Does your child love to read but has read everything and doesn't know what to read next? Has he or she read many required books for school but hasn't enjoyed any of them? Many reluctant readers simply have not been introduced to the right book. The following titles feature intriguing covers to entice readers, hooks to quickly grab their attention and action to hold their interest.
"Sisters Grimm" series by Michael Buckley: "The dense forest branches scratched at their faces and arms, but Sabrina and Daphne couldn't stop running, though they had long since passed the point of exhaustion. Fear was fueling each step now," reads one excerpt.
Mystery, adventure, action, suspense and fantasy roll into one story of sisters who become fairy tale detectives after learning the original Grimm stories were actually a history book instead of fiction.
"Peter and the Starcatchers" by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson: This book has everything you could ask for in an adventure story: pirates, thieves, treachery, savages, hidden treasure and a quest. Picky readers will appreciate the humor and the short, action-packed chapters.
"Cat Royal Adventures" series by Julia Golding: "Reader, you are set to embark on an adventure about one hidden treasure, two bare-knuckle boxers, three enemies and 438 rioters," begins the first book in the series. It features adventurous, street-smart Catherine, a 14-year-old orphan in London.
"The Billionaire's Curse" by Richard Newsome: Gerald inherits a fortune from his great-aunt along with a letter in which she predicts her death. He finds a connection with the theft of a museum's diamond and begins trying to solve both mysteries, encountering suspense and danger along the way.
"Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins: Soon to be a movie, this is the incredibly fast-paced story of Katniss, forced to be in the ultimate reality show where winning the "game" means being the only person who survives. There are approximately 60 copies of this popular dystopian thriller in our library catalog; more than 50 of them are checked out. The book is as popular with adults as it is with teens.
Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" books feature monsters and gods of Greek mythology, while "The Red Pyramid" and "Kane Chronicles" feature Egyptian mythology and magic. These series feature teen heroes, quests, good vs. evil, battles and triumphs. Don't miss "The Son of Neptune," Riordan's newest title just released this month.
Online resources such as Bookhive (www.cmlibrary.
org/bookhive) allow young readers to find books based on specific interests, and the American Library Association's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers book list is available for teens at www.ala.org. To encourage your young reader, try a different format such as graphic novels, e-books or playaways. Try some nonfiction. We have books about dinosaurs, sports, pets, crafts, pirates and other interesting-to-kids topics. Like to cook? Own a pet? Planning to travel? Browse the nonfiction for yourself, too.
Attend a book-themed program or even the upcoming Savannah Book Festival. Check out www.beaufortcountylibrary.org for additional events. While you're at the library, pick up a free copy of Bookpage, a guide to newly published books. Let your child see you reading and ensure that reading materials are readily available at home. After all, they're free from the library. Stop and chat with a librarian for help choosing books. We are happy to help children (and adults) find the next great book to read.
Melinda Vest is the Youth Services Manager for the Bluffton branch of the Beaufort County Library System at 120 Palmetto Way.