Usually when I go on vacation I really don't get much of a chance to read, but with four weeks to spend in Costa Rica, I could see birds, monkeys and lizards in the morning and spend my afternoon lounging around reading. It was awesome. We had a really great time on our trip - I'll post some pictures when we get back to school, and I read some really great books, too. I also read some not so great ones, but when you're doing the trade a book at your hotel, you've gotta take what you can get.
The best books I read out of the fourteen were (most of these are grown up books that I doubt middle shcoolers would like, but your parents might enjoy them).
•The Bookseller of Kabul (a depressing but very interesting book about Afghanistani culture)
•The Memory Keeper's Daughter (thanks, Ms. Fulsher)
•Longitude (fascinating non-fiction about how they learned how to measure longitude)
•When the Emperor Was Divine (about Japanese internment camps in WWII - it's in our library, and if you like historical fiction, I'd recommend it)
•How I Paid for College (by very funny Portland author Mark Acito)
•The Moonlit Cage (one of the free exchange fabulous finds!)
In just my Costa Rica trip I spent about 62 hours reading, so I think I've got my reading road trip taken care of! Hope you're finding some great things to read this summer also! If you need new (or more) forms for the reading road trip, go to this webpage http://westorient.gresham.k12.or.us/~fitzpatrick/Summerreading07.html