What did you do during summer vacation?
Just when you think kids aren’t reading anymore, along comes Ginger Thomas and her crew of middle school reading champions. These youngsters spent part of their summer attending the St. Mary’s Book Club in Canton, led by Ginger who is a lifelong teacher and enrichment specialist.
In late August, I was invited to spend a morning with the group. What fun! These kids are great: they read voraciously and…they write! I was treated to a private performance of a play they had written and were planning to perform the next day for parents and friends. People, I was impressed. Really impressed.
Here, the list of reading favorites selected by the Club:
Favorite Books of the Summer Book Club Kids
Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Found and the Haddix series by Margaret Peterson
A Dogʼs Life: An Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin
The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier and the My Name is America series by
Walter Dean Meyers
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Harry Potter and the Sorcererʼs Stone and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Wolves of the Beyond series by Katherine Lasky
Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
Catwings series by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott OʼDell
Spellfall by Katherine Roberts
Guardianʼs of Gaʼhoole series by Katherine Laskey
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place and The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
The Secret School by Avi
The Kingdom of Fantasy by Gerorimo Stilton
Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe
The Genius Files Mission and Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
The Odyssey series by Mary Pope Osborne
Here’s a link to a terrific list compiled by NPR: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels.
If you’re interested in Ginger’s work with youngsters, you can contact her at the Teacher’s Desk Consultants, POB 106, DeKalb Jct. NY 13630 or 315-347-3055 or email@example.com
Okay, if you’re under 18, we’d love to hear about what you read this summer. Share your favorite summer titles below.