I need a Mystery book for 10 yr old boy

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I need a Mystery book for 10 yr old boy
Fri, 09-26-2003 - 6:46pm
I do childcare and have been watching this boy for ten years! He's a great kid! He and my daughter have been together since birth...so they are like siblings.

Anyway, he does NOT enjoy reading. My daughter has found a certain "kind" of books she likes (Mostly Judy Blume) But *C* just can't find any.

In October he needs to find a mystery book to do his book report for. Do you have good ideas of what a ten year old NON-reader might enjoy?

Thanks in advance....Kim

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Registered: 05-10-2003
Mon, 09-29-2003 - 8:43pm
Not sure if you'd consider them "Mystery" books or not, but my son loves the Goosebumps series, and 'The series of Unfortunate events' by an author named "Lemony Snicket".
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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 8:02pm
DS (who turned 12 yesterday) enjoys the Hardy Boys books. They seem like an easy read, but he is a fairly avid reader, so I'm not sure exactly where they'd fall in the reading difficulty spectrum. Admittedly, they look "old" so they may not seem exciting to someone who hasn't read them before. But there are newer ones too. I think they are called the Hardy Boys Case Files and they are paperbacks. They have mysteries about skateboarders, dirt bikes, SUV's, snowboarders, etc., not just the "older" hard cover ones that the boys on the cover look like they came straight out of the 1950's (although my DS enjoys those too, I probably would try the newer ones for a reluctant reader). Maybe there's a subject he'd be interested in.

Good luck!


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Registered: 09-28-2003
Sun, 09-28-2003 - 10:54pm
My 10 year old son is reading a mystery book for a book report that is due in October and he is readling Maniac Magee, it is also a Newberry Medal Book.
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Sat, 09-27-2003 - 7:48pm
Midnight for Charlie Bone is pretty good; we're reading the sequel right now (Charlie Bone and the Time Twister). The Spiderwick Chronicles are good, short reads too, and it's kinda an ongoing mystery...

Sue, mystery lover, mom to 11yo ds who isn't

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Sat, 09-27-2003 - 9:19am
Encyclopedia Brown books might work. They are a collection of short stories that are "cases" that Encyclopedia solves. The answers are in the back of the book and explains how he figured it out. Don't know if this would work but it might be a way to get him to read since there are several short stories per book. Wouldn't seem quite as overwhelming.