Sunday, March 3, 2019

Scholastic Must-read Adventure Books for Tweens

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We let our children to have a choice in what books they want to read. However, we noticed that they usually like to read certain series of books. In order to expose them to different genres, we encouraged them to read widely beyond those particular series of books. Recently, they are introduced to adventure books that are suitable for tweens, thanks to the kind folks from Scholastic.

With technological advancement, we can now watch television, movie and online videos to experience the adventure and fantasy that we would not be able to experience in real life. The visual and sound effects make the experience more vivid. However, there is still value in getting our children to read the adventure books, it is because reading such books allow them to paint the pictures themselves, and hence stretch their creativity and imagination.

Here are some must-read adventure books for tweens from Scholastic:

Guardians of Ga'Hoole - The Capture

Author: Kathryn Lasky
Age: 10 - 12

When Soren, a barn owl who is the centrepiece of the series, is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie's. When Soren arrives at St. Aggie's, he suspects there is more to the school than meets the eye. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, find out that St. Aggie's is actually a training camp where the school's leader can groom young owls to help achieve her goal.

Guardians of Ga’Hoole fantasy series has sold more than 4 million copies, and is one of the New York Time Bestseller. The Newbery Honor-winning author has written over one hundred books for children and young adults, including a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as Beyond the Burning Time and True North

Wings of Fire - Moon Rising

Author: Tui T. Sutherland
Age: 10 - 12

The war between the tribes is finally over, and now the dragonets of the prophecy have a plan for lasting peace: Jade Mountain Academy, a school that will gather dragonets from all the tribes and teach them to live together, perhaps even as friends. Moonwatcher isn't sure how she feels about school, however. Hidden in the rainforest for most of her life, the young NightWing has an awful secret. She can read minds, and even see the future. Living in a cave with dozens of other dragons is noisy, exhausting and dangerous. In just a few days, Moon finds herself overwhelmed by her secret powers and bombarded by strange thoughts, including those of a mysterious dragon who might be a terrible enemy. And when someone starts attacking dragons within the academy, Moon has a choice to make: Stay hidden and safe? Or risk everything to save her new friends?

The author of the New York Times was a two-day champion on Jeopardy in 2009. This book is one of the New York Times Bestseller.

Fall of the Beasts Spirit Animals - Lights in the Darkness

Author: Varian Johnson
Age: 10 - 12
Split between two worlds, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan are four young heroes who are racing to stop an ancient evil. Even the spirit animal bond, the sacred link between humans and animals, is on the brink of destruction. The friends face an enemy with the power to enslave others to its will - and to steal spirit animals away from their rightful partners. With their own allies falling to this darkness, the four must look to their bonds to light the way forward. But one of those lights is about to go out. Briggan, Uraza, Jhi, and Essix. Before their journey is over, one of these legends will be lost.

This book is one of the New York Times Bestseller. The author has written 9 novels, including The Parker Inheritance, which was named a 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book among other accolades. His middle grade caper novel, The Great Greene Heist, has been named to over twenty-five state reading and best-of lists. He has also written for the Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts middle-grade fantasy series as well as novels and short stories for YA audiences.

National Geographic: Everything Ancient Egypt

Author: Varian Johnson
Age: 10 - 12

Kids will discover all they want to know about the mysteries of ancient Egypt and learn new weird, wacky, and fascinating facts as well. Sections in the book include Rise of the Pharaohs, Death and the Afterlife, Life in Ancient Egypt, and Fun with Ancient Egypt (a section that provides readers with exciting hands-on learning).

The author writes about science, history, wildlife, and technology. In 2013, the author's cover story for National Geographic Kids magazine, "Return of the Missing Lynx," won an Eddie Award for Best Single Article, Youth/Teen. 

Disclaimer: We received the books for review purpose. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine. 

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