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What next for 8yo boy who doesn't stop reading?

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alana39 · 07/07/2011 22:08

He'll happily pick up books he has previously read, all sorts of Astrosaurs / Captain Underpants etc but has asked if there are any other series of books now that he has finished Harry Potter / Percy Jackson. He's read most of the Roald Dahl ones, and has started on Mark Haddon's agent Z / boom books.

I'm struggling a bit at the moment as I'm wary of getting books that he can read, but isn't really mature enough to understand or appreciate properly.

Any suggestions would be very welcome so I can find something good before we go on holiday. Thanks.

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snicker · 07/07/2011 22:13

Enid Blyton? They are seemingly endless.

irregularegular · 07/07/2011 22:16

My 7 Yr old Harry Potter fan also enjoys: Narnia, Famous Five etc, Eva Ibbotson, and (I'm afraid) endless Beastquest.

iheartdusty · 07/07/2011 22:19

books by David Walliams (Mr Stink, Boy in a Dress - not really a series, but entertaining and well written IMO)

Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton

Moomin series by Tove Jansson

Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence

alana39 · 07/07/2011 22:20

He's over Beast Quest thankfully (younger brother just beginning though!).

Had forgotten Narnia, think we have some old copies someone gave us somewhere. Will go and look up Eva Ibbotson...

I've tried Enid Blyton - have a few Famous Five but he wasn't very keen.

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superfrenchie1 · 07/07/2011 22:20

i went to my local bookshop (well, okay... wh smiths...) the other day and got tons of inspiration wandering around the appropriate section for that age - i also have an 8yo boy who's a voracious reader and had the same question

he ended up with some football stories and an anthony horowitz that he hasn't put down since - and there were loads that looked great - we'll be going back again.

has he read the david walliams books?

Terribletriplets · 07/07/2011 22:21

Roaul Dahl.

Terribletriplets · 07/07/2011 22:21

To Kill a Mockingbird.

Terribletriplets · 07/07/2011 22:22

Narnia. What a lovely problem to have, (sincerely). Smile

VinoEsmeralda · 07/07/2011 22:23

Horrible Histories & Science and Andy Stanton books.

also shortly coming out is Crusade in jeans by Thea Beckman- Amazing book

Tommy · 07/07/2011 22:25

would second Mr Gum
and maybe go for classics -Tom's Midnight Garden, 5 Children and It, Phoenix and the Carpet, Railway Children etc

Themumsnot · 07/07/2011 22:27

My 8-year-old girl is very into series and has just finished the Lemony Snickets and started on the Roman mysteries. Both very boy-friendly.

mercibucket · 07/07/2011 22:28

agree with the classics, there's loads of good stuff out there for 8+
ds is also v keen on the 'how to train your dragon' series

beanlet · 07/07/2011 22:32

I was a fantasy fiend as a child and I loved Dianna Wynne Jones - there's one called Cart and Cwidder that features an 8 year old boy in the starring role. I also read The Hobbit when I was 6 - at that age I was too young for it but I reckon 8 would be about right. Also loved Narnia and endless Enid Blyton.

LeonieDeSaintVire · 07/07/2011 22:33

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choirmum · 07/07/2011 22:36

I agree with the Alex Rider suggestion - my son loves them. Also Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

madwomanintheattic · 07/07/2011 22:37

last summer when ds1 was 8 he discovered percy jackson. it was fabulous and he spent the summer hols reading and re-reading the entire series - absolutely addicited, and still re-reads them avidly a year later. so i'd recommend rick riordan, definitely (he's just got the newish second book in the other rr series, and is equally smitten).

Selks · 07/07/2011 22:38

Stig of the Dump
The Borrowers
Tom's Midnight Garden
The Iron Man
books by Dick King Smith
Tove Jansson Moomintroll books
The Secret Garden
Chronicles of Narnia

madwomanintheattic · 07/07/2011 22:38

oops, additional i... dunno where that came from.

mercibucket · 07/07/2011 22:40

oooh biggles, had forgotten all about that one!

madwomanintheattic · 07/07/2011 22:40

....and just realised you mentioned pj in the foirst line but i missed it. Blush
ignore me, nothing to see here...

the other rr stuff looks ok though. honest. but you'll be waiting on publishing dates past the first two...

mo3d · 07/07/2011 22:45

Has he read the Beaver Towers series. From memory I think there are 4 in the series, by Nigel Hinton. They were a hit with my 8 year old.

Fiendarina · 07/07/2011 22:47

Perhaps some other classic books:
Arthur Ransome books starting with Swallows and Amazons
Susan Cooper series The Dark is Rising
Norman Hunter books about Professor Branestawm
Hugh Lofting series of Dr Doolittle books
Maybe a bit too young yet for the Philip Pullman trilogy, Northern Lights, The Amber Spyglass and The Subtle Knife?

coccyx · 07/07/2011 22:50

michael murpurgo???

Backinthebox · 07/07/2011 22:59

Willard Price Adventure Series? Swallows and Amazons? Rider Hagard novels? And of course, The Hobbit.

SecretSpi · 08/07/2011 08:01

Has he read the Charlie Bone series? I found them a bit HP-derivative but my son loves them - and it's a long series so should keep him occupied for a while!

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