Hoot by Carl Hiaasen won an insane amout of awards including A Newbery Honor Award and it’s not hard to see why once you read it. It’s a mystery and an adventure with multiple happy endings including the school bully getting what he deserves.
I blogged on how much I liked Dr. Stanley Schmidt’s Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra, As Serious as It Needs to Be.
Good news! I didn’t realize he wrote a whole series of math textbooks: Fractions, Decimals and Percents, Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus and Statistics.
We saw the The Lightening Thief movie and it has sparked a renewed interest in mythology in my 4th grader so I wanted to suggest two other great books on mythology by THE classicist, Edith Hamilton.
Life of Fred: Beginning Alegebra as serious as it needs to be is a totally different and actually fun textook method. You go as fast as you want. It teaches algebra — abstract stuff — in relate-able story vignettes. In short, this is the textbook or method for kids who are visual or who need something concrete and non-intimidating to learn algebra. With this textbook, they will actually like algebra.
Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen is Sam Gribley, of My Side of the Mountain, a little older, morphed with the movie starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer called The Ghost and The Darkness. Perfect for reluctant boy readers grades 4-6th.
Take the hockey-puck-on-a-rod test a Michigan high school kid cobbled together to help figure out if a knock on the head has caused a concussion. Sports medicine specialists are increasingly worried about the long-term implications of mild, repeated head trauma.
A thumbs up for the entire Percy Jackson series! I’ve added the classic Mythology by Edith Hamilton which I read and loved as a child. You may as well capitalize on an interest in Greek Mythology and even Roman Mythology that this series will instill in your child. The Usborne is great for younger readers but Edith Hamilton is THE expert and her Mythology book has greater detail.