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Date Posted: 12/22/2008 1:51 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/23/2008 7:18 PM ET
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You need the Bone books by Jeff Smith. So perfect for boys. My son's whole class fought over them. They are graphic novels, I was able to get most of them through the swap except for the upper numbers. All the book stores have them, make sure they know you are looking for the kids ones. The listing for Jeff Smith also includes a cookbook author, disregard those.

Also see if he'd like Asterix or Tintin, they are older  (from the 50's to the 80's) and don't have the gross humor but lots of action. And they are funny, which is a bonus.

I just polled my kids and they suggest: Stink the Increadible shrinking kid and Ricky Ricotta & his robot (this is a series) and also Franny Stein.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 12/23/2008 9:38 PM ET
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Thanks so much.  I will start my search for these.  Trip to the library tomorrow.   :) 

Subject: My younger son wasn't much of a reader either until he got into star wars
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 5:45 PM ET
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He follows the saga of them and I catch him in other books from time to time : )

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 1:55 PM ET
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My son loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dangerous Book for Boys.  He is older than your son but he just recently found a new series that he likes.  It is called 39 Clues.  So far, there are two books out with another one coming in Feb or March.  He also liked books by Andrew Clements.

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 11:22 PM ET
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  I have been eyeing the 39 clues.  I think I will try it and see.  I will look into some star wars books also.  I have been trying to catch some Andrew Clements deals.  I will keep looking.    Thanks so much for the suggestions.  Can never have too many books to chose from  :) 


Date Posted: 1/11/2009 5:36 PM ET
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My 10 year son also in NOT into reading.  He did also enjoy Diary of a Whimpy Kid and the Dan Gutman books.  For Christmas his uncle purchased him The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  He loved it - couldn't put it down.  He actually read the entire 375 page book in 2 days.  Might be worth a shot.

Date Posted: 1/11/2009 5:43 PM ET
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Just noticed the other post regarding 39 clues - I believe the Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series) and the 39 clues are by the same author

Date Posted: 1/11/2009 8:49 PM ET
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My son (9yrs) enjoys Matthew Christopher books.  He writes sports books with a mystery twist. He writes about all sports; football, ice hockey, soccer, lacross... My son loves sports and enjoys these books.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 8:52 PM ET
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My son (9yrs) claims he hates to read, but can be sucked into a page-turner (can't be all).  He likes books with humor (Captain Underpants) and fantasy.  Try the Judy Blume books -- Super Fudge and Fudge-O-Mania -- for good boy humor.  There's also the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon anthologies.  And, if you think your son would be interested in fantasy -- The Spiderwick Chronicles series.

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 12:26 AM ET
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We love Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Ladd Family Adventures (author: Lee Roddy).  Childhood of Famous Americans is also a great series with lots of action depending on who you choose.  Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson, Davy Crockett by Aileen Parks, and Daniel Boone by Augusta Stevenson are all great ones to start on.  The American Adventures series (author Bonnie Pryor) is also great placing a boy in historical places.  My nephews (ages 10-13) also love to read the Lego & Bionicles series.  Shannon  

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 10:06 PM ET
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The New Way Things Work, by David Macauley

It's a book about how things are made, demonstrates physics, inventions, etc. lots of cartoons, short passages, good for a broad read range.



Date Posted: 2/2/2009 5:16 PM ET
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My oldest enjoys all sorts of books.  Some of his favorites are the "Who Was..." books (Harriett Tubman, Thomas Jefferson, King Tut, Benjamin Franklin, etc.), the "You Wouldn't Want to Be..." books (pyramid builder, Egyptian mummy, polar explorer, etc.), and for fun the Wishbone books.

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 4:21 AM ET
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My 10 year old loves the Dan Gutman Weird School books.   He also likes the Geronimo Stilton series.