Is someone in your house at loose ends and looking for something to read?
Out in Left Field by Don Lemna and Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai are two books a middle school kid might enjoy reading this summer. Very different books, I enjoyed reading both. They were the last two to circulate my way in our KidLit Club.
Don Lemna's story, Out in Left Field, is about growing up in rural America just after WWII. An easy, folksy read, this book is quite humorous, especially in the second half. It's a sequel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home.
Inside Out and Back Again is an award-winning book about a young girl who leaves Saigon as a war refugee and has to adapt to a new language and culture when she moves to Alabama. The first page or two might seem a little strange - it's written in free-verse poems, but the language flows so well, it totally suits the story. An excellent read!