As you may recall, I'm hosting a middle-grade book club with my son's elementary school. My sons are in the Pre-K and 1st grade, but the book club is for 4th and 5th graders.
Many of you made great suggestions for our pick. I worked with the school's administration to whittle that list down. Some of the suggested books were already taken by the other book clubs running at school, or by teachers as their read-aloud books.
We settled on The 39 Clues because we liked that it was a series that the kids could continue in the future.
I have to say, it is SO MUCH FUN. The kids are great: bright, funny, and sweet. It's really casual. We read aloud during our meetings and have a snack, and then we decide as a group how much we'll read for the next week (and invariably almost half the kids do not read that far and we pick it back up where we were reading it aloud from the week before).
I've also been reading it with my first grader and we're really enjoying it. I think what I like the most is seeing what cracks him up in the book. It's hilarious.
Also, I love the concept of these interwoven stories by a host of writers. All the puzzles and clues are also fun, smart, and mind-bending in the best way.
Have you read this series?
What did you think about it?