Readers in the 6 to 11 age group often find their reading habits and abilities fall somewhere between picture storybooks and chapter books or children’s novels. These books by award winning authors are for in-between readers who are ready for a longer book and enjoy adventure.
“The Golden Ghost” by Marion Dane Bauer, Illustrated by Peter Ferguson, Random House, 2011, 86 pages, ages 6 to 10.
Delsie and her best friend Todd are looking for an adventure as they set out to explore the abandoned houses by the old mill. Together they discover someone’s secret hiding place and furry friend only Delsie can see. “The Golden Ghost” is a touching story about a young girl’s sense of self and longing for a pet. Marion Dane Bauer is the author of “On My Honor”, a Newbery Award honor book.
“Masters of Disaster” by Gary Paulsen, Random House, 2011, 102 pages, ages 8 to 11.
Henry master-minds plans for a series of zany adventures with his friends, Reed and Riley. Unfortunately, Henry’s adventures often turn into mishaps, as the boys attempt to break a world record, solve a mystery, and take on other bold projects. Lucky for Henry, Reed and Riley’s loyalty to their friend is stronger than their common sense. Gary Paulsen’s book “Hatchet” received the Newbury Honor Award.
“The Buried Bones Mystery” by Sharon M. Draper, Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watcon, 2011, 94 pages, ages 7 to 10.
First in the Clubhouse Mysteries series for younger readers, “The Buried Bones Mystery” introduces best friends Jerome, Rico, Ziggy, and Rashawn, as they wonder what to do over summer vacation. After the recent vandalization of the neighborhood basketball court, the boys decide to focus their energies on building a clubhouse and collecting treasures from the newly formed club members. While burying their treasures, a box of bones is discovered, and the adventure to solve the mystery begins. Author Sharon Draper draws from her own heritage as an African American to create characters of various ethnic backgrounds and weaves facts about Black history into the story. Draper has won the Coretta Scott King award for “Forged by Fire” and “Copper Sun”.
“Flying Feet” by Patricia Reilly Giff, Illustrated by Alasdair Bright, Random House, 2011, 71 pages, ages 6 to 9.
Third in the Zig-Zag Kids series, “Flying Feet” tells the story of Charlie and his bright ideas, which often turn into inventions, such as the Junk Cruncher, Snowball Saver, and Flying Feet. Charlie hopes his next successful invention will make him as popular as his older brother. Charlie’s friends know his inventions lead to adventures and fun. Author Patricia Reilly Giff has received the Newbury Honor Award for “Lily’s Crossing” and “Pictures of Hollis Woods”.
Although written specifically for the 6 to 11 age group, these books can be enjoyed by readers of any age.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Dobler