Let’s be real, some kids hate reading as if it’s death itself, and getting them to read is a struggle. Now, I obviously don’t have kids being a young teen but I have a little brother who absolutely hates reading. Because I’m the reading one of the family my parents always try to use me to find him books he really will enjoy. So, here is a list of 6 books to get middle readers excited for reading.
This series was the first series my brother read without and fight or hesitation. This five part series written by Rick Riordan follows the main character, Percy Jackson, on a quest upon quest following the Greek Gods and Greek Mythology.
This book was actually required for us to read in the fourth grade, but when I did read it it wasn’t so bad. It was entertaining and little fourth grade me enjoyed it! Island of the Blue Dolphins written by Scott O’Dell is based on a true story about Native American girl Karana who is left stranded on her island off of the coast of California with her little brother. You get to follow the story of the two trying to survive all alone on the island.
My brother and I both really enjoy(ed) the series. For me, I loved the spins on classic fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the beanstalk. The series is written by Chris Colfer (yes the guy from Glee). As the novel follows twins Connor and Alex Bailey and their adventures in The Land of Stories.
The Thief Lord was written by Cornelia Funke, (whom also wrote the Inkheart series) was one of the few books I reread; with my own personal copy the cover is literally falling off. The story takes place in Venice Italy following a group of orphans facing the challenges of just trying to survive. Plus, some secrets are revealed along the way.
This series was my absolute favorite in elementary school. The first part of the series follows five dragons that are under a prophecy that must be fulfilled. These five dragons explore this world and try to fulfill the prophecy. It’s filled with action and adventure with an enticing world.
This was second to Wings of Fire in my youth. I loved the magic and animals and all the adventures the characters went on. Younger me loved seeing that every book was written by a different author, and for some reason just made me so happy. Getting a taste of everything, that being most of the authors that wrote for my age group, just made me jump for joy.