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Subject: ISO: Harry Potter and other ideas for 8 year old & 5 year old (more inside)
Date Posted: 11/2/2008 10:10 PM ET
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My 2nd grader (age 8) reads on a 4th+ level. He's a really good reader (I have to watch where I put my books, he's picked them up before). Anyway, I figure I'll get him the first 2 or 3 Harry Potter books for Christmas stocking stuffers. He's not the easiest on books, so I will pick them up here.

If anyone has Harry Potter, send me a PM if it's in really good condition. I would love that. I'm not looking for any deals, I have credits, you have books :)

I am also looking for other ideas. Magic Treehouse is over, he's got the Dragon Trilogy. Any ideas?

I'm also looking for ideas for my 5 year old. We have the If You Give... books and tons of other stuff. I guess just something "new to her".

Keeping all of us in books feels like a full time job - everyone devours everything!

So, tell me about what is on your shelf! Santa needs stocking stuffers!

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 10:29 PM ET
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I am not offering any deals and don't have many books on my shelf but I thought I would suggest some.


Any books that have won Newberry Awards should be good.  You can search on here for Newberry honor & Newberry medal books, or you can look up titles on wikipedia and look for them here.  (I have Call it Courage :) )


Childhood of Famous American biographies are fun biographies.


Chronicles of Narnia series


Little HOuse Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.    


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Date Posted: 11/2/2008 10:29 PM ET
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i have The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the First) :: Lemony Snicket

on my shelf and some other books your 5 year old might like if you want to take a look i am willing to make a deal :)

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 11:42 PM ET
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I have Lionboy on my shelf which might be of interest. It is a very nice copy. I also have a copy of the 2nd book in the trilogy which I have not posted yet if you are interested. I would also suggest looking into books by Jenny Nimmo - the Magician trilogy and the Charlie Bone series. I only have an old copy of the first one of the Magician trilogy on my shelf (which I am happy to send along free with a book order), but for gifting I would suggest the hardcovered copies if you can find them as they are very nice.
Date Posted: 11/3/2008 5:10 AM ET
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I do have the first Harry Potter book if still interested. Just PM me.

As for 5 year old, The Step Into Reading Beginner Books are good. If not now, next year he could start. I just bought my grandson who is 6 some. Just another suggestion. I do not have any, but there are some on this site, that I requested.

Thanks Jeanne

Date Posted: 11/3/2008 7:05 AM ET
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Thanks for the ideas. It's funny how you draw a complete blank when forced with the "choose" option! I have ordered from a few of you. A few offered deals, that's fine, if you have something or see something extra you want to send along, please include it, but it's not required. Thanks everyone, I'm still on the hunt for the 2nd and 3rd Harry Potter books in good condition, I might just order them through the regular process and hope for the best.

All great ideas! You people rock!

Subject: Reading material for an 8 year olds
Date Posted: 11/4/2008 9:17 PM ET
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You might try him on the Percy Jackson books if he is at a 4th grade level.  The author is Rick Riordan.  The first book is The Lightning Thief.

Roald Dahl has several books that kids like.....The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, Wayside School is Falling Up.

Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson is always a favorite

Eragon, Eldest and Brisinger by Christopher Paolini are three books that deal with magic, dragons, elfs, trolls, etc.  Very well written.  The books are rather large so they might be intimidating.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

My daughter swears that Roald Dahl is the only reason she started reading books.  If she had never read his books she would not be the reader she is today.