Here are two cool new books for you to read:
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Grades 3-7, Ages 9-12
About the Book
Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: CIA or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn’t exactly scream “secret agent.” In fact, Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without a mishap. Because of his innate nerdiness, Ben is not surprised when he is recruited for a magnet school with a focus on science—but he’s entirely shocked to discover that the school is actually a front for a junior CIA academy.
Could the CIA really want him?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Grades 3-7, Ages 8-12
About the Book
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
Let us know what you think if you try them out!
Additionally, if you’ve been struggling to get books to read during the pandemic, consider checking out OverDrive, an online library! The local Belmont online library can be found here: https://minuteman.overdrive.com/minuteman-belmont/content
There’s also an app version of the library called Libby, which you can download for free.
All of the books are free to check out if you have a library card, and there are thousands of books to choose from!
How to use Libby (instructions on the website below):