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Offline michaelramm

Looking for Fantasy Titles for my 8YO
« on: January 10, 2011, 04:53:11 PM »
I am looking to introduce my son to the fantasy genre. He is 8 years old and in the 2nd grade. He is reading chapter books at a 3+ grade level. He has read a number of Star Wars YA novels and enjoyed them. He has a nook that he got for Christmas. I have download samples from:

  • Ranger's Apprentice series by Flanigan
  • The Keeper's Trilogy by Tanner
  • Septimus Heap series by Sage
  • Pendragon series by MacHale
  • Artimus Fowl by Coifer
  • Books of Ember by Duprau
  • Stone of Tymora by Salvatores (RA and son, Geno)
  • The Adventurion by our own MR Mathias

Does anyone have any other recommendations for good starter books for him?
Currently Reading: Asssassin's Apprentice, Theft of Swords, Gardens of the Moon, Prince of Thorns

Favorite Authors: Tolkien, Sanderson, Kemp, Salvatore, Sullivan

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Offline Noona

Re: Looking for Fantasy Titles for my 8YO
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011, 05:10:24 PM »
I've heard good things about Corneila Funke (Inkheart series) and Cressida Cowell (How to Train your Dragon series) for the 9-12 age group, but as I haven't read them I can't specifically recommend for an 8yo boy. The same goes for the Spiderwick Chronicles, I've heard they are good but haven't read them personally.
I also enjoyed Neil Gaiman's Coraline and The Graveyard Book, also aimed at 9-12, but they might be disturbing to a child, it depends what bothers him. Terry Pratchett's Johnny series (Only you can save mankind, Johnny and the Dead, Johnny and the Bomb) and Bromeliad series (Truckers, Diggers and Wings) are very enjoyable, although I think that Johnny and the Bomb at least is aimed at those a bit older.

I have NO idea if any of these are available in e-book format by the way :P

Offline michaelramm

Re: Looking for Fantasy Titles for my 8YO
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2011, 05:16:05 PM »
Suggestions don't have to be eBooks. I just want him to read more. He got gift cards with his nook so anything that can go on the nook will.

Thanks, Noona for the suggestions. A lot of people recommend Gaiman's books. I just have a hard time making the jump for him to YA books. I guess I need to get one and read it myself.
Currently Reading: Asssassin's Apprentice, Theft of Swords, Gardens of the Moon, Prince of Thorns

Favorite Authors: Tolkien, Sanderson, Kemp, Salvatore, Sullivan

goodreads: michaelramm

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Re: Looking for Fantasy Titles for my 8YO
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2011, 05:42:01 PM »
Dealing with Dragons is a good series. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dealing_with_Dragons

I also liked the Wrinkle in Time series, but I think that leans more towards the Sci-Fi end of things.  At least the first book does.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrinkle_in_Time

Both series are really good though. :)

Offline pornokitsch

Re: Looking for Fantasy Titles for my 8YO
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2011, 06:11:44 PM »
Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain, maybe?

Joan Aiken and John Bellairs are also worth investigating.

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Re: Looking for Fantasy Titles for my 8YO
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2011, 06:24:40 PM »
Cressida Cowell (How to Train your Dragon series) for the 9-12 age group, but as I haven't read them I can't specifically recommend for an 8yo boy.
This series is an excellent read for this age.

Have you looked at some of the Beast Quest titles ( Adam Blade )?

I'd recommend the Percy Jackson books aswell, but i'm not sure if they may be too advanced, i'd say they're a similar level to the Artemis Fowl ones ( lost colony / time paradox are rubbish - but latest release Atlantis Complex is a return to form ).

Offline missoularedhead

Re: Looking for Fantasy Titles for my 8YO
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2011, 05:39:20 PM »
Pornokitch beat me to it…Pyrdain!  Short enough not to be intimidating. even in book form, and Hen Wen the oracular pig!
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