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Subject: I need a recommendation?
Date Posted: 10/21/2008 2:24 AM ET
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My brother's son is in the second grade but reads at a 9th grade reading level.  I'd like to order a book for him.  Can anyone recommend something?  Thanks.



Date Posted: 10/21/2008 4:20 PM ET
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If he likes fantasy stories maybe the Hobbit or Lord of the Ring series. Another fantasy series I enjoyed was the Wrinkle in Time series by L'Engle.

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Subject: Recommendations
Date Posted: 11/6/2008 9:57 AM ET
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Wow, 2nd Grade reading a Ninth grade!!

I liked the Scott O'dell books. They are historical fiction with some action. They are appropriate for a second grader with advanced reading, but who doesnt have the maturity of a ninth grader. The early harry potter books would be good, but the newer books would be a little in appropriate. A Wrinkle in Time and teh Hobbit are good suggestions as well.

Also, Jules Verne's books are usually a favorite among boys. They are a 5th or 6th grade reading level (if you dont buy the childrens versions). He wrote Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, From Earth to the Moon, etc. 

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 4:32 PM ET
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James Herriot's Dog books. Or Cat books.  About a rural English Vet.

My first "adult" book was Watership Down.  But that might be too much for second grade.

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 5:53 PM ET
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Sharon Shinn has a really nice series.  The Truth Teller's Tale, The Safe Keeper's Secret.  The Dream Maker's Magic.  Lovely writing in a fable with morals. 

Date Posted: 11/27/2008 12:18 AM ET
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My oldest has always been "ahead" of her age in reading level.  I found that the Brits, like Tolkien and Lewis, were still a challenge as she was not keen on such a GREAT use of the Enlish language.  Other authors are Andrew Lang, George Macdonald, E. Nesbit, and Howard Pyle.  For the most part, these authors should also be a challenge as they wield English in such a mighty way and the content will allow you 2nd grader to stay a kid (I mean that in a GOOD way=)!) and not get bombarded by mature themes at such a young age. 

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 12:37 AM ET
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A second grader reading on a 9th grade level, I would definately vote for the Hobbit.  It is a great adventure.

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 1:28 PM ET
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Great 6th grade level books: Series by Jonathan Rogers - The Wilderking Triology - The Way of the Wilderking, The Secrets of the Swamp King and Bark of the Bog Owl. I forget what order those are in.  THey are excellent adventures but have great content- adventure, some "hobbit" like creatures/language....

Great mid 5th Grade level: Margaret Peterson Haddix series - Shadow children Series - Among the Hidden, etc.

These are great BOY books but my tom-boy girl loves 'em too!

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 2:54 PM ET
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Madeline L'Engle is a great author with books challenging enough for him, but with a story he can appreciate and relate to.
Date Posted: 2/13/2009 12:14 AM ET
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I recommend the Alex Rider series, they're kid friendly and I'm sure he'll love them.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 1:15 AM ET
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If he doesn't mind female protagonists, try giving him some Robin McKinley. She has a fantasy series (The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, Newberry Honor and Newberry Medal winners respectively) and several retellings of fairy tales which are beautifully written without being overly flowerly as Tolkein can be. Good action and excellent depictions of animal characters as well. If he really wants to read about a boy, one of her newest books, Dragonhaven, has a male narrator.