Faye is a curious, adventurous nine year old. She is always on the look out for new friends, but can sometimes be a little shy when it comes to saying the first hello. When it comes to her reading life, she likes to reserve the more challenging chapter books for summertime and save easier books for when school is in session. Reading calms her down. Small fonts, on the other hand, are annoying. If a book has too small of font, she will stop reading it. Period.
Faye asked me for a few personalized picks. To help me help her, I asked her to share three of her favorite books and one she was not so crazy about. Here are her favorites:
She likes this book because it is full of adventures and the main character is a girl her own age. The story involves traveling to a magical world where stories are created along with a search to find a lost mother.
Like the character in the story, Faye has a loved one who battled cancer. She could relate with the characters in this story and it was helpful to read about someone her age dealing with a similar issue.
Frindle is the story of a boy who invents a brand new word. Faye loved reading about someone who accomplished a big thing at a young age. (Plus, Andrew Clements is one of her favorite authors.)
When coming up with personalized picks for Faye, obviously adventure was important. I decided to try and find stories about young girls who tackle hard things and/or go on great adventures. Here is what I came up with…
Ida B tells the story of a young girl whose mom gets cancer, how her life changes (one change being she has to attend public school instead of being homeschooled), and how she deals with those changes. Ida has a fun personality that is easy to connect with. At the same time, she is honest with the reader about her emotions. (She is angry and talks about her heart getting smaller and harder.) I feel like this book takes a hard subject (a mom with cancer) and tries to find the balance in tackling this subject in a light but real way. (Spoiler Alert: It ends well. While the subject matter obviously contains some sadness, the ending is a happy one.)
Readers 8 and up
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon tells the story of a young Chinese girl who goes on an epic adventure to answer the question of how to bring her family good fortune. Part Chinese folklore, part fantasy mixed with a whole lot of adventure, this is a book that speaks of the power of storytelling and the joys of gratitude. I loved this book and hope Faye will be able to relate to Minli and that Minli’s quest will keep Faye turning the pages until the last one.
Readers 8 and up
Esperanza has lived a beautiful life with her family on their ranch in Mexico. When tragedy hits, she is forced to flee with her mother to California. It is the middle of the Great Depression when they join extended family at a Mexican work camp. Esperanza, who up until now has lived the life of a princess, must figure out how to survive and make a life for her mother and herself in the midst of these trying circumstances. Esperanza Rising is a well written story that showcases a young girl learning to live in challenging new circumstances.
Readers 8 and up
Faye, I hope you enjoy meeting Ida B., Minli and Esperanza. I think you will get along swimmingly. They may even teach you a thing or two along the way. I hope you enjoy their adventures and that the font is not too small so as to chase you away.
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