Sunday, November 24, 2013

Books for Gifted Middle-Grade Readers

Fiction for gifted middle-grade readers can be difficult to find. Many novels written for that age group are too easy. Venturing into YA fiction yields a lot of kissing fantasy that parents find distasteful and the kids don't quite understand yet. I'm compiling a list of books that have the best of both worlds. Challenging, respectful, and fun-to read, many of these books are part of the middle-grade canon already. I've tried to include plenty of modern books to supplement the classics. These are all appropriate for grades four through seven. I wrote the Olivia Brophie series to appeal to gifted readers. The Pearl of Tagelus is very popular with advanced readers for many of the same reasons the books in this list are. I hope that the Sky Island continues this tradition.
Of course, it is important to allow any young readers to roam freely among the stacks, to follow their own reading interests.

A Wrinkle in Time series (The Time Quintet) by Madeleine L'Engle

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

Feed by M.T. Anderson

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

My Side of the Mountain by J.C. George

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

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