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Subject: Book suggestion for nine year old boy
Date Posted: 7/29/2012 7:03 PM ET
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I am looking for some good ideas for a book to give as gift to a young smart outdoorsy type boy who just turned nine this past week. Long story short myself and fellow lifeguards have taken him under "our wings" this summer and formed a great bond with him which only grew stronger when we learned his mom had died almost three years ago. He has a wonderful hands on dad who keeps him busy with all sorts of good activities and very little time with tv or video games ( yaaaa!!!). We want to give him a book at the end of the summer and were thinking of The Count of Monte Cristo. Does anyone think this book is too far a reach for a nine year old...or have any other suggestions?
Date Posted: 7/29/2012 9:24 PM ET
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I teach fourth grade.  Some books the boys like:

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Middle School Books by James Patterson 

Masters of Disaster (this one is really funny)

Bud Not Buddy (though his mom died, so I am not sure this is a good choice)

The Watsons Go To Birmingham

Because of Winn-Dixie

The Red Pyramid

Date Posted: 8/2/2012 11:35 AM ET
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To answer your question, The Count of Monte Cristo would be a great choice! Kids aren't exposed to the classics much anymore, so you'd be giving him a gift that can stand the test of time.  Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson might also be to his liking.

Date Posted: 8/5/2012 8:42 PM ET
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Anythiny by Rick Riordan! My son is 9 and has read both of the Percy Jackson series, all of the 39 Clues books, and all three of the Kane Chronicles (Red Pyramid) books. Definitely a top pick at my house!

 

Date Posted: 8/6/2012 10:17 PM ET
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The Dog that Wouldn't Be and Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat. Both are children's books where the heroes are either dogs, boys or both. 

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

 

Date Posted: 9/9/2012 4:55 PM ET
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I second Kidnapped and maybe he might enjoy The Hardy Boys? My brother got into them around that age and I would think even today's kids would find them pretty exciting.