Grace here, eating chocolate espresso beans and racing to get my paper crafts done before my campers arrive (also halfheartedly shouting Catchphrase answers because it’s very distracting) — because then I have no time. I do in fact have sixth graders this session, which is both lovely and exhausting.
With that being said, I love being in a young cabin because I do get the scoop on the books they love. As a camper, I used to have a little lending library running out of my bunk. Nowadays though, I just watch what they pass around, and get a little reading time at night when they’re all asleep if I don’t pass out the second Taps blows.
Most of these tend to be middle grade, but occasionally a young adult one will sneak by.
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
My seventh graders last year were absolutely OBSESSED with this book. Although the session they were in was only two weeks, I’m relatively certain that they all read it by the time it was over. (I myself have never read it, but I’m intrigued.)
The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
Okay, so this was one of my favorite books last year. It was spectacular — I read it through Canada and through the next few weeks at camp. I still haven’t finished the series, but I also had the cool experience of hanging out with Soman while I was in New York. I went and hung out at his apartment with the West twins. We had salmon and drank wine and watched RuPaul’s Drag Race — surreal. I love the twists in this one, and the story is just so absorbing. Truly magical feeling.
Novel: Bras & Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski | Goodreads
Release Date: June 13, 2006
Publisher: Delacorte (PRH)
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series, the first book in the hilariously bewitching Magic in Manhattan series!
What if all your wishes could come true? Blink your eyes, drink a fizzing pink potion, and poof! Life is perfect. That’s Rachel’s situation. Except she’s not the one who suddenly has magical powers. Her younger sister is. And as Rachel would tell you, spellbooks are wasted on the young!
Yes, yes, of course world peace and cures for horrible diseases are important. But so is dancing without looking like she’s being electrocuted, winning back her best friend, stopping her dad’s wedding, and finding a date for Spring Fling.
Rachel’s not bewitched. Yet. . . .
I L O V E D this book series growing up. I remember reading it in middle school and hiding the cover because I was embarrassed by the word “bra.” It’s a fun, giddy read about magic and sisters and goodness. Rachel, the protagonist, is undoubtedly less mature than her little sister — hence the shenanigans — but she’s so well-meaning, and truly funny. The series is great, and has a lot of character development over time. Also, witches.
The only thing more exciting than being eleven . . . is turning twelve! Winnie Perry went through a lot when she was eleven, from shifting friendships to her teenage sister’s mood swings. But now that Winnie is twelve—and one step closer to being a teenager herself—there is so much more to deal with. Will her new friendship with Dinah last? Can she handle the pressures of junior high? And, most important, will Winnie survive bra shopping (in public!) with Mom?
Bestselling author Lauren Myracle again sharply observes a year in the life of a winning young heroine whose humor, daring, and compassion for others is infectious and unforgettable.
I love Winnie. She is my girl. Everything she went through growing up is everything you wanted to hear when you were in middle school — the real, the funny, the sweet. The book itself is compulsively readable, and the series gets better as it goes.