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Need content appropriate series books for 2nd grader reading at 5th grade level
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Hello! I have a second grade female student who is quite bright, loves to learn new things, and is reading at a 5th grade level. I am trying to get her out of the Magic Treehouse and Amber Brown box she's in, but need suggestions for series books that are at her higher reading level, but content appropriate for her age (nothing scary, gory, romantic, etc.). Any ideas? Thanks for helping!


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Hmmm
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Beverly Cleary? Lois Lowry? I would think the Ramona books would be right up her alley, especially since they made a movie out of them.
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Books by Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach, The BFG) and James Howe (Bunnicula) are 2 authors that my high readers enjoy. The Boxcar Children is a good series, too, although it's not a 5th grade level.
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I second the Ramona series
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also
Piper Reed (by Kimberly Willis Holt)
Clementine (by Sara Pennypacker)
Ivy & Bean books (Annie Barrows)
Gooney Bird Greene (Lois Lowry)

I don't think any of those are on the fifth grade level, but they are appropriate for strong second grade readers. I don't know if they are still available, but I read the Wizard of Oz series when I was about that age and loved them.
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I have one like that this year also. I just did a search on Scholastic's Book Wizard (try it-I love it). I go by Lexiles and typed in 2nd grade interest level and 700 Lexiles (about 4th-5th grade level). Books they suggested were previously mentioned as well as a series called, The Dragons of Wayward Crescent. Also, Judy Moody and Stink series are higher levels. The biggest problem is attention, my student wants to finish the book and take a quiz on it within 2 days. This rules out Beverly Clearly and a lot of Roald Dahl as they are two thick. I need to work on getting her to slow down and realize that she can take a week to read a book!


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Old 11-14-2010, 01:39 PM
 
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
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Little house on the prairie
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In addition to all of the suggestions above, try the Little House on the Prairie series and Anne of Green Gables. Big fat books that will keep her busy for a while, a bit more of an intellectual challenge, and totally appropriate content!
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:17 PM
 
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has a series called "Time Warp Trio." Three boys go back in time to real events in history and have adventures (some titles: See you later Gladiator and Me oh Maya).
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Thank you all!!!
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I am so lucky to be in the company of such caring, sharing teachers! Thank you SO much for all of your fabulous suggestions! I'll be busy at the library tomorrow
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:52 AM
 
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Doesn't Harry Potter start at a 5th grade level?
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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How about the Princess Tales by Levine.
Also My Fathers Dragon is a 4th grade level.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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Peter and the Star Catchers. There are three books. They are really good. They are about how Peter Pan became Peter Pan.
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