Christopher Paolini reading levels

World-building and word craft have catapulted Christopher Paolini to the top of popular young authors.  And despite the length and difficulty of his books, which range from 528 to well over 800 pages, they are extremely popular with middle graders and young adults, and are considered guy-friendly reads.


bookcover of ERAGON by Christopher PaoliniERAGON

Fifteen-year-old Eragon was just a farm boy until he found a dragon egg. After that everything changes as he finds his destiny as a Dragon Rider. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the world.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 157,220
Page Count: 528
Accelerated Reading level: 5.6 / points: 25.0
AR quiz: 74404
Lexile: 710L
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0375826696
  • sample pages available

Spanish ~
Word Count:  175,131
Accelerated Reading level: 4.9 / points: 26.0
AR quiz: 74404SP

bookcover of  ELDEST by Christopher PaoliniELDEST

Eragon and Saphira have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of a Dragon Rider.

Word Count: 213,516
Page Count: 704
Accelerated Reading level: 7.0 / points: 36.0
AR quiz: 89884
Lexile: 970L
  • ISBN-10: 0375840400
  • sample pages available

Spanish ~
Word Count: 226,267
Accelerated Reading level: 7.1 / points: 39.0
AR quiz: 89884SP

bookcover of  BRISINGR by Christopher Paolini BRISINGR

Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

Word Count: 254,629
Page Count: 800
Accelerated Reading level: 7.8 / points: 45.0
AR quiz: 125940
Lexile: 1050L
  • ISBN-10: 0375826742
  • sample pages available

Spanish ~

Word Count: 257,215
Accelerated Reading level: 8.1 / points: 47
AR quiz: 125940SP

bookcover of  INHERITANCE by Christopher PaoliniINHERITANCE

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix.

Word Count: 280,712
Page Count: 880
Accelerated Reading level: 7.5 / points: 49.0
AR quiz: 147778
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0375856110
  • sample pages available

Spanish ~
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compiled by Pam T