The Bridge Book
Date: 7/15/2012 12:54:00 PM
I have been looking for the perfect book to bridge J's journey from childhood to adolescence. The books I read when I was about her age were the ones I first tried to get in interested in. It turns out they don't quite resonate with her. The generation gap has become a gigantic gulf since we started living our lives in internet years - our age adjusted world views are so far apart that I could be a character from her history text book.
Then this summer, I got her A Tree Grows in Brooklyn from the library. She approached in tentatively but after about twenty pages, she was completely hooked. J can now be found at all places at all times reading the book. If J is not to be seen or heard for some time, she is reading the book. This is exactly what I had looked for in the book that will help her make the physical and emotional transition she is making. She goes into middle school this fall - yet another of many changes she will experience in the next few years.
Next on my list are The Lord of the Flies, Sense and Sensibility and The Time Machine and The Good Earth. It will be interesting to see which of these books will have her mesmerized like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn has. And I can't wait for her to be ready to read one of my favorite books of all time A Prayer for Owen Meany.