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Classics that boys might like.

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drudgetrudy Sat 11-Jul-15 11:28:33

I remember enjoying a lot of classic children's books at age 8-12. Anne of Green Gables, What Katy Did, Little Women, The Secret Garden etc.

I'm having trouble thinking what the equivalent type of book would be that a boy might enjoy.
Any suggestions?

littlejohnnydory Sat 11-Jul-15 13:55:03

The Silver Sword
Five Children and It
Famous Five
Stig of the Dump
Phillip Pulman books
Harry Potter (the first three at least)
Narnia books

Nessalina Sat 11-Jul-15 13:57:33

Beau Geste! Proper boys own adventure about loyalty and the French legion. It was my Dad's favourite growing up and I love it too.
Watership Down?
The Hobbit
The Redwall Books! My younger brother loved them and I nicked them
after he read themsmile

SavoyCabbage Sat 11-Jul-15 14:00:24

Indian in the Cupboard

Cynara Sat 11-Jul-15 14:05:21

Treasure Island
Robinson Crusoe
Lord of the Flies

Cynara Sat 11-Jul-15 14:06:14

Forgot! The Prisoner of Zenda.

Leeds2 Sat 11-Jul-15 16:00:34

White Fang
Call of the Wild
Three Musketeers
Just William

Booksteensmagazines Sat 11-Jul-15 21:23:54

Definitely Call of the Wild.


The Cay (not too long)
My Side of the Mountain
The Hatchet

Bridge to Terabithia is good too - the main protagonist is a boy although it is not adventure based, but it is lovely.

Impostersyndrome Sat 11-Jul-15 21:53:02

Lord of the rings
The phantom tollbooth
The Saturdays

Impostersyndrome Sat 11-Jul-15 21:53:25

The hobbit

iseenodust Sat 11-Jul-15 21:54:02

My family & other animals - Durrell

DeeWe Sat 11-Jul-15 22:21:18

Ones ds has loved (he's 8yo). Not strictly speaking classics maybe though:

Little hosue books (especially Farmer Boy)
Cue for Treason
Mystery at Witchend (and the rest of the Lone Pine)
Biggles (various ones)
39 Steps
Swallows and Amazons set (especially Peter Duck)

Fifinella Sat 11-Jul-15 22:38:27

Willard Price's Adventure series?

BlueChampagne Sat 11-Jul-15 22:50:26

Jules Verne
Jack London
Scarlet Pimpernel
Sherlock Holmes (short stories?)

BlueChampagne Sat 11-Jul-15 22:51:10

Cider with Rosie for upper age range

Sgtmajormummy Sat 11-Jul-15 22:55:53

We've just discovered the Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander. They were made into the Disney film "Taran and the Magic Cauldron" but they're so much better! Positive but flawed male and female characters and a lot of not-so-sly humour.

They're set in a fictionalised tribal Wales, although the writer is American, with a lot of Welsh mythology mixed in. If you think The Hobbit is a bit advanced for your DC but want something similar, these are great. DD (9), who thought Redwall was too violent, loves them and I'm sorry DS never got to read them at her age (but he listens in through the open bedroom door now).

We found them after borrowing his autobiographical book "The Fantastical Adventures of the Invisible Boy" from the library with no idea what it would contain. What a find!

UniS Sat 11-Jul-15 23:03:48

Swallows and Amazons ( and other A Ransome sailing stories)
Just William
The Hobbit
The Dark is Rising sequence

yellowcurtains Sat 11-Jul-15 23:19:00

Weird stone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
The Water Babies
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe
The Adventure series by Enid Blyton

yellowcurtains Sat 11-Jul-15 23:20:07

SgtMj- it's called The Black Cauldron here, and I agree, the books are fantastic!

SueGeneris Sat 11-Jul-15 23:28:27

I was wondering about this and came across this article recently which reviewed lots of classics:

drudgetrudy Sun 12-Jul-15 21:49:53

Some great suggestions-thanks.

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