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NEED -- so badly NEED -- science fiction books for silent reader


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My 8-year-old spends all of his reading time on those thin Star Wars books. Okay, some of that is fine, but I need to have him read "real" books too.


He's an excellent reader and was fully fluent by 6 -- and LOVED Harriet the Spy.


So I don't just need science fiction, I need anything:


science fiction

spy stuff






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The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix

Mushroom Planet books by Eleanor Cameron

I, Robot by Asimov (you could not physically separate me from my copy for the better part of a year around that age)

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Some of my older ds's favorites:

Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card

Eragon and the rest of Paolini's series

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

I would be hesitant to give the Ender books to an 8yo. The first I've strewn for my almost 10yo, but the sequels? Nope.

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My ds(8) has recently read:



Winkle in Time (x3)

Book of Three (x5) by Lloyd Alexander

Princess and the Goblin (x2)



The incredible journey by Burnford

Maddigan's quest by Margaret Mahy

Redwall (there are lots!)


The first 4 are classics or Newbury award winners.


Ruth in NZ

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Are there Star Wars chapter books? My kids would like those I think, but I'm having a hard time navigating Amazon. I did buy my ds5 the easy readers but can't figure out the rest.


The Young Jedi Knights Star Wars chapter books would be okay for an 8yo, but the other Star Wars chapter books would need to be pre-read (some would be fine, others would not--plus each family has different standards).

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Asimov wrote a series about "Lucky Starr" or "David Starr" that is for young readers.


Please be very cautious about a young reader and sf. Many of the older (historically) short stories and novels will be acceptable, but current sf often carries a heavy does of adult relations and violence sometimes mixed together and it can spring up totally unexpectedly.

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