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10 Holiday Must-Have eBooks for Older Readers

10 hot titles you don't want to miss.
on December 05, 2013

What better way to surprise your kids with holiday-time reads than by adding a few of the hottest titles to their Storia bookshelves?

Your middle-grade readers will be thrilled to find these books on their shelves this holiday.  These are titles that all kids are—or will soon be--talking about. They are titles that even if your child has read in hard copy, he or she will want to re-read on an enriched eBook.

Each enriched eBook offers just a bit more: image games, word puzzles, quizzes, and even author interviews.

Check them out:

The Secrets of Droon #1: The Hidden Stairs and The Magic Carpet by Tony Abbott (ages 7-9). A dusty, small hidden storage space under the stairs opens up a world of fantasy and adventure for Eric, Julie, and Neal.  Let the journey begin!

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis (ages 8-10). George and his sister Phoebe board the famous Titanic in this exciting enriched historical fiction.

The 39 Clues #1: The Maze of the Bones by Rick Riordan (ages 9-12). Orphaned Amy and Dan Cahill can either accept their grandmother's $1 million inheritance or accept the challenge of a scavenger hunt consisting of 39 clues and leading to incredible wealth and power.  What adventures will they encounter when they make their decision?

10 True Tales: Heroes of 9/11 by Allan Zullo (ages 8-12). This factual book brings to life actual events of bravery and courage from the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 in the United States.

Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman (ages 9-12). Mermaids, mystery, and unexpected surprises await readers with this tale of friendship and love.

Rules by Cynthia Lord (ages 8-13). 12-year-old Catherine makes a list of rules that she hopes will keep her little brother's annoying behavior in check.   But when she befriends Jason, a wheelchair-bound young boy who can only communicate through a word book, Catherine's idea of rules and what's important really changes.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (ages 10-13). 11-year-old Gregor climbs into an air vent, chasing after his 2-year-old sister, and the Underland lies ahead.  Will Gregor find his missing father? How will he handle the giant roaches, spiders, and rats? This fantasy by the author of The Hunger Games is full of adventure and suspense.

Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee (ages 10-13). Millicent Min is a real-life genius who is trying desperately to live a normal life, make friends, and avoid embarrassment from her parents.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Stories of the Supernatural by Robert Louis Stevenson (ages 13+). A gripping and thought-provoking collection of stories that will get readers shaking in their boots, and though the language may be challenging, this enriched eBook offers support and resources that will guide readers through each exciting tale.

Heartland #1: Coming Home by Lauren Brooke (ages 11-14). Animal lovers especially will fall for this rich series that chronicles Amy Fleming through the loss of her mother and her attempt to continue work with abused and abandoned horses.

That's just ten of hundreds of rockstar titles. Try 'em out. Let us know what you think!

Share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on twitter, @teachmama, and let's continue the conversation!

Disclosure : I have been compensated by Scholastic for reviewing their eBooks.

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