This post contains affiliate links.  In May, we finished our Sonlight Level C curriculum.  I’ll do a full wrap up on all the books in the curriculum later.  Safe to say, we really enjoyed the curriculum and will be moving on to Sonlight Level D after we take a few months to study geography.  Here are the best (and worst) books for ages 8 to 12 {May 2020}:

Books We Read

This month we finished six books!

The Best Books

We had two favorites this month:

Dear America: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

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

Dear America was at times a tough read.  Vargas, a citizen of the Philippines, came to the United States when he was 12.  His mother told him the day he was leaving that he was going, and she put him on the plane with his “uncle”, whom he’d never met.  Little did Vargas know that his “uncle” was a coyote, paid to get him illegally into the US.  Vargas lived with his maternal grandparents in the US, who were here legally.

No one tells him he’s illegally here until he tries to get his license at 16 and the clerk tells him his documents are fake.  His grandparents then tell him they thought he could be come legal by marrying an American woman.  There’s multiple problems with this plan, but the biggest one is that Vargas is gay.

This book sheds light on what happens to illegal citizens.  While we really enjoyed this book, my only complaint is that at the end, he almost tries to flaunt his status and openly risk deportation.

This book has 127 pages.

The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

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

Rufus Mayflower, the main character of The Toothpaste Millionaire, is a tightwad.  When his mother sends him to the store to pick up toothpaste, he’s outraged by how much it costs.  He determines he could make toothpaste much, much cheaper.  And that’s just what he does!

This educational and funny books follows Rufus’ path from small time entrepreneur to millinionaire, all by the 8th grade.  We loved this book!

The Toothpaste Millionaire has 119 pages.

Other Books We Read

Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West by Marguerite Henry

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

Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West is based on a true story.  (After we finished the book, we spent a good amount of time researching the real-life person.)  Annie Bronn grows up on a farm and loves horses.  She contracts polio and goes to a facility for treatment hours from her house.  She can’t see her parents during the entire time.  When she returns, horses give her comfort.

Annie inherits her dad’s farm when she grows up.  She’s appalled to learn that wild mustangs are rounded up to be slaughtered and put in dog food.  Annie courageously fights to put an end to this practice.

This book has 218 pages.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

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

Princess Celie has a charmed life in Tuesdays at the Castle.  She’s a princess, and her home, Castle Glower, can magically change.  A room will be there one week, and gone the next.  Celie is the only one in her family who knows the castle well enough to know all of the changes.

Yet, when her parents and older brother travel to a royal event, they go missing and are suspected dead.  Celie and her brother and sister are left alone to defend the castle and their family’s power as people from neighboring regions come to try to grab power.  Can the siblings ward off the intruders?

This book has 225 pages.

The Aesop for Children

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

The Aesop for Children was included as part of our Sonlight Level C curriculum.  The fables were very short, and we knew many of them.  Still, it was nice to have a book like this to have all of the fables in one place.

This book is 96 pages long.

Cornstalks: A Bushel of Poems by James Stevenson

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

Cornstalks: A Bushel of Poems was another miss in our Sonlight curriculum.  I just couldn’t figure out, when there are so many good poetry books for kids, why this one was included.  Some of the poems were clever, but after we read most of them, we just looked at each other and though, “huh.”

This book is 205 pages long.

Make sure to check out the

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

MAY STATS:

Books read: 6

# of pages read: 990

Audios listened to: 0

# of hours listened: 0

2020 STATS:

Books read in 2020: 37

Audios listened to in 2020: 13

Total books read or listened to in 2020: 50

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