Summer Reading List for 12 to 13 Year Olds

The school year has zipped by so fast (although it didn’t feel like that when you were going through it) that it is summer once again. My son’s school has given a Summer Book List again, appropriate for 12 to 13 year olds.

Here are the books that you might want your 12 or 13 year old to read from March to June 2009:

The High King by Lloyd Alexander
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert L. Stevenson
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
The Book Thief by Markus Suzak

I checked out the above books in BestSellers at Robinsons Galleria and they only had Gulliver’s Travels and Moby Dick. I suppose we will check out other National BookStore branches in the coming weeks. My son is most interested in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde while the Book Thief sounds intriguing to me.

My son needs to read at least one book on the list for an activity that they will have next school year. The kids are advised by their Reading Coordinator to focus on the characters, the setting, as well as the plot or styles used. It would be good for them to think about what made them like the book or why they didn’t like it if such was the case.

Reading books can be good conversation starters. Read a book as a family and see what interesting conversations come up.

So, wherever you may be vacationing this summer, please remember to read at least one book. You’ll be thankful for it someday.


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