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science book for 9 year old son who HATES to read

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Initial post: Jul 3, 2007, 11:28:41 AM PDT
T. Stallard says:
My son is 9 and he HATES to read. He loves science (Star Wars, astronomy, etc.) and he enjoys learning about Presidents, etc. Can anyone recommend a series of books that he MAY enjoy? He has just finished Who Broke Lincoln's Thumb (Capital Mysteries) and is starting on another one-he enjoys non-fiction, too. He is only reading b/c I am making him-I would like him to do it b/c he WANTS to. HELP!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2007, 3:45:29 PM PDT
Adam Smith says:
I am the author of the science fiction thriller, The Prometheus Project -- Trapped and the upcoming Prometheus Project -- Captured (coming out in about a week). Many parents have told me that kids who don't like to read have loved Trapped. It also contains accurate science I believe your son would enjoy. Nine could be a little young for the books, but if he is pretty sharp he won't have any trouble with them. I have pasted some positive reviews below.

Douglas E. Richards

Praise for The Prometheus Project - Trapped

. . . A thriller that you won't put down until you've reached the last page.

Kids' Picks

Odyssey Magazine, Award-Winning Magazine For Children Ages 10-16

. . . fun and suspenseful. Highly recommended.


This adventure will keep kids turning the pages. . . . perfect for middle grades.

Sandy Meagher, Teaching Pre K-8 Magazine

Highly recommended for both boys and girls, 9 to 13. . . wonderful and unique . . .

Discovery Journey, "World Class" Rating given to books considered "one of the best available."

My class loved it. They were totally engaged. It's a hard book to put down.

Jeff Montag, 5th Grade Teacher, As Quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune

This is a story that kids 11-13 years old can relate to . . . nonstop action adventure . . . You really can't put the book down for very long. A thrilling read . . . the author has done a good job of addressing many of the California science standards.

California Science Teachers Association, California Classroom Science Journal

. . . would make a great read-aloud and would foster much talk among families . . .

The Old Schoolhouse, Magazine for Homeschool Families

I read the book in one sitting. I found it to be engaging and entertaining.

Gary S. Firestein, M.D., Division Chief, UCSD School of Medicine, As Quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune

It is remarkable, and very gratifying to see nanotechnology and immunology linked, to find logic and word puzzles essential to advancement of the plot, and to find biology, chemistry, physics, and anthropology as features of every conversation."

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Books & Films

Praise for The Prometheus Project - Captured

A page turner that kids - and their parents - will love reading . . . thrilling adventure.

Catherine Hughes, Sr. Editor, National Geographic KIDS magazine

Fast paced adventure, mixed with quick thinking. Ryan and Regan are great fun, and the story is just a cool idea! Very well written. (5 stars)

Adventure, suspense and science make for a potent combination. Fast paced and full of action.

ForeWord Magazine

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2007, 8:11:32 PM PDT
C. J. Knox says:
Try any of the "Zack Files" books. I am a teacher and I am currently reading one with a group of nine-year-olds in a summer program...they love it. I also just finished "Back in Time with Thomas Edison" by Dan Gutman, great!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2007, 10:26:44 PM PDT
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K. Covington says:
The Blast to the Past series by Stacia Deutsch might be a good one to try, esp. Washington's War and Lincoln's Legacy.If he enjoys Star Wars, Jude Watson has a couple of series that are appropriate for this age (Jedi Quest, Last of the Jedi). I'm a junior high librarian, and my younger students enjoy these. The Weird Planet series by Dan Greenburg is also enjoyable for this age.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007, 6:30:12 AM PDT
I think your son will love Nick Arnold's Horrible Science series--fun, funny (but real science) books with titles like Disgusting Digestion, Ugly Bugs, Chemical Chaos and Nasty Nature. The illustrations are cartoony, very appealing to a reluctant reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007, 8:31:37 AM PDT
Janet Moore says:
The Strike of Lightning has all that stuff in it. It's a small enough book, he could finish it pretty quickly.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007, 11:37:23 AM PDT
I write science books for kids like your son. Search on my name or go to my website (add dot com to my name) to find descriptions. For the following three titles, you may need to go to the marketplace sellers:
Catastrophe! Great Engineering Failure and Success
Martian Fossils on Earth? The Story of Meteorite ALH84001
Collision Course! Cosmic Impacts and Life on Earth

Another possibility, if he likes reading about life stories of scientists:
Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel

And not yet available but definitely worth putting on his list for the future:
Astrobiology (in the "Cool Science" series)

Search "Fred Bortz" for more.

I hope he always follows his questions.

Scientifically yours,
"Dr. Fred" Bortz

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2007, 2:06:07 PM PDT
"Sherman Oak and the Magic Potato" and "The Santa Mysteries"

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2007, 3:29:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2007, 3:50:56 PM PDT
J. Garbisch says:
If your son enjoys astronomy he might like Robert Heilein's books. He might a little young but they're good books and Heilein had a great deal of respect for children's intelligence.They mainly deal with space exploration,physics and to a lesser extent adolescent life.One thing you should know, while heinlein wrote a whole string of Juvinile novels during the 1950s he broke away from that during the 60s and wrote a series of adult books before he died in 1988.So sort though his books on amazon with your kid see what he might think is interesting.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2007, 12:34:39 PM PDT
Reader says:
You might want to try The Qwikpick Adventure Society. It's fiction (not science), but it has a sort of environmental message involving three kids trip to a sewer plant. Very funny and entertaining. Also, it's supposed to be the record of this secret club, so it has a lot of cool visuals--maps, comics, a xerox of a smushed oragami, that kind of thing. It's the kind of book a boy your son's age might really enjoy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2007, 1:52:59 PM PDT
I started to read very late, i think i was in fith grade when i really got the hang of it, now i cant get enough of books, i read one a day. Try not to push him, if he wants to read he will, and if he doesent then he still has to read books for school and will start reading for fun later. Just let him find his own pace.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2007, 8:51:40 AM PDT
Eve Hart says:
How about "A Wrinkle in Time" by L'Engle? Depending on his reading level, he might really enjoy it. It's based around the family of two scientists' and includes a journey through different lands and dimensions. "The Magician's Nephew" by Lewis is a potential winner, too, along with the subsequent "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe." My little brother, 11 years old, is infatuated with "The Guardians of Ga'hoole." It's a series of books featuring owl heros, but the author is accurate about owl characteristics. My brother is always spouting off owl facts and telling my family about all the different owls.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2007, 5:42:32 PM PDT
Patrice Pen says:
I know a freind of ours who is a grade school teacher uses the book "The Many Adventures of Pengey Penguin" to introduce her class to geography in a fun manner. Of course, the children also learn about the different birds and animals mentioned in the story as well.
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