Accelerated Reader - Middle Years Plus

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 Plus readers. Select a range below to see titles deemed appropriate for other age levels


Accelerated Reader - Middle Years Plus

  • Behind the Walls

    Behind the Walls

    By Nicola Pierce

    Derry. 1689. The city’s inhabitants resist all attempts by the King James’s men to storm their gates. Outside, the soldiers reckon the only effective weapon they have left is to starve them out...

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  • The Butterfly Shell

    The Butterfly Shell

    By Maureen White

    Marie is hurting. Between the mean girls tormenting her by day and a ghostly cry waking her at night, her first year at secondary school was far from what she had expected. But Marie is now writing her story, the story of a very strange year and a very special shell which was found in a most unexpected place.

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    192
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  • A Cage of Roots

    A Cage of Roots

    Book 1 in the Ayla Trilogy

    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    Magic exists beneath our feet, if we only know where to look …

    Growing up in a New York orphanage, Ayla has no idea she has Irish roots. It is not until she comes to Ireland that she finds out just how deep her roots really are...

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  • Dancing in the Dark

    Dancing in the Dark

    By P.R. Prendergast

    Part of a dance team who have turned from friends to enemies. Dealing with her dead brother’s ghost -- things sure aren't easy for Jessie! Her brother James -- sports star, popular kid, and apple of her parents' eyes -- has died in an accident, leaving Jessie to cope with her parents, classmates and stagefright.

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  • A Girl Called Blue

    A Girl Called Blue

    By Marita Conlon-McKenna

    The orphanage is the only home Blue has ever known. She is desperate to find out who she really is. The closed file in stern Sister Regina's office holds the secret of her identity. And that is forbidden territory ...

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    224
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  • Pawns

    Pawns

    Ireland's War of Independence

    By Brian Gallagher

    During the War of Independence, friends Johnny, Stella and Alice grapple with conflicting loyalties – then matters come dramatically to a head on the night the Black and Tans set Balbriggan ablaze during a murderous night of vengeance.

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  • Spies

    Spies

    Ireland’s War of Independence. United friends ... divided loyalties

    By Brian Gallagher

    As the War of Independence grows more lethal, the three friends must decide where their loyalties lie. Then a secret from Johnny’s past changes everything…

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  • Storm Weaver

    Storm Weaver

    Book 2 in the Ayla Trilogy

    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    Book Two. Descending into the ancient world of Fal, Ayla discovers she can conjure storms ...

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  • Stormclouds

    Stormclouds

    New Friends. Old Differences.

    By Brian Gallagher

    Twins Dylan and Emma Goldman move from Washington to Belfast when their journalist father is sent to cover the turbulent early days of the civil rights movement. The complicated friendships prove life-threatening when the simmering tensions in Northern Ireland erupt into violence in the summer of 1969.

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  • Taking Sides

    Taking Sides

    A Boy. A Girl. A Nation Torn Apart.

    By Brian Gallagher

    Dublin, 1922. Working class Annie Reilly is thrilled to win a scholarship to Eccles Street School. Through a classmate she meets Peter Scanlon, a student in Belvedere College. Peter sides with the rebels in the Civil War and carries messages for them. When Annie’s life is threatened, he has to decide where his loyalties lie.

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