GARY PAULSEN BOOKS at the 2nd Grade reading level

Gary Paulsen has written some lovely books for very young readers. These books can be shared and integrated in social studies and science classes. They can also be used as practice readers.

There are no books at the 1st Grade level, but here is a delightful Non-Fiction book at the 2nd Grade level which is available in Spanish as well as English.  To Find Part I of Gary Paulsen books at the 3rd Grade level, click here.

bookcover of THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen
3.66 STARS from 28 GoodReaders
All 5 STARS from Amazon Reviewers

THE TORTILLA FACTORY is a beautiful little book from the Paulsens. With warm artwork and poetic text it describes how tortillas come from corn which is grown in the soil. And how that corn, when ground, makes its way from the fields to the kitchen table.

The Black Earth sleeps in winter.
But in the spring the black earth
is worked by brown hands
that plant yellow seeds,
which become green plants in rustling in the wind
and make golden corn to dry in
hot sun and be ground into flour
for the tortilla factory.
This slim volume is not only a great poetic read-aloud, it's useful. With text and pictures it introduces young children to patterns of life that they might not be aware of. It describes how the planting of corn is cyclical and in the rhythm of the seasons; and how the ground corn grain moves through our society so that it eventually nourishes those who grow it.

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Reading Information:
Word Count: 142
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reader: 2.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 18383
--sample pages available
--other reviews available

sample page #1 from THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen

bookcover of Tortilla Factory by Gary PaulsenLa Tortillería

Brief Description: Las tortillas son clásicas de la cultura mexicana, ¿cómo se hacen? ¿con qué se hacen? Conoce esto y más en este interesante y poético libro.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 142
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 18383 SP
Lexile: 510L

sample page #2 from THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen

compiled by Pam
updated July 2014

BRANDON SANDERSON author reading index

BRANDON SANDERSON made his name writing Adult Fiction, but now he's just as popular in Young Adult circles.

STEELHEART / THE RECKONERS series reading infornation

BRANDON SANDERSON is best known for his adult series Mistborn, and for his work finishing Robert Jordan's fantasy series The Wheel of Time.  With THE RITHMATIST  Brandon made his first foray into the Young Adult market.  This series earned good marks from readers and the RECKONERS first book, STEELHEART, followed quickly.

**all ratings from GoodReads

**New York Times Bestseller**
bookcover of STEELHEART  (Reckoners, #1)   by Brandon SandersonSTEELHEART
(Reckoners, #1)
by Brandon Sanderson

**Starred Review** ALA BookList
4.13 avg rating — 31,415 ratings

The School Library Journal calls STEELHEART a 'fast-paced, futuristic science-fiction superhero story' and I think that's an accurate description.  

The backstory: One day the sky exploded and darkness came and stayed.  Even worse, some people developed super-human skills.  They are called Epics. And as it turns out they quickly become unpleasant people.

Enter David. When he was a young boy he went to the bank with his father. There they unfortunately crossed paths with Steelheart, the worst of the Epics, and their leader.  David's father is murdered and David swears to destroy Steelheart.  To this he worms his way into a group called the Reckoners.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 107,599
Page Count:  384
Accelerated Reader:  5.0 / points: 16.0
AR quiz: 161310
Lexile: 680L
--sample pages and reviews available

bookcover of MITOSIS  (Reckoners, #1.5) by Brandon Sanderson 

(Reckoners, #1.5)

3.94 avg rating — 2,596 ratings

Mitosis takes place after the Reckoners reclaim Newcago --trying to fill the space left by the death of Steelheart.

Looking at the reviews at Amazon I'd say that most people loved the story BUT thought it was too short for the price. 

Look for it on sale.  (It does happen. Sometimes the e-stories will drop to 99cents in price.)

Page Count: 35
no reading information currently available
--sample pages and reviews available

You might also want to look at:
Review: The Rithmatist 
Review: Screaming Staircase
Review: California Bones

bookcover of FIREFIGHT  (Reckoners, #2) by Brandon SandersonFIREFIGHT
(Reckoners, #2)

YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL...  January 6, 2015.

Reading Information:
Page Count: 304
no reading information currently available
--sample pages and reviews available

compiled by Pam
updated July 2014

THE RITHMATIST (Brandon Sanderson) series reading information

Brandon Sanderson is a brilliant writer.  His MISTBORN fantasy series earned him a wide and enthusiastic Adult audience, and now he has turned his hand to the Young Adult market.  
  • In this first book there is no profanity nor sexual situations and the violence takes place off-screen, so that this book would also be appropriate for younger teens.
  • The overall 'flavor' is steampunk-ish with a 'realistic' sort of magical system.  (Sanderson is known for his world building expertise.)

**all ratings from GoodReads 

bookcover of THE RITHMATIST  (Rithmatist #1)   by Brandon Sanderson THE RITHMATIST
(Rithmatist #1)
by Brandon Sanderson
Ben McSweeney (Illustrator)    

4.25 avg rating — 11,935 ratings

Rithmatists are people who have the ability to bring chalklings--chalk drawings-- to life.

16 year-old Joel attends an exclusive school that trains both Rithmatist and non-Rithmatist students.  Joel isn't a Rithmatist but he has made the art the intensive focus of his studies. When Rithmatist students begin disappearing he and another student, Melody, are assigned to a Rithmatist professor, and together they begin to investigate what is snatching students from their beds.

Word Count: 89,898
Page Count:  378
Accelerated Reader: 4.9 / points: 13.0
AR quiz: 159269
Lexile: HL680L

You might also like the following:
STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson

Middle Grade on Up
Review: Screaming Staircase
Review: The Burning Sky
Review:The Unwanteds

Young Adult and New Adult on up
Review: Screaming Staircase
Review: California Bones
Review: Shadow and Bone
Review: Sorrow's Knot

 A second book is due out in 2015

compiled by Pam
updated July 2014