Sunday, January 21st, 2018

2 Middle School Books To Read During Holiday Break


Looking for new books for your middle schooler? Here are two books from Sky Pony Press that might interest your preteen.


Different Days by Vicki Erwin

Price: $15.99 | Ages 8-12

Based on true events, this book is about the little-known aspect of World War II: the internment of German Americans. The inspiration for the story is Doris Berg Nye, an active spokesperson about this internment.

Rosie lives with her family in Honolulu, Hawaii. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, everything changes. The family are interrogated and get accused of being German spies, eventually becoming imprisoned. Rosie and her brother end up being homeless soon after. Their only hope is to wait for their parents’ return.

My son likes to read anything about World War II, so this was a perfect pick for me to get!


Cookie Cutters & Sled Runners by Natalie Rompella

Price: $15.99 | Ages 8-12


Most kids would dread the start of middle school and the year-long Explorations project that comes with it, but Ana knows that her and her best friend Lily and their plan to write and sell their own cookbook is a recipe for success.

Lily’s not just the perfect partner in culinary crime—she’s also the only person in the world who understands Ana’s need to wash her hands five times before picking up a spatula, and would never make fun of her for it.

But Ana and Lily’s plan for edible entrepreneurship turns into one big baking disaster when they’re assigned to different partners for their projects. As if it wasn’t bad enough that Lily seems more excited to get to know her new partner than bummed about being separated, Lily and her new friend plan to use the cookbook idea for themselves—and they didn’t even ask! Worse, Ana’s partner is Dasher, the strange new girl from Alaska, and she wants to do their project on the weirdest thing imaginable: sled dog racing.

Dasher’s dogs are scary, slobbery, and decidedly not germ-free, but Ana thinks she’s found a loophole when she agrees to bake pancakes for spectators while Dasher mushes in a local race.

That is, until Dasher sprains her ankle and has to drop out of the running. Can Ana learn to mush—and overcome her anxiety—in time to save her friendships, finish her project, and compete in the big race?

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