Reads by Age

Separating books by age category was hard for me.  I'm over 40 and I still love a great fairy tale!  But here's my attempt to help you find the book that's not too old, and not too young, but just right!
In the Fall of 2011 I was introduced by my local librarian to the Forest of Reading.  This is a recreational reading program created by the Ontario Library Association for different age levels.  Kids throughout Ontario read at least 5 out of 10 nominated Canadian books in a given category.  Then the kids (and only the kids) vote for...
About the Book... In honour of how much I love Halloween, we read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman as our October book.  Members in my adult book club told me how much their own children loved this book and the story intrigued me - a baby escapes from the house where someone has just killed his family (a very short...
The Bookworm Bookclub began its fourth year welcoming two new members.  The seven girls are in Grades 6 and 7 - a hard combination to navigate with interests ranging from toys to boys and differences in reading levels.  But with everyone's huge enthusiasm about reading is general, it all seems to work out. The first meeting back was more of...
In keeping with tradition, I gave each member a book to read over the summer.  The books were recommended this year by a wonderful woman from ellaminnow book store.  I admit that I haven't had the pleasure of visiting the actual bookstore yet - I was introduced to it at the Library Resource Fair last spring.  Independent bookstores are...
About the Book... Our final book for the season was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The girls were bugging me for months about doing it and once the movie came out I had no other choice! Given the violent nature of the book, I wanted to wait until my daughter was twelve to let her read it (although I...
We have just gotten home from almost three weeks of traveling in Europe - Barcelona, Paris, the French countryside, and The Netherlands.  It was a wonderful trip filled with amazing sights, sounds and tastes.  Through it all we read:  my oldest daughter started and finished The Hunger Games, I started and finished The Hand that First Held Mine, and we...
About the Book... As 22 is my lucky number, it seems fitting that Book #22 was one of my most favourite books so far.  The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is an amazing tale of two twelve-year-olds caught in a dying community, trying to find a way out.  It was the perfect reading level for our club, the perfect ...
About the Book... Neil Flambe and the Aztec Abduction by Kevin Sylvester was our next selection.  A complete 360 from The Breadwinner; I suppose the girls wanted a bit of a light read for once!  The Aztec Abduction is the second book in the Neil Flambe series, the first of which (Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders) won the Silver...
About the Book... Our next book selection wasn't a Silver Birch book.  We selected The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.  The book follows a young Afghan girl, Parvana, in the middle of Taliban rule.  Parvana and her father translate letters in the market in order to survive, but once her father is arrested, the family becomes desperate.  With no male relative in the household, Parvana must disguise herself...