August 20, 2007

Booklists Strike Again.

Conversations with my eleven-year-old sister:

"Don't you have a book on Scotland?"

"Um.... I might. Why?"

"I need one. Four hundred pages."

"Four hundred-- that long? Why?"

"We have to read four hundred pages on travel and culture by September 28th."

"Four hundred pages!?"


"Can you maybe read four books one hundred pages long? Because four hundred pages seems a little long for sixth grade." (I know Mrs. Wallace was hardcore when I had her for third and fourth grade, but four hundred?!)

"Okay, yeah, we can do it that way."

Oh. Good.
I'm pretty sure Mrs. Wallace said they were to do it 'that way' to begin with, but already Some Of Us weren't listening... and the school year is young.

So, the call goes out to the blogosphere: A reluctant reader (Oh, how I loathe that phrase. Shall we say enthused but struggling? Let's try again:)

WANTED: Young Scholar, Struggling But Enthused Seeks Books on Culture and Travel, both nonfiction and fictional acceptable. Prefers Scotland, but open to Cambodia, Thailand and Other Countries.

Big sister thanks you.

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Sarah Stevenson said...

I've got a couple of books on Celtic myths/fairy tales, Druids, and the like. Also some outdated travel guides to Britain, and somewhat more recent ones for Japan, China, France, and Mexico. Happy to lend anything I will get back. In fact, Dover edition of "Celtic Myths and Legends" is just over 400 pages...

Anonymous said...

The Horrible Histories Series (by Terry Deary, Scholastic UK) has Bloody Scotland.

Sarah Stevenson said...

That's a great series. It might amuse you to know that I have one of the titles (The Cut-Throat Celts) in Welsh.

Anonymous said...

It is a great series. And of course you have it in Welsh. That just goes without saying.

Saints and Spinners said...

For fiction, how about 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnston? Scotland's in there!

Mary Lee said...

Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam
by Huynh Quang Nhuong (not Cambodia, but close!)

tanita✿davis said...

Thanks! My sister is half Cambodian and half Mexican (Maybe. Her birth mother said she could be wrong on that.), and is always open to connecting with her culture. Would the Dover books be readable for someone who tends to stumble on big words? (She also has the heebies about all things spooky - which might make reading about Scotland (Nessie, anyone?) a bit difficult.

The Horrible Histories sound hilarious!

Sara said...

Does The Boggart by Susan Cooper have enough Scotland in it? I don't think it's TOO scary, but then I don't do enough scary to know what that really means.

Anonymous said...

Carolyn Marsden has written a couple of MG novels set in Southeast Asian countries - When Heaven Fell is in Vietnam, and Silk Umbrellas is in Thailand.

Home is East by Many Ly is about a Cambodian-American girl, which might not count for her required reading, but she might like anyway.

MotherReader said...

I look for any chance to recommend Monsoon Summer about a teenage girl who goes to India with her family. Love this book. And it's 272 pages, so she'll be more than halfway there. (I didn't know that off the top of my head. I went to Amazon, silly.)

Suzanne said...

Sex Lives of Cannibals - no sex, actually; a great travel and culture book.

Narnia series - travel

First they killed my father - cambodia

Out of the Dust - easy reading, dust-bowl culture