Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Reading Life, Junior Edition
We are reading the second book in the Theodosia series, Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris, and loving it as much as we loved the first one. Theodosia is a precocious girl who basically lives in a museum of antiquities and educates herself, mainly about Egyptian curses and how to counter them. She is a compelling character, a blend of Hermione and Harry, and she has real adventures while also trying to keep her independence from school or prissy governesses.
I bought The Mad Scientist's Club for Carbon and he is reading it to himself. So far, he loves this group of crazy inventors and mad scientists and their high-jinks.
We also have just listened to We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. It wasn't really developmentally appropriate for the kids, but I grabbed it by accident at the library (they had just rearranged their shelves to make more room for audiobooks, and shifted the YA and Juvenile shelves about). The kids started listening and were hypnotized by it, even though many parts just went right over their heads. It's a terribly gothic, slow, dark, but in the end poignantly scary beautiful, story about two sister's who may or may not have killed their whole family and become reclusive crazy ladies.
Now they have grabbed a bunch of 39 Clues off the library shelf. Onward goes the reading life.