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Summer Reading for Girls

Summer is upon us and it’s time again for Summer Reading! Make sure you sign up at your local library! No matter the age of your children most libraries will have an appropriate program from birth to teens. Book stores often also have Summer Reading Programs such as Barnes and Noble where kids can earn a free book just by reading. If you have girls in the 8-12 age range below are two great choices for their summer reading lists! Plus they are both part of great series so if your girls like them…there are more to enjoy!

As usual I cannot say enough about The Mother Daughter Book Club series. The latest Much Ado About Anne features the girls reading the classic Anne of Green Gables. I first read this book last fall and I have to admit I have read it again since then after re-reading Anne of Green Gables. The series is such a great way for kids to read classics with a modern fiction companion. Also with four great main characters-there is a character for every girl to identify with in some way! Keep a watch out for future volumes as well…I hear Heather Vogel Frederick has some great plans for the series! Below is a description for Much Ado About Anne:

“Drama is required reading in this spirited sequel to The Mother-Daughter Book Club, as the mothers have a big surprise in store for Emma, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan:  They’ve invited snooty Becca Chadwick and her mother to join the book club!  But there are bigger problems when Jess finds out that her family may have to give up Half Moon Farm.  In a seventh grade year filled with Anne of Green Gables, skating parties, a mother-daughter camping trip, and a high-stakes fashion show, the girls realize that it’s only through working together — Becca included — that they can save Half Moon Farm.”

Another great series for girls is Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot. I think this series is great especially for those younger girls who are just now moving into longer chapter books. Allie is a great character that most girls will love! She’s funny, girly and very fashion forward! Also she deals with a lot of common problems facing kids such as bullying, making new friends and moving to a new place. There are three great titles so far in the series. I just finished The New Girl and am looking forward to reading Best Friends and Drama Queens next. Also check out the Scholastic site for the series which has some great games, contests and more! Below is a description for Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl:

“Allie Finkle is the new girl at Pine Heights Elementary, and she’s very excited. She already knows she likes her new fourth grade teacher Mrs. Hunter, and she’s already friends with classmates Erica, Caroline, and Sophie. There is only one fly in the ointment of Allie’s perfect new life: one of the girls in Allie’s new class, Rosemary, doesn’t like her. In fact, Rosemary says she’s going to beat Allie up after school.  Everybody around Allie tells her their rules for dealing with bullies. But which are the right ones to follow?”

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New Children’s Fiction

I have been trying to catch up on some of the new juvenile fiction for 2008. I have just finished Deep Down Popular by Phoebe Stone and Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot. I have to say I liked them both. Both had wonderfully precocious female protagonists who you could not help but love. What can I say I am a sucker for a girly book and the covers of both seemed to pull me in as they sat on the shelf.

Deep Down Popular is about a tomboyish young girl named Jesse Lou Ferguson. She is nursing a crush on the most popular boy in sixth grade Conrad Parker. He is a boy that walks, talks and sleeps in the world of popularity until one day he comes to school with a leg brace. Suddenly things change and Jesse Lou finds herself more and more thrown together with Conrad as they try to figure out some mysterious happenings in their small town in rural Virginia.

The book is cute and very nicely written in a very poetic style. The young Jesse Lou is a fledgling poet herself. The relationship between Jesse Lou and Conrad remains mainly a school grade crush so the work would be good for lots of ages if they can handle the length and longer poetical musings. I have to say that the cover is misleading though. The cover to me seemed very girlie..with the argyle socks and pink tennis shoes but the main character is anything but. Although we do see her in a dress at some point, Jesse Lou likes to chop off all her hair on her own and never seems to care how she looks or dresses. What friends she has are mostly boys and you would not think the color pink would appear in her wardrobe. Her older sister Melinda is the self-appointed princess of the family but I never got the feeling that Jesse Lou wanted to be girly. Some girls may be looking for a girly read and be disappointed but the book is great and I would recommend it.

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot is everything you would expect from the author. Cute, funny and even a bit sarcastic it brings the world of Allie Finkle to life for this first work Moving Day. The title is the first in a series and I think will be a hit. Little girls will love it especially the one with a girly side. I know lots of little girls I will be recommending this one too. It would also be great for children anticipating a move in the future or newly moved. It shows a great lesson about not expecting something to be horrible before giving it a chance. I look forward to the next book in the series! Scholastic has also put together a really great Allie Finkle Site for the book with fun games and a rules contest. You can also visit Meg Cabot’s Site to enter to win a copy of the book.

The next book in the series is Allie Finkle: The New Girl which will be out in August!

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