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Spring Reading 2023: Great books for intermediate students over spring break!


Spring break is upon us, and with the kids at home for two weeks, what better time to curl up with a good book?

Our Spring Reading series continues with three recommendations for Grade 4-7 students from Latimer Road Elementary teacher-librarian Christianne Barnetson. Here’s what’s on her reading list for pre-teens over spring break:

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Twelve-year-old Amal’s dream of becoming a teacher is ruined in an instant when she unknowingly insults a member of her Pakistani village’s ruling family and is forced to work at their estate. Figuring out life as a servant gets even more complicated when the family matriarch seems to favour Amal, causing jealousy among her fellow servants. Even more concerning is Amal’s realization of how dangaerous and even possibly deadly the Khan family is when it comes to dealing with their business. Can Amal find a way to work with the other servants to break free?

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Kyle Keeley is a big fan of all games: board games, word games and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative game maker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route.

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker

The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must journey through fields and forests, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow and other things too scary to mention.

There are lots of great books to choose from for intermediate readers this spring!

See also some excellent primary reads recommended by Senator Reid Elementary teacher-librarian Lesley Johnson, and stay tuned for book suggestions for secondary students in the next instalment of our Spring Reading series!

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