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    Default What has your 5th/6th grader read and liked?

    DS and I are in a bit of a reading slump because we haven't really liked anything that we've read recently. Some things were a real drag, and I mean we literally had to drag ourselves over to read them.

    So I'm looking for recommendations. Anything you guys loved? Had you riveted or touched you? We just need to read something that keeps us coming back for more!!!

    Thanks, homeschooling community!
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

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    We had good luck with the literature and readers from BYL7 (When DS was in 6th grade). They are near the bottom of this page:

    Also, whenever we read a book that had a Newberry Awaed, its been enjoyed,
    Newbery Medal Winners, 1922 - Present | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

    Do you have a Los Angeles Public Library card? Their ebook / audiobook collection is phenomenal! (I collected San Diego, Riverside, Orange County, and LA cards, and LA is the only one I use! I just checked, they have 393K titles.) Kindle has a lot of titles, but I found it was wading through a lot of self-published junk, so I like the more curated list that the library has.
    Ive not bought a single novel since getting my card a few years ago, and I read a lot more now.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    The Graveyard Book by Gaiman, Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (the audio version is so good), Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin - were a few of our favorites.
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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    What sort of genres does your DS like to read?

    Here are small selection of ones DD11 has liked over the past year:

    The Vanderbeekers series, Books — Karina Yan Glaser

    Puzzling solving/code breaking series:
    puzzling solving/code breaking/mystery type ones that are in a series:
    1) Winston Breen series, Winston Breen - Winston Breen
    2) Framed series (Framed, Vanished, and Trapped),

    Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

    The Detectives Assistant by Kate Hannigan

    Books by A. F. Harrold (The Imaginary, The Song from Somewhere Else, The Afterwards – FYI, these have somewhat dark themes in them but overall are amazing and clever and lovely to read. Probably read them yourself first to see if they are right for you.

    How to Bee by Bren MacDibble, and her other book The Dog Runner

    Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

    Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

    Books by Sharon Creech

    Podcast, not a book but I think it still counts:
    Young Ben Franklin

    The Underneath and Keeper both by Kathy Appelt (DD11 found these difficult as the have multiple story lines and times that blend together; I liked them)

    Orphan Island by Laurel Synder

    We have so many others to recommend, so just let us know if you want more!
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    The Book Scavenger series,

    The Westing Game

    We have a "reading rights" in our house: you do not have to finish a book if you do not like it, you can read multiple books at the same time, you can re-read as many books as your like, etc. So for us, if we were having to drag ourselves to read something it would just be done and over and on to the next thing.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    I feel like series are the way to go right now. Both of mine loved fantasy series: Wings of Fire (Sutherland), Kane Chronicles (Riordan), School for Good and Evil (Chainani), Fablehaven (Mull), and Wondla (DiTerlizzi).

    My daughter read the books, but my son isn't as voracious - Wings of Fire and Kane Chronicles are available as graphic novels (Wings of Fire incomplete) and all are available on Audible.
    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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