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Great Books for Reluctant Readers
10/7/2009 9:27:12 AM

If you are still searching for middle grade novels to get your readers and reluctant readers involved in, here is one series that will surprise readers and one great horse story to consider.
If you are still searching for middle grade novels to get your readers and reluctant readers involved in, here is one series that will surprise readers and one great horse story to consider.

Among the Hidden

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the first book in the Shadow Children series of novels that explore the lives of children who were not supposed to be born. In this world, families are forbidden to have more than two children.

Luke, the third child in his family, has only spent a few hours outside his house. He has never attended school and spends his days inside keeping to himself. He must be careful never to let himself be seen. Then he discovers a girl like himself living next door. The two meet and scheme to get the government to change the ruling. The compelling nature of children being forbidden and forced to remain in hiding engulfs young readers and hooks them to the end.

War Horse

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo is a story of Joey, a farm horse, who finds himself in the middle of WW1. That fact alone hooks many young readers. Told by Joey, this story follows his journey into war and explores his relationships and friendships with the many people that come into his life. Along his journey, Joey encounters adults and loving children. His view of war and people present readers with unique views. From his beginning friendship with Albert, to his new master in the army, to the young girl in the French countryside, Joey's story holds young readers' attention.

These books, written for ages 8-12, treat readers to fast paced adventures and protagonists close to their own ages. All three novels novels have strong boy and girl characters. The concepts of friendship and trust presented in each story are ones easily understood by young readers. These books are sure to entice reluctant readers.

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• Writing Tips from Authors & more - Wednesday, May 27, 2015
• The Authors I've Interviewed & the Kid Lit Blog Hop - Sunday, February 08, 2015
• Review of Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse - Friday, January 03, 2014
• Tutankhamen Speaks - Tuesday, July 23, 2013
• Meet MG Author Hamilton C. Burger - Sunday, June 30, 2013
• Meet Middle Grade Author Beth Overmyer - Wednesday, April 03, 2013
• WOI 2013 Virtual Tour - Sunday, January 06, 2013
• See what the Elves are doing in Montana. - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
• Meet children's author Fiona Ingram - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
• Meet Childrens/MG/YA author Katie Carroll - Thursday, October 11, 2012
• Virtual Tour of Wales - Friday, August 03, 2012
• The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram - Monday, June 20, 2011
• Review of The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan - Monday, June 20, 2011
• Review of Tyler Tichelaar's King Arthur's Children - Sunday, January 23, 2011
• 10 Facts About My First NaNoWriMo - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
• My NaNoWriMo - Thursday, November 18, 2010
• Join me in Celebrating Young Writers - Sunday, October 24, 2010
• Review of Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix - Sunday, September 05, 2010
• Review of Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle - Tuesday, August 17, 2010
• Review of 14 Cows for America - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
• Review of Rick Riordan's The Red Pyramid - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
• Review of "Duck! Rabbit!" - Wednesday, June 30, 2010
• A Review of "The Magician's Elephant" - Friday, June 18, 2010
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