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Book for 8 yr old boy

post #1 of 7
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Need recommendations. I don't really know much about his interests other than he does watch the action shows on t.v.



post #2 of 7

Hmmmm... Eight year old reading levels are all over the place, so that makes it tough. I'd probably go toward graphic novels, because they have a broad appeal to boys that age. Here's a list to start:

-- Fangbone (DS just read this one from the library and loved it)

-- Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius Collection  (DS LOVES this book and re-reads it frequently)

-- Soccer Longshot (or any of the other Sports Illustrated graphic novels)

-- Something like the National Geographic Ultimate Weird but True book is very popular for that age.


Hope this helps!


post #3 of 7

My son recently turned 9 and he has really enjoyed the first few books of Harry Potter, and the How to Train Your Dragon Series books.  He is not yet at a level where he can read these alone, but we enjoy reading them to him or listening to them on CD books.

post #4 of 7

I take it that you don't know this child well and aren't familiar with what he's reading? It's a gift, perhaps? That's tough because you could be buying him something he already owns. A gift card to a bookstore may be a better idea. In case a gift card doesn't work, here are some suggestions: 


Books by Roald Dahl (eg. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Danny the Champion of the World, the BFG)

Judy Blume (eg Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge)  

Edward Eager (eg Half Magic) 


The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is popular with that age group. 


Bunnicula (series) by James Howe


Redwall (series) by Brian Jacques (a long series which may keep him reading for quite a while. There is an animated television adaptation. It's an adventure series with animals in a kind of medieval setting - lots of battles and feasts). It might be a challenge, depending on his reading level. 


If he's reading Harry Potter, he could manage the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (who also has other series you could check out). 

post #5 of 7
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Thanks. I don't know if he might already have it. That is something I will have to think about. I can't buy at a Barnes and Noble where he could exchange if need be because both the B&N close to us closed shop.

post #6 of 7

I wouldn't buy him Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. They are fantastic, but so ubiquitous that a large percentage of that age group owns them or has read them in school. At least it's true for my son and his friends, but of course, as always, YMMV!


post #7 of 7
There have already been other threads with book recommendation, which are too numerous to mention here. A simple search, hopefully, will get you some ideas.
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