At Finding Forward Books, we publish easy-to-read novels with positive life lessons that show teens overcoming challenges in their lives. Our mission is to help students improve their reading skills, increase their success in school, and gain hope.
The novels are fast-paced and compelling, with Lexile measures ranging from 390 to 560. The books are suitable for all students, including English learners and those with learning disabilities. They are printed in Open Dyslexic, a font to accommodate students with dyslexia.
The novels are classroom appropriate and have been praised in Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly BookLife Reviews, Foreword Clarion Reviews, and BlueInk Reviews.
The books are low in cost and may be purchased from Amazon for $4.99. They may also be ordered from Barnes and Noble, independent bookstores, and suppliers such as Follett and Mackin. Quantity discounts are available from Express Booksellers.
Russ Thompson, Ed.D. is a retired educator who served as a reading teacher, high-school principal, and district administrator in Los Angeles. Much of his time was spent working with at-risk students. He holds a teaching credential as a reading specialist, as well as a doctorate in education from UCLA.
Gilbert Neely is a hard-working high school senior who dreams of attending college and becoming a teacher someday. But time after time he is knocked down by poverty, and he begins to wonder if college is for him. Follow him as he searches for a way to achieve his dreams. ISBN 979-8-9890657-4-5
School is a place of fear for tenth-grader Collin Quinn. Whenever he tries to read, the letters get jumbled around and he can't tell what the words are. Finally, a teacher discovers that Collin is dyslexic. Can he make the changes needed to move forward and succeed in school? ISBN 979-8-9890657-0-7.
Bennett Frost is a troubled tenth-grader who is pulled down by low self-esteem and depression. His older brother, now in college, has always been successful. This makes Bennett feel worse. Can he turn things around and move forward? Lexile measure HL560L. ISBN 978-1-7373157-8-0.
Owen Daniels, a tenth 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. See review in Kirkus Reviews. 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? See review in Publishers Weekly, BookLife Reviews. 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 in 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 in 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. See review in Publishers Weekly, BookLife Reviews. 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? See review from BlueInk Reviews. Lexile measure HL400L. ISBN 978-1-7373157-5-9.
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 in Publishers Weekly, BookLife Reviews. Lexile measure HL520L. ISBN 978-1-7373157-4-2.