It was around 5th grade that I first read The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. To say that this book had a major impact on my life is an understatement. I LOVE this book. It took me to the Shire and Bag End. I was sitting in Bag End with Bilbo, watching the magic smoke rings in amazement one minute, wondering what trouble those dwarves were going to cause next. From the encounter with the Trolls to the encounter with Smaug, I was hooked. More than once after reading The Hobbit, I tried to convince my Mom that I was entitled to elevensies. She didn’t buy it, unfortunately. Feel free to click on the book images to purchase any of the books on Amazon, or go to the My Amazon Store tab at the top of the blog to search for the book of your choice.
Going back to Denise Zaky’s comment (thanks for the great suggestons, Denise), we look at the popular A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. This series tells the story of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in a house fire. If you’re unfamaliar with these books, the Goodreads description should tell you all you need to know. “I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant,” states a letter written by Lemony Snicket himself. He ends by telling us, “It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.” I had a good chuckle reading this and simply have to read about these unfortunate events.
Another 5th grade book is Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, again suggested by Denise. I have never read these books, but they sound absolutely superb. It’s easy to see why they are so popular. I love the idea of weaving Greek mythology into a children’s book. What an interesting, exciting topic, as well as a great way to learn.
Here’s the Goodreads description of the first book of Riordan’s best-selling series. “Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.”
Next up from Jess, author of The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow, is A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Jess tells us that she, “was a bit obsessed with A Wrinkle In Time– I loved how anthing could happen.” I can see why she felt that way. I’ve never read this book, but it sounds incredible. What child (or adult for that matter) doesn’t love the idea of time travel? I know there are a few things that I would consider going back in time for. This book is now on my “to read” list.
The Goodreads description follows. “It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.”
This stranger proceeds to claim to have been blown off course, and tells them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract”, which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time. Sounds great to me.
Jess also suggests The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. If you’ve never read it, or just want to reminisce about when you did, here’s the description. “Jess Aaron’s greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmate’s faces when he beats them. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns them all. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen and their imaginations set the only limits.”
Deborah Dore on Twitter recommended The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell. This series recounts the life and adventures of Thowra, a magnificent silver bumbry stallion and his descendants, and is set in the Snowy Mountains of Australia. This sounds like a wonderful set of books that follow Thowra as he uses all his speed and cunning to save him and his herd from danger and capture.
Other books in the series include Silver Brumbies of the South, Silver Brumby’s Daughter, Brumbies of the Night, Silver Brumby Kingdom, and a few others, including some short story collections. This would be a good choice for any teen who loves horses.
Lisa Tortorello, author of Lisa Tortorello ~ Teacher and Author, suggested author Lisa Lowry. Lisa Lowry is the author of such great books as Number the Stars, The Giver, and The Silent Boy. Number the Stars is a story about ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and the evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark. The author fictionalizes a true story account in this heartfelt tale. My research yielded some conflicting information as to the reading level of this book with some saying 7th or 8th grade and others 5th grade.
Well, that might just do it for all of our great reader suggestions. I’m not sure if there are enough left for another post, so if not, this will be it. Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and contributing. I have had the best time writing about these books and I hope that you, like me, have found some wonderful books to read. I can’t believe how many great books there are that I not only haven’t read, but have never heard of. I will rest well knowing that as the fall and winter seasons approach and the weather turns frightful (at least here in Illinois) I have a mountain of books to read as I curl up on my recliner in front of the fireplace. Thanks again everyone, and as always, please leave a comment about your thoughts on anything we discussed or tell us about anything you think that we forgot to discuss.