They don't match in series. So, I have a girl about eleven who WANTS to read a book. But, she is only "allowed" to read at her lexile level. 1050 to 1200. She read the first book of Linda Buckley-Archer's Gideon trilogy and really liked it...but the second book was too low. So she can't finish the series. Can someone explain to me why J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is 1000, which is of course too low....while Jim Benton's Dear Dumb Diary is 1100+? Only the first one. The second one is in the 990s. Too low. Most books in the 1050-1200 range are nonfiction. But her teacher doesn't want her to read nonfiction - and she really wants to read fantasy anyways. I finally gave her Catherine Called Birdy. At least it's better written than the Sugar Creek Gang (although most of those have a higher lexile level)
This girl wants to read. If you go by the lexiles and Reading Counts tests, she's a good reader. Why should she be restricted by stupid numbers? Why can't she finish a series she's interested in? I guarantee in another year or two, she's not going to be interested in reading anymore. This is why teens don't read.