non-series books to read aloud to 9 and 12 year olds?
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Treasure Island by Robert Loius Stevenson
Out of Egypt by Anne Rice
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
( They have since completed the LOTR trilogy on their own - no way I was reading that to them!!)
Walking the Boundaries by Jackie French
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
because I have several series ready to read to them and I'm after some one-off books to space them out, not more series to commit to.
some good suggestions so far, thanks all :o)
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Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellaires
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Parks
id recommend anything by Eva Ibotson and Cornelia Funke
The Thief Lord
Because of Winn Dixie
Bridge to Terabithia -- and almost anything by Katherine Paterson
to name a few!
Also, The Fairy Rebel by Lynn Reid Banks
Everytime I recommend these to teachers as read-alouds, they are very happy and so are the kids.
I thought the best part was the author's glossary at the end.
The grandmother in the story is no sugary Hallmark confection, but a gun-totin' iconoclast. She operates under her own rules, the first one seeming to be "Hard work never hurt nobody."
HERE LIES THE LIBRARIAN
AFTER YEARS OF SERVICE,
TRIED AND TRUE,
HEAVEN STAMPED HER--
That made me laugh. I think I'll tell my husband to put that on MY tombstone! (And like most everything Peck has written, it's a great read!) I think for older kids it has a little bit of everything: cars and racing for the boys, history, and a little romance (but not too mushy)
Patricia McKissack's Porch Lies is also a fun readaloud, done in a southern black vernacular. For scarily exciting, try The Old Willis Place.
The Book of Story Beginnings, by Kristin Kladstrup
The King In the Window, by Adam Gopnik
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame, and
Because of Winn-Dixie...forget the author...
So after some pondering, here are my suggestions.
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
The Foxman by Gary Paulsen
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
White Stallion of Lipizza by Marguerite Henry
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langley
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken -- this is the first of a series, but one of my favorite read-alouds as a child, adn I think it can stand alone, if I remember correctly
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Clay by David Almond
I teach children ages 9-12. They loved this story when I read it aloud. I confess, however, they were biased: Their teacher wrote the novel. Go to www.NotchEarsSacrifice.com/ to find out where you can get the book.
Planning on reading Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane in last 2 weeks of school, my students act like it's impossible for a book to provoke emotion or any response deeper than "Yeah, I liked it."
Some others on our list this year include:
My Father's Dragon
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
The Wish Giver
Check out the Newbery award lists for this age group! They're all fantastic! ;)
And, I'm marking this thread myself! Thanks! My boys are 7, 9, and 13, and I have our history read alouds for the year on my shelf tagged as "Illuminations 2" - we are studying the middle ages. I also have tags for interest levels vs grade levels and am going to include some of the books that have a 2 or 3-level difference as our read-alouds this year and next. :) I only did the books I own, though! LOL