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Evan Pao’s Secret Battle

Ever since he had a baseball coach who tried to hide how badly he wanted his team to win, Evan Pao knew when people weren’t quite telling the truth.

The 12-year-old just moved with his mom and sister from California to the town of Haddington, Va., and he can tell if what people say is how they feel. It’s a useful skill when you’re entering sixth grade towards the end of the school year and you don’t know anyone.

Evan has a lot to uncover, including a mystery about his father, but it’s his classmates who get most of his attention. He also tries to persuade his mother to give the family a dog.

With the help of his mother’s brother (who has lived in Haddington for eight years), a nice boy named Max (who has lived there all his life) and a dog who seems to have no home, Evan slowly getting used to his new city. . Through computer research at the local library, he even finds a meaningful way to participate in his school’s Battlefield Day, which commemorates the Civil War, as well as his town’s discussion of the Confederate statue erected over 100 years ago. ‘a century.

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As the only Asian American in his school, Evan arouses curiosity in some people and hostility in others. He had never been confronted with this in his old school. And when a classmate confesses to shooting a bullet in his house, Evan, his mother and his 15-year-old sister are shocked and upset. They wonder why the police aren’t taking the incident more seriously. Although Evan can sense when someone is lying, it’s hard for him to see what the truth is or why his classmate is acting like a bully.

Wendy Wan-Long Shang presents the book’s chapters from various angles, but Evan is at the heart of the fast-paced story. He’s caring and sympathetic, and his ability to see through insincerity will make you ponder your own instincts. As hectic as “Evan Pao’s Secret Battle” is, it’s also a good reminder that everyone has inner battles that we can’t easily see or understand.

“The Great Wall of Lucy Wu” (Ages 8 to 12), Wendy Wan-Long Shang’s debut novel features another sixth-grade student who faces surprising challenges.

In “Melissa Dassori”JR Silver writes his world » (8-12), a sixth-grade girl discovers she has magical power when the short stories she writes come true.

Edith Dawson, KidsPost reader from Mount Vernon, Iowa, recommends “On My Honor(9 to 12 years old) by Marion Dane Bauer. It’s a Newbery Honor-winning story about a tragedy that occurs when two friends swim in a dangerous river. “It uses realistic characters with relatable struggles to teach children that it’s their duty to tell the truth and that they need to walk away from the guilt of mistakes that aren’t entirely their fault.”

In the kingdom of Mangkon, 12-year-old Sai tries to fend for herself. His mother died years ago and his father survives through criminal acts that sometimes land him in jail. Sai worked on her calligraphy and merging with mainstream society, and she was lucky enough to get a job helping the kingdom’s preeminent cartographer. When the opportunity arises to escape his father’s shady plans, Sai embarks on a great journey of exploration. Once on board, she will have to figure out who to trust and the truth of what lies beyond the known world.

The summer reading club is open to children aged 6 to 14. They can read some or all of the books on our list. (Find a blurb for each book at wapo.st/kidspostbookclub launch2022.) The first 600 kids to register will receive a notebook and pen. To join the club, children must be registered by a parent or guardian by August 8. To register, that adult must complete our form at wapo.st/kidspostbookclub2022. If you have any questions, contact [email protected]

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KidsPost Summer Reading Club 2022 is themed “Speaking Truth” and we’d love to hear about your favorite books that relate to this theme. Children ages 6-14 are eligible to participate; one entry per person. Ask a parent or guardian to fill out the top part of the form at wapo.st/kidspostYMAL, then share your suggestions by Thursday. We can include your favorites in KidsPost. At the end of the summer, we will send a selection of books to three randomly chosen children who have sent in suggestions. Winners will be notified by August 30.

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