KidsPost Summer Book Club: 8 Books About “Speaking the Truth”

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The TikTok or Instagram post you just read was so weird, funny, or scary, that you just had to share it with friends. immediately. Before you even get a chance to wonder if that’s true. But what if it isn’t? What if I helped spread a hoax? This probably wouldn’t be a good feeling, because no one likes to be deceived. It can seem impossible to sort out information from social media, websites, texts, and real-world conversations. But this is possible by tapping into your natural curiosity and asking questions. This is what the characters do in the books we picked for this year’s KidsPost Book Club. The club’s theme is “Speak the Truth,” and the stories – some real, some fictional – feature kids asking community leaders, friends, family and even themselves to uncover the truth.

The book club is open to children between the ages of 6 and 14. A parent must register you online. Look for previews of every book on Wednesday starting June 15th. The first 600 children who register will receive a set of notepads and pens. If you’ve read other books that fit this year’s theme, ask a parent or teacher to send them your suggestions wapo.st/kidspostYMAL. We may include them in your “You may also like” choices. And if you or your parents have questions you want to send us, send them to kidspost@washpost.com.

Anger at Britain is brewing in Tolbury, the small Massachusetts town that Noah Cope, 13, is calling his home. His father was a minister with strong opinions and unwavering loyalty to King George III, ruler of 13 American colonies. The local Sons of Liberty discover his father’s views and brutally attack the man. The Copes escape to Boston, where British forces offer immediate protection. But as Noah learns more about the growing conflict, he questions whether either side is as honorable as they claim.

Georgia-born Shanese Lockwood is smart, playful and nicknamed “The Lightning” on the softball court. A talented fisherman and racketeer, the 12-year-old is also the captain trying to lead the softball team, the Fulton Firebirds, into the championship season. But a variety of challenges arise for the all-black team of the Dixie Youth Softball Association. Can Chines pursue her competitive dreams while trying to uncover the truth surrounding the first in her family’s long line of soccer players?

Elliot’s ADHD makes it difficult for him to pay attention at school, but he is very focused in the kitchen, preparing delicious and complex dishes. Elliot’s father ignores this passion, and continues to play the song “The Incident.” This is something Elliott did a few months ago that is so bad that he refuses to talk about it. When he’s involved in a school project (about cooking!) with a famous girl who faces her own challenges, the funny, messy Elliot begins to think differently about his ADHD. But will he be able to tell the truth about the “incident”?

June isn’t happy about moving into Huey House. An accident led to her family losing their home and moving to a homeless shelter. Even worse, the sixth grader couldn’t bring beloved Viola. But John meets Terrell, who has been at Huey House for three years and it turns out that it’s not that bad. When a government policy threatens the families at the shelter, will John and Terrell be able to work together to stop it?

Pilar Ramirez and the escape from Zafa

What happened to Mami’s cousin Natasha in the Dominican Republic 50 years ago? 12-year-old Pilar currently lives in Chicago, but is determined to discover the ancient truth. Pilar is making a documentary about Natasha, who, like many others, disappeared during a brutal dictatorship. Fast forward a little, and Pilar finds herself on a strange island filled with fantasy creatures and demons from the tales of Abuela. Danger looms, and even if Natasha is hidden here, how can Pilar find her – and go home?

Thirteen-year-old Bella hopes to start a teen art program in her neighborhood, but city officials reject the idea. That’s when I noticed a funny thing: the money seemed to go to projects that society neither wanted nor needed. When Bella shares her doubts, she is ignored. Adults think she’s just a loud inquisitive kid. Then she is threatened and realizes: someone is trying to shut her down. When she teams up with a retired private investigator, Bella makes mistakes that heighten tension–even as she learns how to tell the truth so others will listen.

Evan Bao’s Secret Battle

Evan Bao has a sense when people lie. He’s just moved from California to Virginia with his mom and older sister, and he can tell who’s being friendly and who’s faking it. As he adjusts to being the only Asian student at his new school, can he also discover other things, such as how to live without his father (who has disappeared) and how to navigate the difficult past of his new hometown?

In the Kingdom of Mangkun, 12-year-old Sai tries to make her own. Her mother passed away years ago, and her father survives due to criminal acts that sometimes lead to his imprisonment. Sai worked on calligraphy and integration into ordinary society, and was fortunate to land a job helping the prominent cartographer of the kingdom. When a chance arises to escape her father’s shady plans, Sy sets out on a fascinating expedition. Once she’s on board, she’ll have to figure out who to trust and the truth beyond the known world.

The Summer Book Club is open to ages 6-14. Kids can read some or all of the books on our list. Books are available through Politics and prose in Washington DC, Hooray for books in Alexandria, Virginia, and Other books on one page in Arlington, Virginia. Library systems in the Washington area were also alerted about the choices.

To join the club, children must be registered by a parent or guardian, who must fill out our form at wapo.st/kidspostbookclub2022 by August 1.

The first 600 children to be registered will receive a pen and notebook set. Prizes will be sent out beginning in late June.

KidsPost will publish a list of club members at the end of the summer. Parents who do not want their child’s name published must indicate this when registering.