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We may be a few weeks into July, but it's never too late to pick up a book and get into summer reading!
Surrey Schools has polled several teacher-librarians for a weekly summer reading series, asking for their recommended reads for July and August.
Kaija Farstad, teacher-librarian at Coyote Creek Elementary, chose three wonderful books for intermediate readers and preteens, all available at the
Surrey Public Library and
Fraser Valley Regional Library in hard copy or as e-books. Check out her recommendations and comments below:
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai – "If you make one of these pies or cakes, I want a piece! This book talks about what it's like to be the older sibling, to move to a new country whose language you don't speak, to lose a parent, to miss your home with all your heart, and how confusing English is. There's something for everyone in this charming, delicious-sounding book for those who can read at a Grade 4 level and up!"
Go With the Flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann – "Finally, a book that talks normally about real life, including getting your period. This is the first book to deal with menstruation since
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret was published 50 years ago. Everyone – boys and girls, kids and teens – will love this book!"
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes – "This is a shocking, touching, accessible book that has been approved for Grades 4 and up. If you haven't read it, you're missing out on a lot of who we are, including our current social uprisings. The book alternates voices from the main character after he's been killed by a white police officer while playing in the park, and before. The hardest part for him isn't the death or even watching his family, it's that the only one who can see and speak with his ghost is a girl his own age: the daughter of the man who shot him."
Farstad also recommends students take advantage of Project Gutenberg, an online library with digital versions of more than 60,000 books with expired copyrights. "There are some amazing books in there, like A Girl of the Limberlost, Freckles and The Secret Garden that can keep kids busy all summer exploring different times, places, and personas!" she says.
You can also check out all the winners of our four Surrey Schools readers' choice awards programs for more book recommendations for all ages and reading levels.