Sixteen Great Reads

Have you ever been stumped on what to read?  You know there’s good books out there, you just don’t know what they are. KidMag has prepared sixteen books that are perfectly enjoyable for our viewers alike.

REMEMBER: these books are not in a specific order, meaning each one is just as good as the others.

  1. The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Series By Jeff Kinney
    Description: A series about a young boy struggling through middle school, pet pigs, siblings and mothers who don’t believe in video games.
    Age Rating: 7+
  1. The “Because of Mr. Terupt Series” by Rob Buyea
    Description: A trilogy about seven unique students and their journey with a very special teacher, as they go through the grades 5, 6, and 7.
    Age Rating: For the first book, you can read it if you are eight or older. But for the second one, you should stay away until you are at least eleven. For the last one, well, it is 8+ again.
  1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
    Description: You’ve probably heard the name Harry Potter been thrown out a few times. Some of you have probably read all the books and are a huge fan, but for some of you, you don’t even know what its about. Harry Potter is about a boy with a lightning bolt shaped scar who gets sent to a magical school called Hogwarts. Harry (the boy) endures all sorts of magical adventures such as battling villains, making friends, going to enchanted classes, and eating wonderful feasts in the great hall.
    Age Rating: 9+
  1. A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
    Description: This series is (in the opinion of one of the writers of this article) one of the best children’s series ever written. Three kids are being followed around by a man by the name of Count Olaf, who has a tattoo of an eye on his ankle. Later, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire discover disturbing secrets about fires, three certain letters, and a mysterious eye.
    Age Rating: We think 9+, but you should ask a parent.
    AND… If you liked this series, you should also read “All The Wrong Questions”, also by Lemony Snicket.
  1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
    Description: a boy named August (Auggie) was born with extreme facial deformities, making it hard for him to go to school or go out in public without being laughed at. But this year, instead of homeschool, August’s mother makes him go to a real school. At first, school is awful for Auggie, but soon he finds friends, learns lessons, and, for once, doesn’t feel alone. The book is also put in perspectives of different characters, which switch every 50 – 100 pages.
    Age Rating: 8+
  1. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    Description: A fateful night when Gerta’s father and brother are in the west side of Berlin, a wall is put up dividing the east side of Berlin from the West side of Berlin. This suspenseful story will have you gripping the edge of your seat as you flip the pages of this intense novel about a girl fighting to bring her family back together.
    Age Rating: 9+
  1. I’ll See You in the Cosmos by Alex Cheng
    Description: Space loving Alex Petroski wants nothing more than to send his golden iPod into space, just like his all time favourite hero, Carl Sagan. Alex decides to travel alone, all the way to New Mexico, to go to SCHARF, a rocket launching competition, where Alex hopes to launch his iPod. But when disturbing emails from Ancestry.com take him from Los Angeles to Los Vegas where he makes friends, finds true family, and uncovers the most disturbing details about his supposedly late dad and confused mom.
    Age Rating: 10+
  1. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
    Description: Follow a girl with cerebral palsy overcoming challenges like making friends, winning contests, and even having fun.
    Age Rating: 9+
  1. Refugee by Alan Gratz
    Description: This story is divided into three perspectives in different time periods. The Three characters are all faced with the same problem: survival. The first is Josef, living in 1938, Berlin. Josef must flee germany in order to escape the Nazis and board a boat that will take them to the other side of the world. With death camps looming, the family must stick together and try to find shelter. The second character is Isabel, in Cuba 1994. With a dictatorship as their head of country, the citizens of Havana begin to be treated worse and worse. Soon, most families decide to flee by making boats and sailing out to the ocean. Many don’t quite make it. One of the families attempting this feat happens to be Isabel’s. The family struggles through starvation, loss of friends, and danger.
    The third perspective is Mahmoud’s in Syria 2015. Mahmoud and his family, leave their home in Aleppo in search of peace, and a place where they can be safe. They struggle with hunger, safety, and the loss of a new baby.
    Age Rating: 11+
  1. The CandyMakers by Wendy Mass
    Description: Logan is the son of the candy maker who owns the “Life is Sweet” candy factory. Logan, who grew up in the factory, never went to school, but instead learned the art of candy making and studied the growing plants that help produce the candy at the factory. But once he turns twelve, he gets to enter the nation wide new candy competition, a chance where he can create a new candy to dazzle the minds of others and have them sell in stores, just like his father did, and his grandfather, and his great grandfather. Only, it also means three other kids will be joining him in the factory that weekend to compete alongside him, as normal kids need the right environment to create candy. Logan is unsure about this, as he’s never been around kids his age before, or even kids in general. But he soon discovers friendships in each of them, and when they find the factory is being threatened to close, the four candymakers team up and concoct a plan!
    Age Rating: 7+
  1. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
    Description: Nine-year-old Armani Curtis just can’t wait for her tenth birthday. The gift she awaits could be a brand new puppy. But little did she know disaster lurked just around the corner… when Hurricane Katrina hits the lower nines of New Orleans, Armani must be the bravest she has been in her life. The loss of her grandmother only adds to the absolute treachery of the huge storm.
    Age Rating: 10+
  1. The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner
    Description:  The story of two girls, who discover each others differences – big and small. Alice Mayfair is attending her 8th boarding school, which she thinks will be no different from the others. Alice makes no friends, though this doesn’t come as a surprise with her long wild hair and awkward body type. Though, one night, she wanders down to the school lake all alone, to find someone drowning! Alice helps the drowning figure and meets her first friend. But this friend isn’t an ordinary friend, it’s a bigfoot! Only, the bigfoot is the same age as Alice. The two (girls) become friends, making plans to meet every night. But when a teenage boy is said to go and capture the bigfoot tribe, the two friends must come up with a plan to stop him!
    Age Rating: 9+
  1. The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    Description: Ada was born with a club foot. According to her mother, this means that she is nothing in this world and would amount to nothing but a good-for-nothing ugly girl. But when World War II strikes, Ada finds her chance to escape from her treacherous life and moves takes a train away with her brother among children sent away by their parents for their own safety. When Ada arrives, she and her younger brother, Jamie, move in with a depressed woman, Susan, who soon begins to change. Ada soon meets a girl who becomes her friend, and a horse named Butter who used to belong to her new caretaker’s best friend, Becky. Follow Ada through her amazing journey to overcome her physical differences and make new friends through Brubaker Bradley’s beautiful duo of novels.
    Age Rating: 10+
  1.  Anne Of Green Gables
    Description: Siblings, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert have decided they need an orphan to help them with their farm work. The Cuthberts, who were expecting a boy from Nova Scotia, are surprised to end up with a red headed, talkative girl named Anne, with an “E” if you please. Anne ventures into many catastrophes such as dying her hair green, or making her friend drunk. The Cuthberts didn’t know what to think of Anne at first, but now it’s impossible to imagine life without her. Anne makes a bosom friend, named Diana, who she believes is the best friend ever. From a plucky freckled orphan of 11, Anne turns into a beautiful, red haired woman who enjoys schoolwork and cooking. Join Anne and her adventures as she explores Green Gables!
    Age Rating: 9+
  1. Fish in A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
    Description: Ally just can’t read. She doesn’t understand why, and neither do her teachers. Ally feels different than anyone else, after all, anyone else you asked could read a simple sentence easily. But when a new teacher comes to the school, he uncovers that Ally has dyslexia, which causes her to be unable to read words – she sees the letters backwards. Soon, she makes friends who help her stand up to the school bully – Shay. Keisha is talkative and confident. Albert is supposedly a genius. Follow Ally through her journey with dyslexia and overcoming it.
    Age Rating: 8+

That is all the books we have recommended! If you would like to hear more great book recommendations, please tell us through our contact page, and maybe we will write some more. Also, be sure to tell us if you tried reading any of our recommended books, and how you liked it.