Tuesday Treats: Reading Beyond Your Demographic

   I am currently flying through the clouds of middle-grade literature. Homeschooling often leads me to read books I would not normally consider for the simple fact that they were written for a younger crowd. But do you want to know a secret? Middle-grade books are actually pretty awesome. Just because something was written for a specific age group it does not mean that people within that age group are the only ones who will enjoy it.

   Unlike many writers I know, I was not an avid reader as a child. In fact, I rarely read outside of school. Now I get to enjoy books that I missed out on as a kid, as well as newer fiction. Many of these stories are excellently crafted tales that whisk me, along with my son, away on amazing adventures in fantastical worlds.

   We are currently reading Took by Mary Downing Hahn. It's a spectacularly spooky book about a boy whose sister disappears and he fears she was taken by a mysterious figure from a tale the locals told to frighten them. This book is a William Allen White Children's Book Award winner. One of our homeschool goals this year is to read as many of these award winners as we can and then decide our favorite, and discuss why we chose it as such.

   Do you ever read books written for a different age group than your own? In not, why not? And if so, what do you love about them? Please share with me in the comments. I would love to hear from you!

Want to try out some middle-grade books? Here are a few that are free* (ebook) on Amazon right now.

The Mystery of Smugglers Cove

The Time Hunters

Island of Fog

Molly of Mars and the Alien Syndicate

*These book were available for free at time of original post date. Please double check pricing before purchasing.