Early to Middle School Book Recommendations

Every so often I like to take a moment to reflect on adolescent books that students have loved. I will be reading parts of these on Saturday at one of our local bookstores so I wanted to choose what I would read very carefully. The following three books are those selected this month because these three have made young people jump with joy when I talk about them. Enjoy!

Amulet Book I: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (7 graphic novels)
#1 New York Times bestseller.
Amulet Book I and the 6 books that follow in the series are amazing graphic novels loved by all young people. The Stonekeeper is the first one, a good place to start. This is the story about how Em and Navin figure out how to save their Mom's life after she is mysteriously kidnapped on the first night in their new house.

Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales (retold by Naomi Lewis)
Twelve timeless tales are re-told in modern language. These classics introduce young people to the movie versions such as The Little Mermaid and The Emperor's New Clothes. They are a reading-must for all, and the 12 tales in this collection are some of the top tales used for analogy, metaphor, and simile in many other writings. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
#1 New York Times bestseller and Kids Choice Awards winner.
Kinney’s ten “diary” books encourage young people to try writing their own journals and to thus become writers in the process. Kinney draws his pictures on an electronic device and the simple drawings compliment the text. The stories help young people think through their own similar plots of life. Great ideas for self-help are contained within these pages. Kinney’s books are an inspiration for thinking about your own thinking (metacognition). 

Quote of the Day
"I attract to my life whatever I give my attention, energy and focus to, whether positive or negative."
- Michael Losier: Canadian author