The Book Bag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, November/December 2005

Yes, I know it’s a little late for a November-related post, but we had nearly 40 reviews in November, so it took a bit to get them all up on the web site. Here are some of our favorite non-seasonal books. I am posting a separate Holiday Book Bag with great tales for all ages!

The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin. The Giving Book teaches children to not only learn about giving and the reasons why we give but allows them to participate by writing down their thoughts about giving. [Watering Can Press, 2004]

The Obstacle Course by Neal Voron. The “Obstacle Course” referred to in the title is what one would normally think of as the trials and tribulations of everyday life. “It is a refreshing approach to offer teens valuable life lessons. Teachers and youth counselors should find this to be a great source of material for working with adolescents and teens.” [AuthorHouse, 2005]

Phillis Wheatley: Young Revolutionary Poet (Young Patriot Series) by Kathryn Kilby Borland and Hellen Ross Speicher. Phillis Wheatley, a young African girl brought to America during the mid-1700s, is placed with a family that nutures her natural abilities. Treated with kindness and taught to read and write, Phillis begins to write poetry. She is the first African American and the first slave to publish a book. [Patria Press, Inc., 2005]

Riddle in the Mountain by Daryl Burkhard. This is a good wholesome adventure / time travel /ghost story about which readers in the suggested age range should be excited. [Nomad Press, 2005]

Take a City Nature Walk (Talk a Walk Book Series) by Jane Kirkland, et al. This is a walking guide, nature reference, ecological handbook and personal journal, all in one. It is a compact paperback that fits easily into a hiking bag. [Stillwater Publishing, 2005]