From relatable coming-of-age stories to titles about misfits and mayhem at school, Gordon Korman’s books explore important themes that continue to remain relevant to young adults today. Plus, they act as great tools to help middle-grade readers navigate complex experiences, such as managing friendships and struggles with fitting in.
For instance, Restart is about a young boy with a messy past who has to learn to navigate what it means to get a clean start following a traumatic head injury. This captivating story will teach readers about self-discovery, forgiveness, and the importance of spreading kindness to yourself and others.
Moreover, The Fort is a heartwarming story about five friends who discover a hideout in an abandoned bomb shelter. What was initially a fun place to escape becomes a serious refuge for the group of friends and they must stick together to keep their hideout a secret. This touching book delves into complex themes of bullying and family hardship, while exploring the power of friendship.
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