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    We love read alouds, we just finished The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and we loved it. Before that we read The Graveyard Book. She can read at a high school level, so I like to pick books that either have a tough subject like The Devil's Arithmetic, or a little scary like The Graveyard Book or difficult vocabulary so we can discuss new words like the Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Any suggestions?
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    My kids liked Terry Pratchett books as read alouds at that age (and to read on their own as well).

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    We loved The Graveyard Book.

    When I'm looking for ideas I'll head over the the Brave Writer page and check out her Arrow and Boomerang lists for the year as well as past single issue titles. She has Crossover by Kwame Alexander on there for this year, good and unique read. Build Your Library is another one to check out for ideas.

    This year my kids really enjoyed Sophia's War (Avi), Out of My Mind (Draper), The Mysterious Benedict Society (Stewart) and Holes (Sachar).
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    There's a second Calpurnia Tate book!!

    We read science books aloud a lot: mostly autobiographies or kooky science-facts books like Oliver Sack's Uncle Tungsten and things like The Disappearing Spoon, Napoleon's Buttons, Galileo's Daughter, etc. I try to link history to things too so if I need "extra" book ideas, I look at Guesthollow's book/movies list by century. The other sources (BYL, other curricula suppliers' lists like OM or MBTP) listed above are great too.

    Lately, though, kiddo likes listening to audiobooks of harder-to-read things. Tearing through all of Dickens now in fact. I have no problem with audio as long as she's enjoying it and can tell me about the stories...
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    I like the idea of Dickens by audiobook, that would be hard for me to read out loud. Thanks for letting us know about the second Calpurnia Tate book, Margaret is soo excited - you made her day!
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    I couldn't stand Dickens once I got beyond being a teenager, but I appreciate him now: he's very empathetic (something I kind of knew) and can be cuttingly funny (which DD appreciates). Audiobooks are pretty available through our Overdrive library so maybe it's that way everywhere (?). DD had to read Nicholas Nickleby for school and it got her hooked so I pointed out she could listen to them as opposed to read them...

    The 2nd Calpurnia Tate book is more about her brothers than her, but still pretty awesome.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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