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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?


Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Nine-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Nine-Year-Old reads a meditation on kindness masquerading as a children’s chapter book and discovers The Lightning Thief.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

In case you haven’t read it, R. J. Palacio’s Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an out-of-the-ordinary face, a face that his classmates at Beecher Prep are having a terrible time getting past. Palacio tells Auggie’s story from a variety of different perspectives — Auggie, his classmates, his sister, and her boyfriend all have a turn in the spotlight. The result is a chapter book filled with insights on the enduring power of kindness, empathy, and ultimately, acceptance.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

In other news, The Nine-Year-Old’s third grade teacher began reading Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief to the class this week. There’s no way the class will finish reading it before school’s out, and there is no universe in which The Nine-Year-Old will find not finishing this book acceptable. Which is why, The Nine-Year-Old informed me, our very first trip after school gets out for the summer will be to the library so that The Nine-Year-Old can get her hands on this book (and inevitably, three or four others). Bet we won’t be the only ones there. Strong work, Mrs. Davis!

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2 Responses to “What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?”

  1. What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week? | CATERPICKLES

    […] Let’s start with Percy Jackson, shall we? Not because it was the best book of the summer (spoiler alert: it wasn’t), or even because I listed it first (ahem), but because when school got out this past spring, The Nine-Year-Old’s third grade teacher had just started reading the Percy Jackson series to her class. As a reader, I’m thrilled that The Nine-Year-Old went on to finish the entire series and is now reading what appears to be a background book full of retellings of the original Greek myths that prompted the Percy Jackson books in the first place. I love it when books lead to other books that cause you to accidentally tumble into learning. (Strong work, Mrs. Davis!) […]



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