My 10 year old son absolutely loves reading The Hardy Boys. He's gone through about 10 of them in the past 3 months or so. I would like to know if anyone can recommend other books/series which would be in the same genre. I try to avoid buying books as our public library serves us very well. So I guess the books have to be a little easy to find/popular. Thank you.
I'm sure the librarian can offer suggestions. However, I've always had a wide variety of suggestions from posting on Amazon. I don't see any harm in asking and if you notice I also said "I try to avoid" as opposed to "I don't".
Thanks. I'll look into Rick Riordan. He's read Wimpy kid books.....those are the ones we ended up buying as the library has a long wait-list for new books. He doesn't like Chronicles/Harry Potter/LOTR type of fiction.
When I was about your son's age (back in the '70s), I enjoyed The Hardy Boys books, too. Other series that I also liked included The Great Brain series, which is about a 10-year-old boy living in Utah about 100 years ago. He was a bit of a con-man who seemed to get the best of everyone. This was my all-time favorite series.
Also the Danny Dunn series, which was about a boy inventor. This might seem a bit dated today as he was inventing things like a homework machine (this was before the days of personal computers).
And I'm sure your son would enjoy the Encyclopedia Brown books. Encyclopedia Brown is a boy genius who solves crimes for his police-chief father and runs a "detective agency" of his own solving mysteries for people in town. Each book is a collection of short stories that end with the mystery being presented to the reader to solve (e.g., "How did Encyclopedia Brown know that Bugs Meanie was lying?"). The answers are in the back of the book.
Thank you so much! Alfred Hitchcock... series should be perfect for him! It didn't occur to me so thank you. We tried Encyclopedia Brown and he read a few but not with the same enthusiasm as he reads The Hardy Boys. I was also thinking of Enid Blyton's Famous Five or The Secret Seven.
I would suggest the Artemis Fowl series and the book Where the Red Fern Grows. He also might like The Indian in the Cupboard books. Also, books written by Gary Paulsen are popular for kids his age. All of these books have been around for a while so you shouldn't have a problem finding them at your library.
Cirque Du Freak (the Saga of Darren Shan) by Darren Shan.
I am an adult who has read and enjoyed these books. There are 12 in total. On Amazon if you look them up it give a decription of the stories and the age group of Grade Level: 7 and up and From Publishers Weekly Ages 10-up.
Try looking them up and see what you think. I bought these a few years back for my nephew and he enjoyed them as well.
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Try the 39 Clues series. They run about the same length as The Hardy Boys & are very popular so your library should have them. They are also very good & there are 15+ books out so far, with more still to come. I also agree with the above poster...the Artemis Fowl series was good as well.
It's been such a long time ago that I can't remember all the different books I read but Hardy Boys was one of my favorites. I also read the Black Stallion series. It's not the same genre but it's still a bunch of good books. When I was a little older I got into Clive Cussler and Louis L'amour.
I would suggest Robert McCloskey's Homer Price and Centerburg Stories books. Also, Patrick McManus earlier works like A Fine and Pleasant Misery, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, Real Ponies Don't Go Oink and so on. The man is a humorist and essayist/writer of some note and most of his books are for kids and adults. The books are supposed to be biographical in nature and attempt to describe his youth and experiences in hunting and fishing. He has veered into detective humorous novels now and that's why I say the earlier books. If he likes them, he can pick and choose from McManus other works. You can read the books yourself first and check them out. They are laugh out loud funny but it sort of sneaks up at you. You can be reading quietly in a corner and then embaress yourself by suddenly guffawing out loud.
It's note in the same genre as the Hardy boys but how about Tarzan or the John Carter series? I loved them as a kid. Try to have him read a variety of styles of books Mystery, adventure, sci-fi, bio's, and fiction. Your librarian and his teacher are good people to ask what is right for his age.