Books Charlie likes

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I am always on the look out for new books for Charlie to read. I read a wide range of fiction and some non-fiction. While I am thrilled that Charlie enjoys reading, I wish he would expand his horizons a little bit. Charlie is like his Daddy, he finds a book he likes and reads it over and over and over and over, to infinity.  I rarely re-read books.  I don’t mind Charlie re-reading favorite books but I would like him to expand beyond the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.

At the spring Book Fair I let Charlie pick out a few books. I told him they had to be totally unrelated to the Wimpy Kid books and I had final approval of said books.  After much hemming and hawing he agreed.

I am pleased with Charlie’s choice. Being into Star Wars I pointed Charlie towards “The Origami Yoda” but he chose a book by Jeffrey Brown, Star Wars: Jedi Academy” instead.  He took it for the car ride during Spring Break and read it over many times. I read it and was pleasantly surprised to find I liked it. The book is sort of like the Wimpy Kid books in that there are drawings along with the narrative.  The book is not set in any of the current “known” Star Wars worlds from the movies, cartoons, Legos, etc.  It will appeal to older elementary school students, grades 2-5. I think the series appeals to girls who like Star Wars and Wimpy Kid books too.

I pre-ordered the second book in the series, Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan and it arrived last week.  Charlie has devoured this book as well. I admit I read it first! We are both anticipating the next book in the series.

The second series I have *ahem* nudged Charlie to read is The 39 Clues. This series was started by Rick Riordan but subsequent books are written by a variety of authors. The series features the adventures of Dan and Amy Cahill, siblings, who are sent on a race to discover all 39 clues that ultimately lead to a huge fortune. Other branches of the family are not quite so nice and there is plenty of peril along the trail. The clues are quite clever and not super easy to figure out.  The clues are generally related to major historical figures and events.

The 39 Clues will appeal to boys and girls grades 3 through 6. There is a computer game that goes along with the books plus playing cards. Charlie is on the second book in the series,  One False Note, and has asked for the rest of the books already. There are 11 books total in the series plus a few spin off books.

Charlie is starting 4th grade next week. If you have any suggestions for chapter books that might interest him, please feel free to let me know.

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