As of late, I’ve found myself interacting often with teens and tweens and the maturity and education level between peers has been quite astounding (but I’m sure can be true for all stages of life). While I’m currently tutoring for a middle school, I’m looking for books for emergent readers with low literacy but a yearning for more mature and complex story lines and I’m utterly stumped. To be fair, the kids I work with are truly amazing–they’ll read anything if you sell it well enough, but I know they’re all currently in an awkward ‘coming of age’ stage and some of the subject matter isn’t very interesting to them. It’s difficult to find material that is relatable to their current lifestyles/problems at a lower reading level. I need some high/low book recommendations!

If you have any suggestions, please let me know!