Librarians are often asked to recommend books for 7 to 9 year olds, who are reading well above their chronological age. But the teens’ section has content that isn’t appropriate – and the reading level isn’t really that advanced, either. Here are some children's books which have age-appropriate subject matter, but a higher reading level.
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There is some violence that might disturb some younger readers. But, this has one of the best opening sentences ever, and an amazing cast of characters – living and dead.
An intriguing adventure / mystery series featuring descendants of the Grimm brothers, and a host of fairy-tale characters.
Just as promised in the title – a modern story with an old-fashioned feel. This is the first in a series about the Penderwicks.
Words cannot fully express the wonder and soul-deep contentment this book brings to every reader I’ve met. Please expand out and try other Kate DiCamillo books – she’s written for many ages.
Fantasy quest novels never go out of fashion. Obstacles, friendships, dangers…
Gail Carson Levine does a great job of re-imagining fantasy stories, and the Two Castles series is a great place to start.
Drama, fun, family and a bit of history lesson thrown in.
First in a trilogy about a quartet of sisters and their family dramas and interactions.
A mixed-up book, too – full of many genres and stories and characters. Just one of the many amazing books by E. L. Konigsburg.
The whole writing style will intrigue some readers – as Mila’s language ability and confidence grows.
Another quest story – this time featuring squirrels! I’ve been reliably informed that this is a wonderful read.
An oldie, but a goodie – a story of maternal love and determination.
School and friends can be tough – as Jessica finds. Humour and pathos in equal measures.
Another book I can’t praise highly enough! Another one that lives close to my heart. Also try Jerry Spinelli’s other books.
The Hal and Roger Hunt adventures may be a bit dated (they’re originally published between 1949 and 1980), but they can do the trick for the right reader.
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