Anyone who imagines an alternate reality will be swept up in the Underland books.Jon Scieszka is the author of several great books and series for boys.Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House is determined to bulldoze an abandoned lot that just happens to be home to some miniature burrowing owls.
It can be hard to motivate middle-schoolers with reading issues to pick up a book.
One way to engage them is to find books with themes they can relate to at a time when they’re trying to figure out who they are.
It also manages to combine science, technology, text and art in one book that kids won’t be able to put down.
The author also runs a fantastic website called that’s chock-full of outstanding resources to get boys reading. Six different narrators tell the story of Auggie, a boy who was born with facial deformities.
The book details his struggles to fit in—or at least not stick out.
Auggie is homeschooled until fifth grade, when he heads to his public school and really faces life in the public eye.
Some of the titles are part of the history curriculum he will be using, some of them go along with the literature guides we use, and the others are just ones that I thought he would enjoy and ones he can pick and choose from.
As a homeschooler, I hate to admit this, but I don’t use my local library as much as I should.
Here are nine great titles to explore with your reluctant middle school reader.
The lavish, enthralling illustrations in this book draw readers in right away.