I noticed the book recommendation discussion posted by Carolyn Foote so I thought I'd throw out another challenge---I need novels for gifted readers (grades 4-6; reading levels 7-12+) There are several issues:
1. The books have to be recently released or the kids will have already read them
2. The content needs to be appropriate but the themes can be mature
3. They love read aloud books that contain clues, intrigue or historical connections
We've read some wonderful novels in our book studies in the last three years--- this is from my blog:
We started with Eragon
by Christopher Paolini. The book isn't great but was written by a 15 year old ( my point was that if a 15 year old could write a best seller, you could too) --kids loved it and the sequel Eldest
. It's become a cult favorite and we are awaiting the 3rd installment, Brisngr
in September. We went as a group to see the movie when it came out.
We then read Chasing Vermeer
and The Wright 3
by Blue Balliett. I love the "daVinci Code" type books for kids---books with clues, intrigue and historical connection. I wrote curriculum
for both these books. Kids love Airborn
by Kenneth Oppel. It's in the Steampunk genre, according to one of my sons. They also loved the sequel Skybreaker
. We did an online book discussion of Airborn, you can find the questions here
. Look under the Moodle icon and use baguest as username and password.
Last spring we read The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick which has the historical connection to invention of movies. It is a brilliant book, half of the 580 pages are illustrations but not in a typical format. The illustrations tell the story---like a graphic novel. The problem with this book is that everybody has to have a book---not a good read a loud. I did not write a curriculum for it but easily could have.
I have several others I haven't used yet. Endymoin Spring
by Matthew Skelton has the history of books as its back plot. The end is a little weak, but I'm going to use it eventually. I haven't read Valley of Secrets
by Charmain Hussey yet--but plan to. It is wrapped up in the rain forest fauna and flora.
My 4th graders read Peter and the Starcatchers
last fall. (I thought it was OK, kids loved it) Currently my 4th graders are reading The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Stewart and they love it, too.
Anybody else have any fabulous suggestions? Thanks in advance, N.