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    #94611 - 02/11/11 09:43 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    onthegomom Offline

    Registered: 07/28/09
    Posts: 1743
    Thank you. I'm going to go thru these and see what I can find.

    BWBShari-I know what you mean by not trying so hard. I wish he would take more effort with this. I certainly have tried to promote that.

    Books help him relax and not be bored so that helps me, so I keep trying. It's so nice when he has a huge series to read and he is more content.

    He Loved these too- Stephen Hawking, Avi's Poppy series, Kenneth Oppel's Silverwing. He has had interest in dragons. He read the Cowell books, but I think there is a new one.

    He doesn't like dogs, and has never read horse stories. He won't go near oZ, alice in wonderland, narnia, Harry Potter,- something scared him with these I think.

    He is just starting to learn about war this year and is excited. I'm not sure if I would want more of this or not. He needs things that are not too scary.

    Edited by onthegomom (02/11/11 10:13 PM)

    #94623 - 02/12/11 07:35 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    Irisheyes Offline

    Registered: 03/09/09
    Posts: 158
    I have not previously contributed to this thread, but I have read it with interest and ordered many of the books from our local library system over the past year or so.

    I wanted to thank whomever recommended "The Familiars," by Adam Jay Epstein on this board. DD6 devoured it.

    I remember it being mentioned as "...similar to Harry Potter, but not so scary."

    It was a great read for dd6 who really loves the more sophisticated story line of Harry Potter, but can't get past her fears. And she's not just afraid of "He Who Shall Not Be Named." She's worried about Harry breaking rules, concerned that he will get kicked out of Hogwarts, etc. Basically, she does not easily handle reading about stressful situations or people in peril, physically or emotionally.

    That being said, she is entering a new fascination with spies and spying and asked for me to get her some "spy books." I did put "Harriet the Spy" on hold and ordered an earlier mentioned math decoding book (she is a mathy kid).

    Any other thoughts?

    Thanks so much!

    #94627 - 02/12/11 12:28 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    minniemarx Offline

    Registered: 10/31/08
    Posts: 466
    Hi, Irisheyes,

    My kids liked these:

    Mordecai Richler, Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case;


    Janice Eaton Kilby, The Master Detective Handbook: Help Our Detectives Use Gadgets and Super Sleuthing Skills to Solve the Mystery and Catch the Crooks.

    There are, of course, lots of kid detective (as opposed to spy) books: would she be interested in Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden or that sort of thing? Or in a more spy-ish vein, the MT Anderson ones are quite fun (Whales on Stilts, Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen, Agent Q, etc.). My boys also really liked John Fardell's Seven Professors books--kind of James Bond for kids.

    A historical spy story my kids liked was "Popinjay Stairs" by Geoffrey Trease (set in the reign of Charles II; Samuel Pepys is one of the characters! Fun and very well-researched.)

    Hope that helps a bit!

    #94632 - 02/12/11 03:12 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    Irisheyes Offline

    Registered: 03/09/09
    Posts: 158
    It helps a ton, minnie!

    Thanks for your thoughtful (and prompt) reply!

    #94633 - 02/12/11 03:31 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Irisheyes]
    DeHe Offline

    Registered: 08/07/10
    Posts: 735
    Hi all
    Love this thread! New favorite, just grabbed off the shelf at the library. The extraordinary Adventures of ordinary boy series, first one is the hero revealed. It's about an ordinary boy in superolis - he is the only one without powers.
    Odinary boy


    Edited by DeHe (02/12/11 03:32 PM)

    #94635 - 02/12/11 05:50 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    kec Offline
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    Registered: 10/12/09
    Posts: 40
    Loc: Pennsylvania
    I am so glad someone else found Ordinary Boy. My DS9 has read the series three or four times so far. I read them to him at bed time as well and enjoyed them almost as much as he did. The title character, being the only one in town without a superpower, finds he must use his brain more instead of relying on a power to get through life. This leads to a bit of conflict throughout the series - at one point Ordinary Boy asks to learn about the history of the town and his teacher asks why he would want to do that - it is all in the past.

    The only down side, as far as my son is concerned, is that there are only three books in the series smile

    #94640 - 02/13/11 03:29 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: BWBShari]
    chris1234 Offline

    Registered: 06/27/08
    Posts: 1897
    Originally Posted By: BWBShari
    My DS loved the Olympus series, loves anything Stephen Hawking and pretty much hates everything else! He thought Harry Potter was stupid and Artemus Fowle more so.

    Every time I think I've found something, it's a bust! It's very frustrating as he really likes to read, but he's just to [SPAM] picky. I finally quit trying so hard and started on the classics. Surprise, he likes them, he's reading the Call of the Wild right now. He loved Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea.

    We have similar pickiness here, but maybe not quite so extreme. What is the Olympus series? Is that the same as the Percy Jackson books?
    If not, please let me know, ds10 loves anything greek-myth oriented!
    Also just curious what Stephen Hawking is good for that age...ds loved the secret key books but I was not sure what else might be appealing from Hawking. (at this age)

    This one sounds great Minnie, I will check it out for ds...'bookweird', thanks for posting about it!

    Edited by chris1234 (02/13/11 03:32 AM)

    #94663 - 02/13/11 07:08 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: kec]
    DeHe Offline

    Registered: 08/07/10
    Posts: 735
    Originally Posted By: kec
    The only down side, as far as my son is concerned, is that there are only three books in the series smile

    That always happens to us too, especially when you get a book that just clicks like ordinary boy. I usually try then to find other books by the author but that only goes so far, we are waiting currently for the next calendar mysteries, Danny dragon breath, and a few more I can't keep track of!!

    Is there anything DS9 liked as much? Preferable same emotional and scary level, trying to avoid the older stuff but its tough with DS5 reading so far ahead, why did they call him a nerd mommy, what does it mean? We picked up the max disaster books and he loves the graphics and the idea of alien eraser but it's also about a boy dealing with divorce, so for days, he was very concerned about our relationship!! So when I find a book which is interesting w/o being dumbed down but not dealing with stuff he isn't
    ready for. Intellectually he gets it but it worries him because he chews over whatever he read, so try to avoid the tough stuff for now. He would so love harry potter and some advanced sci fi but way too scary most of the time. smile


    Edited by DeHe (02/14/11 10:40 AM)

    #94665 - 02/13/11 09:07 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    minniemarx Offline

    Registered: 10/31/08
    Posts: 466
    Ordinary Boy looks like lots of fun, DeHe and kec, thanks!

    I wonder if your kids would enjoy the Bagthorpe books by Helen Cresswell?
    There are lots of books in the series, about a large family with several "extraordinary" members and one "ordinary" one (the first book is called "Ordinary Jack"). There's more to Jack than there appears, of course; the children solve various problems very inventively. We've only read a couple of them (loved "Bagthorpes vs the World"), but possibly they might appeal?


    #94666 - 02/13/11 09:56 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    CAMom Offline

    Registered: 08/13/08
    Posts: 748
    Not a series but I think your animal lover would enjoy Nurk by Ursula Vernon (author of the Dragonbreath series). It's relatively short, but had a great story and I'm pretty sure it had a high lexile.

    My son also loved "The Secret Zoo" which has a sequel coming out soon. It's got a touch of bad guys in it but mostly adventure and talking animals too!

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