This post contains affiliate links.  We’re about six weeks into our Sonlight Level D, and it’s good to be back to the tried and true that works for us.  Some of those books appear in this month’s list.  Also, we started listening to an audio while we all do our paint-by-numbers, so maybe next month we’ll finally have an audio book on our list again.  I really missed listening to audios!

Books We Read

This month we finished five books.

The Best Books

We had two favorite this month:

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

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

Several months ago, we listened to Laurie Halse Anderson’s book Chains on audio, and it was fantastic!  I learned it was the first in a trilogy, so we bought the other two books.  Recently we finished the second, Forge, and it was equally good.  The trilogy follows three young black slaves–Curzon, Isabel, and Isabel’s sister–during the time of the Revolutionary War.  In Forge, Curzon and Isabel are now free, but Curzon has no idea where Isabel is.  Curzon reluctantly re-enters the army, but he’s accidentally discovered by his former master and once again becomes a slave.  At his former master’s house, he finds Isabel, complete with an iron collar around her neck to stop her from trying to run away.  Yet, Curzon is determined that nothing will stop him from finding a way to become free again–with Isabel.  We can’t wait to read the third book in the trilogy.

This book has 280 pages.

Becoming Naomi León by Pam MuÑoz Ryan

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

I have decided I love all the books from this author.  We’ve read several (Echo, Esperanza Rising, and now Becoming Naomi León), and they’re all fabulous.  In Becoming Naomi León, Naomi and her brother, Owen, live with their grandmother because their mother’s unfit and they have no contact with their father.  Their quiet, happy life is disrupted when their mother comes to town.  Although she says she’s sober, Naomi knows that her mother’s been drinking.   As the months go on, Naomi’s mother becomes more violent and unstable, and things get worse when she brings her boyfriend, who sees kids as simply a way to get more money from the state, around.  Gram embarks on a journey to Mexico to see if she can find Naomi’s father and retain custody of her grandchildren.  Along the way, Naomi discovers herself and finds out she’s a lot stronger than she believed.

This book has 246 pages.

Other Books We Read

Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad

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

In Pedro’s Journal, we get a firsthand account of Columbus’ voyage from a young deck hand.  This book doesn’t romanticize Columbus’ trip.  Instead, it shares difficult details of the journey, including Columbus basically kidnapping natives and keeping them on board the ship to bring them back to Europe.  This book does an excellent job showing how revolutionary this trip was, especially since most of the sailors were afraid they’d fall off the edge of the Earth if they traveled too far.

This book has 81 pages.

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

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

While I loved the theme of Secret of the Andes, it was a little boring for my girls.  They really didn’t enjoy reading this book.  However, the book shows the conflict between Spaniards and the natives in Peru, and the young boy learns an important lesson by the end of the book.

This book has 120 pages.

St. Martin de Porres: Humble Healer by Elizabeth Marie DeDomenico, FSP

Since we were reading so many books for Sonlight that took place in South America, we decided to read St. Martin de Porres: Humble Healer for religion.  St. Martin performed so many miracles that at one point in the reading, my 10 year old declared, “St. Martin is cool!”

This book is 102 pages long.

Make sure to check out the

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

JULY STATS:

Books read: 5

# of pages read: 829

Audios listened to: 0

# of hours listened: 0

2020 STATS:

Books read in 2020: 46

Audios listened to in 2020: 13

Total books read or listened to in 2020: 59

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