This post contains affiliate links. Like the last two months, we read six books in October, three of which made our “best” book list!  I have actually read many of the books on this month’s list either through my work as an English instructor or when I taught Bookworm in 6th grade.  Thankfully, all of the books are good enough to read multiple times and still enjoy.

The Best (and Worst) Books for Ages 8 to 12 October 2021

 

The Best Book(s)

We had three favorite books in October:

The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson

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

I read The Master Puppeteer once before with Bookworm.  (You can read my full review here.)  The second time around, this book was just as good.  Paterson is such a masterful storyteller!

The Master Puppeteer is 179 pages long.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

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

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is another book Bookworm and I read that I read with the girls.  (You can read my full review here.  I also share some activities that go with the story.)  Once again, this book made me cry!

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes has 63 pages.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

The Best {and Worst} Books for Agess 8 to 12 {October 2021}

Out of the Dust is a book that I make sure each of my kids reads.  I, myself, have read this book about 10 times.  Hesse writes it in poetic form, which makes the story even more heartbreaking.  Billie Jo is a young teen growing up in Oklahoma during The Dust Bowl.  This story really drives home how challenging living in that area during The Dust Bowl really was.  I highly recommend this book for middle schoolers and older.

Out of the Dust has 227 pages.

Other Books We Read

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

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

What a fun book Every Soul a Star is!  A total eclipse is only a few days away, and Ally and her family prepare for hundreds of visitors to their camp, all coming to see the eclipse.  Some of those visitors are Jack and Bree.  The three kids become unlikely friends and change one another’s lives.

Every Soul a Star is 322 pages long.

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

I never read this classic in school, but I’ve read it twice now for different curriculums I’ve used.  This time around, I read Our Town to Cuddle Bug as part of her 6th grade curriculum.  She found it strange that all of the dead people in the cemetery were talking to one another, but overall, she liked it.  (Read my full review here.)

Our Town is 112 pages long.

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors, but The Red Pony was difficult to get through.  I didn’t mind it myself, but for my sensitive 6th grader, the brutality of ranch life that Steinbeck depicts was just too much for her.  (See my full review of The Red Pony here.)

The Red Pony is 95 pages long.

OCTOBER STATS:

Books read: 6

# of pages read: 998

Audios listened to: 0

# of hours listened: 0

2021 STATS:

Books read in 2021: 43

Audios listened to in 2021: 2

Total books read or listened to in 2021: 45

Total pages read:  8,776

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