It can feel daunting to choose books for kids during those years between about second grade and seventh grade. Everyone’s figuring out this reading thing at their own pace; some are taking to it like a fish to water, and others are still just getting their toes wet. Plus, just because a rockstar reader can understand the words on a page doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a book’s content (whether it’s a too-scary ghost story, a bunch of gross-out jokes, or something just a little too grown-up). Then there are kids who claim they don’t like to read at all! We know, we know . . . and we’re here to help.
To come up with this list of great books, our books for young readers manager, Stephanie Appell, enlisted two bonafide, certified, real-live kids: our intern, 7th grade Cameron, and his little sister, 4th grade Gennie. Here’s what they recommend. (Click any title to read the official summary from the publisher or to toss it into your shopping cart!)
By John David Anderson
This book is about a farm boy who is good at stealing. His gift attracts the attention of a strange man who takes him to a school for warriors, wizards, and thieves. I loved the mystery and action in this book — it was amazing. I’d give it 10 out of 5 stars.
Evil Spy School
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia
Anyone But Ivy Pocket
By Caleb Krisp, Barbara Cantini (Illustrator)
This book is about a girl whose name is Ivy Pocket, who is a very helpful, sarcastic, pretty girl. Just because of something that happens with some soup, she has the biggest adventure EVER! I can’t even list all the things I like about this book. It’s funny, thrilling, and awesome. Once you start the book, you need to read more, and when you’re finished, you’ll wish for a sequel.
Ms. Rapscott’s Girls
By Elise Primavera
This book is about four girls who have very busy parents, so they go to Ms. Rapscott’s School. I loved it. It is a really good book if you like adventure and funny-ness.
The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie
The War That Saved My Life
Stephanie recommends one, too:
The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms
By Chris Colfer
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Looking for more ideas? Stop by anytime and let us help your young readers pick out some books they’ll truly love. Meanwhile, make sure you’re subscribed to MUSING, where our next “Under the Stars” list will feature fabulous new YA reads for young adults (and not-so-young adults who just love YA).