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Help Your Third Grader Want To Read With These Novels

Nicola Gardiner
The list author says: "This list contains books which appeal to both fluent and reluctant readers, boys (and girls too) who like humor, science, and adventure, and are tired of classroom morality tales."
Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
"Advanced picture book features whimsical look at 19th century mechanics and a boy who THINKS he's ordinary."
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
"Boys and girls ages 8-14 love this series!  A humorous chapter book with cartoon like commentaries.  Great for reluctant readers.  (Sequels!)"
The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking: The First Collection
The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking: The First Collection
"This collection includes the first 3 books of this wonderful series: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Speak Dragonese, and How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse.  This tribe of belching Vikings, dragon pets, and a misfit boy named Hiccup will charm your child.  (How to be a Pirate is not included in this compilation.)"
How to Train Your Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon
"Bk 1 - begins the adventures of Hiccup, the son of the chief of a fictitious troop of Vikings from the Isle of Berk, his pet dragon Toothless, and his loyal friend Fishlegs.  The series appeals to reluctant readers with varied fonts and intermittent illustrations, an invented dragon language, and a reluctant hero who doesn't have traditional Viking skills but always saves the day."
How to Be a Pirate: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking
How to Be a Pirate: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking
"Bk 2 - In this book Hiccup and his class of Vikings-in-training meet up with Alvin, who will be their nemesis in future books."
How to Train Your Dragon: How to Speak Dragonese
How to Train Your Dragon: How to Speak Dragonese
"Bk 3 - In this book Hiccup and his friends experience a culture clash when they are kidnapped by a Roman legion and brought back to a Roman outpost.  Can a bunch of kid Vikings outwit the Roman Empire?"
How to Train Your Dragon: How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse
How to Train Your Dragon: How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse
"Bk 4 - In this book Hiccup must find the Vegetable-That-No-One-Dares-Name, the only thing that can save his friend Fishlegs from Vorpentitis."
How to Twist a Dragon's Tale: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking (How to Train Your Dragon)
How to Twist a Dragon's Tale: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking (How to Train Your Dragon)
"Bk 5 - One of the more suspenseful of the Hiccup tales, the story involves a Volcano which hatches the deadly Exterminator dragons!"
A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons: Bk. 6: Dragon Training and Swordfighting Tips (Hiccup)
A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons: Bk. 6: Dragon Training and Swordfighting Tips (Hiccup)
"Book 6 - As stated on Wikipedia:  "This book is different from its predecessors, it contains an open-up map of the Barbaric Archipelago, a Dragonese Dictionary in the back, Dragon Profiles and 'Conversations with Toothless' This story is about a burglary competition between the Bog-Burglars and the Hairy Hooligans.""
How to Ride a Dragon's Storm
How to Ride a Dragon's Storm
"Bk 7 - (Published in 10/08, this appears to be Book 7, but the numbering is unclear.)  Hiccup has three months, five days and six hours to discover America, get back to Berk, save his father, battle Polarserpents, AND win the annual Inter-Tribal Friendly Swimming Race."
Bionicle Chronicles #1: Tale of the Toa
Bionicle Chronicles #1: Tale of the Toa
"This is the book that starts the Bionicle series.  I also recommend the Bionicle Encyclopedia and Bionicle World."
The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 5: Land of Black Gold / Destination Moon / Explorers on the Moon (3 Volumes in 1)
The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 5: Land of Black Gold / Destination Moon / Explorers on the Moon (3 Volumes in 1)
"Tintin books are a great introduction to reading for boys who like graphic novels.  The vocabulary is sophisticated, as are the concepts introduced, but the pictures and humor are easy fun.  In my opinion, the "moon" books are the most fun, but we enjoy them all."
Asterix and the Great Crossing: Album #22
Asterix and the Great Crossing: Album #22
"Asterix discovers the New World...what could be better?"
It's All Greek to Me (Time Warp Trio)
It's All Greek to Me (Time Warp Trio)
"Educational series featuring time traveling kids who, in this book, run into obstreperous Greek Gods and monsters."
My Father's Dragon
My Father's Dragon
"Great first chapter book from the 1940's, which appeals to younger children ages 8-9 as well as older children who need to de-stress and bond with invented animals.  Elmer travels to a foreign land to save a blue-striped dragon.  A truly soothing and imaginative bedtime read.   (2 sequels.)"
Elmer and the Dragon (My Father's Dragon)
Elmer and the Dragon (My Father's Dragon)
"Book No. 2 (not as good as book 1 or 3, but your child will want them all). Elmer and his friends land on a kingdom of birds and solve their problems for them."
The Dragons of Blueland (My Father's Dragon)
The Dragons of Blueland (My Father's Dragon)
"Book No. 3 - Things aren't going at all well in the Dragon's home of Blueland, and his family is in danger of discovery by mankind and captivity.  But Elmer manages to save the clan."
Roald Dahl/Charlie Boxed Set (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator)
Roald Dahl/Charlie Boxed Set (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator)
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the perfect book for young readers.  It's a classic for a reason.  The Great Glass Elevator is optional, but worth a try."
The last man alive,: A story for children from the age of seven to seventy
The last man alive,: A story for children from the age of seven to seventy
"This book, written by an alternative educator from England in response to the suggestions of his students, is unusual, outlandish, humorous, suspenseful, and will knock your child's socks off.  Buy it, or download it for free at the tripod thelastmanalive site."