Parents, do you have a voracious reader at home? A preteen or teen who reads at a high level, but has “read everything already” and thinks everything is “too easy”?
One of my favorite questions is what books would I recommend for a young reader who has already sped through the novels meant for them and needs more books! Bigger books!
Here are some suggestions:
For the kid who has read all of Harry Potter, Narnia, and Percy Jackson…
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.
Mistborn and other series by Sanderson are a comfortable choice for parents as he does not include graphic language or sex in his novels.
- Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan.
The author wrote this series with his 13-year-old daughter in mind and it is perfect for those fantasy lovers who are always looking for longer books.
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien.
If nothing else, try a classic!
For the kid who likes mysteries…
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan C. Bradley.
Despite being an adult mystery, this book features an 11-year-old protagonist.
- Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely.
An Agatha Award winner.
- The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon.
Another adult mystery with child-sleuths.
For the kid who likes out-of-this-world, funny books…
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Some elements may make this series suitable for 12 and older.
- The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
First in the Discworld series (41 books!). There is some swearing and acknowledgement of adult themes. Discworld contains a young adult series, beginning with The Wee Free Men.
For the kid who likes history or classics…
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
This classic examines racism and justice, and therefore includes strong language and violence that may spark difficult conversation.
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
Of course the best book for any child is the one they are interested in reading, but these might give you a place to start for those itching to move on to adult books. Even better, these books are ones you may enjoy too!
Early Literacy Specialist
Youth and Family Services
Kenosha Public Library