Awwwww! It’s a bonus book day!!!
This summer, Kensington read a handful of books that she really loved, and today, she’s sharing her review with YOU!!
Several of these books came from your suggestions and incorporate more diverse characters, all of the books are 11 year old approved and hopefully, a few readers in your house will love them too! We are always, always, always open to more suggestions, so please share today too!! Also, in case you were wondering, Smith’s favorite books right now are the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham.
I sat down at my computer with Kensington by my side and she gave me her brief description of each book…first up…
Ohhhhhh! I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but Kensington and I TOTALLY judged this book by its cover! How adorable is this one?! I do believe it’s the cutest cover I’ve ever seen on a book 🙂 . This is book number one in a series of books about the Vanderbeeker family in New York City (there are four total!). Here is what K had to say: This book is about five siblings who live in townhouse and their relationships with other neighbors…some nice and one cranky. She said it will make your heart melt inside to read this book 🙂 . It’s a little emotional, very sweet, and a really good book.
After she read the first book, she immediately picked up book number two…
In this book, the kids are making a “nowhere place” into a beautiful garden for a neighbor who is hospitalized. She said it’s once again about the relationships between the siblings and their neighbors. She said it’s about loving and supporting people who are having a hard time.
Kensington is already excited to read the third and fourth books in this series too! She thinks your kids will love this family too!
Okay, this fictional tale is about a girl that lives in their car with her mom after their father leaves them. They are trying to earn enough money to buy a house, so they create a plan to steal a dog and then collect the reward money. K says this book is about how in life you’ll be tempted to do bad things, but don’t do it. She said it has a very sweet relationship between the girl and a dog too.
Awww! Kensington absolutely BEAMED when I asked her about this book. This novel here is currently Kensington’s very favorite of all time!! She absolutely loved it!! She says it has so many plot twists, but it’s basically about a girl whose parents are getting divorced. Her mom is white and her dad is black and she feels stuck in the middle of not only their divorce but their two families. Kensington says there is a big moment in the middle of the book that was very surprising, but keep reading because it only gets better. She really loves this book!
Well, I was surprised when she started telling me about this book because Iggie isn’t a main character. Ha! This book is about Iggie’s house and the people who live in it after she moves to Tokyo. She said this is another book about racial diversity and accepting people who aren’t like you. She said the moral to this story is to treat people based on how they act and not how they look, and that this book is about the neighbors and the new people living in Iggie’s house and how they form a relationship even though there are differences.
K wants me to make sure you know that there are “some bad words” in this book. (I do feel like Judy Blume incorporates language in her books that are not always necessary.) The main character, Karen, is dealing with her parents who are getting divorced, and she’s not accepting it. She’s mad and doing everything she can not let them get divorced. K says this book is about accepting what you cannot change and loving people even when they disappoint you.
And finally, K says Blubber is really good book too 🙂 . She would like me to once again point out that it “has some bad words” (Judy Blume, why have you always done that?!). This novel is about choosing your friends wisely, and making sure you’re being kind to everyone. She says there is a very big moral to this story that everyone needs to read and that it’s one of her favorite Judy Blume books.
Whew! That wraps up Kensington’s Summer Reading List! I was so pleased that she read (and loved!) so many books this summer 😉 .
If you have other suggestions for Kensington, we would love them too!!
One more thing…
…I asked Kensington to share one recipe she loved right now and she said my Baked Cheeseburger Sliders 🙂 . You should totally make these too!
Happy Thursday, friends! I hope you all have a great day!! xo