This post contains affiliate links.  We’re now eleven weeks into our Sonlight Level D, and I love going through this as much the second time as the first time when I did it with Bookworm.  The books in this level are excellent.  We’ve also started listening to audios while doing crafts, so next month, we’ll finally have some audio books on our list again.  Here are the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {August 2020}.

Books We Read

This month we finished five books.

The Best Books

We had two favorite this month:

A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {August 2020}

In A Lion to Guard Us, young Amanda is left to care for her younger brother and sister when her mother dies.  (Her father had left three years before to go to the Jamestown settlement.)  Amanda, with the help of a local doctor, boards a ship with her siblings to make the long journey to the New World to find her father.

This book has 117 pages.

Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {August 2020}

This wasn’t one of my favorite books, but the girls loved Baby Island.  Young Mary and Jean, twelve and ten, respectively, are on a ship headed for Australia when the ship runs into trouble.  The sailors put Mary and Jean in a lifeboat along with four young children, all two and under.  Against all odds, Mary and Jean land on an island and begin to build a life for themselves and the babies.

This book has 160 pages.

Other Books We Read

Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer by Janet & Geoff Benge

 

Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer by Janet & Geoff Benge

I wrote about Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer in a separate post because the book would also be a good read for adults.  This was also one of Cuddle Bug’s favorite books for the month.

This book has 208 pages.

Walk the World’s Rim by Betty Baker

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {July 2020}

Walk the World’s Rim remains one of my favorite books from Sonlight’s Level D program.  Fourteen year old Chakoh leaves his village with the four men who had visited, including Cabeza de Vaca and Esteban.  Chakoh values his friendship with Esteban and plans to accompany him back to Mexico.  However, once they reach Mexico, Chakoh starts to change. . .and he has to face his biases against slaves when he discovers Esteban isn’t an exploring Spaniard but a slave.

This book has 168 pages.

Roll with It by Jamie Sumner

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {August 2020}

Honestly, any of the other four books we read this month could have been among our favorites.  Roll with It, while a good book, just wasn’t up to the level of the other four books.

In this story, Ellie, who has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, moves with her single mom from Tennessee to Oklahoma to stay with her grandma and grandpa.  Her grandpa has dementia, and her grandma is struggling to take care of him.  While Ellie and her mom are only planning on staying temporarily, they soon find a home and good friends and decided to create a life in Oklahoma.

This book is 250 pages long.

Make sure to check out the

the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {July 2020} that we read last month, and

the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {June 2020}, that we read in June, and

the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {May 2020} that we read in May, and

the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {April 2020} that we read in April, and

the best (and worst ) books for ages 8 to 12 {March 2020} that we read in March,  and

best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {February 2020} that we read in February, and

the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {January 2020} that we read in January!

AUGUST STATS:

Books read: 5

# of pages read: 903

Audios listened to: 0

# of hours listened: 0

2020 STATS:

Books read in 2020: 51

Audios listened to in 2020: 13

Total books read or listened to in 2020: 64

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