Really, I have a never-ending supply of book recommendations. These posts are me trying to hit the highlights. Here are a few I somehow managed to miss the first three times around.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
If you liked the movie, get out. Get your butt to a bookstore, a library, an online database, or your book nerd friend’s house. Pick up this book. And educate yourself.
This is by far my favorite retelling of the Cinderella story. The world is well-developed, and there is just enough of a twist on the story that you don’t know what’s coming.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Pretty sure everyone would benefit from giving this book a read. The story centers on a runaway boy, who winds up in a town divided by color. It’s written so that fourth graders would understand it, yet deals with issues adults can’t seem to wrap their heads around. In fact, I think I’ll go read it right now.
The Mistmantle Chronicles by M. I. McAllister
Again, fourth grade reading level, eternally difficult concepts. Also, talking animals. I used to lay awake at night while my overactive imagination ran wild with the vision of a giant crazy talking squirrel coming into my room while I slept.
The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott
A lesser known but equally as interesting novel about the Crusades by everyone’s favorite Scotsman. Well, one of our favorites. This book manages to rival Ivanhoe without the added interest of a world famous outlaw.
America and Vietnam: The Elephant and the Tiger by Albert Marrin
I am forever scarred by the works of Albert Marrin. But if you want an accurate look at global conflicts in the twentieth century without feeling like you’re reading a textbook, Marrin’s your guy. Strangely, one of the few details from this book that has stuck with me is the usefulness of a spoon when trying to get information from an enemy combatant.
In case you couldn’t already tell, I have pretty varied taste in books. I’m sure I’ll continue adding to this series as I discover new favorites, or uncover old ones. If you’ve read any of the books I’ve talked about, let me know what you think! I’m also open to suggestions for what I should read next. Happy reading!