A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony if you are into pun and adventure. (pun intended)
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
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).
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.
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.
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!
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
"The boy who harnessed the wind" It has inspired many and is a very facinating story.
Goosebumps book's are very fun.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Goosebumps_books
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.
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
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
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.htmhttp://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
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).