Sunday, April 24, 2011

Readable Reds for Teens and Tweens

In honor of Red Hat Society Day April 25, 2011, check out some of these Red Reads:

The Red Umbrella (Christina Gonzalez, 2010)--Based on the author's parents' escape from Communist Cuba and the separation of their family as refugees in the U.S.

Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls, 1961)--A must-read classic for any dog lover. Keep the Kleenex handy.

Low Red Moon (Ivy Devlin, 2010)--While not my personal favorite, LRM will please Twilight-loving teen girls. It's short length makes it a great pick for reluctant readers.

A Taste for Red (Lewis Harris, 2009)--Armed with heightened senses of smell and hearing, sixth-grader Svetlana hunts vampires. Great for middle grade readers who prefer short, quirky reads. 

Sisters Red (Jackson Pearce, 2010)--Based loosely on Little Red Riding Hood. Two sisters and their childhood friend hunt Fenris (werewolves). Sweetly follows.

The Red Pyramid (Rick Riordan, 2010)--In the tradition of The Lightning Thief, this one tackles Egyptian mythology.

Red Ridin in the Hood: And Other Cuentos (Patricia Marcantonio, 2005)--Eleven fractured fairy tales with a little Latino spice. 

Cloaked in Red (Vivian Vande Velde, 2010)--A satirical look at eight fairy tales. 

Little Miss Red (Robin Palmer, 2010)--Remake of Little Red Riding Hood places 17-year old Sophie on a plane to visit her grandmother in Florida. On the plane, she meets Jack, a charming 19-year old who is clearly bad news.

Looking for Red (Angela Johnson, 2002)--A 13-year old girl struggles with her older brother's disappearance. Angela Johnson is a master at pulling heartstrings. Bring on the tissues!

The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry, 1910)--Country bumpkin family turns the tables on their bratty son's kidnappers. I taught this one when I taught a short unit on irony to my 7th graders. The language is a little difficult, but not impossible for patient readers. Pair the story with the video O. Henry's Full House (c. 1952) before or after reading. Awesomely hilarious.

The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution (Sally Gardner, 2009)--A swash-buckling romance with a side of serial murder set during The French Revolution. Great for middle school boys, especially those who are patient readers (the action is a bit slow at the beginning).

Red Glove (Holly Black, 2011)--sequel to White Cat, continues the story of Cassel Sharpe and his family of criminals. An action-packed urban fantasy that will keep readers turning the pages.

Red Rider's Hood (Neal Shusterman, 2005)--Red Rider is a 16-year old boy whose neighborhood is infested with werewolves and whose hippie granny is a werewolf hunter. A great choice for reluctant readers, particularly middle school boys.

Red Sea (Diane Tullson, 2005)--When pirates attack and kill her father, 14-year old Libby must care for her seriously injured mother on a crippled boat looted of essential supplies and adrift in the open sea.

The Red Blazer Girls series (Michael Beil, 2009)--With the third installment due out in June 2011, what better time to introduce middle school girls to Sophie, Leigh Ann, Margaret, and Rebecca, parochial school girl detectives with spunk.

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