This post contains affiliate links.  We started January off at a good pace, completing four books.  The girls are now almost 11 and 12.5 years old, so their books are leaning toward the higher end of this age range.  If I continue to write these kinds of posts next year, I’ll likely need to increase the age range to 10 to 14 to reflect their maturity and changing interests.  Anyway, here are the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {January 2021}.

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

The Best Book(s)

We had two books that we thought were the best in January:

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

In Front Desk, Mia Tang and her family have come from China to start a new life in America.  They soon find out that life here is hard, and they struggle to get by.  They take a job running a motel.  The owner, Mr. Yao, barely pays them enough and generally makes their lives miserable.  Through it all, they perservere and continue to pursue a better life in America.

This book is funny, but it also sheds light on what it’s like to be an immigrant and start over as well as what it’s like to be a minority and face discrimination daily.  I highly recommend this book.

This book has 286 pages.

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12

Across Five Aprils was part of our Sonlight Level E reading, and wow, what a book!!  Jethro Creighton is still young when the Civil War breaks out.  He watches his many older brothers leave their home in Southern Illinois to join the war.  One even decides to fight for the Confederates, which causes great difficulty for his family.  Jethro does his best to help his family, playing uncle to the young sons of one of his brothers, and planting the crops for his ailing father.

This book really brings the Civil War to life and shows that life for those back home was difficult, too.  It even made me cry a few times.

This book has 209 pages.

Other Books We Read

Brilliant! by David Michael Warren

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

Brilliant!: 25 Catholic Scientists, Mathematicians, and Supersmart People devotes a chapter to each of the 25 people.  I thought this book was great for elementary age children to learn more about Catholic people who did wonderful things for science and society.  I wish there were more books written like this one.

This book has 97 pages.

Charles Mulli by Janet & Geoffe Benge

Charles Mulli: We Are Family by Janet & Geoff Benge

I’ve reviewed Charles Mulli in a separate post.  This book was unlike the Benges’ other missionary books.  While it was a compelling story, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for kids under 10 due to family violence.

This book has 185 pages.

JANUARY STATS:

Books read: 4

# of pages read: 777

Audios listened to: 0

# of hours listened: 0 hours

2021 STATS:

Books read in 2021: 4

Audios listened to in 2021: 0

Total books read or listened to in 2021: 4

Total pages read:  777

 

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