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hishealer7 years ago

A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony if you are into pun and adventure.  (pun intended)

cvianna17 years ago
You haven't said if it is for a boy or girl. But here's my list:

My Teacher is An Alien- series by Bruce Corville
Black Stallion- series Walter Farley
Harry Potter- series JK Rowling
Xanth- series Peirs Anthony
Ship Singer -series Anne McCaffrey
Dragon Rider- series Anne McCaffery
My Side of the Mountain- Jean Craighead George

jtp1397 years ago
all the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books are big hits with that age as well as "Captain Underpants". Also if you have girl "Dear Dumb Diary"
 I found The Way Things Work, by David Macaulay, to be very inspiring. It presents many physics concepts in an entertaining way, but most importantly shows kids that machines are neither magical nor beyond their understanding. 

I didn't end up as an engineer, but I credit the illustrations in this book with helping me draw informative diagrams in my college notes and at work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Way_Things_Work

There is a new version (ISBN 0395938473) but the old one (ISBN 0395428572) is perfectly good. According to Amazon's search, you can find used copies of the latter for little more than the price of shipping ($5).




Koosie7 years ago
The RedWall series is good.  At first glance it looks a bit childish, with the talking animals, but once you read it you'll be quite impressed at how mature the books are.  Lot's of fighting with epic wars and blood everywhere.  Very good author to, Brian Jacques.

Haven't read these in many, many years but I definitely would recommend them.
mbudde Koosie7 years ago
Those are some of the best books ever. I used to love them.
I can't believe no one has said The Hobbit!  Or even the rest of the fellowship of the ring series by J.R.R. Tolken.  Even with the very good movies that are out the books are so much better.  And since The Hobbit as a movie isn't made yet, it would be a good introduction to the Fellowship that the kid has probably seen.  And before anyone starts about The Hobbit cartoon movie, I know it's out but thats not the one I'm referring to.
Kiteman7 years ago
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (it's a series)
Woroo.

I realy liked "my brother louis likes to measure worms"
The phantom tollbooth.
I LOVED THAT BOOK!
shawdow7341 (author) 7 years ago
thank you for all of your awnsers i am not going to pick best awnser because i dont know which one is the best i am going to try to go to the libary and find these books and hopefully read a couple of them
paganwonder7 years ago
"The boy who harnessed the wind"   It has inspired many and is a very facinating story.
nfarrow7 years ago
Bartboy7 years ago
I was 10 a few years ago, and I LOVED the author Gordon Korman.

He's written a huge variety, and he started when he was in high school.
My favourites are
The MacDonald Hall series,
Island Trilogy,
Everest Trilogy
and Losing Joe's place.

orksecurity7 years ago
Depends on the kid's interests and reading level, but In a slightly different vein I just sent one young lady who is interested in cats and science a copy of _Born_Free_.
Any of Robert Heinlein's early work, such as "Tunnel in the Sky" or "Star Beast", or "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel".
Heinlein's later stuff, not so much.
Try Terry Pratchett's "Bromeliad trilogy", Truckers, Diggers and Wings
Jayefuu7 years ago
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan was one of the first fantasy books I read. Have been hooked on fantasy and sci-fi ever since. :D
Burf7 years ago
Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson

I read this book when I was about 10 and loved it. Its still one of my all-time favorite books. It was written back in the 1920s, but that really has no relevance to the story. Both of my kids read it when they were youngsters and enjoyed it too.
"The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments", (c)1960. Golden Press. NY,NY.

http://chemistry.about.com/b/2008/08/05/banned-book-the-golden-book-of-chemistry-experiments.htm
http://www.geekityourself.com/2008/04/06/the-golden-book-of-chemistry-experiments

This book is no longer in print due to the general climate of superstition and fear in the present "dark age" that has descended upon the Former United States.  However it is available, in its entirety, at the links above. 

This book is non-fiction.
 Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is one of my favorites. 
Series of Unfortunate Events is also spectacular (and you'll learn new words!)
Any of the Bunnicula books.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

framistan7 years ago
The Education of Littletree... By Forrest Carter
 ..........or......
The Little Prince..........by Antoine Saint -Exupery

are both very good. If he likes Science Fiction, then

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy... by Douglas Adams is very good.
(the MOVIE wasnt much good but the book is very good).