What’s great about helping people find books is learning about the books they loved. Tweens (grades 5-8) often are passionate about certain titles.
Tween 1: I want to read something exciting. I really liked (names a title like "Michael Vey.")
Me: Hmm, I better go read that!
Tween 2: I like action in books. Like in (names title.) I tried (historical fiction title) at school but I couldn’t get into it.
Me: Hmm, I better read that first book.
Tween 3: Some books are so slow...nothing ever happens. But (names a title) is the best book I ever read.
Me: Hmm, these books the tweens are recommending definitely have violence, but the heroes have a heart and soul. And there’s no putting them down.
And that’s how I’ve finally arrived at this list for 6-8 graders. I discovered some myself, but my fast and furious meter is now finely tuned, so not to worry.
Hold on tight and enjoy.