Reading Essentials- A ten-year-old’s guide for other Middle Readers


Ten year old Taksheel Sarkar’s list makes us believe in the series Reading Essentials! Thing is that the young bookworms are a busy lot and to see one willingly send us a list is absolutely wonderful! He saw his friend’s list here, and rightly sent us his to make sure that the ones that he adores find space on other shelves as well. 

10. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is an incredibly smart boy who creates a device that can do anything. It renders all other devices obsolete, and may run down another company that sells devices. But the company gets jealous and steals the device to destroy it. Artemis must get it back.

9. Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner is about a boy named Thomas who is trapped in the Glade which is a small settlement surrounded by a maze. He and the other boys there must get out before the evil creatures called Grievers kill everyone.

8. Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Now Thomas and the boys from the Glade are back and must cross the Scorch, which is a huge desert that will kill people with its random tornados and other people who are going crazy because of the heat. Thomas and a few other boys from the Glade happen to be immune to the heat, and must make it across the Scorch before 10 days.

7. Death Cure by James Dashner

The final book in the Maze Runner trilogy. Multiple people are dying in the Scorch but they must make it across the Glade and defeat WICKED, the devilish company that put them in the Glade in the first place, saying it was a ‘test’.

6. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

The story of how a cranky old man and an abused boy become the best of friends. The boy learns about many new things that his abusive mother and father never let him see or do. Soon the mother commits suicide, and the boy gets to stay with Mister Tom and live his life as he should have.

5. Demon Dentist by David Walliams

I really liked this book for its hilarious but well-written story. It is of a boy named Alfie who lives with his breath-suffering coal-miner father. He and Gabz must stop the Demon Dentist who had presumably killed the current dentist and taken his place. Instead of a coin, children would find horrible things like centipedes, eyeballs, or other disgusting items under their pillow after they leave their tooth there.

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

An old classic, but still an amazing book. The story of how a poor boy named Charlie Bucket manages to get a chocolate factory that had been shut down years ago right into his very hands. As scrawny as he is, the determination this boy has is unbelievable.

3. Seventh Son/Spook’s Series by Joseph Delaney

Not recommended for younger readers, but for older ones, here’s the book for you. Seventh Son is basically the first two Spook’s series books in one book. It tells the tale of magic, fighting, alchemy and other amazing things as Thomas Ward and his master, the Spook go through enemies that can control minds, do things that you wouldn’t believe! Yet they go through every treacherous monster and witch to save the County and the rest of the world.

2. Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

Joe has everything, money, fortune, racing cars, a professional recording room, a bowling alley, a water slide that goes from his room into the indoor pool. Yes, everything. Wait, no, there’s something he doesn’t have. A friend. Read as the boy moves to a public school, in hope that he can make a friend.

1. The Parent Agency by David Baddiel

So Barry thinks that his parents are the worst ever. In his opinion, they never make his birthday good, he’s not their favourite because of his twin sisters and sadly, they are quite poor. “I wish I had better parents!” Barry screamed for the third time, and suddenly, he got to the parent agency, where he thought he could finally get his dream parents, only to find out that it wasn’t so easy choosing the right ones.


Thank you Taksheel, for sharing your wonderful list! We surely hope that your list grows by leaps and bounds just like you.

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