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Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 12:48 AM

BOOKS FOR YOUNG BOYS....SUGGESTIONS 9 year old son finished "The Outsiders", loved the book myself. I want him to challenge himself so I'm thinking "Lord of the Flies".

Any other suggestions?


Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 1:17 AM

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn & Hal Iggulden
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
A Series of Unfortunate Events (et. al.) by Lemony Snicket
The Harry Potter series

Check out for more recommendations.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 1:28 AM

Try him with " Coral Island" and "The Blue Lagoon" I also highly recommend the "Just William" books by Richmal Crompton. Bit old, I know, but good fun for young lads.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 1:34 AM

My son loved Holes by Louis Sachar; carried it around with him everywhere for months; the Eragon/Eldest books and his prized possession: Jarhead. He also loves novelizations of "guy" movies (Spiderman, Doom, etc) and it goes without saying that he's read each and every HP book a brazillion times (and listens to them each night on audio!)

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 4:34 AM

My nephew always enjoyed survival stories of kids in the wilderness like *My Side of the Mountain* by Jean Craighead George, *Hatchet* by Gary Paulsen, *Island of the Blue Dolphins* by Scott O'Dell, and *Sign of the Beaver* by Elizabeth George Speare.

If he likes history, he might try *Johnny Tremain* by Esther Forbes and *The Moon Ia Down* by John Steinbeck.

And more psychological kid-thrillers include *House of Stairs* by William Sleator, *The Giver* by Lois Lowry, and *I Am the Cheese* and *The Chocolate War* by Robert Cormier.

If you want to push the classics like *Lord of the Flies,* I'd suggest *Around the World in 80 Days* from Jules Verne or *1984* by George Orwell. He's at a great age for Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, too.

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 5:31 AM

The Hobbit is a great introduction to the Rings triology.

For pure entertainment my nephew enjoyed American Chillers. They have chapters you can read on line at

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 8:16 AM

HE IS ONLY NINE FOR GOD'S SAKE. Let him grow up innocent.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 9:02 AM

Here's a list you can skim through to see some recommendations.
It's the "Lazy Reader's Book Club." It has recommendations monthly
for children, young adults and adults. No book is over 200 pages long.
The point of the club is to find really good shorter books to encourage
more people to read.

The books aren't just listed, there are reviews and why they are recommended.
I've found books there that I've not seen before, including biographies of
really interesting people.

I would also recommend "The Dangerous Book for Boys" that teaches life skills to boys.
(fyi, There's also a "The Dangerous Book for Girls")

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 9:45 AM

Where the Red Fern Grows.
Summer of the Monkeys (Heather's favorite book growing up)

Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 10:06 AM

Kelly I got my Grandson Henry Winklers Collection for boys . They are called Hank Zipper Collection. I think there are 7 or 8 books. If you google it Amazon has it. They are thin paperbacks. He loved the series.Book stores also have them.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.1 - Posts: 5647)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 10:14 AM

My oldest son always enjoyed the Hardy Boys mystery books when he was 9 and 10. He read them all....My youngest liked the Harry Potter books...
Now they are 16 and 14 and their reading material has changed a whole lot...LOL....Now they are into Hot Rod Magazine and stuff like that

Kaufman  (Level: 267.7 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 2:37 PM

"The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster
Along with ATWi80D, Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
Perhaps some Sherlock Holmes stories
Lots of Asimov, early Heinlein, early Xanth books by Piers Anthony

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 2:41 PM

Was my post deleted? If this is going to keep happening, can someone at least PM the deleted customer? I thought this had been established by Justin.

Thank you.

Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 2:41 PM

My son LOVED 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 5:51 PM

Why did I type *1984*? I meant *Animal Farm.*

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 5:55 PM

My favorite book when I was a kiddo was Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 8:12 PM

If he liked The Outsiders, he might enjoy "Rumblefish" as well.

The Lord of the Flies is a little dark and gruesome for a 9-year-old ... IMHO, but who am I to say? I don't have a 9-year-old son.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 11:31 PM

Thanks guys!! Amazon's gonna love me.

Pepper, Santa brought the "Dangerous Book for Boys" for Christmas. He LOVES IT (I do too, what a really neat book).


Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Sun, 30th Mar '08 11:51 PM

Jenny Nimmo has 2 series of books.. one is the charlie bone series... it is really good!! There is also a series by PB Kerr... the children of the lamp.. both are really fun series.

Billkozy  (Level: 289.6 - Posts: 316)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 12:34 AM

A lot of folks will mention The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy which I also whole-heartedly recommend. Also The Outsiders was wonderful as someone (or a few?) mentioned.

Here's a classic though that I didn't see mentioned, and that I really loved: Treasure Island by RLS. It was absolutely terrific. Unforgettable as well.

Oh and for younger boys, I remember this Scholastic series book, that maybe now with the Internet will be easier to find. It was called The Wonderful Cat of Cobbie Bean. Terrific.

Good luck!!

Billkozy  (Level: 289.6 - Posts: 316)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 12:37 AM

Oh and I forgot to mention some to avoid. I messaged above about some great books, but here are some that are just awful:

"You're Different and That's Bad"

"Dad's New Wife Timothy"

"Pop! Goes The Hamster...And Other Great Microwave Games"

"Testing Homemade Parachutes Using Only Your Household Pets"

"Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence"

"The Boy Who Died from Eating All His Vegetables"

"Start a Real-Estate Empire With the Change From Your Mom's Purse"

"The Popup Book of Human Anatomy"

"Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will"

"The Care Bears Maul Some Campers and are Shot Dead"

"How to Become The Dominant Military Power In Your Elementary School"

"Controlling the Playground: Respect Through Fear"

"Strangers Have the Best Candy"

"The Little Sissy Who Snitched”

"Some Kittens Can Fly!"

"Kathy Was So Bad Her Mom Stopped Loving Her"

"The Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Book of Wild Animals of North America...Hey! Let's Go Ride Our Bikes!"

"All Dogs Go to Hell"

"The Kids' Guide to Hitchhiking"

"What Is That Dog Doing to That Other Dog?"

"Why Can't the Fork and the Electrical Outlet Be Friends?"

"Bi-Curious George"

"Daddy Drinks Because You Cry”

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 12:39 AM

lolol....great post.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 12:44 AM

OMG Bill, those are the best. They should be a WP.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 1:39 AM

My 40 year old son thinks some of Billkozy's books are great, but please, everyone, we are recommending for a 9 year old boy, not some teenage stud.

1mks  (Level: 219.4 - Posts: 5925)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 8:02 AM

"Crash" by Jerry Spinelli is fabulous and has such a good lesson to teach children.

Loved your post Bill, very funny, even though it got old Barnies undies in a wad again. Can't win around here can you?

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 8:43 AM

Who wants to win, just as long as some interest is stirred up.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 9:37 AM

My son loves the "Captain Underpants" books. I have not read them all but they are pretty funny. The titles alone are hilarious: 'The Purple Plight of the Prepostrous Potty People,' 'The Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part I, Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets.' They do make him laugh.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 9:42 AM

BTW Barnie, I know Alex, and he IS a stud.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.7 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 10:01 AM

Lodi, I think I recall such a WP a year or so ago!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 10:04 AM

Really? Where was I a year ago? Oh yes, I remember now.

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 10:22 AM

War and Peace. Is a quick and easy read

Histomimi  (Level: 220.1 - Posts: 13)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 7:35 PM

The Johnny Maxwell series by Terry Pratchett. As he gets older introduce him to the Discworld stories.

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 7:44 PM

"My son loves the "Captain Underpants" books.""

God forbid *SMAUG* shares something like this...

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 10:50 PM

"Slam" by Nick Hornby and "Hoot" by Carl Hiassen are great books by authors that don't usually write books for kids. Very humurous.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 3:04 AM

Dont get him going on War and Peace. He will be awake all night because he just has to see what happens in the next chapter, This is from personal experience, so let him get to his late teens before you let him read this book.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 8:17 AM

I'm surprised we haven't seen any manga on the list yet...

I'll offer the MegaTokyo series. It's fun and breezy, and maybe just a touch sarcastic...perfect for smart aleck youngsters.

Of course, when I was about 9-10 I started reading H.P. Lovecraft ... which may explain a lot.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.7 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 9:50 AM

And of course The Princess Bride!

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