The Importance of Reading and Suggested Middle School Level Books

One way to encourage your child's interest in reading is to suggest books that are not only appropriate for his or her age level, but also are entertaining for your child. This article explains the benefits of reading, and lists some popular middle school level books and gives a bried subject description.

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Reading is an important skill that benefits children in many ways, and can turn into an extremely rewarding hobby later in life. Reading can be a way to escape from a bad day, a way to self-entertain, and a tool students can use to succeed in many other subjects. Although to some, reading is a favored way to spend time, others just do not like reading. One of the best ways to encourage your children to read is by providing interesting titles for them to enjoy. Everyone likes reading better when they like the subject.

Some suggested titles for Middle School students

The 13th Floor, by Sid Fleischman

4th through 8th grade interest level

Twelve-year old Buddy Stebbins and his time travel search for his kidnapped sister

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman

4th through 8th grade grade interest level

This story tracks eleven-year old Eddie who gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can sink a foul shot at the NBA finals.

Virtual War by Gloria Skurzynski

5th through 9th grade interest level

Three young people, each with a unique, genetically-engineered special ability, must combat a war in virtual reality.

Tae's Sonata by Hemi Balgassi

6th to 9th grade interest level

This tells the story of Tae, a Korean American eighth grader, as she tries to sort out her feelings and life in middle school

If you can find books that interest middle schoolers, they will be much more likely to read on a daily basis. A healthy interest in reading will lead to improved vocabulary, and a more advanced thought process.

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