Read-Alouds J JA5

Read-Alouds J

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  • Read Aloud Grade Range: 2 - Adult
  • Read Alone Grade Range: 3 - Adult
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The Readers and Read-Alouds for HBL J's Literature are loosely gathered under the theme "Award-Winning Titles and Authors." The fourteen Read-Alouds in J are the last collection of Sonlight books intended for you to read aloud with your children. (Though you are welcome, of course, to read any of the high school books aloud, it is neither expected nor required.)

The Literature for J is compelling and interesting, and the Instructor's Guide is full of excellent discussion questions and introductory literary analysis. These books are not, for the most part, stretching or challenging in the way that, say, Hamlet is stretching and challenging. These are thoughtful books that don't require slow reading to ensure comprehension.

You'll find a lovely array of genres in the Read-Alouds:

  • novels
  • historical fiction
  • genre-bending experimental work (Echo)
  • school story
  • coming-of-age
  • magical realism
  • mystery
  • poetry
  • family lore
  • missionary biography

You'll read Newbery Honor and Newbery Medal books, and more titles by authors who have either won those awards or others (like Joan Aiken, author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, who won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. This award is given annually, can only be won once per author, and is selected from a panel of British children's writers. Quite the honor!)

Enjoy this year of reading brilliant books with your Middle Schooler.

Read Alouds

Holes (JA03)

Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. Stanley Yelnats, unjustly sentenced to a boys' detention center, spends every day digging holes five feet wide by five feet deep. But there's something else going on here. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime, punishment, and redemption.

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A Ring of Endless Light (JA04)

Newbery Honor. They don't write them like this any more. Intelligent, deeply felt novel in which 15-year-old Vicky deals with the impending death of her grandfather and the focused pursuit of three college men. A beautiful coming-of-age story.

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Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things (JA05)

When 12-year-old Max's actor parents leave for unknown parts without taking him, he is forced to survive by his wits. His grandmother lives next door, but he rather likes the independent life, and so, to support himself, he becomes a "solutioneer": helping people with their problems in creative ways, and sometimes incorporating costumes and roles from his parents' theater company. He solves several little puzzles in creative ways. A marvelously satisfying read.

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Penny from Heaven (JA06)

Newbery Honor. A shining story about the everyday and the extraordinary, inspired by the author's own Italian-American family. Told with all the richness and the layers, the love and the laughter of a Sunday dinner at Nonny's. Come and enjoy the feast! Buon appetito!

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Belle Prater's Boy (JA07)

Newbery Honor. When Belle Prater disappears, her son Woodrow moves in with his grandparents, right next door to his cousin Gypsy and her family. Over the course of their sixth grade school year, the two children discover they have a whole lot more in common than they could have ever imagined. A book about love, abandonment, and family relations. Moving and thought-provoking.

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Shakespeare's Secret (JA08)

When sixth grade Hero (a girl named for a character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing) moves to a new town, her elderly neighbor tells her of a missing diamond, and Hero sets out to find it, even as she learns about some of the mysteries that surround Shakespeare's writing. Historical tidbits embedded in a modern mystery—thoroughly enjoyable.

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Fish in a Tree (JA09)

Ally struggles in school, but because of frequent moves (dad is military), no one picks up on it. The author is dyslexic, and writes from a place of deep empathy for her dyslexic main character. Great friends, deep compassion, embracing your gifts—a beautiful book.

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Half a Chance (JA10)

When Lucy moves to a lakeside house in New Hampshire, her photographer father leaves for a summer assignment. He'll judge a photography contest for youth in a few months, and Lucy wants to win. As the summer progresses, Lucy gets to know the neighbor boy, watches loons, and hones her photography skills. Questions of relationship and ethics, creativity and discernment, this coming of age story is quietly powerful. Deeply enjoyable. By a Newbery Honor author.

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Code Talkers (JA11)

From Navajo education, to developing and learning the code, and the Pacific Theater of WWII: Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa. Deals with hard things in a sensitive and appropriate way. Age appropriate, informative, interesting.

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Echo (JA12)

Newbery Honor. Three dark periods in history: a Pennsylvania boy during the Great Depression, a German boy during the rise of Nazi Germany, and a California girl during World War II. Their stories converge in a wholly original, glorious tale. Magnificent.

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The Mozart Season (JA13)

A talented young musician spends her summer practicing a Mozart concerto for a competition. Luminous.

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Soar (JA14)

When baseball-loving Jeremiah turns to coaching in a new town, he has to contend with a scandal. Can his cheerful, can-do attitude affect an entire town? A beautiful story of resilience.

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National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (JA15)

Gorgeous, gorgeous collection. Stunning nature poetry paired with superb National Geographic photography. Don't miss this one.

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Which None Can Shut (JR04)

See the diverse, creative, unexpected, and thrilling ways God is reaching the author's Muslim neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An unprecedented number of Muslims are becoming followers of Jesus. "See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it." Exciting!

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