I have zero idea how to judge the reading level of books or kids. Saying that, I saved a handful of books from my childhood for my son, because they were just that awesome. Plus I want to show him someone who actually published his first book in 7th grade, and 4 more by the time he graduated highschool - that's fucking awesome. My son is only 7.5 months old so it's going to be awhile... Anyway, Gordon Korman is the author and here's his list of books http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Korman The Bruno and Boots series is what I have (along with a handful of others) that I'll be tossing at him as soon as he's ready.