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I always look forward to digging into my large stack of "to read" books during the summer! So far, here are two of my favorites from this summer.
Paper Chains by Elaine Vickers has been in my "to read" stack for awhile and I so wish I moved it to the top sooner! I loved this book and will be purchasing multiple copies for 5th grade teachers to use for book clubs in the fall! This book is full of social issues, friendships, family relationships, and more. The main character, Katie, knows she is adopted, but doesn't know anything about her birth parents. She is afraid to ask her adoptive parents and is also scared to talk about this part of her life with her best friend, Ana. Ana is also struggling with her own family issues since her dad left the family to play for a different hockey team. Their friendship is strong and helps them through these secrets and challenges. It is a book that you won't want to put down because you want to find out what happens next!
Checked by Cynthia Kadohata was also in my stack for a long time and I was hesitant to read it because it focused on hockey and sports books usually aren't my favorites. However I really enjoyed it and am so glad I gave it a try! There is so much more to this book than hockey. The main character, Conor, is 11 years old and is extremely passionate about playing hockey. His father is very involved in helping him practice hockey and supports him all the way since he is a former pro hockey player himself. Conor's mother passed away when he was younger so he has a strong relationship with his father and the two of them share the same passion for hockey. Since hockey is an expensive sport to play, they face some financial decisions along the way. In addition to loving hockey, Conor also loves his dog, Sinbad, who faces some challenges during this book that bring them even closer. I have some 6th graders in mind that will love this book in the fall!
Happy Reading! :)