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If my son liked "Dragon Rider" by Cornelia Funke

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My son who is 8 likes these:

Wings of Fire series

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates

Mr. Lemoncello's Library (and others by that author)

Candy Shop Wars

Harry Potter

The Dragon in the Sock Drawer


Hardy Boys

Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop

He also liked Igraine the Brave by Funke


Those are his current favorites.

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Candy Shop Wars


I found this series to have some really weird and off-putting racial descriptions, and ultimately decided to give it away rather than hand it off to my (biracial) kids. I've had similar issues with other books by that author, and strongly suggest people pre-read before buying.


Any of Eva Ibbotson's kids books (not the YA romance, but the fantasy ones.)


She also has a few middle grade historical novels which are worth checking out.


OP, my kiddo at that age fell in love with The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles and she still pulls it out for frequent re-reads two years later. She's also a fan of The Gollywhopper Games. I could probably think up more, but I have to run up to the Bronx to pick up the girls from Grandma's, and from Staten Island on public transportation it's... well, it's very long trip. So no time for a long list of books :)

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