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Old 09-09-2007, 03:50 AM
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Holes was a good book for middle-school age.

Another good author for kids this age group is Jerry Spinelli (Maniac Magee and others)
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:51 AM
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Wow i have read both pages of the posts and i think i read all those books growing up.I did really the Laura Ingells Wilder books growing up.My oldest who has ADD always test abit low for her Iowa basic skills testing.We do have a Ar list and i want to keep reading and try to get some books read this year.Now that she is in High School she doesn't have her English class until later this year.

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Old 09-10-2007, 06:46 AM
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Meg--I love Kate Dicamillo's books
Mish--Our school system uses AR list through 8th grade. I love these list as they have good suggestions and are leveled.

Everyone has given such great suggestions. I read somewhere that the reason some kids slow down on or quit reading in their MS years is because they don't know what to read. They suggest that parents, teachers and librarians be ready to help with suggestions of books.
I personally see, while working at the library, many good books just sitting on the shelves. I agree that kids still need to be pointed in the direction of good books, especially in the MS years where reading sometimes takes a back seat to many other activities.
Keep the suggestions coming. I am going to compile a list and hopefully be able to use AR or leveled reading data to give the books a reading level.
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Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Robert Louis Stevenson...Treasure Island, etc. H.G. Wells,
are some of the others for the upper grades.
Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little Women
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I've not read the Narnia series but now that the second movie is out with an M rating what do you rate as the age for kids to read the books, are they comparable in book rating to movie rating?

I'd have to say I've only heard of half of those books listed.

Roald Dhal books, James and the Giant Peach was enjoyed by ds2 as was Charlottes Webb, Storm Boy, Harry Potter books.

What age group is middle school? We just have general high school from 13-17yrs, gr8 to 12.
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Middle School is usually 6th, 7th & 8th grade. I took my 9yo son to see the Prince Caspian movie & it was fine. I do NOT take him or let him watch much violent stuff. There wasn't really gore, etc. I think the book would be fine too. I think the older kids may get more of the underlying themes than the younger. That's my 2 cents.
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Kathy, I think Mish has hit the nail on the head. I received the Narnia books at the age of 9 and while I could read them, they were just "stories" to me. An older teen (15 or over) would probably "get" that these books are really retelling the Bible story.

Here is a site with a movie review. It is recommending that children under the age of 10 not see the movie. In the USA the movie is rated "PG."
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I liked the movie but the first one was better. What would be a good book for an alomost 15 year old boy who doesn't like to read.
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My teenage son recommends the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. Make sure he reads them in order!
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My son like. the Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. I think there are 6 books in the series.
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