Middle Grade March

In celebration of Middle Grade March, I would like to share with you the books on my TBR (to be read) for this month.  I originally planned on reading two books I pulled out of my TBR jar, but then I viewed Lorra’s video about Middle Grade March and I thought it would be a fun reading challenge in support of middle grade books.

You can view my video on YouTube, but I’ll be listing the books here as well.

There are five categories in this reading challenge, as listed below.

1.  A Book You Read and Enjoyed as a Child

I read and loved so many books as a child that this one was a difficult one to answer.  Most of my childhood books are packed away, so from the books I could find I picked – Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.  This book is about a boy who really wants a coon hound, or two.  His desire is so great that he works for about 2 years in order to pay for them.  The story shares the boy’s life as he works for his hounds and the adventures they go on once he has his hounds.  I think it’s a kind of coming of age novel.

I remember reading this book as a child and really enjoying it.  Some of the details have stuck with me into adulthood, but most of the story details have been forgotten, so I am looking forward to rereading this book in the month of March.

2.  A Children’s Classic

Again, most of my books are packed so from the books available to me, I chose – Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.  This is another book I’ve had since I was a youngster and I don’t remember reading this book, although I know I did because I remember thinking that the book was different than the Disney cartoon. I’m curious to see how this book is different from the movie adaptation.

3.  A Book that was Adapted into a Movie

The third book I picked was – Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Island of the Blue Dolphins is about a young girl who is stranded on an island on the Pacific coast.  Her family and tribe leave the island in such haste, during which, Karana is left.  The story is about her survival and how she learns to live by herself on this island.

I actually wasn’t sure if this book was made into a movie.  After researching (aka Googling) the title, I found out a movie was made in the 1960s.  I was happy to find this out, because I wanted to read this book and now it fit perfectly within this category!

4.  A Book that Won an Award

For this category I picked – Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski.  The award this book won was the Newbery Honor Awards.  In this story, Mary Jemison is captured and raised among the Seneca Indians. The story gives insight to the way the Seneca Indians lived and shares how Mary has to adjust to this new way of living. I’ve had this book for a few years and have wanted to read it for a while, and so it made the list!

5.  A Book with Some Diversity in It

The last book on my list is – Sword by Da Chen.  Again, this is a book I bought a few years ago and I have been meaning to read it, but for some reason I haven’t.  Since this month is Middle Grade March, it’s the perfect time to pick it up and read.  I think this one is going to be a fun adventure!

Sword takes you on a story about Miu Miu and how she learns on her 15th birthday the story of her father’s murder.  She is given the job of avenging his death and she sets out on her quest to kill the Emperor.  The journey is a difficult one, but she is determined to honor her family and to do what is asked of her.

These are the actual books I owned as a child. Although they aren’t in the greatest condition, I love that they are part of my book collection because they are a part of my childhood.

And those are the books I am planning to read this month.  Actually, I’ve read some of them already and will share my thoughts with you in a later post.

If anyone else is reading Middle Grade books in March, let me know what you are reading.

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