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Books for Boys: Ages 8-10

These reads will help your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade boys gain a better understanding of themselves and others.
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The Zombie Zone
by Ron Roy Illustrated by John Steven Gurney

Z is for Zombie...

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are excited to vacation in the Louisiana bayou. But the small village they visit has a scary problem. The villagers tell stories of voodoo and a giant zombie with silver hair who has been digging up graves in the cemetery. Can the tales be true? Illustrations.

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The Whipping Boy
by Sid Fleischman Illustrated by Peter Sís
Jemmy, who once made a meager living catching rats in the sewers, is now living in the king's castle as the whipping boy for Prince Horace, commonly known to the citizens of the kingdom as Prince Brat.
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Shredderman #1: Secret Identity
by Wendelin Van Draanen Illustrated by Brian Biggs

Alvin Bixby: Hulking, knuckles of steel, hideous breath, foul temper. Kids call him: Bubba.

Nolan Byrd: Puny, power walker, math genius, can't keep shoes tied. Kids call him: Nerd.

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The Real Slam Dunk
by Charisse K. Richardson Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Marcus Robinson is psyched! Tomorrow, his class is going on a field trip to a professional basketball arena to meet the one and only Jason Carter, Marcus's hero.

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by Jerry Spinelli

Donald is tagged a "loser" after failing a Field Day challenge for his fourth grade class, but his unique and inspiring view of life keeps his spirits afloat.

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Before I Made History: Let's Drive Henry Ford
by Peter Roop , Connie Roop Illustrated by David Wenzel

Henry Ford introduced the assembly-line approach to automobile manufacturing, enabling cars to be produced more quickly and inexpensively. This book chronicles Henry Ford's early life up until the time he revolutionized the auto industry.

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The Get Rich Quick Club
by Dan Gutman

I'm just lying out there in the backyard one night, staring up at the sky. Then suddenly a dollar bill lands on my face. I pick it up. It looks real. I have no idea where it came from.

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Ferno the Fire Dragon
Series: Beast Quest, Book #1
by Adam Blade Illustrated by Ezra Tucker

Strange things are happening in Tom's village. First, the horses were attacked. Then, the river dried up. Now, the last of the crops has mysteriously burnt to the ground. Everyone is terrified. But Tom isn't afraid. He's always dreamed of a quest — a real quest!

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Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
Series: Encyclopedia Brown, Book #1
by Donald J. Sobol Illustrated by Leonard Shortall , Lillian Brandi
Whenever 10-year-old Leroy (nicknamed "Encyclopedia") Brown's father, the chief of police in Idaville, has a difficult case, Encyclopedia always manages to solve it at the dinner table. So, he decides to open his own detective agency.
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Chalkbox Kid
by Clyde Robert Bulla Illustrated by Thomas B. Allen

Clyde Robert Bulla, best known for his engaging biographies for young people, has created a warm, satisfying early chapter book about finding hope in unexpected places. As the story opens, Gregory’s father has lost his factory job, and the family is moving to a smaller house in a poorer part of town.

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Caleb's Story
Series: Sarah, Plain and Tall Saga, Book #3
by Patricia MacLachlan

Anna has done something terrible.
She has given me her journal to fill.
In Anna's journal the words walk across the page like bird prints in the mud. But it is hard for me.
It is hard for me to find things to write about.

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