The Book Bag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, September 2005

We spent A LOT of time reading in the Tub this month! Here are some of the thirty-four books we just posted. Parents worried about getting and keeping their middle-schoolers interested in reading will find some great stories.

Any Possible Outcome: A Book of Urban Tales by K.C. Taylor. This is a collection of short stories about the challenges that confront our children. These vignettes will resonate with junior and senior high school students and would be great conversation starters. The reader will understand how tough the living conditions are and how limited the options are for getting out of the urban jungle.(GND Publishing, 2003)

Magnolia by Sabrina Hofkin. Magnolia Holden has her summer in Manzanita Falls planned: she’ll go to Costa Rica with her mom for an archeological dig, work as a junior park ranger, and celebrate her 17th birthday by getting her pilot’s license. This may be targeted for teens, but parents will enjoy its wholesome story, too. (Manzanita Falls Publishers, 2005)

Max Mooth–Cyber Sleuth and the Case of the Zombie Virus by Stephen Kogon. Nobody loves computers more than Max. So when evil strikes the virtual world, teen Max Mooth and his pre-teen partner Mr. Z are here to help. The story moves quickly. “This is a rare self-published find without typos or grammar issues.” (iUniverse, 2005)

Penelope and Priscilla and the Enchanged House of Whispers by Jennifer Troulis. Becoming a teenager is a life-changing experience for twins Penelope and Priscilla Post. They’ve just moved to Dunville, and their world is, literally, turning upside down.The story is a traditional good v. evil tale that stays in balance, without gore or excessive nonsense. (Twin Monkeys Press, 2005)

Roughing by Lorna Schultz Nicholson. Josh Watson is thrilled to be heading to hockey camp to skate with some of the best players from all over Canada. He’s determined to show his mom he can handle his diabetes, and keep it a secret from his mates so he doesn’t get marked as “special.” It doesn’t take long before Josh realizes he’ll learn just as much off the ice as on it. This is a middle-reader sports chapter book about hockey and growing up. (James Lorimer & Company, LTD., Publishers, 2004)