This post contains affiliate links.  Since the girls are eaching doing a separate literature-based curriculum this year, we’re reading a lot!  In August, we completed six books.  Here are the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {August 2021}.

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {August 2021}

The Best Book(s)

We had three favorite books in August:

On the Horizon by Lois Lowry

On the Horizon by Lois Lowry

On the Horizon is a fabulous book written entirely in poetic form.  I already wrote a full review of the book and highly encourage anyone, no matter your age, to read this book!  Lowry was just a young toddler in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and it’s resonated throughout her life.

On the Horizon is 67 pages long.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {August 2021}

I read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon a few years ago when Bookworm was using Sonlight Level F.  Now, PB & J Girl is going through the same curriculum, and I got to enjoy the book all over again.  In this fantastical story, Minli has a father who tells her fanciful stories and myths.  However, the family is poor, and her mother is bitter.  Minli decides to go on an adventure based on one of her father’s stories to try to improve her family’s situation.  In the end, she learns a great deal about herself and her life, as do her parents.  In addition to a wonderful storyline, this book also has beautiful color pictures.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon has 278 pages.

Lion Island by Margarita Engle

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {August 2021}

This year, PB & J Girl is learning geography through literature.  The first book we read was Lion Island, which is written in poetic form.  In the beginning, Antonio tells the story.  He’s a messenger, and he meets Wing, a Chinese fruit seller, through his work.  Wing introduces Antonio to his sister, Fan, who becomes a singer.  They are living in Cuba while the country fights for freedom from Spain.  Then, the three take a bold step to help those who are desperate.  We all really enjoyed this book, especially because it taught us about a time we weren’t familiar with.

Lion Island has 155 pages.

Other Books We Read

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {August 2021}

Bridge to Terabithia is a famous young adult book, but I hadn’t read it before.  Though the girls liked it, when I finished, I wondered what the hype had been about.  The story is about two kids, Jess Aarons and the new girl in school, Leslie Burke.  At first they are fierce competitors, but then, a friendship develops.  They create an enchanted world called Terabithia, but then tragedy strikes.  Unfortunately, while I felt that Paterson did a good job developing Jess’ character, I never felt like I really got to know Leslie, which impacted how I felt about the end of the story.

Bridge to Terabithia is 167 pages long.

Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt by Jean Fritz

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {August 2021}

Cuddle Bug is learning history through literature this year, so Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! was one of her history books.  We liked reading about Roosevelt’s determination, especially when it came to the heart condition that plagued him since childhood.  However, his way of dealing with grief after his first wife died, especially with regard to his infant daughter, left a lot to be desired.

Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! is 115 pages long.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 {August 2021}

When I was younger, I tried to read The Call of the Wild, but I didn’t like reading the bad things that happened to the sled dogs, so I stopped.  This time, I read aloud the book to Cuddle Bug, and if it wouldn’t have been required for her curriculum, I would have stopped reading.  I just have trouble reading about the ways humans can make animals suffer.  I felt the same way about Black Beauty.  Cuddle Bug liked the story.

Call of the Wild tells the story of Buck, a dog who lives a happy life in California until he’s kidnapped and sold to dog sledders in the Klondike during the Gold Rush.  Buck changes hands many times, with some owners who treat him nicely, and others who don’t.

Call of the Wild is 104 pages long.

AUGUST STATS:

Books read: 6

# of pages read: 886

Audios listened to: 0

# of hours listened: 0

2021 STATS:

Books read in 2021: 31

Audios listened to in 2021: 2

Total books read or listened to in 2021: 33

Total pages read:  6,447

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