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

Short-and-sweet-we-want-to-get-back-to-reading-because-it’s-summer version.

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass


An excellent book for parents to read along with their children, Wendy Mass’ novel tells the story of thirteen-year-0ld Mia Winchell, for whom sounds, numbers, and words have always appeared in color. Until she turned thirteen, Mia kept her synesthesia a secret. But as she advances in school, Mia’s unique way of perceiving the world becomes increasingly hard to hide. Mass does a wonderful job of explaining what synesthesia is, how it feels to live with it, and Mia’s own developing appreciation for the opportunities and challenges synesthesia presents in Mia’s education, relationships, and art. 

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan


 Because of course she is. Mommyo, too. Hey, what’s summer for if not for Mom-Daughter book clubs? 

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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