Is my work more difficult, more sophisticated, or more appropriate for older readers than that of Mr. Hemingway, a Nobel Laureate in literature? Of course not! Think about it: If this poor student stays in her school system, she’ll NEVER be allowed to read A Farewell to Arms. It’s allegedly too easy for her.
Mike Mullin, “How Lexiles Harm Students”
(re: the challenges of readers’ advisory and assigned reading for precocious readers)
It took me a long time to get down with Dickens, even though I guess I could technically understand him, but stuff like Animal Farm came much easier and earlier. How do you guys handle making recommendations for advanced readers?