What Our Family Read in March 2022

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Check out the books our family read this month for fun and as part of our homeschool lifestyle.

My children are in the 11th, 9th, and 7th grades. In addition to our personal book choices, you’ll also find the names of the books we are listening to on audio or I am reading aloud to the kids.

As always, let me know what you and your kids are reading. I love adding more titles to my reading list!

Check out our family reading list forMarch 2022

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Our March 2022 Reading List

This list of books includes all of the titles read in our home this month. You’ll find the books read by individual kids, myself, or books read as a group. I’ve also included all of the books I read for my book clubs on Outschool for ages 8-13.

7th Grade Reading List

Lion of Mars
Jennifer L. Holm

From Amazon: “Bell has spent his whole life–all eleven years of it–on Mars. But he’s still just a regular kid–he loves cats and any kind of cake and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping. Like, why don’t they have contact with anyone on the other Mars colonies? Why are they so isolated? When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups all fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It’s up to Bell–a regular kid in a very different world–to uncover the truth and save his family…and possibly unite an entire planet.”

Dan’s Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads | More Info and My Review


Cleopatra in Space (#1)
Mike Maihack

From Amazon: “When Cleo finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, really far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo’s style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader while trying to figure out how she’s going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!

Dan’s rating (age 12): ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads

**Being made into a series on Hulu!


Big Nate: In The Zone
Lincoln Peirce

From Amazon: “A laugh-out-loud must-read illustrated novel starring the one and only cartooning genius, king of detention, and Cheez Doodle connoisseur, Nate Wright. Nate’s not having the best of luck . . . in fact; he’s not having ANY luck. But with a little boost thanks to Chad’s lucky foot, suddenly good luck is everywhere Nate turns! Nate’s in the zone! But how long will it last?”

NOTE: My son loves these books and decided to revisit the book series again. He read a few of them this month. The books in this series are different from the books in the graphic novel series. Both are fun reads.

Dan’s Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads


9th Grade Reading List

Just David
Eleanor Hodgman Porter

From Amazon:It is the story of David, a charming little boy of 10 who is suddenly transplanted from a world of music (he plays the violin) in the mountains with his father, to the provincialism of a workaday small town. But even more, it is the story of how David transplants his own character, courage and happiness into the lives of the people he meets, and wins their love and respect.

David’s Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads


Radium Girls (Young Readers Version)
Kate Moore

From the Publisher: “Amid the excitement of the early twentieth century, hundreds of young women spend their days hard at work painting watch dials with glow-in-the-dark radium paint. The painters consider themselves lucky―until they start suffering from a mysterious illness. As the corporations try to cover up a shocking secret, these shining girls suddenly find themselves at the center of a deadly scandal.”

David’s rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (4.5 stars)
Amazon | Goodreads


The Monster Missions
Laura Martin

Publisher’s Description: “Berkeley and her best friend, Garth, live on an old cruise ship, scavenging for supplies from the drowned cities left behind on the ocean floor after the sea swallowed up all the land. They think they’ve seen every kind of aquatic creature, but they never expected to find sea monsters…

After awakening a Hydra, Berkeley and Garth are sent to live on a submarine, where they study and hunt sea monsters. But the Hydra wants revenge on their home ship—and if it succeeds, their families will go down with it.

Berkley, Garth, and their crew must find a way to save the ship. But monsters aren’t the only deadly things lurking in the ocean’s depths.”

David’s rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (4.5 stars)
My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads


Magisterium Series
Books 1 and 2
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Publisher’s Description: “Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst — and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . . From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.”

David’s rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (4 stars)
My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads


11th Grade

Night
Elie Wiesel

Publisher’s Description: “Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.”

Her rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads


Family Read Alouds

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Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy
Tui T. Sutherland

Publisher’s Description: “Clay and his friends have grown up under a mountain, secretly raised by the Talons of Peace to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The five young dragons are destined to end the war that’s been raging between the tribes of Pyrrhia — but how they’ll do this, none of them knows.But not every dragonet wants a destiny. When one of their own is threatened, Clay and his friends decide to escape. Maybe they can break free and end the war at the same time — or maybe they’ll risk everything …”

My Thoughts: We all listened to the audiobook together and enjoyed this one. It’s definitely worth the hype.

Our rating:⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (we all agree!)
Amazon | Goodreads


Mom’s Booklist

Christie Affair
Nina de Gramont

From the Publisher: “In 1925, Miss Nan O’Dea infiltrated the wealthy, rarefied world of author Agatha Christie and her husband, Archie. In every way, she became a part of their life––first, both Christies. Then, just Archie. Soon, Nan became Archie’s mistress, luring him away from his devoted wife, desperate to marry him. Nan’s plot didn’t begin the day she met Archie and Agatha.

It began decades before, in Ireland, when Nan was a young girl. She and the man she loved were a star-crossed couple who were destined to be together––until the Great War, a pandemic, and shameful secrets tore them apart. Then acts of unspeakable cruelty kept them separated.

What drives someone to murder? What will someone do in the name of love? What kind of crime can someone never forgive? Nina de Gramont’s brilliant, unforgettable novel explores these questions and more.”

My Rating:⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads


Reckless Girls
Rachel Hawkins

From the Publisher: “Beautiful, wild, and strange—Meroe Island is a desolate spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a mysterious history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and even rumors of murder. It’s the perfect destination for the most adventurous traveler to escape everything… except the truth.

Six stunning twentysomethings are about to embark on a blissful, free-spirited journey—one filled with sun-drenched days and intoxicating nights. But as it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in, sending them on a dangerous spiral of discovery.

When one person goes missing and another turns up dead, the remaining friends wonder what dark currents lie beneath this impenetrable paradise—and who else will be swept under its secluded chaos. With its island gothic sensibility, sexy suspense, and spine-tingling reimagining of an Agatha Christie classic, Reckless Girls will wreck you.”

My rating: ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads


The Book of M
Peng Shepherd

From Publisher: “One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.”

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads


Dear Evan Hansen
Val Emmich

From Publisher: “Dear Evan Hansen, Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s griefover the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️
Amazon | Goodreads


Outschool Fiction Book Club Choices

I teach book clubs for kids online through Outschool. You can learn more and check for class availability on my Outschool profile.

These are the titles we read in March and discussed in my monthly Fiction Book Clubs:


Outschool Graphic Novel Book Clubs Choices

These are the graphic novels we read in my weekly Outschool book clubs:



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