It’s almost the end of January. How is your child’s new year’s resolution coming along? Did they intend to read more but aren’t quite sure where to start? Does your child find themselves reaching for more challenging and thought-provoking books? Looking for age-appropriate books for advanced readers? Here are some books that would enrich your child’s reading list. 

  1. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

For students who enjoy fantasy, history and well-developed characters, The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove is not one to miss. It begins in Boston in 1891 and follows the story of Sophia Tims who comes from a line of explorers and cartologers. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle, Shadrack, to go on an urgent mission. Unfortunately, they did not return and she has been living with her uncle ever since. When he was kidnapped, Sophia, who was the only one who could find him, set on a journey to rescue him and find out what is going on in their world.

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

For historical fiction lovers, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a page-turner that will keep your child captivated. The story is set in Nazi Germany, in the beginning of World War 2, and is narrated by Death. This interesting, yet unusual perspective will draw your child in quickly as Death tells the story of a young German girl named Liesel. She moves into a foster carer’s home as her mother was unable to take care of her, and soon suffers from the death of her brother. As the title suggests, she steals books that were about to be burnt. She learns the power of words and seeks solace in the books. 

  1. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

If your child enjoyed Wonder by R.J. Palacio and is looking for another touching, realistic fiction, they might want to add Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan to their reading list! The book follows 12-year-old Willow who finds comfort in counting by 7s. Since she was young, she was identified as a genius with an unusual worldview. Hence, she has always felt like an outsider in school. It tells the story of her life and journey of self discovery as she deals with grief and connects with people whom she can trust.  With rich characters and humour, this inspiring and emotional story might just open up your child’s perspective on life.

  1. All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

Reading non-fiction books early will help your child prepare for comprehension in secondary school. Don’t know where to start? Afraid it would be too intimidating for your child to pick up? All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat is the perfect place to start! In 2018, the story of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave rescue made the headlines. This beloved book provides an amazing account of how 12 young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were rescued from the cave. It is filled with suspense, gives insight about Thai culture, and is brilliantly paced!

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