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message 1: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 4 comments I'm struggling to find books for my son, and would appreciate any recommendations you might make. He is ten years old with a Lexile score in the 1200-1300 range. He enjoys books which are more challenging to read, but he doesn't always have the maturity and life experience to understand the subject matter.

The books he really loves are all science fiction and fantasy (Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Percy Jackson, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia have all been favorites). Many books in this genre that I expect him to like turn out to be too scary for him, though. The Dark is Rising series and Madeline L'Engle books were both series which led to weeks of awful nightmares.

Any suggestions for fantasy books that aren't too terribly dark? I'd also really love to push him outside of his fantasy comfort zone, but can't think of many non-fantasy books that he has enjoyed. He did like Sheep by Valerie Hobbs, Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West by Marguerite Henry, and My Side of the Mountain (although not enough to finish it). Erdrich's Birchbark House we tried recently, and he liked it at first but then refused to finish the book when it became too sad for him.

All suggestions appreciated!


message 2: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Bridges | 2 comments The first thought that comes to my mind is the ink heart series. Or maybe guardians of Garold series, I know those are both below his exile level some, but he may enjoy them. Maybe the pendragon series? Those are some of my first thoughts.


message 3: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Bridges | 2 comments Sorry I just noticed that autocorrect took over my post, I meant to say inkheart, guardians of gahoole and pendragon series.


message 4: by Marianna (new)

Marianna Randazzo (goodreadscommariannarandazzo) | 37 comments Mod
I remember my own sons loving Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli, Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko and Holes, by Lois Sachar.

I came across this website about boys and books. I suggest you check it out.

http://www.guysread.com/ " Welcome to the Guys Read Virtual Vault of Good Books. This is the place to come to if you’re looking for something to get a guy reading. We’ve collected recommendations from teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, parents, and guys themselves. These are the books that guys have said they like. We’ve gathered and grouped them to make them easier to find."

Remember, don't get hung up on reading levels, sometimes we just want something fun and light to read. As adults, we don't only read on level, as a matter of fact, many magazines and bestsellers are written on an 8th grade reading level. Sometime we need to give the brain a rest!


Marianna Randazzo author of:
Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing


message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 4 comments Thank you for all of the suggestions! I appreciate it. We've picked up a Jerry Spinelli book (for Battle of the Books, actually) and he seems to be enjoying it.

And I hear you on the point about reading level. Believe me, he had plenty of reading material that is lighter - comic books, picture books, etc. - but his school does ask that the kids spend a certain percentage of time at home reading at or slightly above their lexile level each week for practice. That is where we are struggling to come up with reading materials.


message 6: by Marianna (new)

Marianna Randazzo (goodreadscommariannarandazzo) | 37 comments Mod
Glad he likes Spinelli...Keep on reading...


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