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Subject: book suggestions
Date Posted: 10/5/2007 5:38 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/5/2007 5:38 PM ET
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Sorry -


I'm a homeschooling Mom of 2 - both are pretty reluctant readers (ugh!).  I have a dtr 13 and son 9.  I was just given a bunch of books for the 13yr  old but it's hard to find, or know what to look for, for a 9yr old boy.  he's enjoying the ABC mystery series but that will end eventually, so I need suggestions on what to get him.  Would love to hear your suggestions


Date Posted: 10/5/2007 6:19 PM ET
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A nine year-old boy...Hmm...

How about The Borrowers or Farmer Boy or Peter Pan

Here are a few more:

Knights of the Round Table

Treasure Island

Black Beauty

Robin Hood


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Date Posted: 10/5/2007 6:54 PM ET
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I think those are a little advanced yet for him... he's a late reader.

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 7:09 PM ET
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For Non-Chapter books my son really likes Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold

For Chapter books he enjoys Horrible Harry books and Magic Tree House.

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 7:19 PM ET
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Maybe if you read them together, you will spark his interest and his ability. Just a thought.

Maybe The Happy Hollisters, or The Five Little Peppers, then? The Boxcar Children? The Hardy Boys?

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 7:39 PM ET
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Oh, I have a 9 1/2 year old boy who is a late reader as well and just got hooked on the Jigsaw Jones mystery books - you might want to check those out :-)

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 7:44 PM ET
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A friend of mine in his 50's told me he was a late reader and absolutely loved the Childhood of Famous Americans series when he was that age. They have been reprinted and usually pretty easy to find at the library. Each story chronicles the fictional childhood of a famous person in history. There are many books in this series, so your son should be able to find at least a few people that he would enjoy reading about.


Date Posted: 10/5/2007 7:44 PM ET
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I recommend the Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka.  I have three on my bookshelf right now.  I'd be willing to do an all three for one credit for you.

I have these:




Let me know!

Here's all the Jon Scieszka books listed in PBS:


We love his fractured fairy tales - fairy tales for boys - LOL!  The Math Curse, Science Verse, and Seen Art? are great, with curriculuar tie-ins.  The TWT books have a great tie-in to history. 

Also, Magic Tree House and the Geronimo Stilton series are great, too.  The first have a lot posted on PBS, the latter have wait lists (at least the ones we're missing).


Date Posted: 10/5/2007 7:49 PM ET
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I must be really bad at recommending books. :( I try, honestly! I'm not trying to suggest books that are too difficult. Sorry!

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 8:28 PM ET
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Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Stink books by Megan McDonald ( he's the brother of Judy Moody)

Time Warp Trio Series by Jon Sciezka

Jigsaw Jones Mysteries by James Preller

Hank Zipzer books by Henry Winkler

Dragonslaylers Academy by  Tony Abbott????

Horrible Harry is a bit young so try Herbie Jones Series by Susy Kline, author to both series.

Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries by Doanld Sobel

Books by Gordon Korman----he has several high adventure trilogys Everest, Survival, Dive




Date Posted: 10/5/2007 8:39 PM ET
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I agree with Julie on the Jon Scieszka books (Time Warp Trio and others), and the Geronimo Stilton books.  My 8-year-old son eats 'em up!  Our whole family also REALLY likes Chet Gecko books.  They're great to read aloud, or alone.  (Actually, sometimes I can't read them aloud, because I'm laughing too hard!)  You might also try Bailey School Kids mysteries, Nate the Great books, or Encyclopedia BrownRicky Ricotta books are really simple reading, maybe too simple, but my son thinks they're hilarious!  I have few on my shelf...

Happy hunting!


Date Posted: 10/5/2007 9:07 PM ET
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Encyclopedia Brown, The Three Investigators, and Hank the Cowdog  (all are series)

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Date Posted: 10/5/2007 11:06 PM ET
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Rosey - Posey ... no those are all great recommendations, he's just not ready for them yet.

Thanks to everyone who responded.  I'll be writing all these down.



Date Posted: 10/5/2007 11:18 PM ET
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My ds10 is a late reader as well.  He likes dk readers, anything about Star Wars.  Landmark biographies make some books at grade 2 and above, he just finished one about Christopher Columbus.  We are also starting the Boxcar Children this year and a abridged version of Black Beauty. 

One of the books series we love to read together is jedi apprentice.  They are out of print, but you might find them around.  We enjoy them a lot. 

If you haven't looked at a sonlight catalog they list reading level for their fiction choices.  I pick a lot of readers from their lists.  Their website is sort of confusing, but you can request a catalog at sonlight.com.



Date Posted: 10/5/2007 11:29 PM ET
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Kate McMullan wrote Dragonslayers Academy 

Tony Abbot wrote the series of books The Secrets of Droon. 

Another set of series that I read to my son (8 now - took us over a year - 15 books in all) is Deltora  (Deltora Quest; The Shadowlands of Deltora; and The Dragons of Deltora) These are by Emily Rodda