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    Books for kids?

    Does anyone have any suggestions for good books for kids to read? I'm looking for things in the 10-13 year old age group.

    I'm looking for things that are easy/fun to read but at the same time have some message/discussion about political topics.

    Robert Heinlein wrote a bunch of stuff that is fairly good along these lines, like Citizen of the Galaxy and Have SpaceSuit Will Travel or maybe The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I was also thinking about Ender's Game and some of the Narnia books.

    Any ideas?
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    At that age I was old school reading Hardy Boys. Louis Lamore cowboy books too. I actually read through most of the Encyclopedia Britannica at the time with emphasis on the World Wars and Greek mythology.
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    Although my boys are some good years younger than the age you've mentioned, have you ever looked at the Magic Treehouse series?

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    At that age I was old school reading Hardy Boys.
    Apologies, couldn't resist, they're the ones I read close to 4 decades ago I'm saving them for when my boys get a little older lol

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    Cool! I think most of mine are at my parents home but they do not look anywhere this good.
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    That's a tough age. I don't really know, but here are some random suggestions.

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    'What Every Body Is Saying' by Joe Navarro
    Non-Fiction book about reading body posture. This book is not aimed at children, but it's very informative and I enjoyed reading it. I'd imagine a curious child would enjoy it too. The book was co-written by a former FBI agent (it was a very easy read).

    'The Dangerous Book for Boys' by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden
    Encyclopedia of random stuff that would interest kids. Nothing about this book is dangerous (unless you work for a public school).

    'Where the Red Fern Grows' by Wilson Rawles
    I first read this in sixth grade. It was a good book and appropriate for me at the time. It's about a boy who buys two hunting dogs and his adventures with them. Bittersweet ending (It a book about dogs, obviously they will be dead by the end of the book. One of the dogs dies a very gruesome death.)

    'The Hobbit' by J. R. R. Tolkien
    Epic Fantasy. Primer for 'The Lord of The Rings'.

    'Watership Down' by Richard Adams
    A rabbit’s odyssey. The book can be a center for political discussions (anti-socialism), or you can just read it for the fun of it.

    After they get a bit older (after puberty):
    'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins
    1984 for young teens. I thought the book was decent (nothing spectacular). Probably a better book for the audience its intended for.

    'Dune' by Frank Herbert
    Content is rather safe for current age, but the politics will likely be too hard to follow.

    'Gates of Fire' by Steven Pressfield
    Historical fiction about the battle of Thermopylae. Plot is easy, theme is not.

    After they move out:
    The series 'Song of Ice and Fire' by George R. R. Martin
    Epic Fantasy. It's a great series, but not for kids (HBO took many sex scenes out for airing). The plot is hard to follow due to the number of characters.).


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    I read non-fiction for the most part, but something you might look into is Beholders: Insight by Terron James. It is a young-adult fantasy novel. It impressed me because there are two warring sides and there is no clear-cut "good guy" so it makes kids think. This is the first book in what is supposed to be a four-book series.
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    I never read the Hardy Boys. But I think I have every Tom Swift book--they're now on a shelf in my kids library.
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    My sister read he Nancy Drew series Tom.

    We moved on to Tom Clancy and the like as we got older.
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    my son really enjoyed reading " Holes" by Sachar and of course Harry Potter at that age.
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    When I was young I read everything I could find that was written by Willy Ley. He wrote a series of nonfiction books that explained the way the world works in relatively short chapters -- essays on space travel, suspension bridges and strange life forms. Great stuff for young minds. I think one of the ones I really enjoyed was The Lungfish, the Dodo, & the Unicorn: An Excursion Into Romantic Zoology.

    Then there's always The Lord of the Rings, which is mostly about life and death and not being afraid of either. Another great read is The Once and Future King by T.H. White. It's really a long treatise on the futility of war, and the importance of principles.

    Another great series of books for kids is The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams, kind of the irreverent predecessor of Mythbusters. His writing style makes the books real accessible.

    If you want to throw some history at them, try Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer. It explains the real reasons behind the events of April 19, 1775, and is simply a great read.

    And if you want something more classical, get a collection of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.

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