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Here's a round-up of all the books Timothy read for his 6th grade year. His favorite book of the year was The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.


King of the Mound, by Wes Tooke

Children of the Longhouse, by Joseph Bruchac

Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis (not pictured, read Kindle version)

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Bound for Oregon, by Jean Van Leeuwen

Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo (not pictured, read Kindle version)

A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck

Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates

A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck

Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving

Indian Captive, by Lois Lenski

The View From Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg

When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Gathering of Days, by Joan W. Blos



The Singing Tree, by Kate Seredy

Started 05.07.21 • Finished 05.24.21



"Jancsi forgets his chores. There were other people named Marton Nagy and Moses Mandelbaum. Kate is acting weird. They are called to a wedding and told to help feather a nest. Kate locks Lily in a barn. Lily will stay for the summer. Francis Ferdinand was shot. They each get a puppy. World War I starts. They must give away many belongings. Jancsi obtains Russian prisoners. They go for Marton. He comes back."


Neph, age 10


The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow

18/25 | Started 05.02.21 • Finished 05.22.21 | 2.5 stars


My May book club read is another that isn't usually in my genre. That being the case, I thought this one was okay. There's something about bending reality that just isn't my preference when it comes to reading. I did enjoy the writing and I liked January's character.


It smelled like adventure itself had been harvested in the wild, distilled to a fine wine, and splashed across each page.

The story is about a young girl who grows to learn that she can manipulate doors to transfer people and things between alternate realities (universes?). Meanwhile, there is a sinister group of individuals who seek to close these kinds of doors permanently. As such, there's a bit of back and forth between the worlds, though the author weaves it in through a book January is given. Overall, if you like fantasy, I think you'd probably enjoy this. For me, it just wasn't my style.


There are times when thank you is so inadequate, so dwarfed by the magnitude of the debt, that the words wilt in your throat.
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