wrong but with the help of her older brother, Taffy gives birth. This birth brings new challenges and many changes to her life.

As the book moves along, Andi is struggling with many things as she grows up. She wants to continue with her life as it is but her mother and older sister think it is time for her to begin acting like a young lady. Andi doesn’t enjoy school much because the work isn’t challenging for her and she loves to be outside with her horses. As Andi continue to work on being a good student and a good horsewoman, she is given a much more difficult challenge at school. Her new seatmate is a difficult girl who seems bent on causing Andi problems. To make matters even more of a struggle, there are cattle rustlers in the valley causing problems for everyone.

That’s it for today. Thanks for joining me for the letter T. I am going to see what I can dig up for the letter U next week. As of right now, that line in my ABC blogging plan is blank!! Eek!

I hope to have a better update for Book Club next month and perhaps I can find a good one to read that I can share early enough that those of you interested could read it ahead of time. 🙂

Blessings,
At Home.

Book club:Ladybug Daydrams and At Home where life happens

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The ABC linkup is hosted by Hopkins HomeschoolDoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.

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
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs

Also linking up with the Homeschool Review Crew weekly linkup.

 

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