After sponsoring the clubs for a few years now, I have finally learned my lesson. These maturing readers are developing specific preferences. They are also developing an attitude that "reading for assignment" is boring. To combat this understanding, we only select books for book club that they think will be fun to read, regardless of the literary merit. The plan is just to keep them reading and loving it.
For readers in this category I can make a few suggestion. They seem to be attracted to four major groups of literature. Below you will find a list with some titles that were loved by the groups. ( FYI-- I do split the groups more on genre lines than age, having middle school book clubs for the following groups rather than by grade.)
- Realistic Fiction: Numbering the Stars, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World, and The Help
- Steampunk: Airborn, The Golden Compass, and Leviathan
- Fantasy: The Alchemyst, The Secret Hour, Magyk and the Night Tourist
- Dystopian: Hunger Games, The Eleventh Plague