OK, so how about books for a voracious 8 yo boy

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OK, so how about books for a voracious 8 yo boy

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Jun 10, 2008, 9:21pm

Hi all,

I have really enjoyed the previous thread about all the books for girls - any recs for boys? My son is VERY, VERY sensitive (he is gifted and has ADD) and won't read anything with a hint of scariness or mean kids. He was into the Bailey School Kids, but all of a sudden doesn't like them.

He is reading Ghostville Elementary right now, but he reads so fast that he's done with them in a day. He loves Magic Treehouse, but we are getting close to the end. He has listened to Eragon and is currently on Harry Potter - he likes listening to them, but his attention span doesn't quite agree with reading them yet.

Any suggestions are welcome!! :)


Mar 20, 2012, 8:42pm

Have you tried The Rangers Apprentice series by John Flanagan? Both children and adults seem to love this series- it might be a great one to read together!

Edited: Aug 1, 2012, 11:50am

You say he doesn't like anything scary or with mean kids so I was wondering how he's doing with Harry Potter? Try the Charlie Bone series and The chronicles of Narnia ; both excellent in audio format. British acting greats such as Micheal Yorke and Kenneth Brannagh narrate. Also, the Peter and the Starcatchers books, read by Jim Dale are great adventure stories for boys. My daughter is almost 7 and I find her attention span is much longer for audio books. Let me know if this is helpful.

Oct 28, 2012, 4:33am

I don't know if you can get hold of them, but my 8 year old boy is going through the Tashi books. We try (try) to read a couple of stories every night from The Great Big Enormous Book of Tashi.

Edited: Oct 29, 2012, 2:22pm

I know I'm too late for the original post, but I have two gifted boys, ages 7 and 10, and they really love any kind of humorous realistic fiction (with a little fantasy thrown in). Some really good authors, and series that we have found are:

Andy Griffiths - he has several series, some they liked more than others
Trudi Trueit - especially the Secrets of a Lab Rat series
Greg Trine - Melvin Beederman, Superhero series
Dan Gutman - Genius Files series and also the My Weird School series
Tom Angleberger - Origami Yoda series
Andrew Clements
Gordon Korman
Cressida Cowell - How to Train Your Dragon series
Louis Sachar - The Sideways School series - doesn't like these as well as others, but still okay
Megan McDonald - Stink series
Jacqueline Davis - The Lemonade War series
Trenton Lee Steward - The Mysterious Benedict Society series
Brian Selznick - several good books
H.N. Kowitt - The Loser List series

Some other books or authors we liked but have not read much of:

Francesca Simon - Horrid Henry series
Lenore Look - Alvin Ho
Dr. Cuthbert Soup - A Whole Nother Story series
Jeff Brown - Flat Stanley series
Graham Salisbury - Calvin Coconut series
Georgia Byng - Molly Moon series

And then of course, there are the ever-popular:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
Big Nate - Lincoln Peirce
Captain Underpants - Dav Pilkey

They also like some of the books that I enjoyed as a child, which do not primarily feature a boy, but are still good books:

A Wrinkle In Time - Madeleine L'Engle
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg
Freaky Friday - Mary Rodgers
Henry Huggins - Beverly Cleary