Friday, September 26, 2014

The Cephalopod Coffehouse: Best Book of September

Today I'm participating in the monthly meeting of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, where we sign up to write about the best book we've read this month.



I had a hard time finding girly chapter books I was looking for in last month's post. There are plenty of middle-grade books about cupcakes and sparkles. Not so many chapter books.

Seems most chapter books strive to be unisex. A large majority seem to be written in Dork Diaries style, with a combination of drawings and text.



I stocked up on every chapter book I could find. In the process, I stumbled on a boy-oriented book that I loved. I think it was on a "best books" list somewhere.



This author is brilliant. The main character in Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading goes to great efforts to avoid reading. Somehow a book encouraging kids not to read does the opposite. 



It's an entire series, actually.



Unfortunately, like every OTHER great chapter book Google gives me when I search for good chapter books, this series is marked for children between the ages 9-12. Middle grade, in other words. Which means, in my quest for good chapter books, I once again get a big fat:



So if you're looking for a great middle grade book, check this series out. It would be suitable for younger readers, too, which is probably why it came up in chapter book searches.

Did you read a good book this month? If so, join in on the Cephalopod Coffehouse by entering your link below and posting a blog about it.

37 comments:

  1. At least you found some books for boys.
    And I guess it's because I don't have kids, but what's a chapter book?

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  2. I didn't know about these ones but they look interesting.

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  3. Alex--A chapter book is designed for younger readers--it's the step between picture books and middle grade. Usually there are no pictures but it's varying degrees of easy to read. Those are the books children around age 6, 7, and 8 read...

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  4. Who knew that finding good chapter books was so difficult! I like the premise behind this one; a story about NOT reading. Hehe At least you were able to stumble across one that wasn't unisex—1 out of 2 isn't bad!

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  5. I could see giving this to my 12 y/o to read, and also reading to to my 5 y/o, so it would do double duty in my house.

    The Magic Treehouse and Magic School bus books are considered chapter books, right? We have gobs of those on our bookshelves.

    I don't pick up a ton of girly reads, on account of having four sons--so I was never aware of a dearth in that genre. Sounds like somebody's poised to capitalize....

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  6. As a mother of three boys, we cycled through all the chapter books aimed at boys, but we missed this one! I'm betting my 16 year old would still read it, though.

    Our favorites were the Doug series, Captain Underpants, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

    Thanks, Stephanie!

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  7. Hmm, I'm not too sure what to think of the 'reverse psychology' title of this. Still, if it encourages boys of this age to read what's not to like?

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  8. Hi, Stephanie...thanks for stopping by my blog. This is my first visit, and I will be back. My grandson is in second grade and reading very well. His mom has had books in front of him since he was tiny, and it seems to be paying off. He also likes reading challenges, and often talks about chapter books.

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  9. I'm making a note of this series for my nephew. Do you think it would work for him? He's 7 1/2 and reads at a pretty high level. Plus, he loves to read, just like his aunt. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  10. That sure sounds like a fun one indeed. Get the kids to read by not reading haha tricky, I like

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  11. sounds like a cute concept. :)

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  12. (and thanks for defining chapter book)

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  13. Madeline--I think it would. It does have a slight romantic element in it--some parents are very protective of that, I've noticed, so I probably should mention it. Even in many middle grade novels, the subject matter is friendship and feelings about the opposite sex are VERY mild when they're mentioned at all. In this book, it's mild, but the main character does have a crush on one of the girls.

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  14. It's so important to get kids reading. I know I got my granddaughter to love books and she still does at 23.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  15. This book you featured seems like a good one. Too bad it wasn't written when my son was younger. He was a reluctant reader; he might have enjoyed this!

    betty

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  16. I don't know of any good chapter books. My oldest child turned 4 last month. Though she listens to me read (currently Phantom Tollbooth), she doesn't read herself yet. But I'll probably soon be looking for good chapter books too!

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  17. Sherry Ellis! Sherry Ellis! Sherry Ellis! The Mama! Has good chapter book that should be published.

    Love,
    Janie

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  18. That book looks like a hilarious read.

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  19. I think that you stumbled on a great series. It sounds like kids would be curious to read these fun books.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  20. I've heard of this series! It's adorable. the only MG chapter books I ever read and adored were Sweet Valley Twins, and Babysitters Club.

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  21. Reading level would be a consideration when looking for chapter books. I have always loved the Sarah, Plain and Tall series, as well as The Little House books. Some 6 year olds may be able to read them, but the subject might be one that wouldn't interest them. Our three daughters were early readers.

    I see by your profile that you live in my state capital! Yea!

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  22. I'll have to find out what eldest nephew has been reading. Although, he's almost 9 now. (Middle nephew is 4, so he's no help.) Niece is now 13 and into Twilight, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars. Maybe she remembers something from her younger days.

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  23. I've been looking for a good chapter book for my daughter... my oldest is a voracious reader... my youngest not so much... I'm hoping to get her hooked soon :-)

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  24. I was smiling and nodding at your search for good books in a certain genre. As a humor writer, I'm always searching for new humor books (that I haven't read yet - seems I've read them all), and never finding any!! I did find one good one this past mInth, though: "The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters With the Human Race" by Sara Barron.
    Love the tip about the boy book. I have a 12-year-old boy, so this would be great for him.

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  25. An anti-reading character who inspires real-life kids to read - brilliant!

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  26. I think you found a great book. It may not be in the area you were thinking but great for kids and boys

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  27. I'm sure my boys would've loved this series when they were younger! They went through a period when they stopped reading for pleasure, and thought of it as more of a chore.

    Julie

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  28. At least you were able to finally find what you were looking for.

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  29. It's great to see a book geared toward boys. The only one I've seen recently is "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" and I wouldn't recommend it for most. This looks like a great read! I'll check it out.

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  30. Sounds like awesome series for the young one! Thanks for letting me know.

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  31. These seies sounds awesome for young people:)

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  32. I've never heard of this series, but it sounds great. Thanks for sharing it, Stephanie.

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  33. My 2nd grade daughter tested in the 6th grade level for reading, and I'm finding it challenging to find her books that qualify for the AR tests she's supposed to take, but that are reasonable for her emotional level. She just turned 7 a week ago! I'll have to check these out and see where they are for her. It's a delicate line to be walking. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  34. This sounds like a great series! I am sorry it wasn't what you were looking for, but glad you were able to share a new series with all of us! Thanks!

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