Over the Christmas break, Jude read through a pile of books I'd ordered from a variety of lists. It's beginning to stretch my genre to find books that appeal to a little lad. I was an Anne of Green Gables kind of girl myself. I spend plenty of time perusing good lists that on curriculum websites to keep his appetite fed. He recommended two from the pile for me to enjoy myself. And I won't deny that I read well past my bed-time while they were waiting on my night stand.
Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman is the tale of a sixteen-year-old who climbs the mountain looming over their village. It is the same mountain his father died climbing. Based on the climbing of the Matterhorn, if you have any love to mountaineering at all, it's well worth your time - even at age thirty-seven!
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan is a fictionalized story based on the story that Norwegians saved $9 million in gold bullion from the hands of the Nazis in WWII. The ship reached Baltimore in 1940. The legend goes that the brave children pulled the gold on their sleds to the ship under the very noses of the Nazis.
Both are fascinating stories, well worth the eyes of any boys you have in your reading world. I enjoyed them immensely myself. I'd recommend both for ages 8 and beyond.