Whenever he thought about it, he felt terrible. And so, at last, he came to a fateful decision. He decided not to think about it. ~John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

Dear 100 Hour Board,

One of my friends just got her first job as a 6th grade teacher starting this fall! Yay! Anyway, the other day I was at a bookstore and saw some books that I thought would be good for the 9-13 age group that would make a good gift for her classroom and own personal library. Unfortunately, this bookstore is having a sale and I need more books in order to get the sale price.

What are some books you enjoyed reading (or having read to you) when you were between 4th and 7th grade? The more suggestions the merrier!

Readers, feel free to chime in on the Board Comment Board or TheBoardBoard with any recommendations.

-Shrinky Dink


Dear Shrinky Dink,

  • Harry Potter, of course.
  • I highly recommend all Louis Sachar books.  Holes was my favorite in fifth grade.
  • The Warriors Series
  • I second The Lone Musketeer's recommendation for City of Ember.
  • Young Wizards series
  • The Dark is Rising series
  • The Seventh Tower series
-April Ludgate

Dear Shrinky-Dinky,

My recommendations are all of the following series (I just listed the first book of each): 

  • Gregor the Overlander
  • City of Ember
  • Inkheart
  • Among the Hidden
  • The Dark Hills Divide 
  • Hank the Cowdog (this may be a little underage...but they're funny!)

I'm sorry if any of these are inappropriate for the intended audience. I honestly don't remember so much about them. Also, I've read all of Spectre's suggestions (except Pendragon) and they are all GREAT. Especially Artemis Fowl. Those books were my CHILDHOOD. 


The Lone Musketeer


Dear Shrink,

I like reading but I'm slow so when I read books I feel very accomplished. So here are some of the books I read in that time that I liked:

  • Eragon (4 books)
  • Pendragon (10 books) 
  • Ender's Game, Ender in Exile and Ender's Shadow (in that order because Ender in Exile is between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead but has the same feel as Ender's Game and then Ender's Shadow has a huge intro that you have to get past so it would be easier to read it if you have something cool to look forward to) (just those three for that age group I would say)
  • Artemis Fowl (um, 5-ish books? That's as far as I read.)
  • Harry Potter (7 books)
  • Animorphs (54 books. They are for younger kids. I did not read all of them but you really just need to read the first few, one or two others for major events in the middle and then the last few. They are pretty self-contained for the most part.)
Those are all I can remember. Man, I feel good about having read this many books. I know it's nothing compared to many of my fellow writers but I feel accomplished for being able to read all these series. And I liked all of those books so I would recommend all of them.
P.S. I once home taught a girl who had read 50 books in the year by the middle of March. She would be able to give much better recommendations for books. She also probably didn't like every book she read like I did.

Dear you,

Harry Potter is , of course a must, but apart from that, here are some of my favorites that I read at that age (and continue to re-read):

  • The Chronicles of Narnia - seven books
  • Treasure Island - one of the very few required readings in school that I actually enjoyed.
  • All Creatures Great and SmallAll Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful - A series about the life of a country vet in the Yorkshire Dales. The three books listed above are the best of them, in my opinion. 
  • Peter and the Starcatchers series - four books, and Return to Neverland as a prologue. 
  • Belles on Their Toes the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. Belles on Their Toes is the story of the twelve Gilbreth children after their father dies - I like this book better than Cheaper By the Dozen. It's a warm-hearted book.

I'm sure you'll find something your friend will like. Enjoy!