Accelerated Reader - Middle Years

 Widely used in schools, Accelerated Reader (see readforpleasure.co.uk) is a collection of books which have been assigned lexical age-ranging using the ATOS for Books measure, and had quizzes created to that students can demonstrate their reading ability and comprehension.

Books that are too easy for children don't give them the challenge they need to make progress. Books that are too complex frustrate them.

Accelerated Reader uses the computer-adaptive STAR Reading test to determine a student's reading age. Teachers get a wealth of feedback, and students are guided towards appropriate books. AR uses either the ATOS or Lexile® measures of text complexity to help children to select books of an appropriate level. This is their 'Zone of Proximal Development' (ZPD).

As children make progress with their reading skills, their ZPD broadens to encompass a wider range of literature.

The titles below have been quizzed for use in the Accelerated Reader programme, widely used in schools, and are considered appropriate to Middle Years readers. Select a range below to see titles deemed appropriate for other age levels


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Accelerated Reader - Middle Years

  • Across the Divide

    Across the Divide

    By Brian Gallagher

    When Liam, a poor eleven-year-old boy, and Nora, a rich ten-year-old girl meet at a Feis Ceol, an unlikely bond is formed - a bond that leads to a friendship spanning the deeply divided city that was Dublin in 1913.

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  • Adam's Starling

    Adam's Starling

    Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Barry Reynolds

    Winner of the Eilís Dillon Memorial Award. Adam's Starling tells the story of nine-year-old Adam who is finding life very diffficult. At home no-one has any time for him and at school bullies pick on him.

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  • Alice Again

    Alice Again

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Alice and Megan are back!
    While enjoying spring mid-term together they plot to get rid of Alice's Mum's new boyfriend.
    More fun in the sequel to Alice Next Door.

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  • Alice Next Door

    Alice Next Door

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Best friends NEED to be together. Don't they? Megan's best friend Alice has moved away -- but the two friends hatch a risky plot to get back together.

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  • Arrivals

    Arrivals

    How long can a secret be kept?

    By Brian Gallagher

    In 1920s Canada, a summer of fun for three friends is destroyed by a frightening crime. Almost a century later, teenager Ciara Farrelly visits her dead grandfather's Ontario home and tries to solve the mystery surrounding it.

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  • Benny and Babe

    Benny and Babe

    By Eoin Colfer

    Benny suffers a severe blow to his pride when he meets Babe. He may be a wise guy, but she is at least three steps ahead of him, and they are on her territory.

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  • Benny and Omar

    Benny and Omar

    By Eoin Colfer

    Moving to Tunisia is a real eye-opener for a young Wexford hurling fan. Eoin Colfer's hilarious debut novel.

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  • Bernard Dunne

    Bernard Dunne

    Champion of the World

    By Bernard Dunne

    In this inspirational book, he describes life as a boy in Neilstown, the ups and downs of his life and career, and the powerful life lessons and skills that sport can teach a child.

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  • Blazing a Trail

    Blazing a Trail

    Irish Women Who Changed the World

    Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Lauren O'Neill

    Salute the remarkable Irish women who changed history in this beautifully illustrated book. From Irish women who made changes in Ireland to those who made changes abroad. From adventurers to inventors; explorers to warriors; from designers to writers; rebel leaders to presidents, this book is a true celebration of Irish Women.

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  • The Blue Horse

    The Blue Horse

    Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

    Katie's whole world is turned upside down when her family's home is destroyed by fire. Everything they had is gone, and instead of pulling together it seems as though her family is falling apart.

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  • Bright Sparks

    Bright Sparks

    Amazing Discoveries, Inventions and Designs by Women

    By Owen O'Doherty

    An introduction to fifty extraordinary discoveries, inventions and designs by inspirational women. Meet incredible inventors from around the world, and learn how inventions happen. A beautifully illustrated guide to remarkable, practical, skillful and amazing inventions which have made their mark.

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  • The Broken Spell

    The Broken Spell

    By Erika McGann

    Trainee witch Grace and her four best friends love to have fun with spells. But the daring friends make a magical mistake that drags the past into the present. Suddenly Grace has to work out who she can really trust ...

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  • The Clubhouse Mystery

    The Clubhouse Mystery

    Written by Erika McGann, Illustrated by Vince Reid

    There’s an intruder in the clubhouse!

    The gang find the door left open, crumbs on the table and hairs on the floor. Someone has been sneaking in when nobody’s home.
    But who?

    Join Cass and the Bubble Street Gang as they investigate The Clubhouse Mystery.

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  • Dare to Dream

    Dare to Dream

    Irish People Who Took on the World (and Won!)

    Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Graham Corcoran

    Adventurers, explorers, inventors, dreamers: for a small country Irish people have had a huge impact internationally, from helping street children in India, to saving Jewish children during World War II and exploring new worlds. From Michael Collins to Rosie Hackett, Lady Gregory to Tom Crean.

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  • Deadly Irish History - The Vikings

    Deadly Irish History - The Vikings

    By John Farrelly

    Nobody was more DEADLY than the Vikings who attacked Ireland in the 8th century: DEADLY! Viking warriors! DEADLY Viking ships! DEADLY Viking weapons!
    But were they really just marauding, murdering maniacs? Learn while you laugh with this irreverent and entertaining history book.

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  • The Demon Notebook

    The Demon Notebook

    By Erika McGann

    Grace and her four best friends, Jenny, Rachel, Adie and Una, are failed witches. But one night, they stumble upon real magical powers – and their notebook takes on a diabolical life of its own.

    Can Grace and her friends stem the wave of powerful magic … before tragedy strikes?

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