These 6th-graders take their reading seriously

Recently, 40-plus sixth-graders from Smithfield Middle School sent their book recommendations to Triangle Reads. Here are two of them.

Catherine Cepin loves to read and enjoys going to school. “I enjoy puzzles and challenges that train my brain to think differently.”

Recommended read: Legend” by Marie Lu. It is a dystopian novel with two sequels that is sure to leave you rushing to the library for the next book. It’s the story of two polar opposite characters, June Iparis (a government soldier’s daughter) and Day (a wanted criminal). After a tragedy occurs in June’s family, she turns to the government to seek justice. June falls in love with an unexpected Romeo that twists the plot of the entire story. While on the run, Day and his partner in crime, Tess, come across an apparent fellow teenage street rat that joins them in their drifting. “Legend” is a great story that will be sure to give you a sense of adventure and romance.

Currently reading:Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein.

Who or what taught you to love to read? My mom taught me to read, but joining Battle of the Books and talking to my friends about books has taught me to love reading.

What is your favorite reading memory? Winning third place in Battle of the Books in fourth grade.

What is your favorite book that nobody’s heard of? The “Emily Windsnap” series by Liz Kessler.

What movie was better than the book? “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

Where do you go for book recommendations? I go to my friends who have read more books than I have.

Jude Reece is “a nerdy sixth-grader who enjoys reading, puzzles and trivia.”

Recommended read: The Hidden Oracle” by Rick Riordan. I recommend this book because it provides a mix of humor and thrilling action. Apollo has been cast down to Earth as a human. This book tells the story of his quest to save the Grove of Dodona. He teams up with a young demigod named Meg McCaffrey to save the oracle. The sequel, “The Dark Prophecy,” which came out recently, is even better!

Currently reading:Divergent” by Veronica Roth.

Who or what taught you to love to read? I learned to love reading in two main ways. The first was my elementary school’s Battle of the Books team. It put a huge element of fun and competition to reading. This was solidified when our team placed third. The other was discussing literature with my friends.

What is your favorite reading memory? Racing through the “Legend” with my friends. All of us read the trilogy as fast as we could over Christmas break. We constantly had a group chat running to discuss each plot twist and turn.

Where do you go for book recommendations? I ask my friends. ... I also look for sequels to books I had previously read, such as Battle of the Books novels. This works extremely well and I have a backlog of to-read til September. If I needed to, I would look on Goodreads for teen books.

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Marie Lu

G. P. Putnam's Sons, 305 pages