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

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
Book cover for The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester.

What the Book’s About: Piper McCloud can fly. And while doing loop-the-loops in the air is a blast for Piper, it’s less fun for her neighbors in Lowland County to watch. Piper’s earthbound neighbors find her abilities a little, well, terrifying. Things get bad enough at home that Piper’s mother decides to send her to a top-secret, maximum security school for kids with exceptional abilities. Stephanie Meyer, author of the Twilight series describes The Girl Who Could Fly as part Little House on the Prairie and part X-Men. The Ten-Year-Old simply describes it as a lot of fun.

Why The Ten-Year-Old Likes It: “It’s really kind of complicated and you have to pay attention to it. When the main character came out of the plastic surgery thing, I was afraid that I’d missed something that might have been symbolic, so now I have to reread the book to find out.”

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

Book cover for Theodosia & the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFeversWhat the Book’s About: Theodosia Throckmorton’s parents may be the ones officially employed at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London, but sometimes it feels like it’s Theodosia who does all the important work. Her mother retrieves the artifacts, and her father acts as head curator, but Theodosia is the only one who can see the curses and other black magic still clinging to the artifacts in the museum. When the curse on her mother’s latest acquisition threatens to tear the British Empire apart, it’s up to Theodosia to find a way to stop it.

Why The Ten-Year-Old Likes It: “I am really into tales of ancient Egypt and this is a good modern day one. It has ancient Egyptian funerary magic working, which probably isn’t real, but which is really fun to read about. Theodosia comes up with really ingenious ways to de-curse the artifacts her mom brings back.”

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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 will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-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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