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#1 of 8 Old 11-29-2008, 12:58 AM - Thread Starter
 
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The title says it all. I'm looking for titles that an average (is there such a thing?) 8 yo boy might enjoy.

I'm trying to gift according to the guideline:
Something they want
Something they need
Something to play with (or wear, depending on who you talk to)
Something to read

Thanks in advance!

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for them to read themselves or to be read to them? if for them to reading... what reading level? maybe give an example of a book at the right level... I have a 9yo boy and we love to read and can probably make some suggestions

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Either or both. I'm really open to any suggestions.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.  ~Albert Einstein
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I always like the idea of giving the first book in a series to get the child "hooked". My "average" (also perfect of course, but I'm not biased) son, at 8 liked the following series:

Little Wolf by Ian Whybrow
Dragon Slayer's Academy by Kate McMullan
The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking by Cressida Crowell

All of which are on the advanced end of the "easy reader" level (e.g. a smidge more challenging than Magic Treehouse, but the same slender size) All of which are "fantasy" but with a goofy little boy slant and not at all didactic. I actually read all of them to him and found them pretty funny myself. However I think many 8 year olds would be able to read them themselves.

Three other series that we really liked at 8, but definitely were read alouds for us, were Bunnicula, the Magic Shop Books, and Dealing With Dragons. You'll notice a pretty strong fantasy theme here because that's what my DS likes, as do most of his friends and classmates.

If you're looking for something showier, the Dragonology and Wizardology books which DS could spend hours pouring over at that age.
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My 8yo is in love with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

My almost 8yo prefers graphic novels. He just read Magic Pickle, and it was a big hit.

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My 9yo loves graphic novels too... he really enjoys the Hardy Boys graphic novel series... and he is currently reading a series by Margret Haddix, the first book is called Among the Hidden.

Together we have recently read Chocky and The Chysalids both by John Wydham, the septimus Heap seires by Angie sage (the first book is called Magyk), the Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo (first book is Midnight for Charlie Bone), A Wrinkle in Time by M. L'Engle... there's a good start!


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Susan Cooper's Over Sea Under Stone was a huge hit (we read that over a year ago)
He recently zoomed through The Lightning Thief series
Young Indiana Jones books -- they are hard to find though
comic books and graphic novels, especially Star Wars
We read aloud Little House books
We just finished The Princess and the Goblin, by George McDonald, and he liked that


Too late for Xmas though -- sorry about that!
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the lion, the witch and the wardrobe series
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