Skinny-Punch Books for the Summer

July 23rd, 2010 by

A while back, I read Forget Me Not by Coleen Murtagh Paratore. It’s part of the Wedding Planner’s Daughter series, and this particular installment takes place over the summer — but this post actually isn’t to recommend Forget Me Not as a beach read for the season. Instead, I want to recommend some of the books that the main character of Forget Me Not likes.

Confused? No, you haven’t entered The Twilight Zone. You see, in Forget Me Not, Willa loves reading what she calls “skinny-punch books” — books that are short but pack an emotional punch. NOT books about diet beverages, as you might have first assumed. (HA HA! I slay myself…)

Here’s Willa’s list of skinny-punch winners:

  • Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
  • Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
  • Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
  • True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff
  • The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

And I also want to add some of my own skinny-punch faves:

  • Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
  • Secret Letters From 0 To 10 by Susie Morgenstern
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Have you read any of these? Or do you have your own skinny-punch picks? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Karen

Karen used to love Hawaiian Punch when she was a kid. Now she prefers root beer. Especially if you put some ice cream in there. Yum…

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5 Responses

  • Hahaha me writes:
    July 25th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I would say Tuck Everlasting.

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      July 25th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      @Hahaha me: Ooh, that’s a good one! I actually just saw a copy of Tuck Everlasting the other day, and it had a movie tie-in cover. I forgot there was a movie version! Have you seen it?

      • Hahaha me writes:
        July 29th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

        I’ve seen the movie. Of course, it wasn’t as good as the book, but it was still really good and summer-y/ 🙂

  • Ghia writes:
    August 10th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen which i also just found out is about to be a movie. Crash by Jerry Spinelli

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      August 10th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

      @Ghia: Did you see my post about the upcoming Flipped movie? Nancy and I were all excited to see it last weekend, and then we realized it’s not coming to NY theaters until August 27th. Major bummer. But it just makes me MORE excited to see it!

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