Options for reading

I am, and always have been, an avid reader (and writer!). Reading is many things, including: a habit; a skill; a tool; a challenge; a pleasure; a terrible seven-letter word; a wonderful opportunity. I’m lucky – I know a lot about reading!

One of my jobs as a mentor to gifted students is to recognise when and how they might advance their reading skills. Sometimes I need to identify thier reading levels, and make purposeful suggestions, as is presented below. For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at angus@gbdeducation.com.au.

A short-list of great reading options for ______ (Note: I create different reading lists for different students at different times in their educational development – this is just one such list).

Author Title Genre
1. Bach, Richard Jonathan Livingston Seagull Spiritual
2. De Bono, Edward Six Thinking Hats Psychology
3. Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker Adventure
4. Jennings, Paul Uncanny Humour
5. Mad Magazines Mad Magazine Humour
6. Marsden, John So Much To Tell You Young Adult
7. Pierce, Tamora Alanna: The Song of the Lioness Fantasy/Adventure

A step up…
Author Title Genre
1. Carnegie, Dale How to Make Friends and Influence People Self-help
2. Dahl, Roald Boy Autobiography
3. Flannagan, John Ranger’s Apprentice Fantasy/Adventure
4. Flannery, Tim We Are the Weather Makers Non-fiction
5. Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird Classic
6. Marsden, John Tomorrow When the War Began Young Adult
7. O’Brien, Robert Z for Zachariah Science Fiction

Another step up…
Author Title Genre
1. Alexie, Sherman The Absolutely true story of a part-time Indian Racial issues
2. Atwood, Margaret The Handmaid’s tale Science Fiction
3. BBC Science Focus Magazine Non-fiction
4. Courtney, Bryce The Power of One Young Adult
5. Eddings, David Pawn of Prophecy Fantasy/Adventure
6. Li Cunxin Mao’s Last Dancer Biography
7. Magorian, Michelle Goodnight Mr Tom Classic

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