Reading books can be a helpful way of dealing with issues in our lives. It can also help us to put ourselves in another person’s shoes to help understand what they may going through. Here are some great books that may relate to what is going on in your life, or maybe even just help you to learn a bit more about what someone else might be experiencing.
A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary
Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy of Texas wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fiction, she’d know how to solve her problems at school; take care of her family when her dad has to spend time in the hospital; and deal with her family’s secret: that her mother is agoraphobic and never leaves the house
Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend’s death.
Twelve-year-old Clea wants to do her homework, follow instructions, pay attention in school, and play chess on the school team, but somehow she cannot focus on whatever is in front of her, and the other kids at school are starting to notice and make fun of her; when her worried parents take her to be tested she finds out that she has ADHD (only without the hyperactivity)–and with help from the psychiatrist who seems to really understand her she is determined to learn how to focus.
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.
Twelve-year-old Caera Donovan and her family flee a wildfire bearing down on their hometown of Pine Grove, with no time to find Caera’s beloved dog Mike. Faced with the loss of everything she knows, Caera can’t stand to lose Mike as well and seeks a way to sneak back to Pine Grove. When her plans are thwarted, she must learn to embrace a new definition of “home”.
When strong-willed, drama-loving eighth grader Brie Hutchens tells a lie because she isn’t quite ready to come out to her mother, she must navigate the consequences in her relationships with her family, friends, and faith