I work with a 5th grader who does not like to do her homework and never does any more work then she is required to do, but when it comes to this book series she read them constantly for weeks! This was a big accomplishment for her to voluntarily read these books on her own! It is still popular over a year later from this post. I have not read the series yet since I have been tied down with homework in my last year of college, but I do intend on reading them myself!
I haven't actually read The Hunger Games but I heard it was pretty good. My brother is in the eighth grade right now and he loves that book. He's been waiting for the third one to come out for months now. From what I've heard, it seems like the kind of book that will definitely hold your attention, which, ultimately, is what the teacher and students want right?
I agree...we read The Lightning Thief for our Middle School Book Club and the series became an "addiction" of sorts. Every student, and teacher,in the book club was on a waiting list to read every other book in the series. Our Latin Teacher also loves the series because of all of the Greek mythology references.
James Patterson's Maximum Ride Series is also a great series. These books can spark some great discussions about global warming and keeping the planet healthy.
Both of these series are high interest for both boys and girls.
Hi, Lois Lowry, a Newbery Award winning author has written a wonderful trilogy called The Giver (The Giver, Gathering Blue and The Messenger). Some have found this series controversial --- it deals with a futuristic society that "releases" non-conformists. Makes for excellent discussion of moral dilemmas.
They include a score of book titles, including short, easy-to-read summaries for kids to decide if it's a book they'd be interested in. There are two lists for each grade level -- with a combined list for 7th and 8th. I've also included a high school list. If you need anything else, let me know!
well you have to see how strong of a reader all your students are and what is considered appropriate. I would consider the scarlet letter or Aminal farm. however, how about asking them what the majority is interested in, because if the reader is entertained they will be eager to read.