Compton Valance - The most powerful boy in the universe.
Compton Vallance - The most powerful boy in the universe
This is a great book if your reader:
Loves madcap humour - stinky, gross laugh until your belly hurts humour mixed with pondering the implications of time travel! That's why the age range of this book is pretty big.
Likes a bit of clever wordplay - the names of people and places (Samuel Nathaniel Daniel, anyone?!??) are genius, and the chapter titles make you chuckle before you have started reading the text. What child could resist 'A stink that stunk stinkier than the stinkiest stink had ever stunk?'
Wants a less formal look. The different types of font, layout, and amount of text on a page make it a perfect, easy on the eye chapter book.
Loves detailed black and white illustrations that explain what is happening and how the characters are feeling way beyond the written text and make you giggle.
Is in it for the ride. The plot jumps around at a pace, but it's the wonderful, unapologetically silliness that keeps the story together.
Enjoys The Wimpy Kid. However, they are in for a treat because Compton Vallance is far funnier, far cleverer, and more absorbing. Many kids have happily plowed through the series at an alarming rate (you may need to dig out your library card!)
Is not always keen to read big chunky chapter books. This is a perfect read for kids to forget they are reading while building confidence and stamina.
Gregor the Overlander
This is a great next book if your reader:
Is an avid reader of adventure/ fantasy/portal stories
Has watched the Hunger Games but couldn’t access the books. Use the kudos of the author to appeal to an older, more reluctant reader.
Loves fantasy stories that are set within the context of our world.
Gets drawn into a narrative through the rich description of characters and setting, and enjoys the extra detail. Collins subtly leaves symbolic clues throughout the text to add interest for the attentive reader.
Enjoys a book that is only 245 pages and a fast-paced read.
Wants to be reading more grown-up, YA books. Gregor the Overlander looks like the Hunger Games, the graphics and premise are YA. However, the text is accessible and engaging but not too complicated.
This series can develop self-confidence and reading stamina. It is essential for a reluctant reader that books are finished and enjoyed before the interest in them is lost.
A Wrinkle in Time
This is a great next book if your reader ...
Likes a character-driven plot, not a fast, action-packed adventure.
Is curious about space and time travel.
Enjoys deep, character-driven plots.
Is a Sci-fi fan.
Relishes a good battle with the dark forces of evil.
Can understand scientific concepts within a storyline.
Empathises with characters from different background and periods of time.
Wants to explore family dynamics and sibling relationships.
Enjoy gritty, brave and courageous characters (who happens to be female in this story).
Enjoys graphic novels, as this is an option.