Thursday, September 11

Busy days

Not that my days are any busier than yours, but I have nothing to type tonight. My brain shut down! I've processed apples until my cuticles have turned brown (nasty!) and tomorrow is our first day of Homeschool Group. I have lots to get ready for in the morning, but had to take a break this evening to hunker down in a basement from oncoming tornadoes that never showed. They tease.

I'm off to recover from today and prep for tomorrow.

Hey, while I'm hopping off, I'll leave you with a question....what book would you recommend to a 9-12 year old boy who loves reading comic books and star wars trilogies but whose mother says enough already, read something meatier?

12 comments:

Ginger@chirgies said...

Tornadoes!!! YIKES! You should move our way - just volcanoes or earthquakes. :) I never answered your question a while back. We just put the kids to bed with the plain old NIV Bible on CD. But I love the Word and Song Bible. It's got something from every book of the Bible, usually a verse and story or summary - even Song of Solomon-kid-friendly-version - LOL! and then a song in between here and there. Then today a friend just recommended to me the Kid's Adventure Bible for the 4-10 yr old, a step up from the word and song. She said it's a little more in depth, 6 CDs for just the New Testament.
Oh, and for your son, have you heard of the No Greater Joy's comic book of the Bible? I haven't seen one personally but get their free magazine and the reviews are always rave. here's the link: http://shop.nogreaterjoy.org/product_info.php/products_id/153
Thanks for your encouragement too!
Love ya,

Mike said...

Are you looking for something more intellectually meatier? Or something more realistically meatier? Or both?

There is the Magnum Opus that is The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The Narnia books (or any fiction by C.S. Lewis) are good, of course.

I want to say The Giver, which is a staple in most middle school reading lists, but I have not personally read it.

I can attest to the awesomeness that is Gary Paulsen's Hatchet. A fourth grade teacher I worked with really really recommended anything by the author Avi. I also enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Anything H.G. Wells, especially if he's budding sci-fi geek (yeah buddy).

That's all I got right now. I probably didn't mention anything you haven't run across. Let me know if you ever need to know how many steps Tom Selleck is from Kevin Bacon. I like that game.

Jenn said...

My laundry is folded so I hopped back on....thank you, Ginger! You are so sweet. I had forgotten about the comic book bible the Pearls put out. I think mine would love that.

Mike, it is "funditus", which just sounds weird, unfortunately. I have the book, Hatchet! I forgot that I bought it for the boys years ago, not realizing it was too old for them. It has sat on the shelf gathering dust. I think I even bought it in a set...was it a trilogy? Tolkien intimidates me...I picked The Hobbit up when I was a kid and it freaked me out. I never did open it again. I guess I need to get over that fear because it seems like it would be right up his alley. We've listened to the Narnia books on cd and loved them. I'll check out the others, too - THANK YOU!

Jessica said...

when were these tornadoes heading our way? we were blissfully unaware i'm glad they teased because we had no idea!

Jenn said...

LOL - they were finished by 9:00 pm. Chris spent an hour in the middle of the plant huddled with all the employees. One of them touched down over there. There were half a dozen warnings that popped up, but only 3 actually formed. I don't think any turned out to be serious. I wish *I* could have been blissfully unaware! I had chores to get done! :D

Christy said...

Hmmm....I don't know...

I am still in the land of blues clues and baby einstein over here...

About the diligence and hypocrisy...I am right there with you as well. Have you ever noticed yourself yelling at your kids to STOP YELLING and then it hits you...

Duh.

Lawanda said...

I would live in my basement during tornado season, if we had one! I am wimpy like that ;)

As far as your boy, would he like the Shiloh books, possibly? The ones about the little dog from my neck of the woods. :) Or maybe Huck Finn? Or if you aren't against it, Harry Potter?

I did the same thing with The Hobbit! SCARED me to DEATH! But I read it as an adult and loved it, though not as much as LOTR, obviously ;)

It seems like I am talking about boys books a lot lately... that's weird. LOL

Shanna said...

Have you heard of Lamplighter Publishing? They have lots of good books there. Some of them are pricey, but you can often find them at amazon or other places. I'm pretty sure they have them listed in age categories as well.

http://www.lamplighterpublishing.com/

Mike said...

"Tolkien intimidates me"

Totally understand. I have two more chapters before I'm done with Fellowship of the Ring. They're the same two chapters I needed to finish last year when I put the book down. They are awesome once you get into them. The Hobbit is like a completely different read. It's more like a fairy tale, and reads pretty quickly. I encourage you to give it another shot.

Yes. The Hatchet is part of a trilogy (or, it at least had a sequel). It would be perfect for your lumberjack there. I don't know if the protagonist ever wore Crocs, but if Paulsen rewrote it today, he would probably include them.

Shanna said...

Oh, I forgot to say that I second both the CS Lewis and the Lord of the Rings...though I had a hard time reading Lord of the Rings as well...I thought it was because I was a girl :o). And I have read The Giver. I actually would like to read this one with my kids one day. It's very interesting...a good thinking book. But it does have a "spiritual" side to it that I would want to have open dialogue about as we read it.

Jenn said...

Wow - lots to look into. Thanks, guys!!!

I have The Hobbit, Shiloh, Hatchet, and Hedge of Thorns (Lamplighter) already on the bookshelf. Things I bought too early and forgot about. Sounds like it's time to pull them out! Hmmmm....y'all are good. What other books could you direct me to that are already on my shelves? :D

Josh said...

I found a series of books I love, even though I'm not usually one for science fiction. The so-called Seafort Saga by David Feintuch, 7 books that take place in the twenty second century. They also have strong messages of right and wrong, good and bad, family values, etc.
Midshipman's Hope (1994)
Challenger's Hope (1995)
Prisoner's Hope (1995)
Fisherman's Hope (1996)
Voices of Hope (1996)
Patriarch's Hope (1999)
Children of Hope (2001)

Hope he (and you all) like them!
Josh

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