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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Theo's Book Recommendations

Ems here:

Theo (newly minted 10 year old) is my resident bookworm.  He reads quickly and is very eclectic in his tastes. Basically, he will try anything. But he knows what he loves--and he will read those books over and over again. Here are some of his favorites! (I didn't make the book covers links to Amazon, but that's where the pics are from should you want to purchase. We use the Kindle apps regularly, but also the library).

Please note that Theo helped me write this post and that the books are in no particular order!

1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The popular book-turned-movie lives up to the hype. Super-genius young boy saving the world. You can see the appeal.

2.  The Mysterious Benedict Society (series) by Trenton Lee Stewart

A group of unique orphans find themselves infiltrating a corrupt school and ultimately--you guessed it--saving the world. .

3.  Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter

A classic. Uplifting and triumphant, a handicapped boy overcomes numerous obstacles to find joy.  This book is actually free in the Kindle store.

4. The Golden Acorn (series) by Catherine Cooper

Fantasy series that even younger readers can appreciate (Matt, 8), the story follows Jack Brennan as he turns into a raven and is transported through time on a mission. We discovered this as a free book on Kindle and the kids adored it. No longer free, so I guess others found the appeal!

5. White Fang by Jack London

Another classic and another free book on Kindle. Adventures of a wolf and his many owners.

6.  The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

A lesser known gem by E.B. White of Stuart Little fame, this book follows the story of a mute trumpeter swan.

7.  Artemis Fowl (series) by Eoin Colfer

Artemis starts out as a brilliant, but criminal, mastermind who transforms throughout the series.

8.  Percy Jackson (series) by Rick Riordan

Also well-known and in movie form, this series catches the attention of young readers by using the high-fantasy and drama of the ancient Greek gods with their varying powers and assorted monsters.

9.  Guardians of Ga'Hoole (series) by Kathryn Lasky

Follows the epic adventures of heroic owls in the fight of good vs. evil.

10. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

The classic adventure story about a boy not just surviving, but connecting, with the natural world.

11. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Theo has only read the first two books in the series so far, but really enjoys them. A farm boy, a destiny, and dragon--can't miss!

12. The BFG by Roald Dahl

Pretty much anything by Roald Dahl is a kid favorite, but this is especially endearing. BFG = Big, Friendly, Giant.

13.Little Women (series) by Louisa May Alcott

You never know what will appeal to children, even boys! This classic can apparently bridge the gender gap, and it's especially appealing with it's Little Men and Jo's Boys sequels. It's also free on Kindle.

14. Island of Fog by Keith Robinson

This book I ordered for Theo because it was a free Kindle selection (no longer free). Turned out to be a good choice! He loved this story of fantasy and mystery and is asking for the sequel.


15. Corie Universe Feeder by Walter Eckland

Another free Kindle discovery (that is no longer free), it's the often absurdly funny tale of Corie, a young girl, who grows a magical pickle and fish tree to feed the poor. Hilarity ensues.

Other favorites:

**Books by the classic author Horatio Alger (all free on Kindle, all stories of boys pulling themselves up by their bootstraps via hard work to attain success)

**The Wizard of Oz  complete collection by L. Frank Baum. Almost free on Kindle (all in series are available for .99 cents)

**Chronicles of Prydain complete collection by Lloyd Alexander.

**Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Who can resist the bright spark that is Anne? She finds kindred spirits in her legions of readers.

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