There’s been enough interest in this idea that I’m posting my list for everyone who wants a poke at it. It is, of course, a highly subjective list based on books we have in the house or in the library, and based on my gut feeling for books for this 12 year-0ld boy. I’ve starred the books Tias chose.
If you’re looking for a resource that can help you determine a book’s reading level and interest level, I’ve just discovered Book Wizard. It also has the Book Alike feature that allows you look for similar books and even set the difficulty level up or down from that book.
The links are to GoodReads.
These first three are Usborne books because I have never found better books to entice my kids when they lacked confidence.
- The Cricket in Times Square*
- Farmer Boy
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (it was originally meant to be the Borrowers, but I couldn’t find it on the day)
- Harry Potter
- The Rescuers
- Dark Life (originally meant to be the Narnia book but I had to use it earlier, and besides, I feel that the non-Potter choices are pretty much there for decoration. Who knows…he could surprise me.)