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A friend asked me to recommend books for her son, who reads at a third/fourth-grade level but refuses to read anything with any tension or potential scariness in it. (I.e. he refused to read the Boxcar Children after reading the description.) He's basically been reading the Ramona books over and over. She wants to find something else for him to read before he gets completely bored.

I told her I was part of a secret Internet cabal who would find her the books she needs. ;)

Thanks in advance!
#1 - March 03, 2012, 05:31 PM

Has he read all the Judy Blume books, like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Fudge, etc? If he likes Ramona, he'll like those. The Mouse and the Motorcycle series might also be good (by Beverly Cleary as well).

My daughter enjoys books by Andrew Clements (Frindle, etc).

I also have a list of books that probably appeal more to girls than boys that I could offer up.
#2 - March 03, 2012, 07:19 PM
Young Henry and the Dragon (2011, Shenanigan Books)

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My son (4th grade) also doesn't like scary stuff.
One of his favorite series this year was A Whole Nother Story by Cuthbert Soup (all the intense scenes are treated with a lot of humor).
He also liked Hugo and Wonderstruck a lot (Brian Selznick).
#3 - March 03, 2012, 07:50 PM

Thanks so much! I knew you'd come through. ;) I'll email her these recommendations. And if anyone has any others, the more the better.
#4 - March 03, 2012, 09:44 PM

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How old is her son?  My son is in 2nd grade, but reads at a 3rd/4th grade level, and he really liked the Stink books by Megan McDonald.  They say ages 5-8 on the back cover, and their Accelerated Reader level ranges between 3.0-3.7.  Maybe those would work?
#5 - March 03, 2012, 10:39 PM
AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books

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Also Barbara Park's THE KID IN THE RED JACKET, OPERATION DUMP THE CHUMP, and SKINNYBONES are boy MCs and hysterical! :)
#6 - March 04, 2012, 07:08 AM
BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now

Jarret Krosozka's (sp?) Lunchlady series are a lot of fun.
Magic Tree House series
Junie B series
Captain Underpants
(also the Stink books as already mentioned)

Here's a book list I made for my young MG reader (note recommendations in the comments too):
#7 - March 04, 2012, 07:40 AM
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I think Sara Pennypacker's Clemintine books are funny and she also does the Stuart books but they might be a bit yong.
#8 - March 04, 2012, 08:48 AM

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Some of my 3rd grade son's recent favorites include The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Darth Paper Strikes Back, Warp Speed, Lemonade Wars, Lost and Found. He seconds the suggestions of Lunch Lady, Captain Underpants, and Magic Tree House.   :)
#9 - March 04, 2012, 09:18 AM

Awesome. Sending all these along. Thank you!
#10 - March 04, 2012, 10:11 AM


Kate Messner's MARTY MCGUIRE!
#11 - April 18, 2012, 02:55 PM

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Kate Messner's MARTY MCGUIRE!

And the sequel, MARTY McGUIRE DIGS WORMS! just came out.  Yayyyy MARTY!!!
#12 - April 18, 2012, 06:11 PM
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Linda Urban's A Crooked Kind of Perfect.

If he's in 2nd grade, he might still enjoy Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant and the Oliver/Amanda Pig books by Jean van Leeuven.

#13 - April 18, 2012, 08:49 PM
Little Thief! Max & Midnight, Bound, Ten Easter Eggs & 100+ bks/mags

What about nonfiction? Nonfiction for that age group is not one of my areas of expertise, but if you find someone more knowledgeable, some nonfiction books in an area he's interested in might be a fun choice and have less of a chance of having something too scary turn up.
#14 - April 25, 2012, 01:55 PM

Thanks again, everyone! These will be passed along too. (My impression was that he's only interested in reading fiction, but I'll ask about nonfiction. It's a good idea.)
#15 - April 25, 2012, 05:33 PM

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How about the new Zeke Meeks series by an author I totally adore? ;-)
#16 - April 25, 2012, 05:59 PM

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What about the Hank Zipzer books by Henry Z (played Fonzie my mind went blank)
#17 - April 25, 2012, 06:47 PM
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