Some good books for accelerated readers include “Hatchet,” “The Hunger Games” and “1984.” From elementary to high school, these popular books are appropriate for readers of varied skill levels, and all are part of the Accelerated Reader program.
“Hatchet,” Gary Paulsen’s classic tale of wilderness survival, was the winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal for children’s literature in 1987. The short novel focuses on teenage Brian Robeson, who is stranded in the woods alone after a plane crash. Brian must learn to survive using only his trusty hatchet, a gift from his mother. The book is appropriate for late elementary school and middle school readers.
Suzanne Collins’s popular “Hunger Games” trilogy depicts a dystopian world in which ordinary citizens are dominated by an oppressive government. Each year, every district must submit two teenage competitors to the Hunger Games, a brutal survival completion that is televised for the populace’s entertainment. When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers for the competition, she begins an odyssey that culminates in full-scale rebellion against the government.
George Orwell’s classic novel “1984” is another dystopian tale of government oppression. Protagonist Winston Smith lives in a surveillance state where individuality is forbidden and the country’s wartime enemies change weekly. Joining a shadowy revolutionary group, Winston dares to oppose Big Brother and his oppressive rule. This advanced book is appropriate for high school readers.