Read Aloud Suggestion for middle school?
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They are in sixth grade if that helps.
In the past, other books that I've had success with have included The Giver, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Silver Sword, Rules and There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom.
Have you read Gone by Michael Grant or The Maze Runner by James Dashner? They are pretty similar in many ways to The Hunger Games, and are real page-turners - I'm thinking I might try reading one of those next year perhaps.
I agree that The Graveyard Book is good, and I thought of reading it this year, but I wonder if it might be a bit slow as a class readaloud. I felt it dragged a bit in the middle few chapters, and because each chapter is nearly self-contained, it lacks a bit of narrative drive that the less-involved kids need to keep their attention. But I haven't tried it, so maybe it would work well.
The story is told by a lovable but somewhat dim-witted dog, who has his own language to describe the people and things around him. It is clever and laugh-out-loud funny. (The resident cats speak only in the footnotes, and call Jack "Big Yellow Stupid.")
Personally, I love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and all of the Lemony Snickets books.
I thought a teacher reading aloud to the students was a lost art, so glad to find out that it's not! Those were my fondest memories of grade school - quiet time and the teacher reading the book.
Perhaps Zen and the Art of Faking It might be a fun read aloud if you want something more recent.
I'm jealous. I always wish that my nieces would visit more often so I can read to them, especially the 7-year-old, because she's my mini-me. :D
This summer, or over Christmas break, I'm going to introduce her to Roald Dahl. Also, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which we read in my children's lit class and I absolutely adored.
I remember reading and having read to me titles from the Mark Twain Award list when I was a child in Missouri. And as an intern at a library while in library school there was a book club devoted to the Mark Twain Award nominees, so that students were prepared to vote for the winner for that award.