Inside: A list of good books for 7th and 8th graders who are strong readers.
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Have you got a young reader in your family? I don’t mean the kind who happily reads the books set by their teacher but would be just as happy watching the movie version. I mean a reader reader! Kids who read over breakfast, on the bus, on the toilet and under the covers at night with a torch. The sort of reader who feels connected to characters and who reads the last few pages of a good book slowly…just so it lasts.
Well then, you might relate to this problem. A parent contacted me to say that her 12-year-old daughter had a reading age of 17. The problem was, which books are thematically appropriate for a 12-year-old but sufficiently challenging? She specifically wanted novels and her daughter was not into the classics…yet!
So I turned to teaching colleagues in Western Australia. The thing about teachers is they love reading, they love kids and they love putting the two together. So here is their list. Thanks Teachmeet colleagues. Great job!
*Find out more about each book by following the links.
Series of Novels We Love
Series are great because they allow kids to build momentum in their reading. If they love the first book in a series, they are likely to be hungry for Part 2.
Magic Pens series by Tamora Pierce
Lord of the Rings series by J.R. Tolkein
The Last Dragonslayer series by Jasper Fiorde
The Dagger Spell series by Katharine Kerr
Novels We Love
There are some old favourites here and some newbies.
Pavana by Deborah Ellis
The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkein
A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French
The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
Laurinda by Alyce Pung
Other Suggested Authors
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Linda Stade has worked in various teaching and management roles in education for twenty-five years. She has worked in government and private schools, country and city, single-sex and co-ed. Currently, she is the Research Officer at Santa Maria College, Western Australia.