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This one is for someone near and dear to me, my most excellent nephew, who is a prodigious reader and something of a wild man. See here.
He is 7 years old, reads A LOT, and also tears around. What's the thing that keeps him calm when indoors (where it's sometimes better to be calm)? A nice fat stack of books. Previous successes have been: The Secrets of Droon. Animorphs, though, was too scary. The "according to Humphrey" series was a big hit, as was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (he hasn't read the others yet, given that Animorphs was too scary. Another miss? The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: too confusing. He is only 7, after all. What do you got?
Well. A few things we've recommended in the past: Dragons of Deltora, and Deltora Quest. Also, of course, The Box Car Children. Magic Treehouse they've left far behind them in the rear view mirror. Hmmm. I happen to know they've read all of Roald Dahl and Ramona the Pest. Wait a second—is it possible they haven't read....the Fudge books????
Holy cow. If it's really true they haven't gotten to these yet, I think I've done it. Though it's not exactly a stack.
But now, I step back for the experts: do you know of a perfect, thrilling, absorbing stack of a books for a very nice avid reader?