The list author says: "I read aloud to my students everyday. It promotes vocabulary acquisition and encourages visualization. I try to match the read-aloud to whatever reading strategy we're focusing on that month. Here are books I have found to successfully work as read alouds for grades 6-8. It's really important to me that they appeal to both boys and girls and all the books below do that."
"So many kids these days "know" Harry Potter but have only seen the movies. When I've read the books aloud to kids, they're amazed at how much more intricate the plotting is and how vivid the books are. If you can convince your kids to let go of their preconceived notions, these books are great for visualizing, inferring and evaluating."
"This book will definitely appeal to boys, but there is a strong female character that girls will like. Depending on the maturity of your class/parental involvement, you might have to "rephrase" a word or two."