In which we recommend books based on what you tell us
in an email. If you have specific questions, needs,
or desires (my child is a reluctant reader who loves carnage but hates
cats) send it to us here,
and we will do our best to recommend the right book for you. And, as
always, please don’t hesitate to put in your own recommendations!
We hear from a teacher who wants help with her student—who needs a book by tomorrow?!?!? Anyway, here’s the situation:
I have a student (a girl who reads at about a 5.5 to 6.5 grade level)
who is going to Uganda for the month of December. She asked me for a
list of books she could take with her. I’m kind of at a loss! She is a
voracious reader and has made her way through my standard
recommendations pretty quickly. She likes realistic fiction but also
likes fantasy and historical fiction. What do you recommend??? I really appreciate any suggestions!
First of all, I would recommend that the girl bring along an old favorite, just because when you’re traveling far away, it can be intensely comforting to have something familiar, say Harry Potter, to help you feel like yourself. But it’s also nice, of course, to have a book that talks a bit about where you’re going. Uganda? I don’t know one about Uganda, but this one is at least on the continent, plus it’s sort of excellent:
It’s really cool, about millions of years ago, and the links between then and now. But of course, she should bring a lot of books, so clear the tryptophan from your brains and let’s see if we can find something for her!