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#1 of 11 Old 04-16-2012, 12:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello!  I am looking for books suggestions for my 8 year old son.  He  *loves* to read, but is picky about what to read.  He does not like "intense" fiction - he read the whole "Secrets of Droon" series this year and LOVED it.  He has read Dick King-Smith, Cam Jansen, Dragon Slayers Academy......He really likes reading series.  I am looking for stories about that level.....good fiction, not too "old," not too intense.  Any ideas?  Thanking you in advance!

 

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Tried Melonhead - by Katy Kelly?

 

I haven't read it but I liked her Lucy Rose series, and this one is about a boy.  I think it is a series too, not just one book.  But the character is there in the Lucy Rose books too.

 

Has he already read mystery series like Boxcar Children?
 


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I have 2 kids reading at about that level who recently discovered the Captain Underpants books and love them. DS (6) also likes the Horrible Harry books and the Stink books, though he doesn't seem to love them as much he loves Secrets of Droon and Captain Underpants.  DD (9) loves the Bone graphic novels, which are really good but could possibly be too intense for some kids.

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Thanks for the suggestions!  We have read most of the Boxcar children books (those I read out loud to my boys, who loved them!)  

Melonhead looks really good, as does Captain Underpants :)  Will check out the others as well.  This is a  good start :)


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Time Warp trio books

Superfudge books - Judy Blume

39 clues series (advanced grade 3 readers)

How to Train your Dragon

Ottos Orange Day (graphic novel, slightly young for some grade 3's - but fun!)

 

 

 

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Check out the Melvin Beederman, superhero series:

http://www.melvinbeederman.com/

 

When DS was reading Captain Underpants, Melvin was his other favorite. One warning about the Superfudge series (which DS has also read and LOVES) -- I believe it spills the beans about Santa at some point. This was not an issue for DS, as he's never been a believer, but I had friends who got very upset about their son reading it.

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There are Magic School Bus chapter books that are fun. 
 

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The Andrew Lost series is good--lots of humor and gross stuff and scientific explanations.

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Tonight mine is in CS Lewis book series

 

 

In the Well Trained Mind they have a pretty cool book list suggestion as well

and our library had a full suggestion list based on what level and interests my daughter has

 

My daughter also likes Geronimo Stilton - they are light and comic booky like almost, mixed pictures and graphics in the books

 

 

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The other thing i meant to post

 

We use the Scholastic Guided Reading Program

 

it clumps books together by interest and reading level- I try not to let the kids see the level letters, because I just want them to enjoy the books

right now on my daughters list (she gets to read them during free choice reading, they should be a easy readers so she can just read through them fluently )

 

The Adventures of Spider

Gentle Annie

The Great Kapok Tree

Kid Power

Martin Luther King Day

The Adventures of the Baily School Kids :Pirates don't Wear Pink Sunglasses

The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson

Snow Treasure

Teacher's Pet

Weather Words and What They Mean

 

to give you an example

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The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. It's a five-book series. First one is The Book of Three.
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