My friend Amy’s daughter is a 2nd grader who loves the series The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Peter Ferguson. She’s almost finished with this series about fairy-tale detectives. Below are some ideas for an advanced reader in 2nd grade.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – “In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.”
Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins – “Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.” There are two more books in this trilogy.
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville – “Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon’s egg.”
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz – “Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hanseland Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs”
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Toni DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Holly Black – “The field guide sets up the story of the Grace children–13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon–who with their mother move into the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate only to quickly find themselves sucked into a dark and fascinating world of faeries. In the Spiderwick chronicles’ second book, The seeing stone things get even more exciting–and kind of scary–for the Grace kids, as the strange faerie world hinted at in The field guide blooms to full life around them. When Mallory and Jared attempt to rescue Simon from goblins, they use a magical stone which enables them to see things that are normally invisible.”
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett – “A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.”
Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler – “After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.”
Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist by R. L. LaFevers – “In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father’s cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a “beastologist.”
Something Unrelated to The Sisters Grimm
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.