The list author says: "I have a hard time finding books for my son to read. He doesn't like adventure or mysteries (Hardy Boys, The 39 Clues), fantasy (Harry Potter) or science fiction (can't even make a guess here). He likes humor and situations he's lived, like school, camp or summer vacation. The protagonist HAS to be a boy and if it's a series, so much the better. My requirement is that the book be free (or nearly so) of objectionable scenes and dialog, adjusting my expectations as my son gets older and is facing situations that I want him to have the capacity to think about and make good decisions about."
"In fifth grade, my son read the first book of the Prydain series. I guess it could be called fantasy. His teacher obviously had a lot to do with motivating him! They had a morning reading club in which they went through the entire series."
"Our first experience with Kathryn Erskine and we both loved this book. It's a story about a boy whose math genius father doesn't understand him and sends him to live with his eccentric great aunt and uncle for the summer."
"I keep forgetting my son likes nonfiction better than fiction. This is a picture-heavy book that will appeal to kids who want to imagine surviving crocodile attacks, mudslides and the Bermuda Triangle."
"This is the first "adult" book my son wanted to read. He loves animals. Not only did he want to read this book, he wanted to own it. Now, there's a children's edition, Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story, that younger children might like. My son was 11 when he read it."
"This is a 3-book series in which the reader has to make choices in order to survive a trek to either the Amazon, Everest or Mars. The choices determine the trajectory of the story. My son read it in 8th grade, although a much younger child could read it."
"OK, so I said my son didn't like adventure stories. And, it's true, he tried this book a few years ago and didn't like it. But in 7th grade he studied Greek mythology and now he's tearing through the Olympians series (summer before 9th grade)."
"This is another story about a boy who wakes up to find his whole world upside down. In this case, he wakes up to find himself invisible. He has to figure out what happened and how to return to the self he knew. It's the first book in a series, followed by "Things Hoped For" and "Things That Are.""
"This is a true story about a homeless man in London who takes in a stray cat, and how his compassionate act turns his life around. A good book for animal lovers and a great way to work nonfiction into your child's reading list."