A Great List of Superb Books for Holiday Gift Giving (and reading)
Last night, the Book Jam once again celebrated books, reading, and the power of youth during BOOK BUZZ. This time, the presenters were all students and teachers from Crossroads Academy in Lyme, NH.
These BOOK BUZZ presenters provided a superb evening for those lucky enough to see them discuss their favorite books; and, they compiled a great list of amazing books to give and get for all of us (whether we could hear them in person or not). These students, teachers, the Crossroads Parent Association, and the presenters' parents (in particular Gwen Martin and Laurel Mackin) made BOOK BUZZ a success; we thank them for their work. We also thank the Norwich Bookstore, because of their generosity, the event raised money for Crossroads literature programs. A complete list of presenters follows their reviews at the end of this post.
And now, just in time for holiday shopping, their list of great books to read, with their six word reviews...
BOOKS FOR YOUR FRIENDS WHO DON’T LIKE TO READ, BUT WHO WOULD LOVE A GREAT STORY
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman (2016). Selected by Mack - Riveting book where teens become death.
- Peak by Roland Smith (2007). Selected by Brynne - Boy. On top of the world. Literally.
- One Mixed-Up Night by Catherine Newman (2017). Selected by Wyatt - Well-written, adventure, friendship, courage, Ikea!
SUPERB BOOKS YOU WOULD ASSIGN TO YOUR FAVORITE ADULT (TEACHER, AUNT, PARENT) AS REQUIRED READING
- More Than This by Patrick Ness (2013). Selected by Simone - Boy wakes up in alternate world.
- The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell (2015). Selected by Jade - Girl fights for justice in Russia.
- Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt (2015). Selected by Hannah - Ally. How can you cure dumb?
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (2007). Selected by Thea -Suspenseful adventure; four children thwart disaster.
- The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho (1988). Selected by Eleanor - Follow your dreams. Find the Pyramids.
BEST FAMILY READ ALOUD
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908). Selected by Mikey - Great for creative and imaginative kids.
PERFECT BOOKS TO HELP YOU IGNORE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE WAITING FOR YOUR SISTER OR BROTHER TO FINISH HOCKEY PRACTICE
- Swim That Rock by John Rocco, Jay Primiano (2014). Selected by Benton - Real-life stakes build relatable suspence.
- The Witches by Raold Dahl (1983). Selected by Laura - Traveling, grandma and grandson meet Witches.
- The Best Man by Richard Peck (2016). Selected by Lisa - Boy needs role model. Finds unexpected.
- Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (2007). Selected by Jade - Girl risks her life for mistress.
FUN, NON-FICTION BOOKS FOR KIDS WHO PREFER TRUE STORIES
- Island Treasures: Growing up in Cuba by Alma Flor Ada (2015). Selected by Natalie - Engaging stories. Real photographs. Must read.
- A Higher Call by Adam Makos (2012). Selected by Mack - Heroism in the skies over Europe.
FICTION BOOKS THAT DO A GREAT JOB TEACHING HISTORY
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone (2017). Selected by Lisa - Angry teen finds MLK writings help. $17.99
GREAT BOOKS TO GIVE YOUR FRIENDS FOR THEIR BIRTHDAYS
- The Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson (2011). Selected by Mr. Glazer -Slant of rhyme - slant of mind.
A BOOK THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH AWAY YOUR TROUBLES
- Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford (2014). Selected by Lydia - Funny and relatable girls switch lives.
SERIES YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN, OR WHAT TO READ WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF WIMPY KID BOOKS
- His Dark Material by Philip Pullman (assorted years). Selected by Mr. Glazer - Spirit Animals, armored bears, parallel worlds. (Titles in this series include: The Golden Compass (1995) The Amber Spyglass (2000) The Subtle Knife (1997) )
- George’s Secret Key Series by Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking (assorted years). Selected by Ms. Williams - A space adventure with action, humor, pigs. (Titles in this series include: George’s Secret Key to the Universe (2007); George and the Unbreakable Code (2014); George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt (2009); George and the Blue Moon (2017); George and the Big Bang (2011) )
- The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (assorted years). Selected by Benton - Amazing rhetorical devices, awesomely compelling plot. (Titles in this series include: Eragon (2001); Brisingr (2008); Eldest (2005); Inheritance (2011) )
Our amazing presenters
Benton, 8th grade
Brynne, 7th grade
Eleanor, 7th grade
Hannah, 5th grade
Jade, 7th grade
Laura, 5th grade
Lydia, 6th grade
Mack, 8th grade
Michael , 8th grade
Natalie, 5th grade
Simone, 5th grade
Thea, 6th grade
Wyatt, 6th grade
Ms. Williams, teacher
Mr. Glazer, teacher
Lisa Christie, Book Jam
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