The Fellowship of the Ring (Lexile: 860; Interest Level: Grades 8+) is the first in The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is a bit outside of the range I usually write reviews for, but I know that some of our advanced readers are reading this series, so I thought I would include it. I see no reason why advanced readers could not read this series (based on content), but there may be some concepts and language that could cause a little confusion. Tolkien, for example, invented his own Dwarven and Elvish languages, and there are references to the rise of the industrial state that may go over the heads of younger readers. However, over all, it is a good story.
The tale begins several years after story of The Hobbit finishes the tale of Bilbo Baggins' adventures. Here we start with Bilbo preparing for his 111th birthday and his decisions on leaving all of his belongings to his nephew, Frodo. Frodo does not know what kind of adventure this might mean for him, but he is soon to be swept into a quest that seems to be destined for him alone. He must carry the Ring of Power to the Land of Elrond for the Council to decide what to do with it. His journey is filled with trouble and terror from the outset, and it is his remarkable personality that allows him to survive.
Fans of fantasy novels, and I daresay, the movies of this series, should definitely read the book to gather more information about the marvelous world that Tolkien created. (432 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.