Beast Quest was a recommendation from another avid reader to my avid reader – G1. As it turns out, not only did G1 enjoy it, G2 has also become a fan.
Written by Adam Blade (who is the house name for Working Partners Ltd), Beast Quest is about Tom and his quest to save the magical Beasts of Avantia from the evil wizard, Malvel, who has enslaved them to do his malevolent bidding. The series tells the tales of Tom’s many adventures through the land of Avantia.
The series is aimed at boys age 7 years and older with a balance of adventure and story telling to help capture the interest of reluctant readers. The London Observer describes the books as “Narnia meets Pokemon via Potter“.
These chapter books are easy reading for G1 but a step up for G2 from the Geronimo Stilton series that he has been reading. The book has not been reviewed by commonsense media but some of the books are included as part of the Scholastic reading program. The series was also recommended by a reliable source so I felt confident introducing the series to the boys. I have also followed bits and pieces of the story as G2 reads them out to me in the car and the content seems appropriate for an advanced younger reader.
One of the difficulties of having advanced readers is finding books that will challenge their reading vocabulary without diving into content that is inappropriate. The Beast Quest series, with a Lexile Level of about 700 (there are some variations between the different books in the series) fits the bill.
With over 90 books in the series (including special editions) this series should keep the boys busy for a while…
- Resources for developing comprehension
- Why children who read are smarter
- Supporting Reading at Home
- Phonics: Encouraging Literacy at Home
- Reaching the Reluctant Reader