Children's Book Suggestions

In the evening my wife and I take turns reading to Duncan for 30 minutes each night just before he goes to bed. He's almost ten now. His preferred choice of reading material for us would be Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield if we let him choose, but instead we try to stick with chapter books.

We've had mixed success with this, so we are now going to try working off the list of Newbury Award winners and honor books (the honor books are the "o" indented ones for each year).

What I'm looking for are recommendations of books you think he might like. Either from this list or other junior page-turners. Not only for us to read to him, but for him to then continue reading on his own, because the story is exciting. To give you some idea of his reaction to three of the recently read books, he liked The Tale of Despereaux, really liked The Phantom Toll Booth and initially liked The Wrinkle in Time but didn't want us to finish it (it started to get "to scary").

Growing up in England about forty years ago, I had the Famous Five and Biggles books inflicted on me. It wasn't until I discovered the juvenille Clarke, Heinlein and Asimov books, that I really started wanting to read for myself. We are trying to find the modern day books that will make Duncan do the same thing.

Recommendations greatly appreciated.

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