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Subject: What is your child reading?
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 4:21 PM ET
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For "reading" or "literature" time, what book is your child reading? My daughter is reading Children of the New Forest and  Alice in Wonderland . She doesn't love Children of the New Forest, but is enjoying Alice in Wonderland very much.

Subject: Jane Langton books
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 5:15 PM ET
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My 10 year old is loving the Hall Family Chronicle series by Jane Langton, fiction, fantasy genre, for ages 9-12. The first books were published in the late 1960s and the newest in the series #8 will be published in June 2008. One of them is the Newbery winner The Fledgling. They do not need to be read in order or as a series. He got started on #6 which was about a bike the kids rode that was a time machine. He is reading the 4th book right now.

My younger son, grade 2 was reading the Secrets of Droon which I do NOT consider great literature. He just finally got sick of it and I am having him read easy biographies, history and he just read a long-text picture book Hercules story. He is enjoying doing the different topics not just fiction for his "reading practice".

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 5:32 PM ET
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My 6th grader is  reading a book called Time cat it's kinda historical and science fiction because the boy and cat travel back in time.

my 4th grader is reading a series of books called the secrets of droon.

my 2nd grader I cannot get to read she hates reading so we have bought her a mp3 player and we are planning to download some audio books.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 5:49 PM ET
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My 9 y.o. is reading through some Madeleine L'Engle books after reading From The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler for a novel unit.  Previously he read all the books in the Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH series.  He's always reading a lot of non-fiction.  Today it was our Health Encyclopedia - looking up all my medical issues and meds.  LOL!  He continuously reads his Geronimo Stilton books.  They are so much fun!  He has two pet mice so that helps ;-)

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 6:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/13/2008 8:57 PM ET
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My senior is reading "Beowulf " for class and "The Hunt for Red October" on his own. My freshman is reading "A Morbid Taste For Bones" for lit. (it's a murder mystery set in the Middle Ages) She just finished "The Secret Sharer" by Conrad.

Subject: Books for school--and fun
Date Posted: 2/14/2008 11:31 PM ET
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My 13-year-old 8th grader has been reading:

"Hood" by Stephen Lawhead (loved it--Lawhead researched and reworked the Robin Hood legend);
"Eulalia" by Brian Jacques (the latest Redwall book--they're all great!);
"Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe (assigned by her Civil War reenacting group);
"Alice In Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll (for her literature curriculum); and
"Much Ado About Nothing" by Shakespeare (because she loved the movie, and because I was teaching it to the high school drama class at my co-op and she got interested).

She's also recently read through all of the Matthew Bartholmew Chronicles by Susanna Gregory.  They're a British murder mystery series set in medieval times.  (I liked them myself..)

I find that we've been swiping each other's books lately.  I originally checked "Hood" out of the library for myself, but somehow she managed to read it first.  

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Date Posted: 2/17/2008 8:28 PM ET
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My 8yo just finished Because of Winn-Dixie. She gave DH & I an "oral report" on it on Friday, complete with posters and all! :) Right after, we put the DVD on to see how the book was similar to/different from the novel. This was her first time doing any major report like this, so I'm happy to say that she had a lot of fun with it. :)