During the weekend's 48 Hour Book Challenge, I read two and a half books. (More on the half soon. The 2 books that counted came to 292 pages.) I don't know how long it took me in all because I fit everything in between a carnival, the final soccer game of the season, a birthday party, and Father's Day. And I'm not totally surprised to find out that I much prefer sharing children's books with children to reading them by myself. I missed the conversations, the goofy observations, the non-sequiturs, and that magical thing that happens between two people when they read a book together.
One of the books I read, How I Found the Strong, I'll remember for my son when he is older; it would be a good read-aloud for a parent and an eleven year old. Set in my home state of Mississippi, the coming-of-age novel details the awful toll of war, even for the people who stay behind. For a middle-school child interested in, or studying, the Civil War, the fast-paced book ought to be of great interest. Margaret McMullan wrote How I Found the Strong, which is based on family stories, for her son, and it's a good one for boys.