I was in my local Barnes and Noble today and I made an interesting discovery. There is a distinct lack of books for sixth grade boys. The "young readers" department stops at the grade five reading level and jumps directly to the "teen" or YA books.
My eldest grandson is eleven and in sixth grade. He's in the advanced program at school and has no trouble with the YA reading level - he's read all the Twilight series and Patterson's Maximum Ride's - but the content or subject matter in the majority of the books I looked at today on the teen shelf were not geared to and/or not appropriate for his age. Except for fantasy (Dragons or Vampires), there was a very small selection.
There seemed to be a larger selection for age eleven, sixth grade girls (I've got one of those, too).
Help me out here. Is it just me? Is my local B&N poorly stocked? Or are we overlooking a segment of the reading public? Does anyone have any good book recommendations for a jr. high level boy?
Unwriting progress: From the original 150,000 words down to 111,618. (Haven't had a chance to write yet the weekend. Very frustratng.)
I'm currently enjoying: Just finished Weeding Out Trouble by Heather Webber - Wish I had discovered the Nina Quinn series back in the day. And I still haven't gotten it back to the library. (Oh, the fines, the fines.)
Quote of the day: Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore? - Henry Ward Beecher