This post contains affiliate links.  NOTE: I was getting August’s post ready when I realized I never published July’s.  Not sure how that happened!  So, here’s July’s, and I’ll publish August’s in a few weeks. We took a few weeks off in July for our summer vacation, and you can tell becaue we didn’t read much.  However, both girls are doing literature-based curriculums this school year, so next month we should have a lot more books we’ve read.  Here are the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {July 2021}.

The Best (and Worst) Books We Read {July 2021}

The Best Book(s)

We had one favorite book in July:

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about a group of boys in 1960s Oklahoma who are part of a gang, the Greasers, who constantly fight with the rich Socs.  During one late night fight, something goes horribly wrong, and life as the Greasers know it changes completely.

I loved this book when I was in middle school, and I was happy to introduce my girls to it.  We listened to it on audio and then watched the movie afterwards.  The girls loved it!

The Outsiders is 5 hours long.

Other Books We Read

The Memory Keeper by Jennifer Camiccia

The Memory Keeper is about a girl, Lulu, who has Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM).  Lulu can remember every day of her life.  She has a younger brother and both parents, but they are highly distracted.  Instead, she is raised by her grandmother, who is showing the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  This book told a lot about the brain, and Cuddle Bug and I had fun watching YouTube videos on HSAM (actress Marilu Henner has it) as well as learning more about Alzheimer’s disease.

The Memory Keeper has 331 pages.

Gold Rush Girl by Avi

I wanted to like Gold Rush Girl by Avi, and for about the first third I did.  But then, the book really slogged for all of us, and it never recovered it’s early sense of adventure.  This was one of our least favorite books we’ve read this entire year!

Gold Rush Girl is 306 pages long.

JULY STATS:

Books read: 2

# of pages read: 637

Audios listened to: 1

# of hours listened: 5 hours

2021 STATS:

Books read in 2021: 25

Audios listened to in 2021: 2

Total books read or listened to in 2021: 27

Total pages read:  5,561

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