Is the luck of the Irish a gift from the gods or the result of hard work? Chapter book Beyond Lucky explores this idea with a soccer coming of age story.
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I’m continuing my search for books that my 3rd grade reluctant reader friend who likes funny will read. He’s a very sporty kid but his mom says his favorite sport is hockey and she hasn’t had luck finding any books on this sport. There are plenty of baseball and basketball books, and he plays those sports and more, but she thinks that if I can find hockey, he’ll read them happily. I’m excited to get him reading so I searched and found these books.
The Massachusetts Book Award list has great chapter books that include Newbery winners with a range of books from 3rd grade through 8th grade.
My Mom Friend Julie’s son, a third grader, is a reluctant reader. Though he’s a sporty kid, he doesn’t the usual sporty book fare. He’s loved the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series but he finished the series. It’s my job to find him more books that he will actually read without a fight. Here goes …
I think that when a book series is different and successful such that it creates its own mini genre that this is only a good thing. Just like Harry Potter which broke publishing notions that kids won’t read very, very thick books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series also got kids wildly excited to read. And though the lead character is a boy, girls were also reading this series in droves. I also think that the graphics helped to legitimize graphic novels from comic book status to it-counts-for-your-reading-log status. In any case, if your child needs more Diary of a Wimpy Kid but has read all the books, here are more options including some that skew younger and older.
My oldest daughter finally gives me her favorite books of 2011. She’s a 6th grader and 12-years-old but I think her book suggestions skew plus or minus by two years.
If You Like Percy Jackson, try Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert Pease. It’s a Time Travel Action Adventure Series (and the Physics of Time Travel). Then, go backwards in time along the same story line but with A Wrinkle In Time’s Sandy and Dennys in Many Waters.
Promise the Night covers Beryl’s childhood with inserts that document her aviation achievement. In real life, Beryl writes a memoir, West with the Night, that becomes a literary sensation, and goes on to Hollywood to consult on aviation for films. Ultimately, she ends up back in Nairobi, successfully training horses. She dies at the ages of 83.