My last post highlighted some of the great Young Hoosier Book titles for Intermediate Grades. That list is usually used for grades 4-6 in our school corporation. The program continues into grades 7-8 at our Middle School with the books from the list for Middle Grades. These books have more complex plots and may deal with more mature themes, although they would probably be great for any student in grades 5-8, or older. If you ever have any questions about the suitability of a book for your child, just contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can research the book for you. The books on the Young Hoosier lists have been reviewed by professionals who often include a suggested age range in their review. Just keep in mind that your child is a unique person; maturity for reading choices may not match exactly with their actual age.
Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Odette’s Secrets by MaryAnn MacDonald
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Anderson is an incredible writer who often writes about social issues from an adolescent perspective. I highly recommend this one!
The Living by Matt de la Pena. Another great story for fans of survival tales.
Ask your kids if they have read any of these titles at school. Then come and get one at the library to read together.