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Stranded by Chris Tebbetts + Jeff Probst (although I truly wonder how much "writing" he contributed ...), my son read it in forty-five minutes -- he was HOOKED. I'm currently reading it and like how it encourages blended families AND how kids of all types can have different smarts, whether they be younger or not athletic. Exciting!

Jane, Buzz, Carter, and Vanessa are on a sailing trip intended to help them bond in their newly-blended family when they become stranded on a deserted island.

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

25 children's chapter books to read aloud this summer. Both kids AND adults will love this book list! Ages 8-13. Curated by 5 book lovers. Perennialjoy.com

Reading List from 5 Children's Book Lovers for this Summer

The YA edition of "Unbroken" is a way for Hillenbrand to make sure the heroes of the Pacific War aren't forgotten. "The best way to do that is to teach it to young people, and Louis was such a perfect entry to the larger story for young readers," the author explains.

Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive, Laura Hillenbrand,

2nd Grade Summer Reading List - look on this post for funny, realistic, and adventure books, too - LOVE this!!

Second Grade Summer Reading List

American Chillers series for young readers

American Chillers series for young readers

When kids start transitioning to chapter books, they need good easy chapter books. Here are 10 well-written books that kids will love!

10 Terrific Beginning Chapter Books (2014 Cybils

TBR for Gwyn: When kids start transitioning to chapter books, they need good easy chapter books. Here are 10 well-written books that kids will love!

40 Fiction Books for Boys (ages 8-14) Or for anyone who wants to read thank you very much

40 Fiction Books for Boys (ages Obviously anyone can read these books. Good idea for creating a summer reading list!

A large list of historical fiction books for kids that cover a wide variety of topics and time periods from medieval to 20th century.

45+ Thrilling Historical Fiction Books for Kids

fascinating nonfiction books for kids, spring 2015

10 Fascinating Nonfiction Books for Kids

Do you read nonfiction books with your kids? We gravitate toward fiction so I have to intentionally give my kids nonfiction books to read, some of which we read together.

Schooled: Gordon Korman: 9781423105169: AmazonSmile: Books Perspective text suggested by @HSeslteacher

Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie.

16 feel-good books. If you're looking for inspiration or motivation, these light-hearted but emotional reads will stick with you.

16 Books to Read If You Love 'A Man Called Ove'

16 books like A Man Called Ove, including uplifting fiction like Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

Great read aloud.  I put up the message with holes on the SMARTBoard so students can try to decipher.

The City of Ember (Books of Ember Series #1)

Top Tips for a Scary Story by Jonathan Stroud | Nerdy Book Club

Top Tips for a Scary Story by Jonathan Stroud

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica. Find this under jRYA

2016 Golden Gator nominee - Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this virtuosic, genre-defying tour de force from storytelling maestro Pam Munoz Ryan.