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What classics have your 8/9 yr old boys enjoyed?

17 replies

Shaxx · 09/02/2014 18:01

I'd like to introduce ds to some classics. He's enjoying Kidnapped at the moment.
Any other recommendations?

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JiltedJohnsJulie · 09/02/2014 20:06

Narnia is the only one he's read, but then it did take me years to get him to read anything other than Thomas or Horrid Henry.

AtSea1979 · 09/02/2014 20:08

Famous five.

DeWe · 10/02/2014 10:30

Ds is younger but he's loved:
Farmer Boy (Laura Ingles Wilder-Little house series)
Swallows and Amazon series (especially Winter holiday)
Horse and His boy (Narnia)
Mystery at Witchend (Malcolm Saville)

beatricequimby · 10/02/2014 18:30

Narnia, Treasure Island (although he didn't get all of it), Jennings, the Railway Children, Boy with the Bronze Axe, Stig of the Dump

JiltedJohnsJulie · 10/02/2014 20:36

Just remembered, he loved Jungle Book too.

SecretSpi · 12/02/2014 21:12

The Green Knowe series.
The Box of Delights and The Midnight Folk.

catkins10 · 17/02/2014 18:48

Warhorse and Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo.

YoureBeingASillyBilly · 17/02/2014 18:50

Ds is 8 and lovinh the secret seven at the minute. He also loves the horrible histories.

Minnieisthedevilmouse · 17/02/2014 18:57

No boys but I loved count of monte cristo at about that age

Louise1956 · 24/02/2014 00:12

All my sons loved Stig of the Dump by Clive King at that age, also the Professor Branestawm books by Norman Hunter, and the Moomin books by Tove Jansson, and The Phantom Tolbooth by Norton Juster.

wearymum200 · 28/02/2014 19:35

Jim Davis by John Masefield, 20000 leagues under the sea, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Moonfleet, Hobbit
Not sure what defines "classic", but if Morpurgo counts ,then also Robert Westall Machine Gunners, Ronald Welch historical fiction e.g The Gauntlet

Willyoulistentome · 28/02/2014 19:39

All the boys in my sons Y4 gang are reading The Hobbit at the moment. The teacher is too. Ds reads a few pages each night and some during 'quiet reading' time at school. He's loving it.

BlueChampagne · 28/02/2014 22:31

Keeping an eye on this for DS1 (able 6.5). Very happy to see Green Knowe and Swallow and Amazons mentioned, both faves of mine. He has already read and enjoyed 101 Dalmatians. We tried Narnia a few months ago and he wasn't hooked but will try again in a bit. Have enjoyed the abridged Just Williams; at 7-8 the unabridged ones could be good fodder!

pepperrabbit · 28/02/2014 23:03

Have a look through this thread.
Which I have had on my watchlist for a while now.

maillotjaune · 28/02/2014 23:20

DS2 is 9 and in the last few months has loved
Tom's Midnight Garden
Charlotte's Web
The Silver Sword
Frankenstein (had a children's version from school but it was very readable)
Emil and the Detectives

Martorana · 28/02/2014 23:24

In real life or on a Mumsnet boasting thread? Grin

pepperrabbit · 01/03/2014 16:30

Well it does say "classics", if it said "mindless pirate/dragon/beast themes" then the answers would be very different! And probably no one would need to ask Wink

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