The Five Finger Test
1. Open the book to the middle. Select a full page of text.

2. Read the page (aloud if possible).

3. Put one finger up for every word you cannot pronounce or if you do not know the meaning.

4. If you get five (5) fingers up on one page, the book is too difficult to read independently. Four (4) fingers up may indicate the same.

5. If you do not get any fingers up, but are reading very slowly and decoding almost every word, you will not enjoy the book.

6. If you complete the page with three (3) fingers up, you'll have a tough decision to make. If the book doesn't sound too interesting, you may just want to try another book. If, however, the book's summary sounds great, then try the book. The worst that happens is you return it and try something else!