Reading Essentials : A 10 year old’s list for other Middle Readers


This one needs no introduction. So I’ll straight away hand it over to our correspondent Natasha Sharma who sent us Sidhant’s list. And in true bookworm tradition, he refused to bow down to the ten book limit.  Natasha tells us – 

We have a list of 20 books for Reading Essentials by my son, Sidhant Sharma, age 10 years. Might be a tad too many for your list but he refuses to let go of any! 

Disclaimer: He has featured some of my books that are in his current age range but this is entirely his list, in no way influenced by me, other than by being his mother. (There is of course the reality that if his list hadn’t featured any of my books, I’d be a basket case.)

Here goes: 

Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
It gives informative stories about the gods and tells me a few secrets about their lives. It brings a deeper perspective to the Percy Jackson series. 

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
The series is brilliant and this was my first book written by Rick Riordan and the most exciting one. 

History Mystery series by Natasha Sharma
I like the series because after you read one book, you want to read more and wait impatiently to figure out who will be the next character in the series with the new book. I like the stories because they are a fun mix of fact and fiction, history and mystery, all of which I enjoy. 

Bonkers by Natasha Sharma
I love it because it is dedicated to me and it has a lot of similarities to my life. It’s also really funny. 

Middle School, I funny series by James Patterson
It gives a lot of material for jokes. 

Middle School, My brother is a big fat liar by James Patterson
It’s the only book written by the main character’s sister rather than the boy himself and it gives her opinion of him, which makes it an interesting read. 

Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
It’s the last book of the Kane Chronicles and you finally figure out who wins at the end.  

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson
You can keep re-reading them and you never get bored of them. 

Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley
It’s a tale of a giant who is different from other giants – he’s much smaller. I can think of many people who can relate to that situation of being different from others. 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
It’s the only Harry Potter book with a competition and it made this particular one in the series even more fun to read. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
The plot keeps changing and lots of emotions are displayed in this particular book.

Tom Gates, Excellent Excuses
Tom and Marcus keep trying to get each other. Great series overall.

Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
I like the series because Nate is really funny and his silly antics keep the reader hooked. 

Horrible Histories, Ruthless Romans
It’s one of the funniest and grossest books I’ve ever read. Great series. 

Geronimo Stilton, Back in Time
It’s informative, tells you about Mayan culture and it keeps you updated on Geronimo Stilton’s adventures.

A Hero’s Guide to Saving His Kingdom
It takes characters from other stories and puts them into one book in a very hilarious way. 

Mr. Limoncello’s library by Chris Gaberstein
It’s the first book by Chris Gaberstein book I read and it has me hooked to his writing. It literally brings characters to life. You must read other books by him as well.

The island of Dr. Libris by Chris Gaberstein
Another great book by the author.  

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
This book would be on my must-read books. It’s a story of many emotions; sorrow and hope. It depicts characters very well, even with the protagonist as a gorilla. 

Taranauts and the Glo Rubies by Roopa Pai
This book in the series leads you the wrong way and has twists in its plot. A good series. 

Natasha, we would have been heart broken if he had not included your books! They are utterly lovely. And thank you, Sidhant! A list should always have many more than ten books. We are glad that you stuck to your guns and sent us a delightful list. 

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