A few months ago, I started keeping track of what the girls and I read aloud. We’re always looking for good reading suggestions, so if you have any good kids’ books you could recommend, please leave a comment below. Hopefully, some of the books we read will also give you ideas for books to read to your kids.
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Books We Read
Here are the kids’ books we read in August:
Traitor in the Shipyard by Kathleen Ernst
In the American Girl Mystery, Traitor in the Shipyard, Caroline’s father is a shipbuilder, and during the War of 1812, his shipyard and the ships he supplies to the military are essential. Her father’s old friend from prison (he was captured and held by the British) returns to town, and a new man starts working at the shipyard. Soon, things go wrong at the shipyard such as sails being destroyed and ship building material being burned. Caroline is determined to find out who is responsible, but things soon get dangerous quickly.
One thing I learned in this book is that runaway slaves who enlisted in the U.S. military were not safe. If discovered, they could be returned to the slave owners, so many of them deserted and enlisted with the British since they would officially be free then.
Traitor in Williamsburg by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
In the American Girl Mystery, Traitor in Williamsburg, Felicity’s friend, Fiona, is distraught when her father, Mr. McLeod, is falsely accused of helping the British as the Revolutionary War rages on. Just a few days later, Felicity’s own father, who is a staunch Patriot, is also accused and taken to jail. Felicity vows to solve the mystery of who is falsely accusing her father and thus, hopefully, get him out of jail.
Everyday Angel: Last Wishes by Victoria Schwab
Aria is a guardian angel who is sent down to help people in trouble. If she’s able to help three girls, she’ll get her wings. In Everyday Angel: Last Wishes, the last story in the trilogy, Aria comes to help Mikalya, a 12 year old girl who is in competitive dance. The problem is that Mikayla no longer enjoys dancing competitively, and tryouts for an elite school are being held soon. Aria tries to help Mikalya see that there is room for dance in her life, but dance didn’t have to be her whole life.
Sparrows in the Scullery by Barbara Brooks Wallace
Colley is a child who has lived a comfortable life until his parents unexpectedly die. In Sparrows in the Scullery, Culley waits for his aunt and uncle to come and take custody of him, but before they do, Culley is taken away. He assumes he’s been kidnapped and will be ransomed, but he’s actually part of a more sinister plot. He’s taken to the Broggin Home for Boys and given the new name, “Jed”, which he finds out was a name given to one of the boys before him who has since passed away. Culley, to his surprise, makes new friends at the Broggin Home for Boys, even while his fragile nature is put to the test when he has to work in the glassworks factory.
Cuddle Bug loved this book and kept asking me to read more and more.
The Invisible Friend by Lois Walfrid Johnson
The Invisible Friend is book 3 in a series of five books. We read the second, The Mystery of the Silver Coins, last month. In this month’s book, Bree comes to Norway as Mikkel’s prisoner. She becomes a slave to his mother, and her job is to serve the food and take care of grandmother, who often wakes, in fear, in the middle of the night. Bree’s brother, Devin, comes from Ireland to rescue her with ransom money, but he’s immediately placed in prison until the court can convene in the spring and determine whether Devin is free or a slave of Mikkel’s. (Mikkel captured him and then let him go in Ireland.)
While this book wasn’t quite as suspenseful as the second one, I appreciated and admired Bree’s inner strength and her deep faith.
I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Cuddlebug wanted to learn more about The Salem Witch Trials, so we got I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials at the library. I was a bit hesitant to read it to her because she is very sensitive and frightens easily, but I Walk in Dread is more about the personal lives of Deliverance and her sister, Remembrance and the hysteria that invaded Salem from January to August, 1691. The actual hangings were not covered at all in this book, though they were mentioned in the Historical Notes at the end.
The Secret of the Hidden Scroll Book Four: Journey to Jericho by M. J. Thomas
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Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
I had never heard of Fablehaven before, but it was chosen for the girls’ book club, so we set to reading it aloud. Though it was almost 400 pages long, we raced through this book in less than a week. Kendra and Seth go to stay with their paternal grandparents for a few weeks while their parents go on a cruise. What they don’t know is that their grandparents’ land is a mystical preserve full of magical creatures. They can’t see the creatures until they drink milk. Seth routinely does things he’s told not to do, which causes all sorts of drama among the mystical creatures. In the end, Seth and Kendra, along with their grandparents, end up in a fight for their lives!
Audio Stories We Listened To
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart
In The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, Nicholas Benedict is a nine-year old orphan with an unfortunate nose and narcolepsy. He’s moved to a new orphanage and locked in his room at night due to his narcolepsy. However, Nicholas manages to escape his room at night so he, along with two newfound friends, can explore a mystery. The woman who used to own the house the orphanage is in had inherited a fortune from her father, but she didn’t need the money because her own husband was quite wealthy. Nicholas dreams of discovering the missing fortune and striking out on his own, but things don’t quite go the way Nicholas planned.
This audio story is long–nearly 14 hours–but the girls really enjoyed it. I did, too, but the narrator, Del Roy, reminded me of Winnie the Pooh’s narrator, so that was sometimes a bit distracting. 🙂
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
I loved Moon Over Manifest! Abilene is sent to spend the summer in Manifest, Kansas in 1936. Her father, Gideon, is working on the trains. Abilene finds adventure in Manifest when she finds old letters from Jinx and Ned, two boys who lived in the town in 1918. Abilene sees a diviner, but while there, she accidentally breaks a pot, so she begins to work for the diviner to make up for breaking the pot. The diviner often tells Abilene stories about Jinx and Ned.
This was a beautiful story, and I loved the way everything tied together in the end.
Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
I had never read Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm before, so I was interested in listening to the audio story. Cuddle Bug loved this story, but PB & J Girl got annoyed because she felt as if Rebecca talked too much. (She did talk alot!) Rebecca is the second oldest of 7 children, and her mother is a widow. Rebecca moves to go to school and live with her two aunts, Miranda and Jane. Miranda is uptight and fussy, and Rebecca can’t seem to please her while Jane is sweet and nurturing. The story follows Rebecca for several years, until she graduates from high school and returns home to help her mother.
Books read aloud in June, July, and August: 18
Audio stories listened to in June, July, and August: 9