Many students who struggle with reading simply need to spend more time reading. They need books they can read easily. They also need stories they can connect with and characters they can care about.
Finding Forward Books publishes high-interest novels for reluctant and struggling teen readers. The books have compelling stories, short sentences, and easy vocabulary to hook students into reading.
The novels are classroom-appropriate and printed in a font that's easier to read for students who are dyslexic. Lexile measures range from HL390L to HL540L.
Scroll down to see the books and receive a free paperback copy.
Nick Simonson is troubled, lonely, and sinking fast in high school. He's failing classes and sees no future for himself. Tragedies occur that sink him lower. Can he pick himself up and move forward? See review on Publishers Weekly, BookLife Reviews. Lexile measure HL520L. ISBN 978-1-7373157-4-2.
Owen Daniels a ninth grader, has had difficulties with reading since first grade. A teacher works with him, and he makes excellent progress. Others come to believe in him. But he must learn to believe in himself. Lexile measure HL420L. ISBN 978-0-5789237-2-7.
Miles Pruitt has been struggling in high school. When his dad is sent to prison, things get worse. He quits studying, fails classes, and gets kicked off the basketball team. How will he pick himself up and move forward? Lexile measure HL390L. ISBN 978-1-7373157-0-4.
Roy Perkins struggles in high school. He never knew his dad. His mom died in a meth-lab explosion. And his alcoholic uncle beats him. He is sent to live with a caring foster family. But the challenges continue. See review on Kirkus Reviews. Lexile measure HL530L. ISBN 978-1-7373157-1-1.
Tenth-grader Elgin Hobbs seems fine on the outside. But he's failing several classes. His divorced parents fight. And his mom is an alcoholic. He tries to rise above it. But life keeps bringing him down. See review on Foreword Clarion Reviews. Lexile measure HL540L. ISBN 978-1-7373157-2-8.
Tennison (Ten-Cent) Sanders, an eleventh grader at Edison High School, is a gifted football player. He has a great future and the talent to play in the pros someday. But he ruins it all by making bad decisions. Lexile measure HL400L. ISBN 978-1-7373157-3-5.
Perry Fletcher is a straight-A student and track star. But he wrecks his knee chasing a thief who steals a package off his porch. What does Perry learn about life when the thief turns out to be a classmate? Lexile measure HL400L. ISBN 978-1-7373157-5-9.