The Kid has 3 new books on his reading list. I chose them for him, each for a different reason:
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is a culturally significant novel about a young girl grappling with issues of race and family pride.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane is an American literary classic that he will likely have to read in school at some point, so it will be great for him to be challenged, and to have an understanding of it early.
Stardust is a science fiction novel by Neil Gaiman. Science/fantasy fiction is the kid's favorite genre so I thought it only fair to get something for him that he would have chosen for himself. He so enjoyed Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, that he finished it in about one week.
Moms chime in: What are your cool kids reading currently?