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Got any titles that your young boy just LOVED? We have exhausted all known goodies and it's time for some new ones. He is an awesome reader so chapter books are great for him. He loved the Wimpy Kid books as well as the Captain Underpants series. Anything similar or just otherwise fantastic?

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The Magician's Elephant. It's a lot of fun to read out loud.

Ds also likes the Goosebumps series and the Puppy Place series.

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Thank you! I'll go reserve those from the library right now!
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Sideways Stories From the Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Holes also by Louis Sachar

Hoot by Carl Hiasson

Flush by Carl Hiasson

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (one of the few people I've ever seen render Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report speechless during an interview. It was priceless.) ETA: Hmm, just checked this and the recommended age seems to be a little older - 12 and up.

Roald Dahl is always a safe bet for that age.
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Awesome! Thanks for the list, mama.
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something i do is i look up award winning novels or library lists for the ages of my children and pick that way. or, have you tried novelist? i am not sure it is freely available but i have access with my library card and you type in the name of novels that your kids loved and they make recommendations based on the books you picked. pretty handy!

anyway some books my son enjoyed:

spiderwick
series of unfortunate events
the Oz series
Bones (graphic novels)
The mystery of the graffiti ghoul (marty chan)
Rascal by sterling north
the whipping boy

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He would problaby love the Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.
Ds 12 liked ,still likes them a lot. They are very funny, like Wimpy Kid. I personally like them more. There must be at least 12 of them. My son has them all.
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I'm an elementary school library tech and I've successfully suggested the following to boys with those interests:

- Melvin Beederman Superhero series by Greg Trine
- Shredderman series by Wendelin Van Draanen
- Magic Pickle series
- My Father's Dragon series
- Frindle and other books by Andrew Clements

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The Magic Thief series,
http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Thief-Sa.../dp/006137587X


Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth

Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1)
http://www.amazon.com/Magyk-Septimus...ref=pd_sim_b_5
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Thank you so much, friends!
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The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, and can't recall the fourth book lol by Jeanne DuPrau

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My daughter and son are huge fans of Captain Underpants and Wimpy Kids, and they also enjoy Pokemon and Legend of Zelda books, as well as Garfield comics (bound into books, we find them mostly at thrift shops and used bookstores).
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How about the Series of Unfortunate Events, Percy Jackson, or 39 Clues. I also second the mention of Andrew Clements.

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The Henry and Ribsy books by Beverely Cleary are also fun.

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I love this thread! Thank you for all the good suggestions.

My nine year olds are running out of English literature, and we have to get hold on some new. Hard to get them where we live, but I can probably order them form Amazon or iTunes.

We are also very fond of audio books and listen a lot in the car.

 

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Sideways Stories From the Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Holes also by Louis Sachar

Hoot by Carl Hiasson

Flush by Carl Hiasson

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (one of the few people I've ever seen render Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report speechless during an interview. It was priceless.) ETA: Hmm, just checked this and the recommended age seems to be a little older - 12 and up.

Roald Dahl is always a safe bet for that age.

Don't know how you feel about this, but he talks about masturbation.  I think the book my be a bit too mature for a 4th grader.  YMMV :)
 

 

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my boys love "The Castle in the Attic" and The Indian in the Cupboard - plus all the sequels.

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One of my sons just bought "100 Cupboards" by N.D. Wilson today. He started reading, and so far he seems to be excited about it.

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My 8-1/2 year old ds really likes the series "And then it happened" by M & L Wade. I think there are 9 in the series.

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Depending on his reading level, my daughter really loved the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.   Scholastic lists the reading level of the first book as: Grade Level Equivalent: 6-8, Lexile Framework: 630L, Reading Level: 4.9, Guided Reading Level: T, Age: 11-14 

 

I volunteer in the library at my kids' elementary school, so I see 9 year olds reading a real variety, some read the same as the 6th graders and some don't, so it's hard to say.  A couple years ago she was really into the Percy Jackson series, and counts that series and the Underland Chronicles as her two favorites.  

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A few books my nine year old loved.  The Hay Meadow and The Cay.  Fantastic books. 

 

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My son recently discovered  Mat Christopher's books. He writes all kinds of sports novels,(soccer,basketball,baseball,football ect.)

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"How to Train Your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III" and others in the series.  Expect some boy-worthy grossness and a character named "Big-    boobied Bertha" but every book is fun and funny and good adventure to boot.  

 

I read these to my 6yo daughter when she was into dragons (her literature interests are very tomboyish) and we read 5 of them before she decided that dragons should be red and she wanted to read The Hobbit for the second and third time (I mean, have them read to her.  She's lucky I'm a Tolkien fan and that I prefer reading books out loud anyway.)  Then she pestered me to read the LOTR after she learned about the Balrog, and that even Gandalf was afraid of it.  She had thought nothing could be scarier than Smaug!  

     


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The Golden Acorn is one that my 7 1/2 year old has been enjoying recently. It is a little challenging for him to read on his own, but might be just right for your son.

 

What about graphic novels? My son has also liked the Mouse Guard series, Asterisk and Owly. Owly requires almost no reading, but they are great books anyway. Mouse Guard is the most challenging from a reading/vocabulary standpoint.

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Just remembered that besides the Hank Zipzer http://www.hankzipzer.com/authors.html

and  the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series http://www.wimpykid.com/

the Fudge  books by Judy Blume   http://www.judyblume.com/books/fudge.php  are very funny!

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