In any case, I just finished another kids' book called Where the Still Beats. I enjoyed it, but it was very sad on many levels. It was a story about a girl who had been kidnapped by Comanche's in the 1840's and then is re-found and captured back by her family in the 1860s. By that time, she is totally assimilated in Comanche culture and has a husband and 3 children, the baby girl is recaptured with her. Instead of being happy to be reunited with her family, she longs for her Comanche ways/family/life. Her white family thinks they are doing the best thing for her, but she violently disagrees. In the end, none of them are really glad about how things end up. I give it 3/5.
This book is apparently based on a real-life story. It was interesting and would provoke a lot of conversation with E if he read it, but also so sad that I'm not sure I'll recommend it. The 4th and 5th grade curriculum for reading is already pretty bleak.
Will I have time between now and the New Year to read 8 more paper books? Probably not.
Regardless, this process has been great and has reconnected me with the printed page.