The hunger years for an 8 year old?

(14 Posts)
Back2Two Tue 09-Jun-15 14:34:39

My son has been asking me if he can read some "adult books" and came home from school yesterday moaning that his friend is reading "teenage fiction" and so he should be able to.

It's great that he has a real passion for reading. I've explained that some older books have inappropriate content etc. and it's not about what you are "able" to read but what the books contain sometimes.

Anyhow I want to show I've listened to him and responded.....would The hunger Games be ok/appropriate for him? I haven't read the book or seen the film which I know would be preferable. If it's not really appropriate (please say why) and could you suggest something else that he will feel is a mature read? Thanks

dementedpixie Tue 09-Jun-15 15:05:45

I would say it is a bit old for age 8. dd read them age 10

Back2Two Tue 09-Jun-15 15:36:39

Any suggestions of other reads?

DragonWithAGirlTattoo Tue 09-Jun-15 15:51:18

Percy Jackson
Harry Potter
Terry Pratchett

YesThisIsMe Tue 09-Jun-15 16:06:05

What DragonTattoo said (except go for the children / YA Pratchett not the main Discworld series and don't get Nation or I Shall Wear Midnight which are both unsuitable for 8 year olds).

Also Artemis Fowl and perhaps Alex Rider.

I agree that Hunger Games is a bit much for an 8 year old.

Takver Tue 09-Jun-15 16:06:10

I'd agree that they're really a bit old for an 8 y/o. They were very popular when dd was in yr 6, so older 10 into 11 y/os.

I'd second Percy Jackson plus the other Rick Riordan books. DD still loves them age 13, so they're 'teenage' in that sense. . .

dementedpixie Tue 09-Jun-15 16:13:52

David Walliams?

Back2Two Tue 09-Jun-15 18:34:44

Great thanks I will not try The Hunger Games for him yet then. He likes the Percy Jackson ones. I've got a Terry Pratchett called "Dodger" which might be ok then?

cariadlet Wed 10-Jun-15 19:28:53

I enjoyed Dodger. If he liked Percy Jackson then he might like that one too. Maybe try the Mortal Engines series (Philip Reeve).

BlueChampagne Thu 11-Jun-15 13:00:01

What does he like? More vintage editions of older books, say, Swallows and Amazons may look more grown-up.

The Hobbit?
Roman Mysteries?
Treasure Island?

Blowninonabreeze Thu 11-Jun-15 13:05:50

The hobbit
Northern lights

PerspicaciaTick Thu 11-Jun-15 13:09:22

I've got a Terry Pratchett called "Dodger" which might be ok then? - that makes it sound as though you own an unread TP book shock which you are considering allowing someone else to read before you shock shock.

Back2Two Thu 11-Jun-15 21:19:59

Thanks for those suggestions...The Hobbit is a great idea and I will check out the others too (Swallows and Amazons good call)

persp dh has read it! And loved it....I bought it for ds a few months ago...dh said no and he read it instead!

BlueChampagne Thu 11-Jun-15 21:56:45

Older books also likely to have less adult content, but still looks grown up. What about Jack London, Leon Garfield and John Steinbeck?

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