By now you have eased yourself into your summer routine. Don't forget to make time for summer reading! The La Mesa summer reading expectations are simple: find a good book and enjoy reading it. When you finish, find another good book. If these books are also on the school Accelerated Reader list it will help you get a head start on your required and extra credit points. If you're not sure what to read here are four books that I enjoyed reading this year.
Shifty by Lynn Hazen
Meet Soli, a foster kid with the nickname of Shifty. Shifty is finally off for the summer, but he can't seem to keep out of trouble. Every time he tries to do something right it seems to turn out all wrong. This fast paced book will make you laugh and keep you reading right up to the last page.
Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Jason, an autistic sixth grader, has never felt fully at home at school. The kids are not really his friends and the teachers don't understand him. There are only two places he feels truly at home: with his family and on the Storyboard website where he can post his stories and leave messages for his Storyboard friends. No one on Storyboard knows that he is different. But what if that changed? Would his only friends still like him if they knew he was anything but typical?
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four children are brought together by a test. Four children who are each unique, but share one thing in common . . . together they are stronger than they thought they could ever be and together Mr. Benedict believes they can save the world. Meet Renyie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance and follow them on their adventures. If you love stories with puzzles to solve and mysteries to uncover this book will not disappoint you.
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Meet Isabel, a slave living in New England during the Revolutionary War. When her mistress dies Isabel believes she and her sister are to be set free. But her mistress's relatives are determined to sell Isabel and her sister Ruth as soon as possible. The highest bidders happen to be the Locktons, a loyalist family visiting from New York City. Isabel soon finds her self caught in the middle between her Loyalist owners and the Revolutionaries fighting for their independence. This book is more than a story about the revolution, it tells of a girl's struggles to find her own freedom at a time in history when everyone seems to be against her.
Enjoy your summer and your summer reading!