One of my 8-yr-olds has decided that reading is his favorite thing and he’s looking for some new books. He’s reading at the Magic Tree House, Boxcar Children level. He enjoys “action or adventure” type books. He loves to listen to the living books we read for history and science, but for his free reading he wants “stuff that’s fun and not boring.” He’s also looking for books a little longer than Magic Tree House (I think he wants to feel more grown up) and series are cool too.
Thanks for any help you can give.
My son loves:
The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Abel’s Island by William Steig
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Those are some that come to mind right now
We just finished up the Lloyd Alexander series that starts with The Book of Three. It is five books long and has a male hero – my 8yo DD loved it. It has it all – action, adventure, romance, tragedy, victory.
I also love the Redwall books, but haven’t tried them with my kids yet. They may be a higher reading level.
And don’t forget the Hardy Boys. They are tried and true.
The Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul Hutchenson is fabulous. They’re great moral adventure stories, but not at all preachy. We own them on audio by Paul Ramseyer and they’re wonderful, too
One more thought, he might be ready for the Chronicles of Narnia or The Hobbit if his reading is advancing quickly, I read those around his age. Oh, and I “second” Gem’s Hardy Boys suggestion!
I second Christie’s advice on the Sugar Creek Gang – woohoo!
Also, The Bobbsey Twins series by Laura Lee Hope is a BIG adventure hit with the 8yo boy in our house.
Just for fun books:
Freddy the Pig books by Walter Brooks
Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond
The Moffat books by Eleanor Estes
If magical adventures are okay in your family books by E. Nesbit:
Five Children and It
The Phoenix and the Carpet
The Enchanted Castle
The Book of Dragons
And Edward Eager:
Magic by the Lake
The Time Garden
These aren’t adventure stories, but I think they’re still good:
Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
Shiloh books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (may want to preview; the boy in the story “rescues” an abused dog by taking him from his cruel master)
Oh, I love all of these great books. I’m trying to put together a master list of books that I’d like the kids to read (or at least choose from). I’m combining the SCM and AO lists with the lists from the Higher Up and Further In blog and that doesn’t count the Bookfinder or your awesome suggestions….Oh, the books…
Sometimes it saddens me to think that I will never be able to read all of the books that I would like, but then again, the joy of heaven will overshadow my sadness.
My 8-1/2 ds really likes the Animal Ark series by Ben M. Baglio.
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