Great Intermediate and Upper Reads


The month of May celebrates children's author Christopher Paul Curtis, born on the 10th in Flint, Michigan, and quoted as saying, "To me the highest accolade comes when a young reader tells me, 'I really liked your book.' The young seem to be able to say 'really' with a clarity, a faith, and an honesty that we as adults have long forgotten. That is why I write." Curtis' trademark humor and vibrant narrative is at once evocative, heart-wrenching, and hilarious and I would recommend you steer your child to any one of the books below. What I like most about Curtis' writing style is the unforgettable testament to the power of hope.


Bud, Not Buddy grades 4-7
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
Bucking the Sarge grades 7 & up
Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission grades 4-7
Mr. Chickee's Funny Money grades3-7
Elijah of Buxton grades 4-7




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