Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Summer Reading with the Rockets

The readers in my house are a mixed bag. Rocketgirl (13) is voracious in her reading. She is getting ready to go into 9th grade, and the promise of high school on the horizon has her screeching with glee about cute boys and theater (she'll have to wait 'til next year to do journalism). She's going into Pre-AP English, and she's decided instead of reading the two required books from the summer reading list, she'll read at least eight. Maybe more.

So far she's gulped down The Juvie Three, by Gordon Korman; King of the Screwups, by K.L. Going; and she's working on Audrey, Wait!, by Robin Benway. She also has War Child: A Child Soldier's Story, by Emmanuel Jal, out from the library.

Rocketboy (12) is also pretty voracious, but he's quite a bit pickier. He's consistently asking to read my graphic novels when I bring them home from the 'brary, and most of the time there are too many curse words or too many cartoon boobies for him to safely read. A couple of weeks ago I was feeling sorry for him when I visited the library, so I picked up a copy of Electric Girl (#01) by Michael Brennan. He zipped through it in two days and is thirsty for more. Luckily, our library does have the second installment. He also has a summer reading list, and he only has to read one book. He took four out from the library, and he's reading The Game of Sunken Places, by M.T. Anderson. The only Anderson I've read was Feed, which I loved, though I think that one would be too old for him at this point. I'm excited to pick up The Game of Sunken Places myself.

Finally, Chuck's reading has slowed down lately thanks to his college courses, working from home, and playing Mr. Mom to Greyson. He's been reading Photoshop and other designer magazines mostly, but he picked up a copy of Warren Buffet's biography, The Snowball, at B&N on Saturday. I don't think he's started it yet since we're both exhausted by the time we tip over into bed. Could be wrong, though, since I'm usually asleep by the time he gets done with his nightowl working and wanders downstairs.

And if you're wondering why there's a pic of The Hunger Games up top, it's because we've started a new family project. Rocketboy often had to do "fluency" logs for school: reading out loud to increase reading speed and comprehension. We don't want him to lose his skills over the summer, and we're trying to work in more fun family projects, so we've started having reading nights each week. Thursday and Sunday nights, we spend about an hour taking turns reading aloud. We've only had one reading night so far, but we all seemed to really enjoy it, and we barreled through about 30 pages of The Hunger Games. Neither of the kids wanted to stop, and they're itching to learn more about Katniss's predicament.

So that's the state of things in my house! Do you or your kiddos have any summer reading plans?

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