Thursday, January 16, 2014


I've been meaning to share this for a while, and a couple of requests made me hurry to finish up this short list of a few good middle-grade books for reluctant readers! 


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
A HUGE hit!                                

2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The beautiful artwork in this book seems to really capture kids' attention.

3. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
A great fantasy series that has a lot of appeal to imaginative middle-grade readers. 

4. Graphic novels
There's more and more good ones out there; Percy Jackson is one that has been very popular among my students. Which leads me to . . .

5. Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan has been very prolific lately, and other series by him are big hits too; I would recommend to start with Percy though. 

6. Stories from Guys Write for Guys Read by Jon Scieszka & various authors
Part of a wonderful series edited by Jon Scieszka . . . so fuuny! Great to read out loud or to pass along to kids. They'll like some better than others. 

7. Sports memoirs/biographies
I can't really recommend a specific one, but for the majority of my middle grade reluctant reader male crowd, short nonfiction texts about their favorite sports stars are absolutely necessary. 

. . . And some favorites of mine--great middle grade books but not necessarily the top of the list for reluctant readers (although they have been successful):

8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
A perspective changing story.

9. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Hilarious and heart warming. 

Any suggestions for other middle-grade reluctant reader winners?

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