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Subject: childrens classics for 10 year old boy?
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 2:35 PM ET
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I gave him The Indian in the Cupboard and he loves it!  He's actually reading ahead of his daily reading requirement!  He read Laura Ingalls Farmer Boy and liked it ok, but doesn't want to read any more Little House books.  I need more suggestions for classics.  I thought of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other Roal Dahl books.  A Wrinkle in Time was a bit too hard for him.  I also thought of The Borrowers.  

Any other suggestions for a lower 5th grade reading level?  He can read a bit higher than that, but I want the reading to come easy for him, so he doesn't get frustrated and turn off.  He likes fantasy type fiction.




Date Posted: 11/30/2012 9:58 PM ET
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Will Weaver is a living author, who lately has been writing quite a few books for pre-teen / teen boys. (If someone's really interested, you can contact him and "meet" him on Skype. http://www.willweaverbooks.com/index.htm)I'm not sure of what reading level his books are at, but I'm intrigued to read his YA fiction. At some event I saw him at, he said he likes the challenge of writing for pre-teen and teen boys. Writing to reach out them.

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Date Posted: 12/4/2012 4:38 PM ET
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Not sure if this will be at all helpful but  I looked at my daughter's reading list from last year and the 5th grade read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats Of Nimh by Robert O'Brien, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberley Willis Holt, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Filbrick, and Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath.

My kids never want to read books I enjoyed at that age......Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller, James and the Giant Peach, The Phantom Tollbooth, and A Wrinkle in Time.  We tried a Wrinkle in Time and she refused to read past the first chapter because it was "Boring"...so sad that was probably my favorite book when I was that age.

Not classics but if you end up looking for something different.......... my 9yr old son (reads at a 5th grade level) loved Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins, Swindle series by Gordon Korman,  and The Lighting Thief series by Rick Riordan.

Date Posted: 12/27/2012 2:53 PM ET
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My 10-year old brother loved Holes by Louis Sachar