This post contains affiliate links. For the first time in 15 months, we actually finished an audiobook!  We’re going enough places now that we can listen to audiobooks again.  Love that!  In addition to the audio, we finished three other books, all of which we loved.  Here are the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {June 2021}.

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

The Best Book(s)

We had two books that everyone picked as their favorite in June:

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson tells the author’s true story of growing up during WWII as a Jewish boy who is saved by Oskar Schindler.  Wow, was this a tough one to read!

The Boy on the Wooden Box has 225 pages.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

What a riot In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson was.  This book was funny but also poignoit.  A Chinese girl moves to America with her family, but before she leaves China, she chooses a name for herself–Shirley Temple.  Shirley Temple Wong learns to love America, but first, she has to learn a lot to fit in with her classmates and make friends.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson has 170 pages.

Other Books We Read

The Winged Watchman by Hilda van Stockum

The Winged Watchman is another WWII book.  This one takes place in Holland and tells the story of one family’s quiet resistance and their efforts to help save several people, at high risk to themselves.  We really enjoyed this book.  Whenever I read books like this, I find myself wondering if I could be as brave as the characters when the stakes were so high!

The Winged Watchman has 191 pages.

A Pup Called Trouble by Bobbie Pyron

Cuddle Bug loved A Pup Called Trouble, but the rest of us thought it was just okay.  This story tells the fantastical tale of a wolf pup who is separated from his family and finds himself in New York City.  Somehow he does eventually make his way back to his family. . .after a lot of unbelievable adventures in between.

This audiobook is 4.25 hours long

 

JUNE STATS:

Books read: 3

# of pages read: 586

Audios listened to: 1

# of hours listened: 4.25hours

2021 STATS:

Books read in 2021: 23

Audios listened to in 2021: 1

Total books read or listened to in 2021: 24

Total pages read:  4,924

Read More

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